Weight Vest or Nah?


Weight Vest or Nah?

Murph is coming up and the question comes up often: weight vest or no weight vest?

Here are some brief thoughts:

Weight Vest IF:

  • You’ve completed Murph before being strict with your standards of chin clearly reaching above the bar on your pull-ups, chest clearly touching the ground without worming on your push-ups and full range-of-motion air squats.
  • You plan on completing the training plan using a weight vest.
  • You hold yourself to the HIGHEST movement standards.
  • You want to complete Murph with a weight vest.

No Weight Vest IF:

  • You’ve never done solo Murph before.
  • Have not yet mastered the above-mentioned standards.
  • Have not built a large volume of pull-ups, push-ups, air squats, and running.
  • You are completing Murph on a team.

Weight Vest Options:

If you are like me and you don’t want to share sweat with everyone else and you plan on using a weight vest, investing in your own is a good idea. If this is something you’re looking into here are a few vest at different price points that will all do the trick:

Less Than $80: Cross101

Less Than $130: Condor Sentry Plate Carrier

This one requires you purchase the carrier and the plates. 20# Weight Vest: Buy 3.75lbs Pair & 5.75lbs Pair (See Here). 14# Weight Vest: Buy 3.75lbs Pair & 8.75lbs Pair (See Here).

*There is a way to pair up and buy this with a buddy to make it a little cheaper. If you are going this route, just ask me and I’ll show you how ([email protected]).

More Than $200: 5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier

Select vest color and weight (14# or 20#).


Happy Training!