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- Sandbag style vests may be better for jogging or beginners, while plates are heavier and more intense.
- Different styles of weighted vests have distinct pros and cons, Erik Zeyher, owner of Warlock Athletics in Poughkeepsie, New York told Insider.
- Sandbag style vests can be good for runners and fitness beginners, while a vest weighted with metal plates is better for experienced athletes.
- Sandbag style vests may be more effective for runners and fitness beginnersVests weighted with sand or similar material are cheap, convenient, and easy to use options for beginners, Zeyher said.
- They often include smaller-sized weights, so you have more control over how much you’re adding.
- And heavy vests require a lot of sand to fill them, which can make for a bulky, awkward fit.
- Plate carriers have a more streamlined and simple design for intense workouts One of the most popular weight vests for CrossFit athletes is the plate carrier, which mimics the design of tactical body armor with heavy metal plates inserted inside the vest.
- The major advantage of the plate style vest is that you can carry more weight without the vest becoming bulky, and add or remove plates easily.