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Old 01-06-2007, 01:36 PM   #1
Jeff Haas
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Does anyone work out with a weighted vest? Thinking about getting one but they are pretty expensive,are the worth it in your opinion?
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:09 PM   #2
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We have 2 at Mt Baker CrossFit. I use them and we have some clients use them for weighted bodyweight exercises.
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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I use an old backpack that my kids used for schoolbooks(free/paid for!!). I load it with dumbbells or a 25lb bumper plate, used during pullups, squats, dips, pushups etc. Of course it's not good for running, kick bag work, etc.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:06 PM   #4
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I just got a 50lb v-max vest, it rocks and is totaly worth the 200 for it.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:21 PM   #5
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Watch out with old back packs, I was using an old pack for weighted pullups, dropped down off the bar and the zippers faile, raining plates at my feet. Or make sure the zippers can't unzip themselves. Fwiw.
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:43 PM   #6
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Does anyone know which vest would be best for weighted handstand push-ups?
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:44 PM   #7
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Here's an adjustable 40 lbs for $70. I honestly can't remember if I've seen one for 40 lbs that's less than that... I am thinking yes, but the link is on my other computer. I'll try to get back to this thread on that later. Oh yeah, work/family safe.
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:59 PM   #8
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I like a pack. keeps all the weight on the hips and no matter how tight your core is, that shear force placed on it by a vest because all the weight is above the hips and directly on the lumbar section of the spine, can't be good.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:52 AM   #9
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I personaly own one. I have been wanting one and got it for Christmas this year. It is very comfortable and I have used it doing intervals and some calisthenics and so far I love it. I have used bags/packs as well and I can say that a vest, the right vest that is, is alot more functional for the stuff I do anyway. Mine actually came from Dick's Sporting goods store but I couldn't find it on their website. The brand I have is GoFit. They come in 20 and 40 lbs. Just do a search on and you'll find them. I have the 20 lb, didn't want to punish myself too bad at first. As far as the weight distribution is concerned, where the weight rides or whatever you want to call it, I have to train for both in my line of work. Sometimes I have on heavy bodyarmor and soemtimes I have a bag/pack and sometimes both so that's why I got a vest.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:28 PM   #10
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It all depends what your fitness goals are. But, by and large, I think weighted vests are a great tool. I have used them myself and with people I've trained. A high school football/basketball player I trained this summer was wearing one every day during our sprint and field workouts. He had great results. Gained speed, strength, and better endurance. When you get accustomed to running with an extra 20 to 40 lbs, and then immediately strip that weight, you're going to feel great.

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