Hearing the debate in who the best soccer player in the world is much like the chicken and the egg conundrum – it becomes a revolving, endless debate that leads to nowhere. What we are witnessing right now are two of the best, if not greatest of all time, soccer players dueling it out on rival teams. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are scoring goals for fun, and their supporters are divided on who the better is. Both epitomize different athletes: one is a super human gym rat that has godly physical abilities, while the other is shorter in stature, but is technically gifted. Truth is, Ronaldo worked hard to become the athlete he is today, and he did so with body weights.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a scrawny player when he was in the teens. Though he was small, his determination was huge. According to stories while he was playing with Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo would always wear ankle weights and other body weights while training. His rationalizing was based on the amount of resistance he would experience wearing weights and he figured with them off, he would be a lot quicker and stronger. In actuality, he increased resistance in all movements that added to his overall strength and quickness.
To many athletes outside of soccer and in other sports such as basketball, resistance training is important in developing speed, explosion, and strength. But you don’t need to be an elite athlete to reap the benefits of a weighted vest. Wearing a weighted vest while going about your daily activities can increase your caloric burn. It can also aid in maintaining or increasing bone density.
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Here are a few ways to take advantage of the benefits from wearing body weights and incorporate it into your daily life. You can wear the weighted vests during gym sessions. You can put on the vest while going on a hike or walk. Bike rides can also be more challenging with extra weights. You can also do chores while wearing the vests, or even lift the vests themselves as weights!
The most important concept is to be creative with your workout. Athletes have discovered the benefits of weight vests, along with our firefighters. Achieve your goals and live a healthier lifestyle through being active. As always, consult a medical professional prior to beginning any new exercise, workout, or diet regimen.