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  • Training with a Weight Vest

    Weight Vest Training is the topic on my blog today. As always, your comments are appreciated. Enjoy!
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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  • #2
    +1 for the "don't get overzealous." It's important to remember that even if the muscles are willing and ready, the tendons and ligaments might need some more adjustment time. My golfer's elbow reminds me of that from adding too much weight to my pullups.

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    • #3
      Good point, Abu. Thanks for your feedback!
      "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

      "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

      My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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      • #4
        I love my weighted vest, I try to wear it with as many workouts that it's feasible for. Sometimes you just have use common sense and know that it's probably not the best choice, but I think overall weighted vests can have quite a bit of positive effect for building additional reps into body weight exercises.

        I would never wear a vest during a Fran, because I feel like that is just asking for trouble, but popping a vest on for Murph is a great way to work on building overall endurance.

        edit: do you recommend any vests? My cheapo is starting to tear at the shoulders.

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        • #5
          Great vid and article Al, I love adding extra weight to my body weight exercises. And for those of you who can't afford a weight vest just yet or if you're still waiting to pick one up check out this video on how to use a book bag as a weight vest for FREE!
          Fitness Is A Journey, Not A Destination.

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          • #6
            Al, you read my mind! I was asking about weighted vests + SimpleFit last week, I think. Great video, as always, but just one thing I've noticed about your vids: you need to normalize down the volume of the intro and any music played (or up the volume when you're talking). There's a huge disparity there between the volume of music playing and you speaking.

            Weighted vests seem to be fairly expensive (for me at this point in time). I'm considering getting a used life-jacket, tearing the foam out and just adding lead or something. Anyone jury-rigged something like that [successfully]?
            August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

            I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)

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            • #7
              where does one GET a weighted vest.?

              I've been wanting one, not for weight work yet, but for walking.
              MTA: because it is rare I dont have more to say

              "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Patrick View Post
                Al, you read my mind! I was asking about weighted vests + SimpleFit last week, I think. Great video, as always, but just one thing I've noticed about your vids: you need to normalize down the volume of the intro and any music played (or up the volume when you're talking). There's a huge disparity there between the volume of music playing and you speaking.

                Weighted vests seem to be fairly expensive (for me at this point in time). I'm considering getting a used life-jacket, tearing the foam out and just adding lead or something. Anyone jury-rigged something like that [successfully]?
                There used to be a guy who walked in our park with a back pack loaded with rocks. Of course the weight is distributed a bit differently than with a vest.

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                • #9
                  I have found vests work much better than rigged contraptions, unless you are specifically trying to emulate training as an army grunt.

                  A well balanced vest makes it very easy to do anything from pullups to situps and running with very little shifting or discomfort, where as anything you make on your own is most likely not gonna be anywhere that static.

                  Of course, if you are super handy and can sew than feel free to rock it.

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                  • #10
                    Well, I was thinking of totally pimping it out and going for a Patrick and the Amazing Technicolor Weight Vest kinda deal. . . .
                    August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

                    I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by runnergal View Post
                      where does one GET a weighted vest.?

                      I've been wanting one, not for weight work yet, but for walking.
                      The silver tuna of weight vests in the V-force from the folks at Ultimate Weight Vests for fitness training.

                      It will last so long you will be handing it down to your grand kids. I highly reccomend them. I also reccomend you get two sweat guards, one to swap out and use while the other is in the wash.

                      the 45lb slim one is perfect for me. sits nice and high and does not move much at all. the unused weight slots up front are great for storing your food and phone/ipod.

                      GO EASY - Don't rush into weighted training.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by runnergal View Post
                        where does one GET a weighted vest.?

                        I've been wanting one, not for weight work yet, but for walking.
                        I got mine at Sheels. I'm sure any sports store would have them. Mine has 40 1lb sand bags which you can add/remove to adjust the weight.

                        I too was wondering about using my weight vest for walking. However, I don't know if that would make it too high intensity and could possibly hinder fat burning? Anyone else have any thoughts on using a weight vest for moving frequently at a slow pace?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grok View Post
                          I got mine at Sheels. I'm sure any sports store would have them. Mine has 40 1lb sand bags which you can add/remove to adjust the weight.

                          I too was wondering about using my weight vest for walking. However, I don't know if that would make it too high intensity and could possibly hinder fat burning? Anyone else have any thoughts on using a weight vest for moving frequently at a slow pace?

                          Here is the abstract for a study done several years ago regarding weighted training and its applications in endurance athletes.

                          Metabolic response of endurance athletes to traini... [Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1987] - PubMed result

                          Regards,

                          Dave

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                          • #14
                            Amazon.com tends to have them on sale frequently. Plus some qualify for free shipping.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the positive feedback everybody!

                              Originally posted by Patrick View Post
                              Great video, as always, but just one thing I've noticed about your vids: you need to normalize down the volume of the intro and any music played (or up the volume when you're talking). There's a huge disparity there between the volume of music playing and you speaking.
                              Thanks for the suggestion, my video editing skills have improved since I started blogging, but I've still got a lot to learn. Part of the problem is that I don't use an external mic so sometimes the sound just doesn't pick up that well, but I can definitely do more in post-production to balance it out.

                              Originally posted by TimBell View Post
                              Great vid and article Al, I love adding extra weight to my body weight exercises. And for those of you who can't afford a weight vest just yet or if you're still waiting to pick one up check out this video on how to use a book bag as a weight vest for FREE!
                              Originally posted by Rivvin View Post
                              I have found vests work much better than rigged contraptions, unless you are specifically trying to emulate training as an army grunt.

                              A well balanced vest makes it very easy to do anything from pullups to situps and running with very little shifting or discomfort, where as anything you make on your own is most likely not gonna be anywhere that static.

                              Of course, if you are super handy and can sew than feel free to rock it.
                              You're both right - a book bag full of rocks or weights is fine if you're just doing pull-ups and dips, but for other movement patterns it can get complicated. If you just wanna try it out, go for the book bag, but I'd recommend that anyone who wants to do some serious weighted calisthenics use something specifically designed for that purpose (but I'm all for DIY projects).
                              "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                              "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                              My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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