A weighted vest is just what it sounds like. It is a well fitted heavy vest worn around the upper body, available in different weights offering varying challenges for strength training. Since they are versatile and serve the purpose of a weighted bar, they work very well for a broad range of exercises such as Burpees, sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, jumping rope, squats and so on. Considering the benefits, a weighted vest is one of the most popular vests today in the fitness industry.
Before you jump up and buy one, there are a few considerations:
Your fitness level: The level of fitness is key and you need to be realistic about it. Buying a vest such as this will require a certain level of fitness. Whether you are ready will be determined by your CrossFit regimen and how well you are able to complete it. Some questions you will have to ask yourself
- Are you able to complete it without a break?
- What is your condition a day after a workout? Do you typically rest?
- Do you struggle with the exercises during the WOD (workout of the Day) in relation to the scale and movements?
The weight you want to add: You must seriously consider the weight of the vest. Taking the 5lbs weighted vest will add quite a significant challenge to your existing workout, check huge collection of weighted wristbands. If you plan to run or use it for MURPH, the impact on your body will be much greater.
Having said that, you should know that the weighted vests provide quite a few advantages and can seriously improve your fitness level.
- It improves endurance and strength drastically. Carrying an additional weight and doing cardio, improves your oxygen intake and building muscle strength.
- If you have been exercising for a long time, your body gets used to the level of activity quickly. By adding weights to your workout, you are not only getting the cardiovascular benefits but adding a variation to your workouts.