Weight Packs: A Great Way To Shake Up Your Fitness Routine!

Posted on August 8th, 2012 at 4:15 am by

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Wearing a weight pack is a great way to shake up any fitness routine.  A weight pack is basically a garment that you can add weight to which is worn on the upper part of your body – in other words, a vest.  Weight packs were once predominantly used in military training but their use have filtered down to the general population.

Great Way to Build More Muscle

Wearing a weight vest is a great way to build more muscle because of the added intensity it provides which results in a greater number of muscle fibers being stimulated when performing any resistance exercise.  A direct consequence is the increased secretion of anabolic hormones by the body to cope with the added stress of wearing a weight vest.  Weight packs are especially effective as a method to increase the level of difficulty when performing bodyweight squats, push ups, pull ups or dips.  Performing any bodyweight exercise with a sufficiently weighted vest will add an element of unpredictability for your muscles to deal with as your bones will be forced to get stronger and your muscles stimulated to grow to deal with the additional resistance.

Great Way to Burn Fat

Wearing a weight vest is also an effective way to burn fat.  By simply wearing this vest while carrying out everyday activities around the house you will expend more energy thereby burning more body fat.  The great thing about wearing such a vest is that even after you have taken it off you will still be burning fat because it increases your metabolism thereby preventing fat gains and reducing current body fat levels.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are attempting to build muscle or attempting to lower body fat levels, weight packs are extremely effective as long as you structure your workouts according to your fitness goal when wearing them.  If you are using weight vests for the first time it is advised that you start out light with weights no more than 2% of your bodyweight.  You may add more weight when needed but this should never go above 12% of your bodyweight as this could result in injury.

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