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#240400 - 03/22/06 12:33 AM weighted body vests
Ed_Morris Offline
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anyone have experience with working out with weighted body vests?

I'm looking for one and have no idea about them.
for example:
http://www.weightvest.com/weightedvest3.html

not sure of which weight/style is good without putting strain on my back. (I'm 155lbs) I'd rather go fairly low weight, 25lbs-35lbs? so I don't die in a 60minute solo workout. Idealy, they'd be a vest where I can adjust the weight by adding or taking away, so I can work my way up slowly...

any feedback/suggestions/experiences/recommendations are appreciated.

btw, I'll be really busy over the next few days and might not get to the thread right away. I thank everyone in advance.

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#240401 - 03/22/06 04:27 AM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Ed_Morris]
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Weighted vests are awesome! All that I have seen/used have had the ability to remove/add weight at will, and they are an fantastic way of increasing intensity and core engagement during HIIT drills, and also brilliant to use during bodyweight workouts to prevent you having to go 'rep happy' to work the body (weighted chins and dips are the shizzle).

I own a TKO weighted vest, they sell it as a 40lb capacity vest, and supply the weights to match, but when I loaded it up, I and everyone I asked agreed it felt like a 'heavy' 40lbs. Put it on the scales and it is 51lbs in reality.

I went for this one out of financial limitation- it was available in the uk, and not too expensive, however if money was not an issue, I would have had a 100lb v-max vest shipped from the states www.weightvest.com as it was, with international shipping, they wanted 500 dollars, so no sale.

One of my best friends, and strength and conditioning coach for Cambridge University and City rugby teams has just got an 86lb xvest www.thexvest.com and is very pleased with it. I havent had a chance to play yet, but he is finding it very well designed and comfortable.

Advantages of a proper vest over sticking weights in a rucksack are many, but most importantly, you get the weight properly distributed fore and aft, so no negative strain on your back, and the comfort of wearing, and ease of putting on/taking off inceases.

They are expensive, but if you intend to use them then they are worth it.
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#240402 - 03/22/06 06:00 AM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Ed_Morris]
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We used to run in our flack vests. It's a heavy bullet 'resistant' military vest. It was good for a workout that's for sure. Run a couple of miles in one of those and then take it off,you'll feel like you're floating.

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#240403 - 03/22/06 07:02 AM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Ed_Morris]
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The only thing that I have ever wondered is how are those things on your knees? you've got a very rapid increase of weight which is all supported by your knees for an extended period of time. Will your knees take the pressure no problem?

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#240404 - 03/22/06 08:17 AM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Dudley32]
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I own a v-max vest. Very high quality and i like how it sits high on the chest, not the whole torso.
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#240405 - 03/22/06 09:37 AM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Dudley32]
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I would not advocate wearing a heavy vest for cardio/long distance running. They are best used for developing power and dynamic strength in HIIT and plyometric movements, and in such short explosive bursts do not place any undue stress on the knees.
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#240406 - 03/22/06 04:38 PM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Cord]
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thank you everyone for the tips/links and info. I'll be ordering one soon and let you know how it works out...

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#240407 - 03/22/06 05:01 PM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Cord]
Dudley32 Offline
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So just wearing one around all day would be a bad idea?
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#240408 - 03/22/06 05:32 PM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Ed_Morris]
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I also use a weighted vest, for body weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, dips and empty hand squats. It's also "fun" to wear during kata practice. The vest is fairly comfortable, quick on and off, provides balanced resistance and a generally good overall workout.
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#240409 - 03/22/06 06:13 PM Re: weighted body vests [Re: Dudley32]
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Quote:

So just wearing one around all day would be a bad idea?




Yes. The same way that carrying around a dumbell all day would not be as effective as concentrated specific work with the resistance to induce fatigue and adaption.
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