Heavy interviewed Founder/CEO Patrick Whaley about the weighted shirt system he created. Here are the facts on the company, its origin and benefits.
1. He Was the Skinny Kid in School
As a student, Whaley was always conscious of being thin and took the initiative to change his physique.
“Growing up, I was always the skinny kid in school. I used to fill my bookbag with books and do shoulder shrugs on the way to class to build muscle,” he explained.
He realized that the weighted vests sold were bulky and not ideal for his lifestyle.
“TITIN gave me the opportunity to introduce a life-changing training tool into the sporting world and I jumped at the opportunity to continue sculpting my idea,” he continued.
The young entrepreneur credits his family and friends for their support as he was getting his business off the ground.
2. He Was Shot in the Chest
In 2009, while still in college, Whaley was shot in the chest during a robbery.
Even though he underwent rehab, it was when he used his shirt, that he felt an improvement in his condition.
There are other health benefits, which include aiding with osteoporosis and calming children with Autism and ADHD.
3. Athletes Wear Them
Some of Whaley’s clients include the All Blacks, which is the national rugby team of New Zealand, The University of Georgia’s football team, Marquette and Auburn University’s basketball teams, and the Boston Red Sox.
The company has done research with the Under Armour brand in order to better assist athletes.
However, anyone can use this product. Although, right now, more men use it than women, they are in the process of effectively incorporating a female design.
On their site, the benefits are outlined as such:
+ 25% Higher Lactate Threshold
+ 13% Increased Vertical Leap
+ 11% Increase in Endurance
+ 7% Increase in Caloric Burn
+ 3% Increase in Running Speed
4. There Are Gel Inserts
The shirts have gel inserts which have the same density as muscles in the body.
The goal is to allow a full range of motion while you’re wearing the shirt.
They can be heated or frozen and stay hot or cold for 30-45 minutes.
5. ‘Shark Tank’ Reached Out to Them
Whaley explained that the reality show was interested in their appearance for a few years.
When it came time to face the sharks, he was nervous.
“Yeah, I was a bit nervous, but nerves are what fuels me, so I was excited to get up there and face them all,” he said.