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WEIGHTED VESTS: PROS AND CONS DEBATE

My initial thoughts on weighted vests are that the cons outweigh the pros because:
1. Added wt might cause or aggravate any existing pain to lower back, knees, and ankles. Lower back would be especially prone during movements that require bending at the waist.
2. Takes away from the core reason for doing some exercises, especially resistance training. We have a limited amount of energy for exercising daily. If you increase the energy expenditure during resistance training soley due to adding wt during all motion (just moving around the gym and during exercise), you decrease the energy available for actual resistance training. So if you are doing exercises to increase strength or muscle mass such as bench presses, curls, tricep extensions, etc, you will have less energy to work these muscles to maximum muscle fatigue (the point where muscles actually grow and strengthen).
3. You would need to remove the vest at certain times during resistance training. I doubt you will want to have a weighted vest on during crunches, planks, and other horizontal core strengthening exercises unless you already have a very strong core.
4. You might throw off your game if you use it for exercises such as long distance running. I don't run, but I'm sure there is a lot of technique, both mental and physical (pacing, stride, etc) that goes into both the race and the practices. If you train wearing additional wt, I would think it would change your stride and pacing as well as the impact force on your feet. This would affect your times greatly.

These are just some thoughts. I don't know if any of them are true, but they seem to be fairly logical. Any thoughts? You won't hurt my feelings if you disagree.
Peelout


Tue. Aug 13, 8:06am

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not sure if they are true either but they do seem plausable .. I will have to do some more research..


it would be a pain to have to take it on and off..

although some reviews used it for running but yes the extra weight could slow the pace down..

I don't have back issues.. I have issues in my wrists and left elbow so I thought it may help me increase strength training without putting extra pressure on my wrists.. but now You have given me food for thought.. so I need to research some more.

thanks for a different perspective

lynneta6

Friday, August 16, 2013, 5:08 PM

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I totally disagree with the first poster for those of us in better shape. However, I understand older people with less mobility would have those issues.

For people in good shape and no disabilities or injuries, the weighted vest just makes a work out more challenging. For runners, it is comparable to doing uphill sprints - it just makes your run more difficult, so that on race day, you will be faster without the weighted vest.

To each their own though. Different strokes for different folks.

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 11:34 AM

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11:34 poster. What type/brand of weighted vest do you use? How much does it weigh?
Peelout

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 12:18 PM

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11:34.. I too would like to know what vest You use and is it adjustable.. can you post a link.. I am still considering it later I am thinking of using because with my wrists and elbow I can not lift weights.

do you think this would be a good option?

lynneta6

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 5:07 PM

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11:34 poster, I've been thinking of trying a vest. Are you speaking from experience with them? If so, what type do you use?

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