Waterlynn Ruck Club
Welcome to the Waterlynn Ruck Club! We are an Official GORUCK Club in the Waterlynn Community, Waterlynn Ridge, and Waterlynn Town Homes (and any residents in the immediate area) of Mooresville, NC. We have a great community with plenty of roads and a nice walking trail where we can have some great rucks. We meet Saturday mornings and at least one evening during the week to ruck. Find the next date and meeting place here.
The Waterlynn Ruck Club is a chapter of the Mooresville Ruck Club. We are also one of three Official GORUCK Clubs in the Lake Norman area. The other local clubs are the LKN Ruck Club and the Cabarrus Ruck Club. To find a club in your area, visit the GORUCK Ruck Club Locator.
What is Rucking?
RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose.
Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character — and builds it, too.
Cardio for people who think running sucks. If you want to burn up to 3X as many calories as walking, ruck instead. Your heart pumps faster to get oxygen rich blood throughout your body, increasing circulation. And you can talk to your friend, who’s rucking right next to you.
You wear a backpack and walk… it’s a fitness thing. And you’re already doing it. Hiking is rucking in the mountains and urban hiking is simply called rucking. Rucking can be done at any weight.
The weight adds resistance training to your back and shoulders, your glutes and legs with every step – resulting in strength gains without the bulk. Want more? Up the weight, increase the distance, or go faster.
The Benefits of Rucking
Do you want to… Be more active? Burn more calories? Get stronger? Improve your posture? Have a healthier heart?
Get the most out of your time with Active Resistance Training. Walking is not enough. Running sucks. Ruck and burn three times as many calories and spend time outside talking to your friend next to you.
Do you stare down at a screen all day? We live in a world of phones, and computers. We sit too much, we don’t move enough.
When you put a weight in a backpack, that weight helps to pull your shoulders back and bring your center of mass over the hips. Good posture is foundational to good movement. Rucking helps you achieve both.
Running is 2-3X harder on your knees than rucking. “Runner’s knee” is a reality, and a problem for millions of us. Running is the most frequent cause of preventable injuries (30% compared to 5% from rucking). Avoiding the damage running does to your body is one of the main reasons people get into rucking.
Let’s just say this and start here: rucking is simple to start. You can do it in your neighborhood with things you already have on hand, and it’s free. The military teaches the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach and Leonardo da Vinci said simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Somewhere between military stupid and da Vinci sophistication is pretty much good enough for any of us.
How to Get Started
Join us! You wear a backpack, it’s a fitness thing. When in doubt, start with 20 lbs. Target pace is 20 minutes per mile. Move as fast as you can or as slow as you want. You control the weight and the distance so you control the level of difficulty. It’s better with friends and dogs and you can do it anywhere with anyone no matter their ability, or yours.
Rucking in the Waterlynn Community
The Waterlynn community consists of single family homes, townhomes, and an apartment complex. We have plenty of paved roads for urban rucking and a nice greenway with a walking trail. Plenty of opportunities in the neighborhood to get in miles! Join us!