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You don’t need to be a pro to use a weight vest in your workouts. If anything, it’s a remarkably accessible training tool, because it safely adds a bit of weight to your standard exercises. Right now, it’s even more accessible, because Walmart has slashed the price of one of the most popular weighted vests by almost $70.
The Gold’s Gym 20-pound Adjustable Weighted Vest normally costs $96. But right now, you can get this top-rated workout accessory—it’s rated 4 out of 5 stars—for under $30.
Weighted vests are ideal for athletes who need a lot of power (think football, baseball, or volleyball players) or acceleration, like sprinters and basketball players. They’re also effective in amping up shorter cardio routines for maximum HIIT potential.
“If used properly, weight vests can have extensive benefits in training the cardiovascular system and increasing VO2 max,” Brock Christopher, CPT, a strength coach at Atlanta’s Porsche Human Performance, told Men’s Journal. Another plus: The greater total-body load from a weight vest encourages a stronger musculoskeletal system, as your bones become stronger and denser to handle the added weight, says Christopher.
While they’re definitely for the more intense gym heroes, weight vests can, in fact, make you stronger and faster—as long you use them right.
“Training with a weighted vest can be super-beneficial, especially on moves like squat jumps or box jumps to build strength and explosive power,” says Darin Hulslander, C.S.C.S., head of Chicago-based training studio This is Performance.
So get over to Walmart.com and jump on this great deal. Whether a weighted vest works for your workout is purely up to you. But at this price, you can’t afford not to find out.