CrossFit Training with a Weighted Vest

CrossFit is intense. CrossFit can be brutal. BUT, CrossFit gets results. By adding a weighted vest, your game leaps from great to phenomenal.

Why CrossFit?

CrossFit is the perfect high intensity training for building both strength and endurance. Adding a weighted vest to your functional CrossFit workouts will take you to a whole new level of fitness.

CrossFit movements are based on simple, everyday actions. Your typical gym moves like lifting, squatting, jumping, pulling and pushing are all utilized in a new way to burn calories and build muscle.

Do you want ripped abs? Actually, do you want ripped anything? Then CrossFit is for you.

A Growing Phenomenon

CrossFit has an unbelievably massive following and the increasing numbers aren’t slowing down. Followers include pro-athletes, celebrities, first responders, the military and everyone in between. They all have one goal in mind: to be the most powerful athlete that they can be.

Gyms and trainers across the planet offer CrossFit WODs to their clients. It’s a great workout for everyone – including kids. CrossFit workouts incorporate many gym tools like kettlebells, dumbbells, bars, sandbags, ropes and rings just to name a few.  The cardio aspect often involves rowers, running, bikes, box jumps, skipping ropes and the list goes on.

A weighted vest is the ultimate CrossFit accessory to add-on as it ups the anti in every one of these activities.

Upping Your Game with A Weighted Vest

When you wear a weighted vest in your CrossFit workout, you are adding weight to your frame making everything you do, including just standing, that much tougher. This added weight increases the intensity of your workout, helping you burn calories, gain strength, build muscle, and increase your overall endurance at a faster rate.

The extra resistance can help shake up any CrossFit routine or add a little spice if you feel like you've hit a plateau.

Weighted Vest 3.0

The simple design of the (Anti Plate Carrier) APC weighted vest 3.0 by Brute Force is the most comfortable weighted vest available on the market. It is plate free so there are no uncomfortable plate weights hampering your movement. The Brute Force 3.0 Vest design consists of 10 flexible 2-pound weight packets filled with their proprietary recycled steel blend.  They are adjustable in length, width and are constructed out of fabric that will not only last you years but will allow for uninhibited breathing.

It's so comfortable you will forget you are wearing it. This vest will move and flex with every twist and turn of your body.  It doesn't restrict any of your movement, allowing for a great CrossFit workout.

You’ll forget it is there as your workout intensifies. Breathing is never inhibited the way it is in some of the weighted vest options. It really is the best weighted vest for CrossFit or indeed any workout.

The Brute Force vest has adjustable straps for versatility, a carry handle, breathable aerospace mesh panels, and is made out of 1000D military spec Cordura.

The Sweet Rewards

There are many benefits to using your weighted vest in your CrossFit workouts.

  • The use of the vests can increase your VO2 (that's how much oxygen your body is using during your workout).
  • The added resistance can help increase your speed
  • Your muscle and cardiovascular endurance will improve
  • Muscle mass increases

On average, women add around 14 lbs of weight to their vests, while men typically add 20 lbs or more. No matter who you are, it is recommended to start with a lower weight and work your way up as your goals change.

CrossFit Lingo

Once you strap on your super comfortable weighted vest, you may want to try out a beginners CrossFit class in your gym.

CrossFit can feel like its own world, and it has its own unique language.

Here are a few common new words that you may want to know as a beginner in a CrossFit class:

  • WOD: Workout of the Day
  • EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
  • AMRAP: As Many Reps as Possible
  • Box: A CrossFit gym with the bare necessities to perform all the WODs.
  • Ladder: A series of exercises where you increase the number of reps by 1 each time they are performed. (i.e. 5 squats, then 6 squats, then 7 squats …)
  • SQ: Squat
  • PR: Personal Record. This refers to when you reach your personal best in a given exercise. For example, completing a certain number of push-ups in a minute.
  • Hero WOD: These workouts are named after first responders who have died in the line of duty. These workouts are especially difficult to remind CrossFitters of the sacrifices that these men and women made for their country.

Final Thoughts

Weight Vest Training

Adding a weighted vest, like the Brute Force tactical vest, will up your game and help you to see the results that you desire much faster than without. It is quickly becoming the CrossFit essential gear.

CrossFit with a weighted vest is an intense and wonderful workout. It should be enjoyed by those who are ready for a serious challenge. Go on - give it a try!

Have a great workout!