Exercises to do in a Weighted Vest
Hiya friends! Who has created a weighted vest for yourself or someone you love? I have and I just love mine. It gives a “hug” when you need it, or adds some oomph to your workout when you want it! What other uses for a weighted vest can you think of? If you are debating on creating such a great accessory because you just don’t have a clue what exercises to do in a weighted vest, then this blog is for you. I’ll go over some of the best for any fitness level!
Cardio Exercises in a Weighted Vest
The beauty of a weighted vest is it will add some heft to any cardio workout. Try it out while walking, short jogs, or even sprints. Any cardio machine that requires you to stand (sorry stationary bicycles!) is a great time to try out your weighted vest. They aren’t recommended during long runs since they can jostle around and cause chaffing or stress on your body.
Toning in a Weighted Vest
Weighted vests really shine when it comes to toning exercises. This is especially awesome for people that don’t have access to a gym or treadmill and want to stay fit because you can do all of these in your living room or bedroom; just clear a little spot so your arms and legs have free movement and you’re ready to go!
First, try planking. While wearing your weighted vest, lie down on your stomach. Place your palms on the floor at your shoulders and your toes on the ground, and pull yourself up like you’re going to do a push up. Now hold it! The key with planks is building endurance—holding the pose as long as possible.
Now try arm dips. Sit on a chair, and place your hands on the sides of the seat. Now, move yourself off the chair and “dip” in front. Your arms should feel this one as you pull yourself back to the seat!
Squats are a great way to tone your legs. Just stand with your legs your hip’s width apart and slowly move to a seated position, as much as you can do while keeping your feet flat on the ground and your knees over your toes. Then slowly go back to standing.
The key with adding a weighted vest to any of these exercises is to only wear it during something you are already quite comfortable with; it should only add a level to exercise you already do. What workout do you like to wear your weighted vest during? I’d love to hear on my Facebook page!
Want to make your own weighted vest? Check out my in-depth instructions and get crafting!