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September 4, 2011 1:01 PM
Hi everyone!!! :)

I just purchased a weighted vest that I figure I can wear during my workouts (such as dancing) to burn more calories. The vest I got weighs 20 lbs (about 9 kg).
I most likely won't start with the whole 20 lbs as the weight in the vest can be customized.
I just assume it's science and adding weight to myself would naturally cause me to burn more calories. Just as I would if I weighed 20 lbs more than I do.

Just wondering if anyone has added a weighted vest to their workouts?
I'd like to know your experience with using one. :) Did it increase your calories burned? Increase the amount of weight you lost per week? Increase your strength? Build muscle?

Thanks to everyone in advance for your comments! :)

EDITED: This is the information on Wikipedia

Weight vests are becoming a very popular form of adding weight around the entire core to, for the most part, simulate the fat storage areas of the human body. It is very useful for adding weight to limb-centric movements, and for handling great weights. Due to the large area available, it can also handle more weight. If well-affixed, it is the safest most natural means of mimicking added body mass without unbalancing the body's muscles. They can be used to add resistance to almost any whole-body movement.

Sounds good! :)
Edited by amandavictoria80 On September 4, 2011 1:28 PM
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September 4, 2011 1:05 PM
Sorry, no experience with one...but...I been giving a lot of thought to getting one...please let us know how it works happy
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September 4, 2011 1:09 PM
I haven't used one but I give my 3 year old daughter piggy back rides during my evening walk sometimes and when I wear my heart rate monitor it shows I burn more when I carry her. She weighs 34 pounds. Theoretically, the more you weigh, the more caloreis you burn so I wish you the best of luck!
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September 4, 2011 1:12 PM
I haven't done a weighted vest exactly, but I have added ankle and wrist weights to some of my workouts, particularly the P90x Kenpo. It's definitely upped the intensity for me, my calorie burn is higher and I definitely feel more of a burn. I assume a weighted vest might have a similar effect.
September 4, 2011 1:18 PM
I've been carrying two 10lb dumbbells on my walks. I burn more calories, but not a significant amount. I only show a marked increase when I do curls/hammers/etc while walking. Perhaps in my case 20lb of added weight isn't doing much.. For this reason I'm really looking into a weighted vest, probably around 40lb.

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Edited by Erindipitous On September 4, 2011 1:18 PM
September 4, 2011 1:22 PM
Wearing a weighted vest increases everything positively; calorie burn, strength, speed, aerobic fitness. My son has been using one since last Christmas and loves it. I used to carry handweights and wear ankle weights when I walked. My calves looked awesome, my upper arm and shoulder muscles became more defined, my oxygen intake increased, my walking speed was increased when I wasn't using the weights. 2 thumbs up~ get the vest.
September 4, 2011 1:26 PM
I have a weighted vest, but haven't used it yet. When I do Tae Bo, I sometimes wear my weight gloves, even for workouts that doesn't require wearing weight gloves.
September 4, 2011 1:29 PM
This is what Wikipedia says and it sounds very good! :)

Weight vests are becoming a very popular form of adding weight around the entire core to, for the most part, simulate the fat storage areas of the human body. It is very useful for adding weight to limb-centric movements, and for handling great weights. Due to the large area available, it can also handle more weight. If well-affixed, it is the safest most natural means of mimicking added body mass without unbalancing the body's muscles. They can be used to add resistance to almost any whole-body movement.
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December 5, 2012 1:37 PM
If you use weighted vest your body will lose the fat and gain more muscle but your weight may not change because muscle weighs more then fat I've been doing it for a month at 20 pounds if already can see more muscle in mid section but I'm not weighing less
December 5, 2012 2:38 PM
I have one and use it when I do P90X Plyometrics and sometimes for lunges and Bulgarian split squats. Definitely increases the intensity.
December 5, 2012 9:10 PM
I have a weighted vest (up to 60lbs), they are amazing for push ups, pull ups, calisthenics in general.

I've used 20lbs on P90X's Plyometrics before, that was a wicked burn!

Push ups and especially pull ups become a lot more difficult with the vest, but your ability to do them vest-free will increase enormously also!

I'm not sure a weighted vest would be as effective on an elliptical machine, but it would definitely be great on a run/walk/jog!
December 5, 2012 9:13 PM
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Edited by brokensecret On December 5, 2012 9:15 PM
December 5, 2012 9:14 PM
Weighted vest...boobs counts lol
December 5, 2012 9:15 PM
Your first mistake is using any form of resistance as a means to burn more calories. Only get a weighted vest when you progress to that level.
December 5, 2012 9:17 PM
From what I've heard/read, adding weight isn't the best way to burn more calories. I assume the vest distributes the weight better than ankle or wrist weights, but it's still adding extra weight which means it's harder on your joints and cardiovascular system. The weights used to be a big thing back in the 80's where everyone just thought the more you sweat the better your workout is!

Anyway, from most opinions here, it looks like it's worked for most, so it would be interesting to hear what you find!
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December 5, 2012 9:24 PM
I have a weighted vest and love it. I especially like it for lunges and squats. I usually have 30 lbs on it and then put a 20 barbell on my shoulders. That way I don't have to lift 50 lbs over my head. and carry it on my shoulders. Great burn. Get a good one. I have heard people complain that the weight pockets can tear on the cheeper ones.
December 26, 2012 8:20 AM
I have used a 20lb weighted vest with success. When I'm really on my cardio game, the vest helps drop A LOT of weight. I've used it on my runs and on the elliptical. I don't know how many calories I was burning on the runs, but I can tell you that I can only run at a slow, pokey pace. It didn't matter...I still got what I needed. Granted, I used to be a cardio fool on the elliptical. I say, start with a lower weight and listen to your body. It is imperative that you use the correct form while wearing the vest because it is really easy to have back problems with it.
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