Weighted Vest...advice for how to prevent injury.

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    May 02, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    I am going on a hike with friends over the summer. I have never backpacked before. So one of my friends suggested that I get a weighted vest and begin a walking routine to build up my stamina and to get me used to carrying the extra weight. So I bought a 20lb vest. My question is, what is the best way to get the most out of this vest without hurting myself? Is it best to start out with 6-10 lbs and then build up over the next few weeks? Or as long as I stretch am I good to jump right in at 20lbs? I have put it on and it doesn't seem too bad, but 5 miles later I may be singing a different tune. Anyone had any experience with these things?

    Thanks,
    Inexperienced Hiker
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    May 02, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    I swear by mine, though I don't use it anymore except for pullups, pushups, and reverse pushups.
    I'd suggest starting with 5 lbs, and work your way up to 20. It "seems" easy at first, but by the 5 mile marker, you'll be glad you did.
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    May 02, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    Paulflexes,
    Thanks. I appreciate it. I am going to heed your advice and try 6 lbs at first and add 2-4lbs every other week. I never thought about using it to add to my P90x routine, but that is an excellent idea.
    Take it easy and thanks for the response,
    B~
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    May 03, 2011 8:55 AM GMT
    If I was you I would start using the vest to build up your stamina
    and to get used to carrying the extra weight.
    Then take the vest and put it into the Rucksack you will be wearing on the Hike.
    After a few miles walking the rucksack will causing friction and Blisters.
    so you might need some extra padding under some off the straps

    don't forget to take a bottle of Vaseline to stop skin being inflamed
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    May 10, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    Silly question but whatever.

    Are these safe? I guess I mean can there be spinal compression issues due to carrying the extra weight for extended periods of time?

    Fat people develop joint problems from carrying the extra weight...

    I wanna say I read in Runners World recently where they advised to not run with weights because of similar issues.
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    May 18, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    james716 saidSilly question but whatever.

    Are these safe? I guess I mean can there be spinal compression issues due to carrying the extra weight for extended periods of time?

    Fat people develop joint problems from carrying the extra weight...

    I wanna say I read in Runners World recently where they advised to not run with weights because of similar issues.


    Weighted vest can be very beneficial in building stamina over a period of time. This is actually very important when using it. You have to allow your body to get used to the extra weight by increasing it in small increments. This is the safest way to build your stamina while using the vest.

    The reason why an overweight individuals have problems in their joints is because they do not have the musculature to support themselves.

    Runners shouldn't run in a vest if they have never trained in one. You can really stress your joints if an abrupt load is put on them.

    Hope this helps,

    Cameron

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