Here's a question for you:
How can you easily and effectively increase your overall strength?
If you read the title of today's post, I'm sure you've figured it out, but the answer is:
Add a weight vest in the mix!
Many of you out there probably don't correlate the implementation of gymnastics movements into your workouts and achieving ridiculous overall strength. But, I am here to tell you that performing body-weight movements - or gymnastics - has huge potential to build raw strength that will correlate to bigger pulls, massive squats, and powerful presses. Especially when you wear a weighted vest, which technically cancels out the gymnastics out of the movement, but you get the idea.
There are a couple reasons for this, but the one that really stands out is the idea of external loading. It's pretty simple, but often overlooked as a extremely effective way to increase strength and mass. The idea is that as you externally load your body - which can range from a 20# vest to a 600# standing back rack, to using the lightened method to move loads exceeding your 1RM - the body and the Central Nervous System are forced to adapt to new and extreme loads place on them.
Makes sense, right?
If you are building a massive house you would probably build an equally stable and strong foundation for that weight to rest upon. Your body, the amazing machine that it is, does this automatically when it is forced to. You just have to know how to trick the machine into making those changes happen.
This is where wearing a vest comes in. If you usually perform a gymnastics-style warmup, an easy way to stimulate your body to grow bigger and stronger is to add a weighted vest in the mix.
This will load the body effectively and, obviously, get you warm and ready to rock and roll!
Check out this warmup and test it out yourself next time you're in the gym!