We love going to the Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachians, near the town of Brevard, NC, where OPERATION STIRLING will be based from. We ruck and hike as much as we can there.

Knowing what's ahead, we've designed this workout. Carve out about two hours for it today, and move slowly (Zone 2) but with a purpose. This is a looser workout, without all the reps and requirements of one of our more standard offerings, but it's still going to be a good one.

Make sure your ruck is packed out at 50lbs. dry weight. Have everything in it that you will need for the Event, if you are doing OPERATION STIRLING.

Pick a spot with mountainous (or at least hilly) terrain. (Worst case scenario, use a treadmill and crank the incline, or a StairMaster.)

Set a timer for 20 minutes. At each 20 minute point (or near it, depending on if you have a spot) peel off to a safe spot for the workout. It's been segmented by dashed lines, so do just what's listed in one segment before rucking for another.


----------- Ruck 20 mins

  • 2 x Rounds
  • 20 x Ruck Goblet Squats
  • 15 x Walking Lunges
  • 10 x Incline Rock Push-Ups (just do push-ups off a rock ;)

----------- Ruck 20 mins

  • 3 x Rounds
  • 16 x Stationary Side Lunges
  • 16 x Ruck Overhead Push Press
  • 16 x Ruck Swings

----------- Ruck 20 mins

  • 4 x Rounds
  • 16 x Rock Step Ups (hard count)
  • 16 x Ruck-On Good Mornings (hands on hips)
  • 16 x Reverse Lunges

----------- Ruck 20 mins

Repeat for the length of the ruck.