While you are free to choose any kind of workout top for your training, wearing a vest may be just what you need to maximize your exercise performance. If you are serious about getting the most from your workouts, a vest really is the best workout top to wear…

Increased range of movement

Upper body exercises like pull downs, pull ups, rows and bench presses are most effective when performed with a wide range of movement. A wide range of movement stimulates the greatest number of muscle fibres leading to the best possible results. You wouldn’t do half-rep biceps curls so why let a badly fitting top prevent you from doing full-range pull ups?

Vests allow you to move your arms and shoulders freely and stringer vests are arguably the least restrictive of all.

Temperature regulation

While most modern gym wear is made from technical, lightweight fabric designed to wick sweat away from your skin, if you are really going for it, even these materials can trap a little bit of moisture and prevent you from keeping as cool as possible.

Wearing a vest means that more skin is exposed to the air which will result in plenty of surface area for sweat to evaporate from. A gym vest made from lightweight fabric such as the one from Gold's Gym is ideal for keeping cool while training hard.


If you hide your muscles beneath a T-shirt or long-sleeved top, it can be hard to see if you are making much progress from one week to the next. However, if you wear a vest, you’ll clearly be able to see your arms, shoulders and chest getting bigger and stronger and that can be very motivating. Not only will you be able to see your muscles grow, you’ll also see more definition begin to appear as you get leaner and lose body fat.

Wearing a workout vest makes it much easier to monitor your progress and each small change you see in your appearance will inspire you to work harder.

The Arnold principle

Arnold Schwarzenegger, arguably the greatest bodybuilder of all time, once had less-than stellar calves. Because of this, he was often photographed in knee-high water and wore track pants to hide his puny lower legs.

However, tired of making excuses, he cut off all his track pants to reveal his calves so he would be inspired to work them harder and bring them up to par with the rest of his body.

Wearing a vest means you cannot hide your skinny arms or narrow shoulders and, like Arnold, this will inspire to work these body parts even harder. If this trick worked for the great Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’ll damn well work for you!

Don’t hide under baggy T-shirts; wear a workout vest instead. Not only will be cooler, freer and more comfortable, it’ll help motivate you to develop the best body you can.