The weighted vests today are a far cry from what was used a few decades ago. With designs that make it easy to adjust the weight, you can easily use them to enhance several aspects of your workout. Here are a few examples of when to wear the vest and increase the benefits you get from those activities.
Are you in the habit of going for a half-hour walk each evening? If so, a vest from the Fitness Avenue Store will be a great addition. Start out with a lighter amount of weight and walk your usual route. The weight will place a little more stress on your leg muscles, but not enough to cause problems. Add more weight as your body adjusts. You’ll find the weights help tone the leg and thigh muscles a little faster.
The benefits you get from walking with weighted vests increase when you decide to jog or run. Along with strengthening the legs and lower body, you also ensure the run provides more of a cardiovascular workout. As with the walking activity, start out with a lesser amount of weight and add to it every few days. You’ll be amazed at how it works the muscles and helps you build stamina.
Climbing is a great workout that works many different muscle groups. While the vest won’t make any real difference to your arms or shoulders while you climb, you can bet that it will provide extra resistance for the lower body. During the climbs, you may find that the vest also helps to strengthen the lower back. By choosing a design from the Fitness Avenue Store that allows you to add weight over time, it’s easy to increase the weight when climbing doesn’t provide the same level of challenge any longer.
Pull Ups and Chin Ups
Wearing a vest will make a difference when you perform pull ups or chin ups. That’s because the additional weight will provide more resistance for your upper back, shoulders, and arms. If you find that your pull ups aren’t providing much of a challenge, a vest with the right amount of weight will change that.
Lunges and Squats
While lunges and squats do a lot for the legs and thighs, they also have an impact on the abdominal muscles. You can increase the impact by choosing weighted vests to wear during your routines. Even as you build muscle mass in the thighs and legs, you’ll notice the weight also helps to tone and flatten the midriff.
Remember that you can purchase a vest from the Fitness Avenue Store that can be adjusted to as little as a couple of pounds all the way up to 36 pounds. Give it a try with several of your exercises and see what you think. Along with the ones mentioned already, you will find the vest can also help with upper body exercises like situps. Get creative and it won’t be long until you find all sorts of ways to put the vest to good use.
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