I've grown incredibly bored with your more traditional cardio exercises: running, swimming, cycling, elliptical, et cetera. I'm traditionally a weight lifter, but the aerobic side is suffering due to disinterest.
As an alternative, I've considered trying weighted ruck marching / hiking. This isn't meant to take advantage of some benefit that weighted marching offers above other types of cardio, just as a different angle on the same old cardio problem.
I have seen a program (primarily intended for those entering the military) that would proceed as follows:
- Week 1-3: 20% bodyweight x5 miles
- Week 4-6: 25% x5 miles
- Week 7-9: 30% x5 miles
- Week 10-12: 40% x5 miles (do not exceed 40% of BW)
- Week 13-14: 40% x6 miles
- Week 15-16: 40% x7 miles
- Week 17-18: 40% x8 miles
- Week 19-20: 40% x10 miles
- Week 21-22: 40% x12 miles
- Week 23-24: 40% x15 miles
Does the above-listed plan sound reasonable to those experienced? Does anyone use this exercise for conditioning? Any tips or advice to share?