PATHFINDER Ruck Training Life Program Requirements

PATHFINDER Life (Maintenance) Program Requirements

Our PATHFINDER Life focus is on overall fitness, with rucking miles as a core pillar, but now with flexible options that include other fitness disciplines. We have Challenges in PATHFINDER Life that test you, but don’t deplete you. We encourage workouts, but across a broad range of options that free you up to explore new things.

After a PATHFINDER Life 90-day program, you’ll feel strong, refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes next.

Read how PATHFINDER Life is a unique training program for every athlete here.

You can use PATHFINDER Life as your general training plan all year long.

Over a twelve week period, you will complete the following:

  • At least 60 rucking miles
    • You will keep track of every mile you ruck throughout the program.
    • In twelve weeks, you will complete at least 60 miles (averaging 5 miles per week), or choose to trade in 30 rucking miles in exchange for workouts of your choice with our LifeFlex option.
  • At least 12 Workouts that work for you
    • A variety of workouts count towards our workout requirement. We recommend our PATHFINDER Ruck Workouts, but various cross-training disciplines count towards PATHFINDER Life programming. Yoga, swimming, running - it all counts. Mix and match as you need to to create the program that works for your Life.
  • At least 3 PATHFINDER Life Challenges
    • Far less strenuous than other PATHFINDER Challenges, Life Challenges still encourage you to discover your strengths and uncover your weaknesses.
    • See full list of challenge options below.

PATHFINDER Life Challenges

In twelve weeks, you will complete at least 3 of the following PATHFINDER Life challenges.

  • Challenges do not have a stated weight requirement.
  • Every Challenge must be completed by itself.
  • Challenges may not be combined in any way.
  • Each Challenge only counts once toward the required total of 3.
  • A maximum of 6 Challenges can be completed.
  1. Three 6 Mile Rucks (to be completed over a multi week period)
    • Stretch your legs on longer rucks designed to push you, but not crush you.
    • Chart your progress, or just maintain your fitness on longer rucks.
  2. Two 1 Mile Timed Runs
    • Excellent for returning to run form or test your progress
  3. 1.5 x Miles (Maximum of 90 Miles)
    • Increase your miles over the 12-week period by 1.5x to extend your rucking distances. This is ideal for seasoned ruckers.
  4. Firefighter Challenge - Lite (:15 min x 3)
    • Our new Firefighter Challenge will improve your muscle stability and core strength at a manageable time commitment.
    • See improvements with this three-step Challenge, completed throughout the program.
  5. 4 Mile Weight+ Challenge (minimum 15lbs + any ruck weight for 4 mi) 
    • Similar to our other program Coupon Challenge, but with a much lighter weight and shorter distance.
    • A stroller with an infant/small child is an acceptable coupon in lieu of carrying additional weight for this Challenge.
  6. Double Workouts (24 maximum workouts)
    • Set a higher goal for yourself! With the addition of cross-training disciplines in PATHFINDER Life, the entire world of possible training options open up.
  7. 12 Yoga/Mobility Classes (20 mins or longer per / video OR live class) 
    • Yoga can be classified as any standard yoga class, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini, or Yin among others
    • This option can also include video or in-class mobility instruction with foam rollers or other mobility implements and generalized stretching.
  8. 20 Pre/Post Workout Miles (can be broken up in 1 mi increments)
    • With a minimum of 1 consecutive mile; no maximum limit, your mileage both before and after a workout can count towards the challenge mileage
  9. Move Your Brain (read 3 x books)
    • Exercise your mind as well as your body.
    • Motivational, self improvement, fiction or non fiction - no CA approval necessary. Just log the book name & author.
    • Audiobooks count
  10. Fitness Assessment  x 2
    • Designed to be completed at the beginning and end of Life programming
  11. Charity Challenges, Seasonal (CC’s minimum requirement - no ruck)
    • Keep up with the Charity Challenges you enjoy and still work PATHFINDER Life programming.
  12. Beach Ruck
  • Ruck for 2 miles on soft sand
  • Get your feet wet at the beginning and again at the half-way point