Weighted vests?

  • psychboy1982

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    Sep 14, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    I was wondering about the possible benefits of running with weighted vests? Do they really make a difference? What is the main purpose? etc......

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    Sep 14, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    athletic performance training although my sis also uses them for dance since they do a lot of stage shows
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    Sep 15, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    from my perspective it challenges you when you're doing any physical activity. you will burn calories thats for sure.
    you dont have to run to achieve this. fast or low tempo activities you'll see the benefits from a CV, strength, intensity perspective. I wear two weighted vests at the same time.
    Part of the job. so to keep used to them I wear them doing crossfit, rucking etc.
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    Sep 15, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Additional question.....

    If I'm training to run a certain distance under a specific time, would training in a weighted vest increase my time when running without?
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    Sep 15, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    psychboy1982 saidI was wondering about the possible benefits of running with weighted vests?
    Compressed disks, slipped disks, herniated disks, and a visit to the MRI machine to figure out which one it is.
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    Sep 15, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Join The Army is you want to run with weight on run your back,.....plus, you'll learn how to shoot straight.
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    Sep 15, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    psychboy1982 saidI was wondering about the possible benefits of running with weighted vests?
    Compressed disks, slipped disks, herniated disks, and a visit to the MRI machine to figure out which one it is.


    I am getting pretty close to my weight loss goal so I thought it may be "fun" to get a 50 pound one and wear it doing cardio just to see how much harder it was when I was 50 pounds heavier.

    After I read this, I think I'll forget it icon_sad.gif.
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    Sep 15, 2011 12:40 PM GMT
    Jmoney5678 said
    paulflexes said
    psychboy1982 saidI was wondering about the possible benefits of running with weighted vests?
    Compressed disks, slipped disks, herniated disks, and a visit to the MRI machine to figure out which one it is.


    I am getting pretty close to my weight loss goal so I thought it may be "fun" to get a 50 pound one and wear it doing cardio just to see how much harder it was when I was 50 pounds heavier.

    After I read this, I think I'll forget it icon_sad.gif.


    Please don't trust everything you read on the internet, Research.
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    Sep 15, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    psychboy1982 saidAdditional question.....

    If I'm training to run a certain distance under a specific time, would training in a weighted vest increase my time when running without?


    I would think so, although I am not sure about your purpose. I know a lot of sprint based sports like football or performance activities like high energy dance routines or military uses em for stamina power or accelerations bursts.

    although you have to understand training for a marathon is VERY different from training for football and you cannot train for both at the same time.
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    Sep 15, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    tac vests, frag vests which I wear , the weight is distributed and does not cause any spinal injury. I also have a variable weighted jump kit on my back - approx 70-100 lbs total including vests.. I have zero spine issues.

    yes you can train with them. The commercial weighted ones start with 20 lbs and do it once a week. strength training...standing squats etc
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    Sep 15, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    psychboy1982 saidI was wondering about the possible benefits of running with weighted vests?
    Compressed disks, slipped disks, herniated disks, and a visit to the MRI machine to figure out which one it is.

    Assuming you aren't going to wear the vest 24/7, sleep in an upright position and do stupid things, then ignore what paul said.

    Now, jogging in a vest, yes and no, it'll depend on if you have a good running technique or not, when running if you hear thud thud thud thud as your foot slams into the treadmill or sidewalk then I wouldn't recommend it, however if you have good technique and only plan on jogging short distances then go for it.

    mmmm if it'll help you jog faster yes and no it will help develop stronger more powerful legs that will help you move faster but you will need to actually move faster so you'd need to aim to either keep at your current speed with the weight vest or reach the same pace again while wearing the vest. Then with the vest off you should find it easier to jog a little faster.

    At the end of the day get the vest, play with it, don't be stupid in it (ie, don't wear it ALL day EVERY day) and find out what will happen for you. The likely hood of a slipped or compressed disks is low assuming no preexisting back problems and you will at least have fun and learn a lot icon_smile.gif