Is buying a weight vest worth it? If you’re considering to buy one, you should definitely read this blog post where we’ll be listing 5 key considerations before buying a weight vest:
- Your current fitness level
- Your workout routine
- Is the weight vest comfortable?
- Plate carrier or weight vest?
- How heavy should your weight vest be?
#1: Your current fitness level
This is probably the most important thing to consider. While there’s no specific fitness ‘benchmark’ to tell you whether you should get a weight vest, it’s helpful to ask yourself these questions:
- How often do you exercise in a week?
- Do you struggle to stick to an exercise routine?
- Do you struggle with your current exercise routine?
- How would you rate your own fitness level?
If working out is already a part of your lifestyle and you’re looking for a challenge, then you should strongly consider getting a weight vest.
On the other hand, if your current exercise routine is challenging enough, then it’s best that you continue with your current routine before making that leap to weight vest training. (We’ll be waiting!)
#2: Your workout routine
There’s a reason why athletes train with a weight vest on—it’s incredibly versatile! But ask yourself, what sort of exercises do you normally do?
If all you do is bench press, then a weight vest might not be the best workout gear for you.
Keep an open mind—there’s so many compound exercises that are weight vest-compatible like pull ups, push ups, dips, squats, and lunges! You can even do bicep curls and back rows with it.
#3: Is the weight vest comfortable?
The comfort level depends on the type of weight vest. There’s many different types of weight vests in the market with varying designs, styles, and fabric. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What’s the fabric of the weight vest? Will it cause abrasions on my skin?
- Is the weight vest bulky or compact?
- Are the weights adjustable or fixed? Where and how are the weights stored?
- Are there straps to secure and tighten the weight vest? Or will it bounce around when I do explosive movements?
- How thick are the shoulder straps? Are they thin and flimsy?
- Is the weight vest easily washable?
- What’s the maximum amount of weight it can hold?
Commelab’s Comme Vests are our range of weight vests distributed in Singapore. They’re insanely comfortable thanks to the thick shoulder straps padded with TPE foam.
They’re also made of authentic CORDURA® nylon to give you an abrasion-free workout.
#4: Plate carrier or weight vest?
Plate carriers and weight vests look similar but they’re actually quite different.
Plate carriers resemble bulletproof vests, popular in the CrossFit community. A lot of military and police tactical units do CrossFit since it’s a form of functional training where the workouts and movements are designed to simulate real life situations.
Weight vests, however, are designed more for general fitness needs rather than functional training. They add resistance to bodyweight movements without the hassle of carrying dumbbells, kettlebells or weight plates.
Commelab’s Comme Vests are weight vests, not plate carriers. That’s why they have removable cast-iron weights so you can scale your workouts.
They’re also really compact so your movements are not restricted.
It’s really up to you whether you’d prefer a plate carrier or a weight vest. Just remember to do your research about both!
#5: How heavy should your weight vest be?
It is not recommended for your weight vest to exceed 10 percent of your body weight. However, you can still scale to heavier weights.
Just make sure that you don’t go overboard by working out with a fully loaded vest at the start. Listen to your body!
Also, if you experience joint problems especially at your knees, you should consult your doctor first before buying a weight vest.
We have the Comme Vest 10 (10kg), Comme Vest 15 (15kg), and Comme Vest 20 (20kg) so you’ve got a good range of weights to choose from.
Weight Vests Are Worth the Buy
Investing in a weight vest to work out with is definitely worth it, but only if you buy the right type of weight vest, and if it suits your fitness level and needs.