Weighted vest: Everything You Need to Know
Weighted Vest are the best way to level up your workouts
A weighted vest is exactly what it sounds like. It looks pretty much like a bulletproof vest that has pockets all over it for weights, usually bags of sand. You may think that the only purpose of wearing a weighted vest is to look cool or look like you just got home from a SWAT raid, but that is definitely not so.
A weighted vest is a great tool to have in order to increase the intensity of your workout and bring your exercise routine to a whole new level. Weighted vest benefits are nearly endless and all of them will go a long way in helping you get healthy, get fit, and improve your overall physical performance. The benefits of wearing a weighted vest during workout routines are quite wide in their scope.
It is a low impact option for increasing your fitness levels. It adds extra weight when performing body-weight exercises such as walking, running or agility drills. A weighted vest can also increase the intensity of an exercise, making it harder to perform.
You don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from a weighted vest - anyone can use one to do simple daily activities. Putting on the extra weight can help you to burn calories and it can even increase bone density. Take a look below at some of the benefits to wearing a weighted vest.
HOW DOES A WEIGHTED VEST HELP ME?
A weighted vest can help develop strength, endurance and cardio. Adding extra mass can help influence the way your muscles stress and strain during fitness. The added weight increases the force at which you exert yourself which leads to faster energy depletion, and this can actually lead to positive results. A weighted vest can also add variety to a work-out - you can use a vest in many different body-weight exercises.
CAN YOU BUILD MUSCLE WITH A WEIGHTED VEST?
Using a weighted vest while working out puts your bones under extra strain. They respond by building more bone mass, which creates denser bones, connective tissue and an overall stronger musculoskeletal system. But remember to increase your weight over time - if training with the same weighted vest for a long period of time, your body will adapt to the resistance and you will stop seeing results.
HOW HEAVY SHOULD A WEIGHTED VEST BE?
Research suggests that weighted vests should be around 4-10 percent of your body weight. In order to gain the best value for money from a weighted vest, a good tip is to purchase a vest that allows you to start at a lower weight and gradually add more weight to it over time. When choosing the right weighted vest, it is advisable to start small. Purchasing a vest of five to ten pounds is recommended for beginners.
CAN I WEAR A WEIGHT VEST ALL DAY?
It is not advisable to wear a weighted vest for the whole day as it is likely to make you very tired and could cause soreness and muscle burn in various parts of your body. If while exercising, any of your muscles start to hurt, take off the vest immediately. A tip for beginners is to do shorter bursts to begin with and build up your timing and weight slowly. If only using your weight vest for short sessions of 20 minutes to an hour, you shouldn't experience any negative impact on your body.
IS A WEIGHTED VEST GOOD FOR LOSING WEIGHT?
Yes, it is possible to lose weight with a weighted vest. Heavier people tend to burn off more calories because their bodies require more energy to carry out the same tasks, therefore wearing a weighted vest while carrying out simple day-to-day exercises such as walking encourages weight loss. A recent study also suggested that when a person's weight suddenly increased, their bones registered the change and tried to restore the body's long-term equilibrium. In doing so, a person's appetite became reduced which meant they started to eat less and subsequently lost weight.
WHAT EXERCISES CAN I PERFORM WEARING A WEIGHT VEST?
You can perform a number of normal exercises using a weighted vest, such as walking or running. Simply putting the extra weight on your body will make this type of activity a lot harder. If you want to push yourself further, you can use a weighted vest for exercises such as push-ups and other agility exercises to improve cardio capacity, muscular endurance and overall strength. A weighted vest is the ideal solution for people who are out of shape to gently increase calorie burn while avoiding high intensity exercise.
Before you decide to go all Rambo, you need to ask yourself some serious questions about your current level of fitness as it pertains to the Workout:
- Do you struggle with most of the movements and often scale?
- Do you have to rest the following day?
- Do you struggle to finish within the time cap?
- Do you only workout once or twice a week?
If your response to any of the questions is yes, you should look to build up your general level of fitness before adding any extra resistance. As you do so, you can test out wearing a light vest for some Cardio workouts and go from there.
If you have any questions about weighted vest and choosing the right one for you, we at One:One Manufacturing are always happy to help.
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