Tested: VIPR weight training
FFT burns off the winter fat with some loaded movement training. Liiiift!
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.