How to Make a Heavy Weighted Vest

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How to Make a Heavy Weighted Vest
You can add small, flat weights to a vest to make your own heavy weighted vest. (weights image by Edsweb from

Wearing a heavy weighted vest during your exercise routine can increase the intensity of your workout. You can wear a weighted vest to make resistance or endurance exercises such as push-ups, squats and dead lifts more strenuous to improve the results of your workout. Wearing a weighted vest while running or doing other cardiovascular exercises can help raise the number of calories you burn. A wide selection of commercial weighted vests is available, but the vests can be expensive. Some models sell for up to £260. Save money by making your own heavy weighted vest by using one of a variety of vests and some basic materials.

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Things you need

  • Vest
  • Small, flat weights
  • Backpack

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    Start with a basic military tactical assault vest. You can buy one at a military surplus supply store. They cost about £16 to £48. These vests typically contain at least four magazine pockets and at least two utility pockets. Fill the pockets with small flat weights. Buy the small weights at a sporting goods store or a fitness retail outlet. Make sure the pockets are closed securely.

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    Use a hunting vest with a game pouch in the rear as an alternative. A game pouch is a compartment that allows hunters to carry rabbits, squirrels or other kinds of small game while they are in the field. Buy this type of vest for £13 to £39 at a hunting supply store. Place flat weight plates in the pouch and secure it tightly.

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    Use a hunting vest that contains pockets with multiple shell loops for shotgun shells as an alternative. Buy one for £13 to £39 at a hunting supply store. Instead of shotgun shells, fill the loops with small weights and close them securely.

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    Use a high-quality backpack with waist straps, chest straps and compression straps as an alternative. This will work fine for any exercises that do not involve bouncing. Place a large weight plate or several small weight plates in the backpack. Fasten the backpack tightly to your back and proceed with your exercises. This will mimic the effect of a heavy weighted vest that has the weights in the rear.

Tips and warnings

  • Use small, sturdy plastic bags filled with sand or rocks and closed tightly instead of the small weights.
  • Commercial weight vests can carry a wide range of weight, from less than 2.27kg. to more than 90.7kg. Adjust the amount of weight in your homemade weighted vest according to your fitness goals.

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