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    Weighted vest or dip belt? Opinions/advide

    Need quick advice here; I can only buy one (for the moment) and I need opinions on which would be better.

    From what I gather:

    Dip Belts
    -able to attach more weight
    -doesn't come with weights (only have light weights at home, so would be better used at the gym)

    Weighted Vest
    -possibly more comfortable (especially in pullups)
    -comes with weight (can use at home)

    I will be using either for dips, pushups, pullups & chinups and other bodyweight exercises.
    Any with experience with either or both (preferably) please give your opinions and reasons here.
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    advice* lolspelling.
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    I think a weighted vest would be more versatile. You can use it for weighted bodyweight exercises, as well as throw it on for harder cardio.
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    Ideally both, but if can't afford both, get yourself a vest and buy a couple feet worth of chain and a karabina, it will be less comfortable then a bought dip belt but will get the job done for around £5.
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    More options with a belt as far as how much weight and easier to use.
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    Yes there are a lot of things you can do with belts. I'm not much of fan of vest. You can get them both if you want though.
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    I don't do anything that would warrant using a vest.

    I do however do a lot of things that work rather well with a dip belt (pull ups, dips or belt squats)

    it is your choice depending on your goals. I think the dip belt is a hell of a lot more versatile
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    weighted vests are a waste of money for dips and pullups.why spend 60 to 100 dollars when you can use a db between the legs?
    cant really use a dipping belt for push ups.
    i would say save your money until you actually need something to help you add weight,and buy a dipping belt.use books and a back pack for pushups.
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    I would advise towards a belt in the fact that it allows for the most growth since you can add up to a solid stack of weight to it before it reaches it's max capacity- where as a vest is going to cost you a fortune and not go above 50lb likely.

    As far as not being able to use one for pushups, you don't truly need one... Plyometric pushups would suffice just as well outside of the chest/tri work from dipping if done correctly. You could also sub weighted pushups with using a dyna disk or bosu ball for added difficulty and still make great gains.
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    I would go with the dips belt. Plus, the vest would reek of your sweat smell in the long run.
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    A vest is going to be immensely uncomfortable during dips, pullups and other movements in which the upper body joints move.

    Get a dip belt.
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