Weight Vest: The Good and The Bad?

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Weight Vest: The Good and The Bad?

Post by AndrewHatkoff14 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:46 pm

- What is it good for?
- Can I use it just to wear around the house 1 hour a day and expect results?
- Will my back suffer as a result?

Any suggestions. I've got a 60 pounder.
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Re: Weight Vest, whats the general concensus?

Post by pdellorto » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:35 pm

AndrewHatkoff14 wrote:- What is it good for?
A lot. Any bodyweight exercise you want to make harder can benefit from a vest. I've used them for pullups, lunges, step ups. I've seen them used for pushups, horizontal rows, sprinting, box jumping, squats, burpees, split-squats, while sled dragging, etc. They're pretty versatile.
AndrewHatkoff14 wrote:- Can I use it just to wear around the house 1 hour a day and expect results?
I suppose it depends on what you do for that hour. Probably not too much overall, but I've never heard of anyone doing it. Give it a shot.
AndrewHatkoff14 wrote:- Will my back suffer as a result?
Also an "I don't know." Not for exercises, certainly, but maybe if you're wearing it around all the time. But if you're doing exercises correctly it's just a convenient way to add resistance.

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Re: Weight Vest: The Good and The Bad?

Post by Kenny Croxdale » Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:28 am

AndrewHatkoff14 wrote:- What is it good for?
pdellorto provide you a variety of uses.
- Can I use it just to wear around the house 1 hour a day and expect results?
What kind of results do you want?
- Will my back suffer as a result?
Why would your back suffer?
Any suggestions. I've got a 60 pounder.
What was your reason for buying the vest? You obviously bought it for a reason.

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Post by AndrewHatkoff14 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:04 pm

Not really, a friend gave it to me and said here...

I'm just wondering what I should do with it.

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Post by Jungledoc » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:29 am

AndrewHatkoff14 wrote:Not really, a friend gave it to me and said here...

I'm just wondering what I should do with it.
What have you been doing without it? Have you been training? If not, it's something to wait and use after you have been training for a while. Usually people who can do a lot of chin-ups or dips or push-ups, and they need to make them harder. Typically they'll use a 20-lb vest for a while, then a 40-lb vest, and then the 60. Most people just hold a dumbbell between their feet or tie a plate around their waist.

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Post by Rucifer » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:27 pm

Where can you buy these weight vests?! I could certainly use one!

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Weight Vests

Post by jcorsino » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:18 am

A weight vest can definitely be a valuable piece of equipment for strength training, but as far as just wearing one around the house, I would recommend against it because of the strain on your neck and lower back.

A solid home strength program can be designed using only a weight vest and things you already have at home, and maybe a pull-up bar. The big advantage of a vest is that you will perform closed chain exercises like push-ups instead of open-chain analogs like push ups.

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Post by Extremistpullup » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:12 am

weight vests are expensive so it depends on what you use it for. If running I say buy one but for dips and pull-ups just buy a dip belt that holds weight between your legs. you can get alot more on it. I use one for weighted pullups and it can hold more weight then you can get on a vest.

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