The original Sandbag & Ruck training program
Established in 2017, we have had the pleasure of training over one thousand individuals in crushing their goals.


may 31st!


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NEW Monthly HDT ALL-IN Subscription​

- Never miss a round -

- Comes out to 20% OFF all programs -

- Includes HDT, Yoga, & Inter-Round workouts -


For $69 per month


Your Coach's Certifications & Experiences


  • Masters In Applied Human Anatomy (CWRU SoM) 

  • Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)

  • Mental Toughness Training Certified (NASM)

  • Integrated Balance Training Certified (NASM)

  • TRX Suspension Training Certified (TRX)

  • 75+ GORUCK (or similar) Events Finished

 With his Master's in Applied Human Anatomy and being a CPT, he is giving you a more rounded and structure based program that has a rhyme and reason for everything we do. 


  • 23 years of yoga and meditation experience

  • A Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in the treatment and management of pain.

  • Founder of Complete Wellbeing, San Diego’s first fully holistic pain clinic, nearly three years ago.

  • She serves the MIL, LEO and first responder communities of San Diego through on-site classes and pain relief services in her clinic.


She is a thought leader in holistic pain treatment and expert in using yoga and meditation to decrease pain symptoms.


KIM McGRATH (HDT Nutrition)

  • PhD, Chemistry (University of Southern California)

  • MBA (University of California, Irvine)

  • CISSN, Sports Nutritionist (International Society of Sports Nutrition)

  • 20-year career in corporate strategy and business development, success habits

  • 40+ GORUCK (or similar) events finished, including HCL's and two HH's

  • Founder of Modus-Energy

Combining her deep background in physical sciences and evidence-based sports nutrition with high performance habits, Kim is uniquely positioned to provide you the resources and coaching you need to fuel your performance and physique goals.  


What you are in for?

  • A personal touch to your training, Bryan is regularly available to help with adjustments and modifications for any and all exercises and workouts. He is also there to keep you motivated when you aren't, if you aren't feeling up to a workout, we'll get a live stream going and he'll knock out some work with you and others when available.

  • Accountability, this is the staple of our program and why it works for so many (if you don't believe us look at the reviews above). You will have the option to be paired up with another participant to keep each other accountable in getting the work done each week. When you log workouts and your battle buddy verifies them, your team gets points, those points accumulate for your team. THIS SYSTEM IS NOT BASED ON WEIGHT MOVED or REPS ACHIEVED, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT IN THE WORK & FINISH THE WORKOUTSThe Top 3 teams will get discount codes for a future round of HDT (25, 50, or 75% off). In the event of a tie, there will be a AMRAP tie-breaker on the Sunday of Week 6. If you fly solo or sign up late you would not be in the running for the Top 3.

  • Structure, purpose & reason, over the 6 weeks we will progress from simplistic movements and lighter weights to more complex movements and higher weights, while also still allowing for scalability. Each week is set up with an Upper, Lower, and Core based workout, each of those workouts will fall into a category of a "solid overall workout", more "cardio/muscle endurance based", and the "soul crusher". Over the 6 weeks the body regions we work will rotate appropriately though those categories of workouts to allow for the most rest and recovery where needed. There will always be a reason for what you are doing and when you will be doing it.

  • Another workout you'll be doing each week is the Care Package (CP), which is an AMRAP that runs anywhere between 15-30 mins. You'll get to log your reps and weights on our site so you can see your progress, these AMRAPs do show up in later rounds sometimes. 


  • Along with those 3 workouts & CP you'll be doing a slick (no weight) run or strict ruck (no running, both feet need to on the ground at all times) each week with set goals based on your pre-training. These distances are yours to determine as everyone is at a different level of experience. If you beat your goals, we will give you new ones, you will always be pushed, but your goal will be attainable.

  • The last thing you will be doing is a single 6-mile AFAP (As Fast As Possible) ruck in the first 3 weeks and a single 12-mile AFAP ruck in the last 3 weeks.

  • If taking part in our Yoga Program you will have built in recovery and mobility work specific to each day of workouts over the 6 weeks.​

So what are you in for?

The 4 GAINS and 2 DROPS

GAINS in strength, GAINS in confidence, GAINS in camaraderie, GAINS in your conditioning,DROPS in runs/ruck times per mile, and much more. Making you healthier, stronger, more confident, and ready for whatever life brings you is our business & we are pretty damn good at it.




You or your kid(s) will be doing your workouts over the next 6 weeks using one or all of the following, your own body weight, a weighted ruck/backpack, and/or a sandbag(s).

We offer multiple versions of HDT allowing any level of fitness to take part, you will choose which version after sign up...

  • Sandbag & Ruck+ (SB&R+) Version: Most advanced option we have, you will be using your BW, weighted ruck and a sandbag for the workouts, along with an additional list of items specific to training for Selection, Team Assessment, or alike.

    • Purchase List (CLICK):

      • All Required Items on GORUCK Selection or Team Assessment Packing List

      • 5 Gallon bucket (x2)

      • 50# Bags of Play Sand (x1)

      • Deck of Cards

      • Black Permanent Marker

      • Minimum 25 ft x 1in Rope

      • 4x4x8 lumber

      • 2 Heavy duty screw in eyelets (needs to be able to screw into the wood and hold 100# of weight hanging downwards)

      • 2 climbing/weight bearing carabiners

      • 2 - 24in lengths of chain

      • Access to water


  • Sandbag & Ruck (SB&R) Version: More strength based program, typically using heavier weights and you will be using your BW, weighted ruck and a sandbag(s) for the workouts.


  • Body Weight & Ruck (BW&R) Version: More muscle endurance based exercises while still getting some strength aspects while using your BW and a weighted ruck the workouts.


  • Body Weight Only (BW) Version: Introductory level and mostly cardio/stamina based exercises while using just your BW for workouts.


  • KIDS Version: For your mini-you we will be using a light weighted ruck and/or BW for workouts while going with higher sets and lower reps, along with more rest mixed in the workouts.

To get the CARC Rufus Challenge Coin you need to complete 10 Rounds of Heavy Drop Training with us and completed one (if not more) of your goals you had coming into the program.

When you sign up for your first round of HDT you will get the "Rufus HDT" Patch mailed to you. This patch can not be bought and only goes to those partaking in HDT. 

"No one cares what you can do fresh"


To get the PF/HDT Finisher Patch you must do the bundle purchase and complete 90% of the HDT program within the designated weeks over the course of the program, along with finishing the PATHFINDER Class.

When you sign up for your first round of HDT you will get the "Rufus HDT" Patch mailed to you. This patch can not be bought and only goes to those partaking in HDT. 

"No one cares what you can do fresh"

  • Sign up your Rucking Crew/Group/Club for a 10% discount on Heavy Drop Training, by filling the form out below. All applications are to be reviewed, acceptance or denial is at the discretion of Cleveland Area Rucking Crew. Each round we will go through re-verification process. Discounts do not stack with additional discounts won by top 3 battle buddy teams.
  • Those participants that do back to back rounds with us get a 20% off discount code for the following HDT Round and Inter-Round programs, unless other discounts are occurring that give a better discount. 
  • When you finish 5 Rounds with us and get a personal 15% off discount code to share with others, with every 5 uses you get a free round on the house with us to use for yourself or give to others.
  • We are partnered with PATHFINDER Ruck Training, which gives you a 15% off discount on both HDT and Pathfinder when signed up for both programs. Some rounds this may not be offered due to how things line up with both programs.
  • Each round we give out 20 free sign ups (our On The House Appreciation give away) to either military, first respondents, nurses, or other service groups.
The current round we are giving out rounds to Firefighters. If you feel you qualify for a free round with us please fill out the below form and we will contact you prior to the start of the coming round with a discount code if we have not filled the 20 spots yet.

OTH Round Appreciation Form

Ruck Club Discount Form


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