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Everybody has heard about training while wearing weights in different parts of your body: ankles, arms, torso, etc.

There are many references in cartoons that treat about Martial arts like the episode where Rock Lee battles Gaara (Naruto) (1:45) showing a considerable improvement in speed, or when Goku trains with them while flying (Dragon Ball) (1:40).

There are other references, summarized in the Wikipedia article for Weighted clothing, see the sub-article Cultural references.

Obviously removing the "superhuman" factor that those cartoons show, I'm strictly referring to the real world. I know I wouldn't be able to move at superhuman speed, but does training with weights actually improve my body's performance?

All I find are articles, blog posts, but nothing actually reliable, like medical studies or similar research.

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    I'm not sure there are enough references, this is my first question on the site. If I can improve it, please let me know. Also, I wasn't sure about the tags, so if you know others that might fit better, feel free to retag. – Alenanno Jan 24 '12 at 14:12
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    Are you casting doubt on a claim made by cartoons? I don't know if this is really a worthwhile claim to try to dispute. Is there another source/myth which advocates this claim? (Same point made by dmckee above) – Asaf Jan 24 '12 at 17:22
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    Note that the original claim is not done by cartoons. As you can see in the Wikipedia article I linked, there are other references, in literature and movies too. If you google about this, you can find mentions everywhere, that makes it notable, if I understood what you mean by "notable". – Alenanno Jan 24 '12 at 17:24
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    I don't understand why you think it's off topic, considering there is a similar question with 7 upvotes on this site. Besides, I'm not asking how to get fit, but whether this claim that "training while wearing weights improves body performance" is true and referenced. – Alenanno Jan 25 '12 at 9:42
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    I posted a meta discussion about this question, so we don't clutter the comments area. – Alenanno Jan 25 '12 at 11:33

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