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A reader in Los Angeles contacted me and asked my opinion on the Hyper Vest Pro Weight Vest from Hyperwear for osteoporosis exercise.

Weighted vests are a popular exercise items for people with osteoporosis who want to weight bear throughout their body when they exercise or are active throughout the day. We have done a number of reviews of weighted vests for osteoporosis and the response from you has been positive.

I also have published a review of the Hyper Vest Elite.

Hyper Vest Pro Weight Vest for Osteoporosis Review

Here is my video review of the Hyper Vest Pro. There is a transcript of my video review at the bottom of this blog post. I have also provided a link if you are interested in purchasing the Hyper Vest Pro Weight Vest.

Things to Consider for a Weighted Vest

A couple of key points on the vest:

  • The Hyper Vest Pro is made from a stretchy fabric that fits comfortably on your body.
  • It has draw-strings on each side allowing you to get a nice fit — like a corset from days past.
  • There are multiple mini pockets that accommodate the individual weights. This allows you to gradually and progressively increase the weight of the vest and distribute the weights around the vest.
  • It is the most balanced weighted vest I have ever tried because of the fabric, the distribution of the smaller weights, and the draw-strings.
  • Because of its snug, balanced and comfortable fit, the vest allows dynamic movement exercises such as jumps.
  • The material allows you to fit the vest snugly without causing constriction of breathing.
  • I am a small person and I appreciate that it comes in small size. It even comes in an extra small size, an extra-extra small (popular with children with autism.)
  • Removing and inserting the individual weights can be time consuming and arduous. If you want to gradually build up the overall weight of the vest, you will be have to remove weights after the vest arrives and insert weights over time.
  • The Hyperwear people state that the vest can be (and should be) cleaned regularly without having to remove the weights. A hand wash with a mild detergent of the vest – with weights in – will do the trick. After washing, towel off the vest and hang to dry.

Where to Purchase the Hyper Vest Pro

You can purchase the Hyper Vest Pro on the Hyperwear website.

Review of Hyperwear Hyper Vest Pro

Hi, welcome back to MelioGuide. I’m Margaret Martin.

Today, we’re going to review the Hyperwear Hyper Vest Pro. This is a very nicely designed weighted vest. It comes with multiple little pockets which carry the weights in them and the drawstring on the side that allows you to customize even further the sizing of the vest.

Hyper Vest Pro Sizing

As a small person I really appreciate that the small size fits me so well and I can really customize it even more so for myself. It also comes in extra small and extra, extra small which is a really unusual thing to see with weighted vests.

The multiple level pockets allows you to build up very gradually on the weights that you’re using.

You can start small. I would recommend that you start with the back vest weights first higher up through the mid back and then gradually balance out the weights front and back until you’ve loaded up the weight, the vest and the weights fully.

Balanced and Comfortable Fit

The weight is evenly distributed through the vest. As a result, I never feel off balance while wearing the Hyper Vest Pro — in fact, it is them most balanced fit of all the weighted vests I have tried.

Other vests that I have tried can be very tight and can constrict my breathing. Not so with the Hyper Vest Pro. The side panels are adjustable and I can customize the fit to my comfort level.

The Hyper Vest Pro material allows for the elasticity. It allows you to even shrink up a little further if you wanted to use it for jump squats or more dynamic movement that you can do that with this vest.

Removing and Adding Weights

The biggest challenge with the Hyper Vest Pro is that it comes with approximately 70 little weights.  Individuals who want to start with a low weight vest (and gradually build up the weight) will have to initially remove a lot of the weights. This can be tedious.

I will demonstrate how to remove a single weight. Let’s go through the process of taking these weights out.

  • Push the weight from the bottom of the pocket.
  • If you’re just starting out and you are new to weighted vest workouts, I recommendation that you remove maybe 60 of these little weights and then gradually bring them back in as you get comfortable with the vest.
  • The process of putting them back in was a little bit more laborious than taking them out.
  • I found using the end of a spoon really helpful.
  • I noticed on the website that if you purchase extra weights it comes with a little device to help you put the weights back in.
  • Dealing with the little top sleeve is kind of challenging but the end of a flat spoon works really nicely.

Washing the Hyper Vest Pro

Hyperwear recommends that you remove all the weights in order to machine wash the Hyper Vest Pro. This can be challenging.

When to Use the Hyper Vest Pro

People might want to use different weight levels for different activities. Managing the small weights can present a challenge.

For example my younger clients they might use a fully loaded vest when they’re doing their squats. However, they might use a half loaded vest when doing their lunges — depending on their strength.

They might use a different weight density when they’re use the vest for walking.

I want to thank you very much for tuning in, for Michelle in Los Angeles for contacting me in regards to my opinion on the Hyper Vest Pro.

Osteoporosis Guidelines

For more information, check out my Osteoporosis Guidelines.


March 18, 2014 at 11:09pm

Cindy Stephenson

Hi Margaret,
I've had a Hyper Vest Pro for two years and love it. I have a couple of questions. Since joining MelioGuide I know you talk about the fact that sitting is one of the most compressive activities you can do relative to your spine. On the weekends I wear my vest when I go hiking - I usually put my vest on before I leave home and then drive15 minutes to the start of the hike. Does wearing the vest while you are driving put too much compression on your spine?

I also wear it when I walk on my lunch break at work. Since I ride my bike to work that usually involves cycling to and from work at the beginning and end of the week with my vest on. Is that OK? (When I first started my vest only weighed a few pounds so I could easily put it in my panniers, but now I'm up to 15 pounds - leading to more wear and tear on the panniers. That's why I've opted to wear it. I try to make sure my back is flat when I'm cycling but worry about the compression with the pressure from the vest.)

Sorry - a third question - my doctor advised me that once I start using the vest I need to keep it up - if I discontinue using the vest, I won't be stressing the bone as much and I'll lose ground. Is that true? What if you are on a month holiday somewhere and it's difficult to take along your vest? Would a weighted backpack do the trick?

Thanks so much. You are a lifeline for people battling low bone density and osteoporosis.

April 6, 2014 at 9:57pm

Margaret Martin replies

Hi Cindy,
Lots of great questions and my answers are based on my clinical opinion. Wearing the vest while sitting will be more compressive, however I would encourage you to lift against the vest. This is a practice I have learnt since teaching Yoga. Elongate your spine to push in an equal and opposite direction to the vest. It must be what the astronauts have to do when they re-enter earth's atmosphere and experience gravity once again.
I am impressed with your dedication! You might want to consider wrapping it in a plastic bag and holding it to your strapping it directly to your back rack. Otherwise, ensuring you are bending from your hips is your safest option.
Bone health is a cumulative thing just like, eating well and daily exercise. If you take a few weeks or a month off from wearing the vest your bones will have a break as well. But you will not loose everything you gained, just as you would not loose the benefit of good nutrition or daily exercise.
Thank you for your kind words. Glad you find the information helpful.

June 26, 2017 at 8:59am


I have read comments indicating that it is not good to have weights weighing down on breast tissue. This vest seems to do that. Is this opinion true?

July 4, 2017 at 9:11pm

Margaret Martin replies

Hi Sofia,
I have never felt the weights "weighing down" my breast tissue but I do have small breast! A proper fitting weighted vest should simply be causing a gentle compression similar to a sports bra. The most a weighted vest is worn is 60 minutes/day. As far as the metal and breast tissue I am more concerned for women who wear underwire bras for 12 hours or more a day. Since the bras are washed the wire gets rusted but that brings up a whole other point for discussion. You should decide on the weighted vest you are comfortable with since you will be the one to wear it. Hope this helps.

July 4, 2017 at 10:00pm

Margaret Martin replies

Hi Sofia,
When I wear my Hyper Vest Pro I do not feel the weights weighing down on my breast but rather gently compression them in the same way a sports bra would.
You should wear the type/style of vest that you feel most comfortable with.
Please be sure to watch my other videos on integrating the weighted vest into your workouts and how to gradually progress the weight.

March 25, 2019 at 8:04am


Hi Margaret First, thank you so much for your informative website and books, both of which were a godsend after I was diagnosed. I note that you advise not to wear the vest for more than 60 mins. I was under the impression that you can stress the bones (in a good way) both by increasing the weights, but also by wearing it for incrementally longer periods. So put in a weight & on consecutive days wear it for 30 mins, 60 mins, 90 mins etc until you have it on for 6-7 hours a day, then add another weight & do the same. When you have reached max safe weight put the vest away for 6 months & then start again from scratch. Would this methodology be safe/work from a bone building perspective? I was diagnosed with osteoporosis following chemotherapy at a relatively young age & I am very keen to remineralize my spine in particular. I am also trying a PEMF mat, which I understand the astronauts used to rebuild bone mass. Have you come across that? If so, I would be really interested in your opinion. Thanks for helping us again.

April 2, 2019 at 10:26pm

Margaret Martin replies

Hi Liz, It is awesome to read your dedication and enthusiasm in building your bones. The protocol you suggest is not one I have seen before. All the studies I have seen using the weighted vest involved wearing the vest for shorter durations. I have several clients that began wearing their vest all day and they all developed plantar fasciitis. I would suggest wearing it during your exercise sessions (when appropriate) with exercises such as squat, lunges, heel raise, step ups. During walks. If you want to extend the time I would gradually -increase to 90 minutes 3 times a day. I am not comfortable with the idea of it being worn it 6 - 7 hours /day unless you are up and about the whole day. But then, I just got back from a hiking holiday and we had our packs on for 4 - 5 hours /day so if you build up to it I guess it is not much different.
No comment on the PEMF.
Keep well,

March 28, 2019 at 6:33am


Hi Margaret! I know this is an older post, but is this still a vest you would recommend? My concern is getting too hot while walking. I really warm up while walking and often have to remove a layer and tie it around my waist. Any experience with this issue? Thanks, Patty

August 6, 2019 at 3:05pm

Robin Kohles

I have gotten mixed information from different health care professionals on whether wearing a weighted vest is safe for severe spinal osteoporosis (PT says OK, Doctors say not OK). My dexa for spine is -3.4. I am of average build and 57 years old. I am curious where the line is between beneficial and dangerous.

August 11, 2019 at 5:33pm

Margaret Martin replies

Hi Robin,
The term severe osteoporosis is usually meant that you have low BMD scores and you have had fragility fracture(s). The decision to get a weighted vest depends on 1. your posture and your ability to keep a good posture under the added load of the weighed vest and 2. the intent of the weighted vest. If you intend on wearing the vest while walking it will be less effective than if you wore it during weighted squats (assuming you are ready for weighted squats). If you have not been doing the "Floor M" exercise and other spinal strengthening I encourage you to start at a level that is right for you. Your PT should be able to guide you or begin with the Posture strengthening exercises and progress to the Beginner Spine strengthening then finally the Floor M.
I hope this helps you to understand the line between beneficial and dangerous.

September 3, 2019 at 1:31am

Diana Mackenzie

Hi Margaret, thank you so much for all your invaluable information. I am 72 and have -3.4 osteoporosis in my spine so I bought a weighted vest a year ago and wore it for walking and squats. Unfortunately I started getting slight sciatic type symptoms, and I have recently been diagnosed with L4 over L5 Spondylolisthesis. I assume the vest is not a good idea for me anymore? Also I have been advised to avoid extension exercises for the condition, but that is at odds with the advice to avoid flexion for osteoporosis! I have your Better Bones book and would be grateful if you could advise which exercises I should concentrate on. I live in the UK and unfortunately in my area there is not so much advice or awareness among Pilates and yoga teachers or other practitioners on how to care for osteoporosis.
I'm so glad I found you!

September 4, 2019 at 4:43am


Hi Diana where are you in the uk? I have found a pilates teacher trained in osteoporosis in North Surrey if that is of any use for you. He does both reformer & mat pilates & is so full of useful information. I am -3.7 & have practised safely without a fracture for 2 years. Best wishes Liz

September 4, 2019 at 10:41am


Hi Liz,
Thank you for the information but I live in West Yorkshire....I'll keep looking.
Good wishes,

October 13, 2020 at 3:15pm

Richard Martin

Hi Josie. Margaret is unable to provide medical advice in the absence of an assessment. If you are located in Ontario you can request a telehealth consult here.

Otherwise, you should consult with a Physiotherapist close to you.

January 29, 2022 at 2:48pm

Judy Loutit

I am excited to find this site and all the comprehensive information for myself and my sister.
However I am very confused by there being so much info produced by Margaret here and on Youtube site.. Are ALL the google info and YouTube videos on the Melio site or does one have to search the internet? I am purchasing the Exercises for Osteoarthritis book from Amazon. Now do I need to purchase the videos, or are those now online as I seemed to see them today January 29 2022.
Last question, can you do a televisit consult with Alberta and BC? Cost? Thanks

January 29, 2022 at 5:14pm

Richard Martin replies

Hi Judy. Margaret's book, Exercise for Better Bones on Amazon, contains all the instructions you need to navigate our site and find the resources you need for your osteoporosis exercise program.

Please visit our Contact page leave a message indicating your interest in a consultation and we will get back to you directly. Thanks