Whether you are a personal trainer, strength coach or workout on your own, you should invest money in a weight vest and incorporate this exercise accessory into your routine.

To the uninitiated, a weight vest might seem like a piece of exercise equipment that’s strictly for the hardcore, but nothing could be further from the truth.  A weight vest is a simple, yet versatile, piece of equipment that is beneficial to people regardless of their fitness level, from beginners to elite athletes.  I have had a great deal of success incorporating weight vest training into the routines of my personal training clients.

For folks who walk and stretch a weight vest can make these activities much more effective by wearing a weighted vest with as little as 10-pounds.  The demands placed on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems by wearing a weight vest make simple movements much more effective, and research indicates that wearing the vest can improve spinal bone density.

Weight vest training is based on the pretty simple theory that if you exercise with more weight than the body is accustomed to, the exercise can be more demanding, and therefore more effective.  And we’re not talking about a lot of extra weight.  I weigh 205-pounds and have found that a vest weighing as little as 20-pounds can make a single set of 45 jumping jacks much more difficult.

The weight vest can be used to make every exercise more challenging and more effective, from simple exercises like stretching, to complex movements like squat thrusts, squats, pull-ups and push-ups.  Weight vest workouts are an effective and efficient way to get yourself in better shape.

If your fitness routine consists of going on regular walks a weighted vest can help you to achieve an improved level of fitness and offers a vastly superior alternative to carrying hand weights while walking.  Hand weights put a lot of stress on the connective tissue of the hands, wrists and arms and over time, carrying these weights can lead to problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis. 

But with a weight vest the weight is evenly distributed and does not put any unnatural stress on the back or joints.  Weight vests can be loaded with weight in one-pound increments so you can slowly – and responsibly – increase the load you carry. 

Whether you are a beginner or have reached a high level of fitness, are a personal trainer or a weekend warrior; the weight vest should be a part of your routine.  Make an investment in your health and fitness and start training with a weight vest.


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