Weighted vests for Strength training & CrossFit
Along with resistance bands, a weighted vest should be your go-to for bodyweight exercises and training routines, especially when the good old pull-up or bodyweight squat is involved.
The extra strain that the added weight/load puts on your muscles forces your muscle groups to work together, which in turn makes them stronger as a whole. In fact, adding a weighted vest to your workout will typically increase your heart rate by 3-5%.
Training with weight vests prevent your body from stagnating
If you've been into strength training or CrossFit for any period of time, you'll know that your body will adapt to specific exercises over time and plateau. It effectively gets used to the same weights and the same movements. This is where a weighted vest comes into it's own because it combats muscle memory and keeps your body guessing and gaining strength via progressive overload, especially when your workout involves exercises such as push ups.