Wearing two swimsuits whereas coaching is a instrument aggressive swimmers have used for years. (The further resistance, or “drag,” helps the athlete develop extra energy.)
Now, Shelagh Stoneham, the previous head of selling for Chico’s, has taken that very same idea and created weighted vests for figuring out within the fitness center. Called the Power Weighted Workout Vest, it’s meant to amplify any train or conditioning routine.
“For as long as I can remember, sports and fitness have been part of my life,” she mentioned. “I have taught Pilates, sailing and scuba diving and enjoy yoga and tennis when I have time. Recently, I discovered that a weighted vest can significantly accelerate calorie burn and build muscle tone without changing my exercise routine. But I also discovered that most weighted vests are ugly, bulky and ill-fitting: they’re purchased by many and abandoned by most because they are one size fits no one.”
So she designed and created a vest from Neoprene, a breathable material, with anti-odor know-how, and a extra streamlined design. The vest comes with 12 4 ½-ounce zinc-coated, cast-iron weights that may be added or subtracted, relying upon the exercise. They’re obtainable in unisex sizes XS to 3XL.
“You can wear it to walk your dog or to train for a marathon,” Stoneham mentioned.
The vests can be found on PowerWearHouse.com and retail for $149. The web site additionally provides a number of complementary weighted merchandise together with a hula hoop for $29; wrist or ankle weights, $49 for a pair, and “snudio” gripper socks with nonslip soles for $12. The vests are additionally obtainable at choose Sport Chek shops in Canada in addition to on-line via the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It has additionally been advisable for coaching by the U.S. National Tactical Officers Association.