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 every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Waterlynn community to ruck. On Saturday mornings, we ruck with the Mooresville Ruck Cub. 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. To find a club in your area, visit the GORUCK Ruck Club Locator.


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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.

Rucking is Cardio

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.

Rucking is Stupid Simple

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.

Rucking is Scalable

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.

Movement, Evolved

To travel, to get around town, to train at any age — movement is foundational. To get better at movement, you have to move more. Walking is one way, but it’s not enough, neither is 20 minutes at the gym. Rucking makes the volume of your daily movement count more, strengthening your foundation in a fraction of the time without the pounding on your body or the muscle loss of running.

Improve Your Posture

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.

Face It, Running Sucks

And it’s horrible for your knees. 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.

1: Get a Ruck Sack

Any backpack will do. It’s important to have thick comfortable shoulder straps and secured weight close to your back. (We recommend GORUCK Rucksacks.)

2: Put Weight In It

Stabilize the weight next to your back in the ruck. Cinch your rucksack so it sits high on your back and won’t bounce around. (Grab a GORUCK Plate for your rucksack.)

3: Then, Just Walk

Ruck 2 miles, shoot for 20 minute miles. See how it feels. You might be sore, or you might not. (Find our next event in our Facebook Group.)

Before you know it, 2 miles with 20 lbs won’t make you sore and you’ll want to either up the weight or increase the distance, or go faster. There are so many variations on ‘rucking’ by virtue of the weight, so many ways to challenge yourself.

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!  

Rucking Photos

Photos from the Waterlynn Ruck Club Instagram! Follow us for more, or  join us for a Ruck!

We’d love for you to get in a few miles with us!