3 Main Things To Think About Before Using A Weighted Vest
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Today I am going to focus on 3 of the main things you should think about before using a weighted vest
- Your current fitness level
- Your workout routine and how you can most benefit from wearing a weighted vest
- What weights to start with, when starting to use a weighted vest
What Is A Weighted Vest?
Simply put a weighted vest is vest styled top that is designed with pockets to have weights added to it.
The added weights are made of materials such as, small sand bags and metals bars.
Wearing a weighted vest is a great way to enhance your workout routine, such as, running, jogging, walking, hiking, bike riding, body-weight exercises and much more.
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1. Your Current Fitness Level
It is a good Idea to check your fitness level before moving onto increasing your resistance in your fitness routine.
Ask yourself if you are ready to move onto an intense workout:
- How many times do your workout in a week?
- What is your fitness level?
- Are you struggling with your current fitness routine?
- Are you struggling with most of your movements in your current routine?
- Are you resting the following day after your workout routine?
It is important to check your level of fitness before moving adding more resistance to it. Answering these questions will give you an idea of where you are at.
2. You’re Workout Routine And, How You Can Most Benefit From Wearing A Weighted Vest
Firstly I would like to let you know how I use my weighted vest. I love to walk so I use it more when I am doing my walking routine. I do this around 3 to 4 days a week and I would normally walk for approximately an hour. I say approximately because I am not strict on the amount of time that I walk. But I would say that it can be more than an hour on most days.
What I would state is that when I first started my walking routine I did not wear a weighted vest. I started wearing a weighted vest when I found that walking for an hour did not have the same effect on my body that it did, when I started.
I used to feel like I really needed a rest after about half an hour let alone an hour. But 6 months in, I felt the same at the end of the hour that I did at the beginning of my walk.
So introducing a weighted vest increased my work out without my having to walk for two hours, I would get the same effect walking for half an hour with the weighted vest.
How you will use your weighted vest will differ. But what will remain the same is the technique:
Your body position – posture
The technique should be the same with or without wearing a weighted vest. A good posture will reduce injuries.
As mentioned earlier using a weighted vest increase the benefits of your work out.
3. What Weights To Start With, When Starting To Use A Weighted Vest
I would say start slowly introducing the weights to your vest and see how you feel after your workout.
Remember that adding weight to your workout routine is adding difficulty to your routines.
Even by adding a 5Lbs of weight can make a big difference to your workout and your body may not be used to it.
Add the weights in slowly and be careful if you are running and or jogging with a weighted vest, it may cause strain on your joints and knees.
There are many benefits to wearing a weighted vest but once again be careful not to go overboard with adding too much weight and making it too heavy to begin with.
If you’re looking for a weighted vest to buy, you can check out my Weighted Vest buying guide:
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