What are the benefits of using a weight vest while running?
Also are there any benefits to using a weight vest while riding a bike?
Ramesh Klinkert answers:
lost 29 lbs in 90 days walking on a treadmill with the Weight Vest™. My triglyceride levels went down from 485 to 66 and my blood sugar went down from 147 to 105. I wasn’t even trying to lose the weight. My cardiologist gave me a couple of prescriptions of which I took none, he was amazed at my results. Thanks.”
-David Sokol, Chairman, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company
“I just had this published (article on V-Max™) as one of my twice a month columns for all the different military times newspapers. We have both the women’s V-Max vest and the [Plate Vest]. Have had them for over 2 years and use them all the time. I even have my plus 60 year olds in them. I only get 400 words per column so I have to keep things short…
Again we love your vests….These are the “Cadillac” of weight vests, we have had ours for three years and they are just simply the best out there.”
-Bob T. Director Navy Wellness Center Pensacola, FL
“Thanks Jeff! I appreciate your help & look forward to getting that vest..thanks for the quick turn around.. You & your company definitely get 2 thumbs up from me.. I’ll tell everyone who asks you guys are awesome. Before I called you I checked and the BBB gave you an A grade.. And so far I can see why…Thanks again.”
“Looking forward to getting the vest, everyone I’ve talked to says they’re top of the line.”
-Michael V., Rochester, MN
“Here’s a clip of me on “youtube” wearing the V-Max 50 lb. Weighted vest. The construction of this product is unmatched and will last for decades. I bought this vest to assist in my own physical therapy program to rehab my chest and shoulder after having surgery for a complete rupture of my left pectoralis.
I bought the 50 lb. Vest, and in the beginning I simply removed some of the the single, weighted bars that fit snug into their own pockets when doing push ups and squats to lighten the load during my initial come back. Before I knew it, I was performing push ups and squats with the entire weight of 50 lbs.
Thank you for manufacturing and delivering a product that will exceed the expectations of even the greatest critic. In this day and age I’m not used to getting my money’s worth. V-Max weighted vests are the exception to the mediocrity surrounding today’s fitness industry.”
Here’s the link: V-Max Workout
- John D. Favata
“It’s a damn good durable product—this is my 2nd, the first was stolen.”
-John D. Pembroke Pines, FL
“Got my V-Max 40 lb “Plate Vest” delivered this past Monday and all I can say is, “Wow!” Not only did it arrive exactly as promised, it only took one look in the box and I could tell it was the “Real Deal”. Once I took it out of the protective shipping bag (nice touch btw), the superior quality was readily apparent. No bones about it, V-Max vests are heavy duty and well built. The workmanship of this vest is on par with many military-grade and police equipment vests I have used in the past. I’ve seen many brands of weight training vests but none of them even come close to the quality of your product!
I thoroughly shopped around for a weight vest after reading many articles about the benefits of their usage. I considered two other weight vest vendors but chose your product after reading the countless V-Max testimonies and endorsements. I couldn’t be happier with my final decision!
I must admit I was a little skeptical of your “Plate Vest” claims at first. In particular, I was worried about the weight plates shifting and clanging in the V-Max’s webbed pockets. This was not a problem at all. This vest works fine whether you use 1 or 2 plates in each pocket. All the straps and military-grade fasteners are well designed and fully functional. I used the vest during my “High Intensity Interval Training” this week and found it to be comfortable throughout the motions of all my exercises. Also, it was very easy adding and removing the weight plates as needed. Finally, my training felt much more intense with the added weight, I could really feel the burn!
For those of you who are training for Law Enforcement, the Fire Department or Military, I highly recommend this product. Using a V-Max vest during training can help prepare you for the demands of working with heavy equipment on a regular basis. In addition, it’s a lot safer and less awkward than wearing your actual equipment during your training routine. I wish I had done this many years ago!
Thanks for offering such a great product. I look forward to using my V-Max vest as much as possible in my quest for improved strength, endurance and health!
D. Stevenson, Los Angeles, CA
“Thanks for everything. This is my third purchase in 3 months. Excellent product & unbelievable customer service. Happy Holidays!”
-Robert F. APO, AP
“Nearly twenty years ago I read an article from a book about “Weighted-Walking”. The main point from the article was that weight walking did more for cardiovascular fitness than all other forms of exercise. The Israeli government set about to discover what form of exercise was best at developing cardiovascular fitness. Military and civilian workers as well as Olympic athletes were tested. As a group, the most cardiovascular fit individual was the mailman – the mailman, walking three to five miles per day, carrying 20-35 pounds. Tests soon demonstrated that walking with a weighted load was far and away the most effective exercise to develop and maintain cardiovascular fitness. I just finished a ten-week competitive weight-loss program in our community. I walked for one hour every day with the V-Max weight vest from WeightVest.com. My vest weighed 70 lbs. I did alter my diet somewhat too, drinking less soda pop and eating less food overall.
I lost 48 lbs. (from 237 lbs. Down to 189 lbs.) My waist size dropped from size 40 to 34. I have more energy, require less sleep, and have more endurance now than in the last 25 years. I am an avid swimmer and used to swim one to one and a half miles per day. When I ballooned up to 237 lbs, I couldn’t swim a quarter mile without having to stop from exhaustion. Now, I can swim over two miles and have to stop now because my shoulders ache, not because I’m physically tired. I recommend without hesitation the V-Max weight vest from WeightVest.com.”
Sincerely, Curt A. Thompson, MD
“I love the vest and have had several comments on it from people at the gym; I tell them that I bought it at weightvest.com. The purpose of the purchase was to switch up my routine because I felt that I was in a plateau with my workouts. Something new and exciting to spice it up and it seems to be working. It may or may not be related but I have dropped 4 to 5 pounds of fat in the past 2 1/2 months and my overall strength has actually increased. I would probably credit that to increased core strength which the short narrow vest works every second you have it on.
My main uses are when I superset my leg lifts with jumping rope or some plyos – box jumps land and explode, line jumping, agility exercises.
I have also integrated it into my abs workouts and done pull-ups with it on although I’m only at 30 lbs right now which is probably enough for awhile, but I love that I have room to grow with 20 more pounds.
Shoveling with the vest on was also fun – a workout, but fun.
“Just want to let you guys know I love your site and I plan on buying some weight vests in the Future. I’m training to join the Navy SEALs and I believe your products will help me gain the extra edge I’ll need to accomplish my Dreams. Thank you guys for helping people better their health.”
I just got my weight vest today. Man, I was really impressed with the impeccable quality of the vest and the vest liner. I slipped on the vest with 75 lbs of weight and it really fits comfortably. I ordered the 150 lb weight and I know it will be a long time if ever before I ever get to that weight but I am going WOW it’s like I got 2 weight vests for the price of one. I am very happy I bought the weight vest. Thanks for making a high quality product.”
-Dennis M. Greenwood, IN
“I’m sure you get more emails than you can handle so I’ll be brief. I am a member of 19th Special Forces Group, 5th Battalion, Bravo Company, Team 9525. I ordered one of your weight vests last week, and received it within 2 days. This is the third weight vest I’ve purchased in the last 7 weeks (but the first one from you guys). The first two were made by “XYZ (brand name witheld)” and purchased at Dick’s Sporting goods for approximately $130. After two weeks and five runs (to include The Denver Race for the Cure) the XYZ (brand name witheld) vest fell apart, the neoprene waist strap tore completely off on the left side, and nearly all the way off on the right. I took it back to Dick’s, and they exchanged it.
The next XYZ (brand name witheld) vest lasted a whole three weeks (Insanity = repeating the same actions and expecting different results). Needless to say I was less than pleased. I talked to a few buddies to find out where to look.
One of the guys I talked to had received a vest you sent to his team in Iraq. He sent me to you.
I don’t have to tell you, but it’s obvious that your vest is pretty much bomb proof; it is quickly becoming the best purchase I’ve made this year. My good friend and roommate (a sponsored adventure racer) is so impressed he’s ordering one as well. I just wanted to take a few minutes to say “thank you” and “Job well done”. If you guys decide to make anything else such as medicine balls, or any other training equipment, I’d l
What is the physical test for the canadian armed forces?
When applying for the canadian forces what is the physical test or requirments, what do they get you to do?
Ramesh Klinkert answers:
The performance objectives to be met are shown below.
Test item Men Women
Under 35 years of age 19 9
35 and older 14 7
Under 35 years of age 19 15
35 and older 17 12
3. Hand Grip (in kilograms)
(Combination of your left and right hand scores)
Under 35 years of age 75 50
35 and older 73 48
4. Aerobic Fitness
Acceptable rating for 2.4 km run will prepare you
to meet the aerobic fitness standard.
2.4 km run – Fitness categories (time in minutes)
Men Age Acceptable S uperior
Under 30 years 11:56 – 10:13 < 10:13
30 – 34 12:26 – 10:35 < 10:35
35 – 39 12:56 – 10:58 < 10:58
40 – 44 13:25 – 11:12 < 11:12
45 – 49 13:56 – 11:27 < 11:27
50 – 54 14:25 – 11:57 < 11:57
55 & over 14:56 – 12:27 < 12:27
Women Age Acceptable S uperior
Under 30 years 14:26 – 12:36 < 12:36
30 – 34 14:55 – 12:57 < 12:57
35 – 39 15:25 – 13:27 < 13:27
40 – 44 15:55 – 13:57 < 13:57
45 – 49 16:25 – 14:26 < 14:26
50 – 54 16:54 – 14:56 < 14:56
55 & over 17:24 – 15:27 < 15:27
5. Chin-ups Men Women
Under 35 years of age 6 3
35 and over 4 2
Not extremely clear with a copy and paste, so I have included the link.
What is the most public or daring place you have ever been naked?
My wife and I were in a public pool naked, but no one was there at the time and we watched the doors to see if people were coming. We also ran around naked at a public lake with a nature museum, but it was very late at night, so again no one saw us. I wouldn’t want anyone to catch us but its a lot of fun to take the risk anyway. Super exhilarating and freeing.
Ramesh Klinkert answers:
The most public place that I’ve been naked is in New Orleans on Bourbon Street. I was with several of my male and female coworkers. The males were daring the women to flash their breasts for beads. The problem was I was wearing a dress, and there was no easy way to just expose my breasts. But that didn’t stop the males from tearing me in teasing me. So I would pull my dress all the way up and I was totally naked underneath. This I would consider most public because there were probably literally hundreds of people that had the opportunity to see every stitch of me.
The most daring place I ever got naked was at my husbands workplace Christmas party. To this day I have no idea what got into me. There were at least 75 to 80 people there. The Christmas party was at a hotel. It was in a big ballroom. We were also staying at the hotel. Consuming alcohol and strange conversations ultimately resulted in several of us walking towards the indoor pool in the hotel. We went into large room where the fitness facility was in the indoor pool. There was some discussion and somehow I ended up disagreeing on some particular topic with another woman. She obviously felt threatened and was embarrassed that I was challenging her intellectual thoughts. Some proposals somehow was made to determine who is right and who is wrong. Don’t ask me what the question was. But she made the statement that the person that was wrong would have to strip to their underwear and go into the pool. I vaguely remember calling her bluff and saying I think loser must strip naked and go into the pool. To this day I’m not sure if my answer was right or wrong but the group decided that I was wrong, I was told to strip naked and get into the pool. I don’t even think I hesitated and the group probably was very surprised. One of the group took my clothes after I got in the pool leaving me naked. Next thing
I know there’s a bunch of people that came from the ballroom into the pool area to check out the view, the view being me naked in the pool. It beyond a shadow of the doubt was the most daring place and probably 50 people saw me naked. I finally accepted my punishment and actually got out of the pool in front of all the gawkers and wrapped myself in a towel.
How can you find out your body fat percentage?
Thanks guys. I’m trying to get YOKED and want to test now and then again in a few months to see my progress.
Ramesh Klinkert answers:
Body composition is simply the ratio of lean body mass to fat body
mass. Too much fat can lead to health problems like heart disease,
diabetes, high cholesterol and other serious conditions. If you keep
your body fat within a reasonable level, you’ll be healthier and, of
For women, a body fat of 10-12% is essential, 14-20% is considered a
healthy range for athletes, 21-24% is healthy for fitness, 25-31% is
considered an ‘acceptable’ range and anything above 32% is considered
obese. For men, 2-4% body fat is essential, 6-13% is an athletic body
fat range, 14-17% is considered a ‘fit’ range, and 18-25% is
acceptable. Anything above 26% for men is considered obese.
There are several methods to measure your body fat percentage.
1. DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry)
This test is used to measure bone density, but it also measures body
fat percentage as well as where most of your fat is (as if you didn’t
know). The facts about DEXA:
DEXA uses a whole body scanner and two different low-dose x-rays to
read bone mass and soft tissue mass. It takes about 10-20 minutes to do a body scan
It provides a high degree of precision with a 2-3 % margin of error.
This is considered a gold standard for measuring body fat and bone
density It’s painless. Check with your doctor to see if this is right for you and call your
insurance company as they may cover it. The cost is usually about $100.
2. Hydrostatic Weighing
This is just a fancy way of saying underwater weighing. Like DEXA,
this test is one of the more accurate ones. How it works:
You sit on a scale inside a tank of water and blow out as much air as
you can. You are dunked underwater, where you blow out even more air
Since fat is lighter than water, the more fat you have, the more
you’ll float. The scale measures underwater weight to figure out body
density. The margin of error is around 2-3%, but the accuracy depends on the
amount of air you expel. You have to blow it ALL out or it won’t be as
accurate. This is a difficult way to measure body fat since it can be
uncomfortable and even scary to be dunked underwater with no air in
the old lungs. Many universities offer this test for around $25-$50.
Call your local university and ask if they offer this.
3. Calipers (aka, the Pinch Test)
This method uses calipers to measure skinfold thickness at several
areas of your body. How it works:
An expert pinches your skin at different areas and measures them with
calipers. The results are plugged into a formula to determine your
body fat. The result is based on the idea that thickness of fat under
the skin reflects total body fat.
It CAN be as accurate as the methods mentioned about, but usually
isn’t. It depends on the skill of the tester at separating your fat
from your muscle and finding the right spots to pinch.
You can get tested at most health clubs and universities for little
or no cost. You can also buy your own calipers, but wouldn’t get too
excited about the results you get. If you’re not skilled at it, the
results can be way off.Always make sure you get the same person to
test your body fat since results can vary from tester to tester.
4. Bioelectrical Impedance.
This is one of the quickest methods of testing body fat using a BIA
scale. Either using a handheld scale or standing on a BIA scale, a signal
passes either from hand to hand or foot to foot.
The faster the signal travels, the more muscle you have.
The results are based on the fact that water conducts electricity.
Fat contains almost no water while muscle is about 70% water.
This method CAN be accurate (4% margin of error) but the results are
affected by hydration, food intake and skin temperature. If you’re
dehydrated, you’re body fat percentage will read higher than it is.
This is an easy way to test your body fat. Be sure you test at the
same time of day, preferably first thing in the morning before
breakfast, but after a glass of water.
5. Body Mass Index
You can figure out your Body Mass Index using a formula or with an
online calculator. BMI takes into account your weight and height, giving you a number
that you compare with a BMI chart.
It doesn’t give you a body fat percentage, but indicates whether
you’re obese or overweight. For example, if your BMI is 22, that
doesn’t mean your body fat is 22%.
A BMI less than 18.5 indicates underweight
A BMI of 25 – 30 is considered overweight
A BMI of over 30 is considered obese
This calculation isn’t as accurate, as it doesn’t take into account
age or sex. A muscular person may have a high BMI that doesn’t reflect
actual body composition.
Are the training standards for both the genders the same in armed forces?
By this i refer to the same and identical job responsibilities for example infantry,tank corps,special forces,sappers,battle field medics who are called stretcher bearers.
Edit: Niki but there are always exceptions why isnt this thrown open to men and women based on their ability to meet the strigent standards required?
There are some women surely who are also physically conditioned for these jobs?
Ramesh Klinkert answers:
Not totally, men have a higher Physical fitness standard. But for other things identical jobs yes. But the US rightly has no female S.F., infantry, etc Woman would be unable to do it in my opinion. Due to pure biological makeup most woman are not able to physically able to do the same physical tasks as men. You show me a woman who can pickup my 200 pound husband while he is in 50+ pounds of gear and run with him……
A very few woman can perform at male standards without experiencing health, muscle or joint problems. Sorry if it sucks but its nature not prejudice.
What does it mean to be a top contributor on Yahoo Answers?
I see these little yellow buttons underneath certain answers. I cant seem to find the information Im looking for on what it is. Can you help?
Ramesh Klinkert answers:
I don’t think they ever said exactly how many best answers you need in a category to be a “top contributor.” I suspect it varies from category to category depending on how popular the category is. Just pick a category that you’re good in and answer A LOT of questions in that category and you, too, can be a “top contributor.” Don’t believe people when they say “just answer 50 answers in 30 days” or stuff like that. Yahoo keeps it deliberately vague so they never promised an exact figure to anyone. It may, as I said, vary from category to category.
However, I have a rough idea of how long it takes to become a top contributor because a friend of mine made it after she answered all her questions in only one (1) category for a month in order to earn that badge. She doesn’t log on as often as I do so that only amounted to about 85 answers but she made it. She had a 30% “best answer rating.”
It’s been said somewhere here on Yahoo that you need at least 10% of those answers to be “best answers.” It may take weeks of answering a lot in a category so be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
While I made it to “Top Contributor” in two weeks of answering regularly in certain categories, I do log on every single day. It’s harder to make it to Top Contributor if you only log in now and then or, when you log in, you don’t answer a ton of questions.
Just remember, concentrate your energies on ONE sub-category. Don’t answer all categories say, in Health, but concentrate on Alternative Health or Women’s Health or Men’s Health or Diet and Fitness. PICK ONE SPECIFIC CATEGORY AND STICK WITH IT! The biggest mistake most people make is they spread themselves too thin. Also, don’t bother trying to get a badge in Polls & Surveys or in Jokes & Riddles because there are no TC’s in either of those categories.
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