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July 9, 2013 7:43 AM
Does anybody else run with a weighted vest at all? I've been alternating running with and without an 8 lb weighted vest, adding some more weight when it gets easier to do. Has anyone else tried to incorporate some weights into their run? I'd like to hear some strategies or tips!
  6155435
July 9, 2013 7:46 AM
I heard Goku and Vegeta partake in a similar training method.
  2952934
July 9, 2013 7:50 AM
I haven't with my runs, but I never thought to... now that I've seen this post, I may look into it.

I do carry a backpack with up to 20 lbs for my walks sometimes though.
July 9, 2013 7:53 AM
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I haven't with my runs, but I never thought to... now that I've seen this post, I may look into it.

I do carry a backpack with up to 20 lbs for my walks sometimes though.


It's like a whole different level to me. So hard! I think even when I was heavier, it wasn't that hard. But it makes me run faster when I run without it afterwards. If you try it, let me know what you think!
  6155435
July 9, 2013 7:54 AM
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I heard Goku and Vegeta partake in a similar training method.


You made me look them up! Lol, some guy in Ohio may have gotten a friend request before I figured out what you did there... :)
  6155435
July 9, 2013 7:57 AM
It's terrible on your form and on your body...I would NOT recommend it.
July 9, 2013 7:58 AM
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It's terrible on your form and on your body...I would NOT recommend it.


That's generally what I've discovered in looking at other peoples opinion on it. The thing with running is you can always run faster to work harder. I don't think I'll add weight to my runs.
July 9, 2013 7:59 AM
It is dangerous to do that. It puts excess stress on your joints, and running alone does that. Adding additional weight only makes it worse.
  25350589
July 9, 2013 7:59 AM
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It's terrible on your form and on your body...I would NOT recommend it.


I am interested in getting one. I have read that it actually helps with your form. Not sure though...
  22725723
July 9, 2013 8:00 AM
I just run with the weight I am carrying on my body and have looked to improve on how quickly I can move it. Times have improved dramatically this year as the weight reduces
  36463509
July 9, 2013 8:00 AM
Bad idea! Too much stress on joints. The idea is to weigh less so running is safer...
July 9, 2013 8:01 AM
I don't run with weights but I do a lot of walking with my toddler in a backpack carrier. One of my goals in life involves backpack camping for a few days and I figure that walking with my ever-growing son for now will help with that.
  42476091
July 9, 2013 8:01 AM
I haven't ever ran with a weighted vest. What I do on the treadmill is some interval training - so a light jog for 2 minutes, a HARD sprint for 45 seconds and then a walk for 1 minute. During the walking period of my interval training I will walk with 2 ten-pound weights in my hands. This toughens my run up and makes me SWEAT!

Don't carry too much weight when you run. The lighter you are when you run, the better. You don't want to put too much stress on your knees and joints and create pain for yourself. Walk with some weight since it is low impact and much easier on your joints.
Edited by getting_fit86 On July 9, 2013 8:02 AM
July 9, 2013 8:01 AM
You can make running more difficult without adding stress to the impact. I'd run faster, longer, or with intervals before I'd add a weighted vest.
  8648431
July 9, 2013 8:03 AM
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It's terrible on your form and on your body...I would NOT recommend it.


I am interested in getting one. I have read that it actually helps with your form. Not sure though...


Runners World had an article that basically said how terrible running with a vest is for you. I'll see if I can find it.
July 9, 2013 8:04 AM
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Does anybody else run with a weighted vest at all? I've been alternating running with and without an 8 lb weighted vest, adding some more weight when it gets easier to do. Has anyone else tried to incorporate some weights into their run? I'd like to hear some strategies or tips!


What exactly are you trying to accomplish by doing this?
  32758085
July 9, 2013 8:04 AM
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QUOTE:

Does anybody else run with a weighted vest at all? I've been alternating running with and without an 8 lb weighted vest, adding some more weight when it gets easier to do. Has anyone else tried to incorporate some weights into their run? I'd like to hear some strategies or tips!


What exactly are you trying to accomplish by doing this?


Injury.
July 9, 2013 8:06 AM
As an alternative to weight vests, I would recommend looking into some minimal running shoes and incorporating them into your workout. I have recently started with some New Balance minimus shoes, and my lower legs are getting a big workout. I can feel the muscle soreness like when I workout biceps, but in the back of my calves. I also feel like it's greatly helping my overall speed. Just be careful not to run too much at first to avoid injury.

JD
July 9, 2013 8:07 AM
one of the reasons that i want to lose weight is so that i can be a better, faster runner with more endurance and stamina. i don't see why i'd want to weigh myself shrinking body down with excess weight.
  10868064
July 9, 2013 8:07 AM
I bought a 20 lb vest with that in mind, but once I put it on I knew I would never do it. For one, it was friggin' HEAVY. laugh It seems much heavier than a 20 lb dumbbell, though it's not. Plus it was hot and uncomfortable and just did not seem like it would be fun and chafing might be involved. Even walking with it is not pleasant.

I wear it sometimes when doing step aerobics or when doing squats or lunges to add weight.
July 9, 2013 8:09 AM
I think I would try one of them fancy training parachutes before adding weight.
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July 9, 2013 8:11 AM
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Does anybody else run with a weighted vest at all? I've been alternating running with and without an 8 lb weighted vest, adding some more weight when it gets easier to do. Has anyone else tried to incorporate some weights into their run? I'd like to hear some strategies or tips!


What exactly are you trying to accomplish by doing this?


Well, I've seen plenty of research on both sides of the topic. The vest is evenly dispersed so there isn't an effect from the extra weight on my form. It has increased my strength and endurance. I understand that a lot of people are concerned about more risk of injury, but so far, with proper attention to correct form,I have only noticed positive results.
  6155435
July 9, 2013 8:12 AM
I run and I lift. I do not try and do both at the same time as too much is compromised and the risk of injury increases.
July 9, 2013 8:12 AM
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Does anybody else run with a weighted vest at all? I've been alternating running with and without an 8 lb weighted vest, adding some more weight when it gets easier to do. Has anyone else tried to incorporate some weights into their run? I'd like to hear some strategies or tips!


What exactly are you trying to accomplish by doing this?


Well, I've seen plenty of research on both sides of the topic. The vest is evenly dispersed so there isn't an effect from the extra weight on my form. It has increased my strength and endurance. I understand that a lot of people are concerned about more risk of injury, but so far, with proper attention to correct form,I have only noticed positive results.


Good luck!
July 9, 2013 8:13 AM
If you need more of a challenge then just pick up the tempo. There's enough of a challenge there without adding on more weight.

Hold a 16 oz water bottle in each hand. At least that's something useful you can carry with you on the run. The weighted vest sounds like an anchor.

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