Jun 21, 2021
Jason McCarthy of GORUCK discusses rucking, his Army service,
& building community through voluntary hardship & shared suffering.
He shares his story of how we went from US Army Special Forces
(Green Beret) to founding and running a company that--similar to
Barbell Logic--believe in voluntary hardship and building
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Jason joined the Army after 9/11 because of 9/11. He enlisted and
eventually completed the long, arduous Green Beret pipeline. In the
Army, but especially the Green Berets, shared suffering strengthens
teams and prepares these units for difficulties of combat. While
civilian rucking does not, cannot, and does not aim to simulate
Special Forces training, the community and choosing to push oneself
beyond one's limits and the comforts of society helps provide
purpose and build community, as GORUCK events are done in
You have to swim against the current these days. Lifting,
rucking--you have to choose to follow these pursuits and maintain
the practice to reap the benefits they provide.
This will benefit you in life, as no one--even those who shirk form
hardship and choose the comfortable, the convenient, the
easy--would not say that life is easy.
With any change, it's important to START--start small, start now or
as soon as you can. Commit to beginning. Take your first step. Stop
thinking, planning, considering: do.
We celebrate these steps. We celebrate PRs. We celebrate
improvement and betterment.
They also discuss the benefits of being a novice and how pursuing
new challenges helps prevent burnout with those long term pursuits
and things we must do.
Finally, the joy of completion comes up. If you've never
experienced a ruck flop after a heavy, long ruck, you're missing
out. It's the feeling of racking the bar after your last heavy rep,
jumping in a pool after a hard workout, cracking open a beer after
a long ruck. After shared suffering comes communal celebration.
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