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At Resistance Wear, we take your health and fitness serious. So that's why we have professionals on staff to help you get started, get over the hump or fine tune your workouts. Our experts, Ed Ash and Matt Dean, have trained and taught across the country and the world and are thought leaders on a number of fitness, training and rehabilitation topics. You can also find their work regularly published in sports and fitness media outlets.

With years of experience in physical therapy, sports medicine, injury rehabilitation, athletic training and personal training, these guys will set you straight and get you the answers you need. Some of the most popular questions are listed below; you can also check out our FAQs. If you have a specific question you want to run by our experts, please send it using the form below. We'll get back you to quickly!

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Answers from the Experts

I’m just getting into exercising and have never used a weight vest before. What’s a good exercise program for me to start with?

The key to any exercise regiment is to get clearance from your primary care physician first. After you have obtained clearance, start slow. It is recommended to participate in weight training at least two days a week for 30-45 minutes and perform 30-60 minutes of walking every day. What makes the vest so helpful is that you will not need to go to a gym to perform your weight training. The vest comes with easy to change weight plates to challenge the body while performing exercises in all planes of motion. There is less chance of injury or harm because the weight is like an added skin. There is not any weight that can be taken away from the body that has potential for harm.

To get started, put the vest on with one or two plates and go for a walk (start with 10 minutes and build up). After a week, add 5-10 more minutes and maybe add another plate. After week week two, slowly add in body weight exercises with the vest. This will optimize the bodies core and stabilizers without putting excessive strain on the joints, tendons, or ligaments. By week three to four, you should be walking 3-5 days a week (30-60 min.) and performing body weight exercises with the vest 2-3 days (30 min. each session) per week.

What’s the best way to use a weight vest? How should I incorporate it into my workouts?

For this question we have to put on our physics hats. There are two basic concepts we need to understand in order to answer this question. First off we need to understand what acceleration is. This is the change in an objects velocity over time. Second, we need to understand what momentum is. Momentum is defined as a mass times a velocity.

Simplifying the math, acceleration is the time rate of change of momentum. If we remove the weight we have decreased the mass, the acceleration will have to increase and the momentum has decreased, making acceleration much quicker. The best way to look at this is to take a lineman (350 pounds and a running back, 220 pounds). The speed of the running back is much quicker because he has less momentum to get started, hence, a faster acceleration.

Do you think it would be productive to use a weight vest in a TRX class? Or would it increase my chances of injuring myself?

As a TRX instructor I have used it during many of my classes. Using your body weight is challenging but when you use the weighted vest for a TRX class, it takes your workout to the next level. As long as you remember how to adjust resistance with body angles and you have an instructor who watches your form very closely, you should not have any chances of injuring yourself during your workout session.

Will your vest improve my 40 time?

The silver rings take the vest to the next level. With its centrally located design to the human body, we can attach a sled, resistance bands or a chain to help with pull ups. Overall, the vest is an essential tool to all training programs and athletes.

I have Osteoporosis and heard walking in a weight vest will help this condition. Is this true? And if so, how does it work?

Osteoporosis is a chronic condition in which the bone starts to break down and can become very brittle. It is important to start a weight training regime early in life. When the bones feel stress they activate hydroxyapetite. This in turn calls the osteoblasts to produce or lay down more bone.

By continually putting the muscles/bones under stress, we will essentially be building a leaner frame and stronger bones. The vest will allow an individual to put the strain on body to help challenge the muscles which will put strain on the bones, allowing new bone to be formed and laid down for a stronger bone.

I'm looking to gain muscle mass with heavy lifting. Is a weighted vest beneficial or would it just make me lose more weight and increase my strength and endurance?

You WILL gain muscle mass with a weight vest when you use it in conjunction with a well-planned resistance program. The weight vest will give you variety and intensify your functional body-weight exercises. A push-up, lunge, box jumps, burpees will all become much more productive with the weight vest. You may not have found anything specifically about weight vests adding muscle mass, but you will find loads of information related to any exercise with progressive overload resulting in increased muscle mass. Remember, you don’t get stronger when you train... you fatigue. If you want to add muscle mass, you need to be thinking equally recovery including rest and adding quality calories to feed your tired muscles so they can super-compensate. Additionally the timing of your next routine is vital. So, get excited about adding the weight vest to your well-planned program!

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