Are ankle weights worth it?

Hi all,


I have heard a lot of information about ankle weights and how they can help you strengthen your upper or lower body.



As far as I can tell, adding some ankle weights to simple leg raises and other things I can do at home would help make those exercises a little more challenging.


Curious if anyone here has had good results or understands the benefits of ankle weights?


Ben Breda
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They are to me. Ankle and wrist weights. And you need only the minimum weight (2 pound). They're also good for wearing during aerobic exercise. We have a number of us, in a step class, using wrist weights. I don't think you'd want ankle weights for aerobics --- could interfere with footing. I know they're out there, but at my age, I think I might have balance issue while doing aerobics.

   It's amazing how such a small amount of weight makes you work harder.  

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As a fitness trainer I just need to add a warning about using ankle and wrist weights during classes, etc.  If you already have had back or joint injuries you may need to consult with a doctor or trainer first.  It is then impairitive that you use correct form and not overdo use.

Honored Social Butterfly

I wear ankle weights on 2-5 mile walks to great effect.


I wear 4 pounds (2 pounds each leg) sometimes for 4-7 hours while doing my regular daily stuff. 


Caveat: I'm an in shape athlete.





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