So i've been doing a lot of weighted calisthenics lately and on my pushups i maxed out my available loading implements. As i struggled to put on my weight vest, and two backpacks simultaneously i realized there had to be a better way. Looking around for weight vests heavier than the one i had, i could only find 80lb+ vests for over 300 bucks (and who knows what the shipping is).
I had a 40 lbs worth of chain lying around and i challenged myself with the task of finding a way to load it all on me in conjunction with my 40 lb vest and a backpack. I lay awake one night trying to work it out. How could i do this.
Then it hit me.
I went to the dollar store and bought some natural fiber heavyweight twine and got to work. After about 1.5 hours i had fashioned myself a 40 lb tunic of chainmail. I then added straps to the side to adjust the tightness for wearing it alone or with my vest. It works beautifully, and cost me less than half of what my 40 lb weight vest cost. It's just as comfortable, and i still have more than half of the spool of twine for the chainmail for repairs. This beats the vest which is starting to fall apart and may eventually be irreparable.
Additionally, i know that i can add to it. Shoulders, sides, and i can increase the thickness, and probably make the thing 80 lbs. I also started writing up plans for a 20-30 lb chain coif.
The vest, chainmail and backpack together now put the weight on my hands at 242 lbs, my new max for the pushup.
I thought this was funny enough to be interesting to some folks here.