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Preparing for land portage

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    Preparing for land portage

    It's long been said that land portage is the bane of most prospectives during first phase. On these forums there are people who have been to buds and are saying to prepare for land portage by doing heavy rucking with a weight vest in soft sand. SWONEC 3
    However land portage puts the stress more prominently on your head and neck if I understand correctly, while rucking is mostly shoulders.
    What are recommendations for preparing my head and neck?
    Thank you for reading.

  • Sebastian
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    You should not be "preparing for land portage". Use your time to excel yourself at the PST. In Prep your concerns are the PST. If you can beast the PST, the majority of everything else will come naturally.

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  • JJones
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    Originally posted by dblackamdg View Post
    From a physiological standpoint land portage compresses the spine by putting the load on top of the head. It is designed to break you down so therefore if you do it a lot before going to buds you will have already broken down your spine. The best way to prepare would be to develop overall strength in order for your body to handle the excess load. By overall strength I mean every part of your body. That is the best way to prepare for land portage. Don't go around carrying stuff on your head to prepare as you will break yourself down before you even start.
    This x1000

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  • dblackamdg
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    From a physiological standpoint land portage compresses the spine by putting the load on top of the head. It is designed to break you down so therefore if you do it a lot before going to buds you will have already broken down your spine. The best way to prepare would be to develop overall strength in order for your body to handle the excess load. By overall strength I mean every part of your body. That is the best way to prepare for land portage. Don't go around carrying stuff on your head to prepare as you will break yourself down before you even start.

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  • Juggernaut6
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    I strongly disagree. I think Squats and Deadlifts are pivotal to effective preparation overall and for land portage. Following an effective running program and implementing healthy and progressive neck work is also important. Rucking can be good too but it has to be progressive and done correctly. Also, land portage blows pretty badly regardless of your physical prep, so remember to consider that mental strength and attitude is a very dominant factor in doing this evolution, as with all others.

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  • Jman4
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    You should be doing squats, deadlifts, etc.

    Neck specific exercises probably shouldn't be your focus prepping for land portage.
    Last edited by Jman4; 10-18-2017, 01:36 PM. Reason: Edited for clarity.

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  • NeverGivingUp
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    If you feel your shoulders hurting or excess stress on your shoulders while rucking, then you're rucking wrong. Mr. Caviston advises against any exercises that strain the neck. It would probably be wiser to build up leg strength to prepare for land portage.

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