2021 must have : Why you need a weighted vest for your workoutsMay 6, 2014
Weighted vests are the perfect way to intensify your workout allowing you to implement progressive overload. In simple terms progressive overload results in the extra amount of work the body has to do to improve muscle mass. Useful for both cardio and weight workouts, they can help you take your cardio or endurance training to new form of resistance cardio.
- Add extra weight to any workout. Wearing a vest adds more weight to your overall body mass, adding an additional load to your musculoskeletal system and triggering several reactions within the body as you move.
- Improve bone mass. Your skeletal system is the first to feel the effects of a weight vest. Even before moving, your body’s structural system is engaged by the stress of the additional vest weight. This stress triggers the generation of new bone tissue and can increase bone density as well.
- Build stronger muscles. During movement, your muscles exert force to move through rhythmic contractions and extensions. The more weight your body tries to move and support, the more your muscle fibers and filaments are torn down. This signals the body to create more filaments and promotes muscle growth.
- Boost metabolism. A vest can also promote weight loss since exercising with more weight on your frame expends extra energy and calories. Simple physics: the more mass you have, the slower your acceleration is. This can encourage you to push or work harder during your workouts to maintain performance.
- Improve the heart and lungs. The respiratory system is also impacted by the addition of a weight vest in two ways. First, having the vest on the torso affects the majority of your inhalation and exhalation muscles. Second, more weight increases the VO2 max gradually for better oxygen processing.