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    Quote Originally Posted by mikecarroll84 View Post
    So when you are using the weight vest is it only for the stair climber or do you use it when you run to? do you use it weight lifting?
    I would NOT use a vest for a run. If doing short runs, say 100m, that's different. But do it with lighter weight so you don't blow out your knees and spine. Using a vest during workouts is an excellent boost! When you use the vest, it ultimately work's all your muscles, more so than the muscle group you are focusing on. Just make sure its a tight fit. You don't want a loose vest throwing off your stabilization.

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    quick question..
    i have a physical ability test in a few days.. been working out/training for it.. but what are your suggestions for the day before the test? Do no work outs at all and let your legs rest, or do a light run/walk/climb?

    Also.. what to eat the morning of the test.. i know not to eat anything heavy and drink plenty of water.. but what do you guys usually eat for energy?

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    I trained MMA Previously before joining my Fire Department, but I continue the workouts from those classes on the FD, and am in better shape then just about everyone else who goes to the gym on the department. I Circuit Train, and still take heavy influence from my days of fighting, with a few tweaks here and there. Circuit training allows you to build strength, but is heavy on card so I guess it works quite well for the FD situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BennyT373 View Post
    I would NOT use a vest for a run. If doing short runs, say 100m, that's different. But do it with lighter weight so you don't blow out your knees and spine. Using a vest during workouts is an excellent boost! When you use the vest, it ultimately work's all your muscles, more so than the muscle group you are focusing on. Just make sure its a tight fit. You don't want a loose vest throwing off your stabilization.
    Not arguing, just throwing out a point.

    Many people run with weight vest (ranging in weight from 10 pounds to 100) fairly often with no ill effects. For the past 2 years, I haven't ran without a rucksack weighing 45 pounds. If you have poor running technique then you'll have problems, weight or not.

    My BC's son runs with a 100lb one nearly every day in afghanistan, my neighbor and I run with 45-75 on the days that we're off. You are correct on getting it to fit perfectly. The workload it puts on your core is intense and the amount of help it's given to my balance is well worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tajm611 View Post
    Not arguing, just throwing out a point.

    Many people run with weight vest (ranging in weight from 10 pounds to 100) fairly often with no ill effects. For the past 2 years, I haven't ran without a rucksack weighing 45 pounds. If you have poor running technique then you'll have problems, weight or not.

    My BC's son runs with a 100lb one nearly every day in afghanistan, my neighbor and I run with 45-75 on the days that we're off. You are correct on getting it to fit perfectly. The workload it puts on your core is intense and the amount of help it's given to my balance is well worth it.
    I should have clarified.... I know several people who wear it all the time as well. My only point was it's not for the novice trainee... or you'll be to sure to work out for weeks haha. Once you get in pretty good shape, it's a great way to really amp it up. Just don't watch in info-mercial and think you want to get in shape and go throw 100lbs on your back and take off... baby steps or you'll walk like an old lady.

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    Here are two excellent books.....

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Get.../9781569756263

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The...SRI=fit+or+fat

    PM me if you want more details on the workout itself from the first book, I currently take a class written by the author and there are some tricks you need to know that aren't covered in the book[/QUOTE]

    My buddy got me this book but ive never tried it. Is it really a great read?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerritMatters View Post
    Here are two excellent books.....

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Get.../9781569756263

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The...SRI=fit+or+fat

    PM me if you want more details on the workout itself from the first book, I currently take a class written by the author and there are some tricks you need to know that aren't covered in the book
    My buddy got me this book but i never used it. Is it really a good read?

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