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I am a huge fan of using the things I already have for multiple uses. Homemade workout equipment is no exception. I do have basic strength equipment, like an olympic bar with plates, dumbells, bands, and a TRX, etc. But this time at home has inspired me to share a few of my favorite options of improvised home fitness. So I challenged myself to use materials I have in the garage to make equipment that is versatile, easy to make, and effective! My aim is to go beyond the conventional substitutions, like soup cans, milk jugs, or similar! This week, I am going over the RUCK PLATE! Watch my video, and read on below!
Introducing the "Ruck Plate"
A ruck plate is flat and heavy (as the name implies!), it is typically used to add weight to a backpack for a military exercise, called a RUCK (click here fore more info). Soldiers are trained to carry their heavy gear long distances in their "rucksack", often over rugged terrain, and while doing other exercises. Rucking is gaining popularity in mainstream fitness, with many events (GORUCK, for example), and social ruck groups who meet up and organize their own.
But beyond rucking, it makes an extremely versatile fitness tool!
Fitting it to your backpack: A ruck plate needs to be flat enough to fit inside the laptop compartment, or one of the pockets of your backpack. I have a couple of backpacks, one with a laptop sleeve, and an older one without, so I wanted it to fit both. The older one doesn't have the padded pocket, so I just wrap it in a small towel. In my red pack, I still have plenty of space to fit my camera gear, hydration, extra clothes,etc. See the pics below for fitment, and measurements. Both packs are different sizes, but can still accommodate this size plate easily.
So what materials do you have that can create something close to this? Leave a comment with your idea!
Watch for more ideas for improvised home exercise equipment, right here on the BSNV blog! Until next time...
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