Leading From Under the Log

In my GORUCK experience, I have learned a lot about myself in the light of day and in the depths of the gloom at 3 am.  Much about your character is revealed while you are “Under the Log.” Each GORUCK challenge is different and I have discovered something different about myself during each one. Whether it’s a Light (4-6 hours), a Tough (12+ hours) or a Heavy (24+ hours), there are always new obstacles that grow you.  There may be times when your shoulders are burning, your legs are smoked, fatigue sets in and you want to quit. It sounds miserable but this is the moment that reveals your character.  Do you lead with integrity? Do you get inside your head and shut down? Do you step up and get the job done when it’s asked of you? If you are called upon to lead a team that is tired, irritated and possibly resistant, do you have the skills to do it? We can help. Introducing The Iron Project’s GrowRuck.

GrowRuck is a GORUCK event plus leadership training. GrowRuck was developed by the founders of The Iron Project as a high-impact way of passing on the lessons about team and shared leadership that they learned through building and growing the F3 workout movement.

All GrowRuck events are customized, but most follow a similar timeline.

The Social: TIP brings the whole team together to begin a GrowRuck event with food, drink and fellowship, helping participants and instructors get to know one another and encouraging connections before the start of the event. For corporate groups, it’s a great way to move past professional titles and get to know one another on more personal level.

BREAKING BREAD BREAKS BARRIERS!

Workout: Held the next morning, this is an hour-long group workout that combines physical training activity with integrated leadership teaching.  This portion allows you to sweat a little, laugh a little and rise up as much as you are comfortable doing while gaining leadership wisdom. No one is ever left behind at a TIP workout and we do our best to make sure everyone goes away with new lessons and insights about themselves as a leader.

GREAT FOLLOWERS MAKE GREAT LEADERS!

Leadership Training: This is a 2-hour classroom teaching session -- minus the sleep-inducing PowerPoint presentation! The training calls back the elements that were introduced in the workout and is built around the pillars of TIP’s leadership philosophy. TIP works dynamically with your team to teach practical leadership lessons that stick after you’ve left the classroom.

THE ABILITY TO LEARN IS THE STRONGEST QUALITY A LEADER CAN POSSESS!

GORUCK Event: This is the ultimate team challenge, where groups get the opportunity to apply the lessons taught in the workout and the classroom portion of the event. The challenge is led by GORUCK Special Forces cadre that are hand-picked by TIP; it can last anywhere from 4 to 14 hours.  A GORUCK Light starts during the day and is 4 to 6 hours long.  A GORUCK Tough starts in the early evening and will go for 12+ hours.

IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN’T CHANGE YOU!

TIP GrowRuck events are impactful leadership building experiences.  The knowledge that has been dropped on me is incomparable and the confidence that I have gained is irreplaceable. With TIP leadership training to give you the tools and the GORUCK event to sharpen them, you couldn’t ask for more. It is truly the ultimate team experience.  

Think about where your best stories come from. Usually, they are from the most ridiculous things you have done -- and they get even better when you do them with a team.  GrowRucks are tough, but they’re also tons of fun -- and you earn an awesome patch that is, as they say, never sold and always earned. Step into the arena and do this great event and become stronger -- the GrowRuck experience will bring to life sayings like “Do the Harder Thing,” “Quitting is not an Option” and “Never Ever Say, ‘I CAN’T.’”  

GREAT LEADERS DON’T TELL YOU HOW IT’S DONE, THEY SHOW YOU!

Rachel Capps