Implementing Strength Training to Improve Ruck March Capacity

by Shane Michael Jenne, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
TSAC Report April 2020
Vol 55, Issue 7


This article describes the various strength training processes that can be implemented to build a soldier’s ruck march capacity.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 



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