Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Comments - Weight Vest
Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal. - wikipedia
I gained around 2 to 3 inches on my vertical jump and for a short period I could slam dunk a mini-basketball (hands aren't big enough to hold a full size ball).
But, I liked the idea of loading my muscles beyond normal body weight for training aside from weight lifting. It's similar with weight lifting, but with weights, generally you are not aerobically training unless you are circuit training. Usually that does not involve running.
So, I train occasionally with a weight vest to load my body with extra weight. Similar to running hills and sprints to get strength or speed, I load with extra weight to incorporate strength training with cardio training for added endurance. Have you noticed after a hill or sprint workout you can run faster and it seems easier? I know jumping from hills on the treadmill at 7.5 pace to flat at 8.5 pace seems like a breeze. Same idea with a weight vest. Running with it kills you but when you race without it... speed ensues.
Would you ride your bike on training rides with your aero wheels and aero helmet? If you do, you make that ride easier and your training isn't pushing the limits. I subscribe to making training more taxing than the actual event. Ever see the guys running around with the weight sled attached to them or that big parachute thing? Similar idea but I use a weight vest.
But, I'm not a trained coach. Just self trained and this is a snippet of one of the training techniques I use to keep it mixed up for muscle confusion and strength training.