Worn A 30 Pound Weight Vest For A Day

I tried an interesting experiment today.  I decided I wanted to put on the weight I used to have at my heaviest and wear it for a day.  Back at the end of 2008, I weighed over 200 lbs, which for my height put me in the obese category on the Body Mass Index (BMI)

In 2009, I changed my diet and started exercising (
CrossFit).  I lost about 30 lbs in the beginning of that year and have maintained that weight for over 18 months. 

The idea was to wear the vest from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed.  J set the vest out for me last night.  This vest is
Short Weighted Vest from Mir.  It has a capacity of 60 lbs, but I only have weights for 40. 

I set up a couple of guidelines:
  • -I would put the vest on when I woke up, and I wouldn’t take it off until I went to bed that night.  I considered sleeping with it on, but since I have mild apnea, it probably wouldn’t be a great idea.
  • -I would not take the vest off.
  • -I would do everything else normally.

I woke up a little before 6:30 and immediately put the vest on.


I weighted myself with the vest on.  My weight tends to fluctuate in the mid to high 170’s now, and I guess today was a heavy day because the scale said I was 211.6 lbs.

I got ready for work just as if it were a normal day.


I did have one concern when doing this.  I thought walking around in a weight vest could have people thinking I’m a bomb threat.  So, I tried just covering it up with my sweatshirt.
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I went to work this way.  It looked a little odd but it worked.

Then, it was just another day at the office.

Because of a significant raise in prices, I am currently boycotting the services of the company’s cafeteria.  This also means unless I pack my lunch, which I really should be doing, I have to take a walk to get food for lunch.  I ended up at Baker Street Bistro and travelled there with my sweatshirt.

I went home and got a few burpees in. 
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After I did that, I helped J make dinner.  It was a stir fry.


After dinner, I did some dishes.

At around 10:30, I took off the vest.  I literally had a weight lifted off my chest.




The vest left a red mark and an imprint on my shoulders.

A few notes about the day:
  • -It definitely makes it more difficult to breathe, but you get used to it... for the most part.  There were times in the day that I was getting a little light headed.
  • -Sitting helps with the discomfort most of the time.  Standing was very hard on my shoulders.  The weight was just pulling down on them, and I had done 140 pull-ups in the two previous days.
  • -Sitting and eating became uncomfortable.  The vest just pushed on my stomach when I was eating.  It didn’t feel too good.
  • -It was fun telling people about my site when they asked why I would even do this.
  • -Burpees suck.  Burpees with a vest really, really suck.

I thought this was a success, and it was a really good reminder for me to see why I wouldn’t want to be that heavy again.  I should add that on the BMI, I’m still considered overweight.  I don’t really rely on the BMI to tell me where I’m at as far as healthiness is concerned.  I care more about body fat percentage and physical ability.

Related items:
MIR 50 lbs. Adjustable Weighted Vest
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