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Weight Vest Training For All Types of Sports

Wearing a weight vest while performing plyometrics will hyper-explode your workouts. Your exercise results will be spectacular. So, are you a football player? Are you a basketball player? A mixed martial artist? How about a wrestler? Maybe you play Lacrosse? Or hockey? Or soccer? Whatever your sport, wearing a weight vest while training will maker faster, stronger and a better athlete.

I was on a mission to find a training method that didn’t suck. Something that would make me look cool while I did it. Something that would make my muscles scream and my mind question my own sanity. What did I find? plyometric training while wearing a weight vest. Plyo-what you say? Wearing a what you ask? Well first let me explain the big word that I had no idea of the definition was myself. Actually, I’ll be lazy (and probably more accurate) and let Wikipedia explain it…

“Plyometrics is a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, generally for the purpose of improving performance in sports. Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal.”

You will look pretty cool training in one too. I felt like some sort of special forces dude or maybe a S.W.A.T. guy while I was out training in my vest. It was quite a conversation piece while working out in the park. Hell, it was almost as good as having a cute puppy with me. Maybe next time I’ll train with the vest AND the cute puppy.

All right, enough about my training with cute puppies. You’re here to read about effective weight vest training. It works! Plain and simple. But don’t just take my word for it. Have a look at what some people a lot smarter than me said about weight vests and training. The folks over at Texas Tech University decided to do a study on the effectiveness of weight vest in a training regime. The research team decided to study track and field athletes. Regardless of what your opinion of Texas Tech might be, it was a real and official university study. What did they find?

After six weeks, both groups improved their vertical jumping ability. The athletes who did not wear any weighted training devices increased their vertical jumps by 1.3 inches, while the plyometric people soared a full 3 inches higher, a terrific 13% improvement. When the athletes were tested on the standard broad jump the results were similar. Athletes who did not wear weighted devices didn’t do too bad, increasing their jumps by 2 inches. However, the plyometric group skyrocketed forward an additional 7 inches after six weeks, an incredible 7-per cent increase (from 8’4′ to 8’11’)

In the 40-yard dash, the test of real significance for runners who want to enhance their leg speed, the merits of added-weight plyometric training were again confirmed. The regular athletes improved their 40-yard times from 5.03 to 4.92 seconds after six weeks of training, but the plyometric-plus-weight assisted people rocketed through the test in just 4.74 seconds, a .33-second improvement from their initial average time of 5.07. Weight assisted vests lit the foot speed of the athletes on fire.

Remember unless you are already and extreme athlete, start out slow. Use the vest with about 2% of your body weight loaded into it. Eventually try to work your way up to about 10% of your body weight. And remember to get a cool looking weight vest too.

This author is a triathlete and loves to train in a variety of methods. My training programs allow my training to unique and fresh. For more information on training visit

Youth Baseball Fundraising Ideas

You can have the best youth baseball league in theory, but unless you can translate this theory into practice, then all your efforts have been wasted. Once you have your winter or pre-season youth league meeting, designate the coaches and have the league administration in place, you need to set up a fundraising committee.

If you are the league director, the obligation of funding your youth baseball league falls squarely upon your shoulders. Once you have set up a fundraising committee, figure out your expenses and your income for the upcoming campaign. Once you have done that, you will know how much money you need for the upcoming season.

Here are some simple youth baseball fundraising ideas that can help your league have a successful campaign:

– Team Sponsors – This is the best and most efficient of the youth baseball fundraising ideas to get the bulk of your expenditures paid for. Have the fundraising committee canvas the town and seek out businesses that would like to sponsor one of the teams by donating the funds for the team uniforms for the players. Invite the sponsor to have input into the design of the uniforms, and have a brief get-together between the sponsors and their respective players and their families. They probably know each other already if they live in a small town. Remind sponsors that your organization is a non-profit entity and, as such, their donation is tax deductible.

– Raffle – A league raffle is another one of the youth baseball fundraising ideas that should be put in place at the time you hold your winter meeting. Have your fundraising committee check out printers in town, and see if any of them are willing to defray all or part of the cost of printing up raffle books as a charitable donation. Then your fundraising committee must seek good donations for prizes. These donations must have sufficient value so that people will be willing to take a chance on the raffle. The donations could include a weekend at a resort, a tool box, money, or a combination of prizes. Allow your committee to be inventive, and you’ll be surprised what they might come back with.

– Fundraising Scratch Card – This is currently one of the more popular youth baseball fundraising ideas, and it is simple to organize. There are companies that furnish fundraising scratch cards that contain discounts from major manufacturers. The card contains 50 dots. The person you are seeking the donation from rubs two of the dots on the card. These will indicate money totals, such as $ 1 or $ 10. This is their donation amount for the card. Usually, your profit margin will be 70%.

– Develop an Internet Presence – People donate money and time to a youth baseball league because they appreciate the experience and its effects on kids, families and the community as a whole. To aid your baseball fundraising efforts, the more you can share those memories and involved everyone in those experiences better. A baseball team and league web site where everyone can upload and share photos, communicate schedules and engage in discussions, parent coordination and the like is an extremely valuable way to both engage sponsors and make those involved more able to coordinate fundraising and donate. You can build one for free at some sites like Weplay.

There are many tried and true methods to raise funds for youth leagues, but don’t be afraid to think out-of-the-box for your youth baseball fundraising ideas. Remember to appeal to people’s emotional connection to sports and to kids so that we all remember that this is time and money well spent. Looking back at our own lives, we all know that it is.

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