I initially came across the weighted compression shirt (TITIN Force) by TITIN Tech initially while interviewing Spartan Race Pro Isaiah Vidal. Instantly I was intrigued by the concept of having a weight vest that wouldn’t jostle around while doing non static exercises. What the people at TITIN Tech have done is just that. They have essentially reinvented the wheel when it comes to weight vests but their wheel is a better wheel. They took a compression shirt and a weight vest and combined them to make an 8 lb. (3.6kg.) weighted compression shirt with 14 removable gel weight pads. I’ll dive into the review below and tell you all about how my experience has been and some tips on using it best.
TITIN Force Parts
When you order the complete kit from them you will get three things – the base layer compression shirt with pockets, the weights (gels) to go into the pockets, and the top layer to snug up at the weights once they are in the shirt to assure they won’t move around too much.
For sizing I suggest you read their chart and if you fall between two sizes order an extra inner shirt layer and an extra outer compression shirt to make sure you get the best fit. I always fall in the weird grey area between small and medium so I started with the medium since I was at the bottom end of those measurements and in the end had to move to a small since it didn’t snug up enough to stop the movement. Put the gear on and jump around a bit before you initially use it. If it is moving, order a size smaller.
TITIN Force Usage
I used the Titin Force system for two primary activities. One of the was running and the other was HIIT. I’ll cover the usage of both as thoroughly as I can at this point in my product usage.
For running I started using the system with just 6 of the possible 14 gels that are available. I’m not a big fan of wearing anything extra while running so I wanted to start small. This weight wasn’t all that noticeable at first but as I started to ramp up the pace I noticed I topped out a bit earlier than normal. I found my effort at 7:00/miles to be about where I normally feel at 6:45/min miles. And I noticed after 5 miles at this pace I was feeling really haggard and decided to back off and come at this another day. On the few attempts with the system after this I got up to 4 lbs in the different pockets and stayed at about the same 7/min mile pace for similar distance. It was strange in that you could tell you were working harder but you almost forgot the reason was this tiny 4 pounds added on.
With HIIT workouts it was almost not noticeable since many of my workouts don’t have benchmarks and change every time. I didn’t notice that when I was doing them with people I saw as less fit than myself I usually struggled to keep up with them. It made pulls ups and push ups noticeably harder but still didn’t limit me from finishing however many reps the workout called for.
So that covers using it but the real benefit was when you take it off; I felt like I was almost floating with weightlessness. This isn’t unique to just this weight system except for the fact that I could do dynamic activities before and after wearing the TITIN system. I also found that I needed to be more efficient with the TITIN force system and that carried over to non usage as well.
TITIN Force Pro’s and Con’s
- Doesn’t move while working out
- 14 removable weights in varrying locations to fine tune your load
- Less risk for damage to joints while doing dynamic workouts
- Much more comfortable than typical weight vests
- It is relatively expensive ($250)
- You will need extra shirts so that you can wash them between uses
Tips and Tricks
- Buy the correct size, if you aren’t sure, order two sizes and return the less snug one
- When it is hot out don’t wear the top layer unless you are really bouncing around a lot
- Buy extra base (inner) layers since you will want to wash them between uses, even if just in the sink
- Start at a lower weight than the max and work your way up, you’ll thank me later
That’s it for now, be sure to buy your system from TITIN tech directly and use coupon code CANTATORE for free shipping!
I’ll follow up in the coming months with updates on using the TITIN weight system, stay tuned.
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Title: TITIN Tech Weighted Compression Shirt (TITIN Force) Review
Reviewed by Dario Cantatore on Sep 25
Summary: TITIN Tech weighted vest is an innovative approach to
Description: Instantly I was intrigued by the concept of having a weight vest that wouldn’t jostle around while doing non static exercises. What the people at TITIN Tech have done is just that. They have essentially reinvented the wheel when it comes to weight vests but their wheel is a better wheel.
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