How to make a Weighted Vest – The Ultimate Guide-
Weighted vests are an awesome tool for adding external weight to your body-weight exercises like pushups, pullups, dips and squats. But you also can wear a vest and add some weights on while running or do power walking in your neighborhood.
There are some great weighted vests for sale but if you are a creative person I will show you ways how to make a weight vest yourself for around $20.
The key is to have the weights evenly distributed to avoid injuries. Some people put sandbags into a backpack to simulate wearing a weighted vest but I am not a fan of this fitness venture. The backpack is not tight enough and the weight distribution in the backpack is definitely not even and will bounce around.
Tools you need to make a weighted vest:
(Yes I love this vest since it already has pockets in the front of it)
- Modelling Clay
- 1-2 lbs of Zip lock bags
- Weight material such as sand, pellets and a rocks Scissors Sewing kit
Instruction how to make a Weighted Vest Part I:
Fill two Ziploc bags with chosen weight material (sand, pellets and or rocks). These bags should not be bulging full of the materials; they should be flexible.
Insert the two weighted bags into the top two pockets of the fly fishing vest. Leave the hole open for the time being in case you need to add more weight later.
Fill another two Ziploc bags with modeling clay. As before, the bags should not be bulging and should still be flexible.
Place a modeling clay bag in each front bottom pocket of the vest. Mold the clay to fit in the pockets of the vest. If you use all of the modeling clay, there will be one pound of modeling clay plus the weight of the sand or pellets.
How to make a Weighted Vest Part II:
Try the vest on. The vest needs to have a snug and tight fit to your body. If there is not enough weight in the vest, then you may want to add more rocks or more modeling clay bags to the vest. Do not make the vest so heavy that it interferes with your movements. Generally, these vests should weigh between 1 and 4 pounds. I assume you are a beginner and you want to try a new fitness tool without spending a fortune.
Sew up all the openings in the vest. Sew the pockets holding the modeling clay bags closed as well to prevent your weight materials from falling out of the vest while you are working out.
Now go for a walk or running around your neighborhood with your vest on. Test the home made weighted vest in terms of weight distribution and comfort. After following the instructions above I hope you know how to make a weighted vest. If not feel free to contact me any time with questions.