iam trying to get stronger and increase my vert by jumping and playing ball with it on
will it do more harm then good?
My friend had one for some kind of thing he was training for. I put it on when we played some basketball one day. It was f*cked up. Just weird feeling. I played about normally, aside from jumping a little less.
I couldn't say whether it would help or hurt. But it was cool to try for a bit.
It helps. It's just annoying because you will be considerably worse (tire quicker, jump less, sprint slower, etc) but the improvements are dramatic. It's like shooting with a medicine ball and then shooting with a basketball after, big difference.
The important thing is to maintain your normal running/jumping form...
sometimes extra weighted vests or ankle weights, etc can hinder your form and make you slouch or whatever.. maintain your form when wearing the vest and if you cant maintain your form, go lighter on the weight..just like when lifting.. form is the most important.
I hear it works, but studies still suggest that plyometrics + strength training is still the most effective way to increase your vertical.
That is correct, in order to jump high you need to be working on the type 2a and type 2b muscle fibres. This can be done a lot more effectively by having a weights strengthening program and a plyometrics program.
With these muscle fibres because of the low capillary density and mitochondria they will fatigue quickly (Anaerobic) meaning if you can play a full game of basketball in a weighted vest you probably are not working them as intensively as you would be a plyometrics workout.
Wearing a vest will have added advantages because it will increase the strength in your legs purely because you are heavier. However if you don't already have strong legs I don't advise it. You need to have enough strength to support your weight first.