Okay so for beginners, this shouldn’t be too long of a blog post, I know how some of you yawn at all my post and yet still manage to come back for more, LOL, Only kidding.
On a more serious note, have any of you considered wearing a weight vest while working out, or taking a run? Chances are a small number of people have actual done this and most of the time it isn’t something I would recommend in the first place unless you are a more advanced athlete or have a good fitness level where it will add to your skill and not hinder your progress.
Some of you are probably thinking, “why is she writing about wearing a weight vest if the chances of people actually doing this is very minimal?” well to be honest with you, because I had the chance to wear one while running a 800m run, and I turned down my chance because I didn’t think I could possibly hold an extra 20 lb and run a 800m with a decent time. I don’t always feel the need to show off my skill level and when I do, I make sure to not look like a dumb ass in front of elite athletes, and/or everyday general population. Neither group needs to see me make a fool of myself in order to make myself seem “cool”. Nonetheless, I have been looking into getting myself one, not because I feel the need to make a valid point, but because it actually occur to me that I have gotten stronger since that time and have developed a much higher level of confidence than I had in the beginning. I like to challenge myself without going crazy over the top.
Back to my point, I wanted to do a brief post on how adding a weight vest to your workout has its positives, but like I said, don’t feel obligated in going out to buy one, there is more than one way to get a challenge from a workout; but for those of you who may be interested, this will be a fun post for you to read.
- Combined with resistance training, the potential for performance enhancement increases.
- Good tool for variation
- Takes cardio exercises to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL
- Weight vest should be used occasionally (not all the time) to prevent injury and overuse
- You can choose how much weight is on your vest
- Known to increase strength and endurance – previously said
- Said to have musculoskeletal benefits
- Weight vest are not cheap items
- You need to be physically in shape before you consider going “rambo” LOL
- Not something I would recommend for children (yes, people have asked) – seriously what child wants to add an extra 20 lb while running around with his/her friends…
- Some people have complained of back and shoulder problems after using a weight vest
- Joint pains are another popular injury while wearing a weight vest