Tested: VIPR weight train­ing

FFT burns off the win­ter fat with some loaded move­ment train­ing. Li­i­i­ift!

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What is it?

VIPR stands for ‘vi­tal­ity per­for­mance re­con­di­tion­ing’. In lay­man’s terms, that means full body move­ment with load. The train­ing tool was in­spired by farm chil­dren who’d move with weight while car­ry­ing out daily tasks.

How does it work?

The user holds it by the two han­dles, shoul­der-width apart, and car­ries out a range of dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises based on their train­ing am­bi­tions. Mov­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions with a load helps to de­velop agility and strength, which trans­fers to the de­mands of mul­ti­ple sports – in­clud­ing foot­ball, ob­vi­ously.

Who uses it?

VIPR weights are used by key fig­ures in a wide range of sports, in­clud­ing a num­ber of Premier League teams, NBA out­fits, Olympic ath­letes and box­ers such as world heavy­weight cham­pion Anthony Joshua. They’re also avail­able in most reg­u­lar gyms.

Why are they us­ing it?

Many team and in­di­vid­ual sports re­quire ath­letes to move in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions at speed and have enough strength to hold off op­po­nents. This tool de­vel­ops these at­tributes and also pro­vides a good car­dio work­out.

How much does it cost?

£150 isn’t pocket change, but as all you need is one piece of kit and some space for a full-body work­out, a VIPR could be a wor­thy in­vest­ment. If you don’t want to shell out, you can use one at any Vir­gin Ac­tive gym in the UK.

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