Bump up your calorie and fat burn with a wearable fitness tool — the weighted vest — and take your workouts to the next level.
Vests are unlike any other kind of strength equipment because they are attached to your person and move with you. “They rest tightly against your body, allowing for more natural movement,” Cummings says. “And since the vest keeps the weight close to your center of mass and evenly distributed, the workload seems lighter.”
A properly fitting vest should be snug without being restrictive. Cummings recommends adding 5 to 8 percent of your bodyweight to start, and as you get stronger increasing that to as much as 15 percent.
Pretty much any exercise you can think of can be done with a vest to increase intensity. However, Cummings does not recommend using it on the elliptical or a stationary bike because those activities don’t work against gravity, and he also cautions about form during explosive moves. “You’ll have more inertia on landing because you have more mass, and if you don’t take precautions, you’re more prone to injury than you would be normally,” he says.