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    running with a weighted backpack

    has anyone done this or got any tips for it

    was thinking of getting a couple of 5kg sandbags for starters. putting in a rucksack, and away
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    OP,

    What are you hoping to accomplish by doing this?

    Just curious.
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    ya i'm curious too. i think it wont benefit much...
    It'll just be like increasing the incline on the treadmil.
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    Originally Posted by Ensur3 View Post
    ya i'm curious too. i think it wont benefit much...
    It'll just be like increasing the incline on the treadmil.
    I'm keeping an open mind. It could be job related. Sometimes emergency people have to carry victims out of harms way. It could have useful applications.
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    Hi, well tbh. nothing exact in mind. I'm doing a bit of a farmers walk thing around the block with some weights in carrier bags, and noticed someone said about weighted pushups. I'm thinking about buying some bricks to do that at home. I know the army does backpack runs, the sandbags are less than $, seemed to be a really cheap way of getting some quite intensive exercise in. maybe to see if i can build some bulk from it
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    Originally Posted by quartz75 View Post
    Hi, well tbh. nothing exact in mind. I'm doing a bit of a farmers walk thing around the block with some weights in carrier bags, and noticed someone said about weighted pushups. I'm thinking about buying some bricks to do that at home. I know the army does backpack runs, the sandbags are less than $, seemed to be a really cheap way of getting some quite intensive exercise in. maybe to see if i can build some bulk from it
    I do weighted pushups, too. They build the chest well without putting too much strain on the RCs and joints, unlike what bench can do sometimes. Just an alternative.

    I can see where running or walking with a weighted back pack on could build ones cardiovascular endurance. I just wouldn't over do it.

    And it is a very cheap way to get fit. Good luck with it.
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    Originally Posted by Ensur3 View Post
    ya i'm curious too. i think it wont benefit much...
    It'll just be like increasing the incline on the treadmil.
    Not at all.

    Running on an incline wont destory your knees and hips like running with a weighted backpack.

    AN occasional ruck (long march with load) is a good conidtioning tool, but even that can break your body down fast if you arent careful.

    Up the intensity of your runs, dont up the load.
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    Running with weight can defiantly help you become faster if you do sprints with them or something. I know people like to do plyometrics with a weighted vest.

    But for a weighted backpack, I wouldn't suggest that exactly. I'd personally buy a weightvest since the weight is distributed more evenly instead of just your back (which you can end up hurting easily if you dont run properly).

    I don't know about the training, but if you want to become faster or jump higher than a weighted vest can defiantly help you.

    "Giving your best is more important than being the best."

    I train as an athlete, not a bodybuilder.

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    I wouldn't recommend running around with a couple of 5kg sandbags in backpack on your back. I was in the army for a while, and we use to run around/jog with about 20-30kg on average for about 4-6 miles. I know many people who got their knees torn up doing that as well as back and hips. I would say it is okay for short distances once in a while, but not long distance or even on a regular basis.
    In fact right before I left the service the post was banning running with a pack on and threaten UCMJ for any leader caught encouraging it.
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    bye bye knees.
    One thing you notice after dropping weight is how much better your knees feel in day to day activities. No reason to put extra strain on them for no reason
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    cool ok thx. so running weighted backpack generally isnt recommended.

    i'd just thought army guys are generally built like a brick so could take a go at something they do. tbh my aims are purely physical/look bulky. stam and all that is ok, can do bike for an hour or more.

    i did check out those weighted vests but my commitment for this doesnt go as far as $100, instead of $1 sandbags lol. but i think i'll get some bricks for the pushups.
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