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Weight Vest Training Pros and Cons

Weighted Vest Blog

At AVORS we specialize in orthopedics, physical therapy, and pain management. Since we are a comprehensive musculoskeletal multi-specialty medical practice, we come work with patients who experience day-to-day injuries, work-related injuries, but also injuries that come about from training and athletics.

A part of what we do entails treating those who get after it just a little too hard. It’s fine to push yourself and it’s fine to see what you have in the tank, so to speak. But, in doing so, you will be putting your body through undeniable punishment.

Even the simple act of running puts an incredible amount of repetitive strain on your knees, ankles, and joints — not to mention your back.

Still, some folks are a little more intense than others. Those types of folks might like to shave more than a few seconds off their mile time or do a few more push-ups, pull-ups, or body squats. An athlete might want to increase strength and stamina, run faster, jump higher, etc.

In such cases people who are in training mode might consider investing in a Weight Vest.

If you run with a weight vest, which is a trend growing in popularity, you’re putting even more strain on your knees, ankles, back, and joints.

Of course, there are also undeniable benefits to running with a weight vest, which is why certain sectors and industries (like policing, military, etc.) utilize them already.

We’d like to go over some pros and cons of incorporating a weight vest into your workouts below.

First, the Benefits

We’ll start on a positive note and list more than a few benefits weight vests offer those who decide to purchase one.

Of course, there is no conclusive evidence on the matter at this point. But, individuals who use weight vests have been known to boost cardio work. Diversifying you workouts with a weight vest opens new windows and helps athletes and those engaged in rigorous training reach new plateaus. Bodyweight exercises also noticeably improve.

Wearing a weight vest is a good way to spike your heart rate quickly, whether on a hike, treadmill, or on the stairmaster.

Athletes who wear weight vests can often hit a heart rate of 3% to 5% higher when doing power or aerobic work (or both in conjunction) in a vest than they do when not wearing a vest.

Risks of Wearing a Weight Vest

When you wear a weight vest, you strap in at the shoulders and secure the vest around the body. It’s important to make sure that the vest doesn’t bounce around when you train, because this puts pressure on the spine and compresses the discs.

Keep in mind also that your body is calibrated as-is, so every time you use a vest, you’ll be changing the mechanics, if even slightly. This can throw off your form and increase injury risk.

Not only that, wearing a weight vest excessively can alter neuromuscular firing patterns. Your body is accustomed to your own unique leverage and your own unique weight distribution. To be accustomed to the weighted vest can cause confusion when you’re not wearing it — the process can be neuromuscularly confusing. Then your body has to recalibrate itself.

If You Train, Have a Plan

Whatever you do, make the most of it. It’s okay if you want to train hard — that’s what we’re here for. We offer preventive treatments that can keep you healthy and active; we can also treat injury and offer services that benefit athletes and active patients.

Services Available for a Wide Patient Base

AVORS offers a vast suite of services for patients of all ages and all activity levels. If you experience pain from training with a weight vest, we offer the following treatments:

  • Chiropractic Treatment
  • Massage
  • Non-Surgical Disc Treatment

We treat the following problems that can arise from training with a weight vest:

  • Migraines
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Radiating Leg Pain
  • Compressed Discs
  • Subluxations

AVORS features a highly-rated and deeply-respected team of doctors and surgeons, including in-fellowship trained surgeons in trauma, joint reconstruction, rehabilitation, pain management, massage therapy, and more. We’re here to take you from injury to independence. We’re also here to help you maintain a healthy, fit, and able body to endure the daily grind and whatever else you decide to put it through. Call today to schedule your consultation.