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.
HOW DO WEIGHTED VESTS HELP YOU?
Like pull up bands, the weight vest is an awesome strength training tool for both men and women, but they aren't limited solely to functional and bodyweight exercises and workouts.
Running with a weighted vest is commonplace in countless military training routines as they're proven to increase speed and stamina. This is because your body gets used to the extra weight, so when you run without the vest your body continues to exert the same force it would need for you to run at your normal pace, with the added weight.
It also goes without saying that by adding weight to your run, you increase your cardio health. The extra weight within the vest will force your heart and muscles to work that little bit harder, which in turn will quickly increase your body's efficiency.
CHANGING OR ADDING TO THE WEIGHT OF YOUR VEST
What you want from your weighted vest might change from workout to workout. That's why we've designed our vest so that you can change the weight of your vest to suit your needs.
The needs and weight of the vest will vary from individual to individual, and the fitness level you're at will dictate the weight of the vest you choose. For example, if your training includes CrossFit wods such as Murph, or incorporates pull ups or press ups on a regular basis then you should consider going for a heavier 20kg or 30kg weighted vest, but if you're new to strength training then a lighter weight such as a 10kg might be better, to begin with. Choosing a lighter weight will allow and help your body to adjust until your it builds up enough stamina to cope with heavier weights during exercise.
If bodybuilding workouts are more your style then you should definitely be looking to add the heaviest weights to the vest and adjust the weight depending on your workout.
How heavy is the weighted vest for Murph?
The workout for Murph generally calls for a 20lb/10kg weighted vest.
What's the difference between this vest and a cheap version?
Our vests are designed with the user's form and function in mind and made from the best/toughest materials available, and with that comes a slightly higher price point than lesser vests. We focus solely on quality and the user's ability to exercise efficiently.
Are weighted vests bad for your spine?
If you have a pre-existing back or neck problem then we do not recommend that you use a weighted vest, due to the extra pressure placed upon your spine and the progressive overload, especially when performing exercises such as the push-up.
How long can I wear a weighted vest?
If you're using it for running then we recommend using it for between 30 minutes and 1 hour. If you're using it for walking then wear it as long as you feel comfortable, but when using it for functional training we suggest the time is limited to a maximum of 45 minutes.
Is a weighted vest bad for your knees?
As with your back, we recommend not using a weighted vest if you have pre-existing knee problems. If you don't have pre-existing knee problems then weighted vests are not bad for your knees, especially if all you're trying to improve is your chin-up.