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While preparing for my sons' next track and field event, I felt we needed a edge; strength training. First I looked online for vests but found them to be either really expensive or not made for children.
The one's I did find for children were the Sensory Integration weighted vest for kids with D.I.S.(Dysfunction of Sensory Integration), they were expensive ($50-$125), didn't offer enough weight and were just not cute.
So I decided to try and figure out how to make a cheap weight vest whose weight could be adjusted depending on the exercise.

 
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Step 1: First Attempt

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My first attempt wasn't bad but the vest was too bulky, the sand shifted to the bottom of the vest and the weight wasn't adjustable.

Step 2: Materials

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Supplies:
1. Duct Tape (The Stronger the Better) 60 yd $8.99 Ace Hardware
2. 2" Velcro sticky back (Industrial Grade) 15 ft $25.00-Amazon
3. 1 1/2" D Rings (4) $1.00 sewing supply store
4. 1 1/2" Nylon webbing $25.00 (50 yd roll) sewing supply store

Tools:
1. Yard stick
2. 18" ruler
3. (2) Scissors (1) for Duct tape (1) for Nylon webbing
4. Sewing machine (easier) or needle and thread (harder)

Step 3: Let's Begin

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Measure the person who the vest is for.
First measure from collar bone to collar bone ( my sons were 11" and 8 3/4").
Second measure from the top of the sternum to right below the navel (12" and 9 3/4") or just add an inch to the original measurement.

Step 4: Let's Tape

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Cut one strip of duct tape double the size of the second measurement ( you'll be making the front and the back of the Vest) . Continue cutting and slightly overlapping each new strip on top of the preceding until you have reached the width of the first measurement. Then clean up the edges.
fantasyman2 years ago
hi! this is great! i was searching for this for soo long :D i have just a question: did the weights alwais stay adherent, or camed of during pratice?? thanks
kytsunei3 years ago
While I myself am a big fan of wearing weighted any/everything to burden your muscles as much as possible, these are generally not sold in children's sizes because there is some evidence that they can cause lasting damage to developing bodies.

If your bones and muscles are not in good alignment, even an adult could put unnecessary wear and tear on their joints- with a growing child, this joint stress and (if the weights are not very evenly appropriately and evenly distributed) posture-deforming weight can quickly cause lasting problems.

So please: Use in short bursts, and please make sure form and posture are encouraged more than speed.

Nobody likes hunchbacks.
l8nite3 years ago
a very interesting and well done "ible" although some of the pics are a little dark
Mario20073 years ago
This seems border line child abuse O-o.
Did you notice how miserable the boy looks?
it's not 5:23....
ooo you go gurl!
>.<