How athletes benefit from weight vests
First of all, it's important to know which target you want to use the weight vest for. Is there a particular exercise you want to intensify? Do you want to do some exercises or a complete workout with the weight vest? Since the weight vest is a kind of body weight extension, there are certain sports that benefit most.
Athletes who benefit
In the following sports, the use of a weight vest can be beneficial:
Crosstraining, endurance sports, calisthenics, gymnastics, climbing, general body weight training and other forms of exercise with body weight.
Crosstraining: Weighted Vest has long been established in American cross-training. A sport that's so about intensity and strength is push-ups or pull-ups with normal body weight that won't be enough at some point. With weight vests, the intensity is increased without changing the exercises much.
Endurance sports : In endurance sports like classic running, a weight vest can very well make the now easy jogging route difficult again. Anyone who wants to use a weight vest for jogging should use a maximum of 10kg. Higher weights also increase the risk of injury. From 10kg, jogging becomes uncomfortable in the joints.
Calisthenics : The sport of Calisthenics, which aims to learn skills in the form of strength elements from gymnastics, leaves one or the other frustrated. Often there is stagnation in training at a higher level and the weight vest can help to overcome it. Also here we recommend a weight vest up to 10kg for skill training. For raw strength training, heavier weights can also be used, but with over 10 kg the weight is usually so heavy that training for Planche or Frontlever is virtually impossible.
Gymnastics: Of course the weight vest should not be used for somersaults, but similar to Calisthenics, it can correct stagnation in force elements.
Climbing: Many people unfortunately do without this outstanding opportunity to use a weight vest in climbing. Anyone who climbs a weight vest for a week or two will be flying over the walls.
General bodyweight training: If you want to upgrade your home training or intensify pull-ups and push-ups, investing in a weight vest is definitely not wrong. Especially since all the above sports benefit so much from it.
What to look out for?
First of all you have to pay attention to the weight of the weight vest. As I said, for calisthenics and endurance sports, weight vests up to 10 kg are totally fine. For raw strength training, you're welcome to go further up the ladder.
A Weighted Vest is specified by the American system in LBS. For orientation: 10 LBS are approx. 4.5 kg and 20LBS are equivalent to 9kg.
The second thing to watch out for is the type of weights. Very many weight vests have sandbags as weights in their pockets. It is the cheapest and simplest variant, but mostly these weight vests are not well balanced and should one of the sandbags rip open, the mess is big on the one hand, on the other hand there are very seldom replacements. Another drawback is the fumbling when the sandbags have to be put back in the bag because the weight has been adjusted. That takes a lot of time with several sacks.
It's smarter to get a weight vest with massive metal weights. Mostly they are quite small because of their mass, which makes a good weight distribution on the whole vest possible. Also, solid metal can't rip open and removing and adding weights to the vest goes in seconds.
The last thing to look out for in a weight vest is a perfect fit. The heavier the weight vest, the longer and more compact it should be so that the weight can lie not only on the shoulders but also on the hips, similar to hiking backpacks. 10kg of continuous shoulder pressure can be very strenuous and can negatively affect your workout.
Buy weight vest
If you want to intensify your workout with a weight vest, we can recommend our PB Extreme Vest in our shop. It's firmly attached, the big version is on the hip and the weights are metal. They're even rubber-coated so nothing oxidizes. The weight vest exists in 10 LBS and 20 LBS. The small version can be upgraded to 20 LBS and the large one to 40 LBS. The necessary extra weights can also be purchased in our shop. We also offer the Ironwear weight vest, which has a similar weight of 20 LBS. It has weights of flexible metal similar to solid gel.