Athletes are always looking for an edge, whether it’s a supplement that will speed up muscle gain, the best recovery tool, or a lifting hack. It’s true that nothing beats good old hard work, but there are ways to speed up progress.
Case in point: the weighted jacket. This simple piece of equipment can help speed up fat loss and make even the simplest of workouts more challenging, making you stronger and faster, simply by forcing you to carry extra weight.
There are endless types, but we love the Everlast weightlifting jacket, which rests comfortably against your body and is secured with adjustable straps. Unlike other jackets we’ve tried, Everlast’s are durable and hold up after multiple uses on the hike, around the gym, or just during everyday life.
We also found that it was comfortable for people of different heights and shapes, and that there was no problem in adjusting it to each person’s needs.
In fact, the same effect can be achieved by carrying a heavy backpack. But as certified personal trainer Dr. Rick Ritchie, host of the Omnia Fitness podcast, points out, the jacket has some advantages.
“You don’t have that ‘think, think, thank’ feeling you have with a backpack as you do when you’re wearing a jacket,” says Richie, owner of an independent training site in New York City. “It’s designed to be worn for reasons like that.”
Don’t just take our word for it: There are 30 5-star reviews of the 20-pound version on the Everlast website.
Here are some other reasons why you should invest (see what we did there?) in this simple but effective piece of equipment, and some tips on how to use it properly.