I’ve been drooling over a weighted vest for quite some time. I have been an avid Body Rock fan for YEARS (since before Lisa-Marie hosted and Zuzana was doing it). Their workouts are so inspirational and really push you. They are a big reason why I love working out.
In some of Lisa-Marie and other guest host’s workouts, they will occasionally wear a weighted vest. There are incredible benefits for including this type of resistance training to your current exercise regime which are what drew me to wanting to buy one.
- Increase strength and endurance
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Increase bone mass / strengthens bones
- Shakes things up in your routine
As with anything, it’s cautioned that it’s not to be used for every day workouts and additionally you should be careful with the weights you choose. Based on your fitness level, you could do more harm than good.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased a Tone Fitness vest from Amazon for around $30. It’s a 12lb weighted vest and I was so excited about it when it arrived. When I put it on however, I was a little disappointed. Even though the straps were tightened as much as they could go on me, it still felt loose. I knew there was potential for it to get in the way of exercises such as burpees or mountain climbers, any form of exercise where I was bending down and doing rapid movements, and it would be more annoying than anything.
I was going to return it but my husband said he’d use it. It fit him better anyway – so I ordered another one through Body Rock for myself. I received my new vest Wednesday and they are pretty much the same vest however the BR vest is a little smaller and it fits better on my frame than my original vest. The only issue with the BR vest is, I didn’t realize at the time that it’s only a 6lb.
I worked out with the bigger one Thursday morning doing a quick WOD I’d posted on my FB page to make sure I might like the 12lb better than the 6lb but the jury is still out (although the price difference is REALLY a good decision maker). I think I will do a couple more workouts before I make a final decision. But regardless of which I choose, I DID love the extra resistance and challenge it added to my workout.
What do you think?
Have you ever done a weighted vest workout? How did you like it?
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