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Pain in the Neck from Weighted Vest

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 21, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Inspired by a previous thread ( http://paleohacks.com/questions/865/walking-with-a-weighted-vest ), I recently ordered a weighted vest (Z-fitness, adjustable from 0 to 40lbs.) to augment my home workouts. So far, I've tried it with push-ups, pull-ups, chins, dumbbell squats and dumbbell lunges. I've only loaded it with 9 to 12 lbs. so far. None of the exercises cause any problem except the push-ups. Whenever I wear it to do push-ups, I get a sharp, intense pain in the neck behind my left ear. At first I thought I might be hyperextending my neck, so I paid particular attention to that during the movement, but the pain still occurs. Anyone had a similar experience or know what may be causing this or what to do about it? I like weighted bodyweight movements, and I'd like to keep using the vest if possible.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 22, 2010
at 04:58 PM

@Ed -- go see a "rolfer". No joke. A rolfer cured my wife's chronic back pain.

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on June 22, 2010
at 12:30 PM

+1; a droll yet useful answer; by the way, I think you meant to say "toting" 45+ lbs, not "touting," but I won't subtract for usage.

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on June 22, 2010
at 01:52 AM

Sure, it can be worked around, but it would be more satisfying to discover the actual cause and possibly a better solution.

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on June 22, 2010
at 04:23 PM

Sounds like a pinched nerve. You might try neck flexibility stretches for increased limberness, and if that does not work, have a doctor check for bone spurs on your spine.

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on June 21, 2010
at 03:34 AM

Put it away for now. Are the weights loaded in the front? With a partner Id have then place a 10 lb weight on your back instead. I like carrying weight around like a sand bag or a farmers walk which works the core much better. Weighted vests should have the weigh as close to the body as possible

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on June 22, 2010
at 03:47 AM

Weak sauce, Eddie...

I've been touting 45+ lbs for some time now, of course I'm a mesomorph so I'm inclined to bear more weight than most.

Taking breaks would be the best bet, I'd guess, as well as relocation of the load position, for instance switching front to back in a rucksack (what I use).

Another thing, dare I mention it, if you've been doing pushups for a while now you know the proper form without having to look up, I'd recommend keeping your face to the ground for a while, but keep your back arched properly without the visual reminder.

I hope you can improve, that's pretty ladylike at the moment.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on June 22, 2010
at 12:30 PM

+1; a droll yet useful answer; by the way, I think you meant to say "toting" 45+ lbs, not "touting," but I won't subtract for usage.

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93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 21, 2010
at 07:31 PM

Don't want to sound overly glib -- but why not just stop doing push-ups with the vest?

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 22, 2010
at 04:58 PM

@Ed -- go see a "rolfer". No joke. A rolfer cured my wife's chronic back pain.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on June 22, 2010
at 01:52 AM

Sure, it can be worked around, but it would be more satisfying to discover the actual cause and possibly a better solution.

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