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Are ankle weights a good idea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Does anyone have an opinion about using ankle weights for leg exercises? Is it unnatural, pointless or stupid? I'm looking at some weights for sale on craigslist and someone has a set for cheap. I'm trying to work my legs without unnecessary stress to the knees. Thanks everyone!

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on April 23, 2012
at 03:17 AM

That's fine. I use mine all the time. Donkey kicks done slowly are killer!

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on April 23, 2012
at 01:52 AM

I used to wear them before skating competitions too... I agree with 'I feel like I can fly after I take them off.' people who aren't used to wearing them should ease into wearing them a few hours a day at first.

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:15 PM

The people have spoken and you seem pretty much unanimous. Thanks everyone for your input.

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:11 PM

@Chris- bad knees seem to run in my family (or maybe just bad posture and exercise habits??). Many of the women in my family have had knee surgery and I just don't want to do anything that can compromise mine. As I understand it, the way a woman's body is put together, with our wider hips not sitting stacked above our knees there is extra stress and we are more prone to knee injury.

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:04 PM

Ha, I love it. You appeal to my common sense!

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on August 10, 2010
at 01:52 PM

I never would have thought...thanks.

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on August 10, 2010
at 11:00 AM

Yes, this is an EXTREMELY bad idea. Even walking with leg weights can mess up your knees and leg musculature. It messes up the weight distribution of your leg and messes up how you walk, run, etc. I loved this idea and I was going to walk around and train with a balanced weighted vest, but I even think that disrupts your bodily weight balance. (Backpacks are even worse for this reason) Imagine what a doctor would say to someone who had several pounds of water-weight or mass concentrated around his/her ankles! Major problem!

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:31 AM

@Hannah - I think I would tend to agree with the sentiments in your second sentence.

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on August 10, 2010
at 01:31 AM

Whats wrong with your knees, why do you want to minimize stress?

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on August 09, 2010
at 11:16 PM

I was thinking of using them while doing leg lift exercises.

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on August 09, 2010
at 11:13 PM

Did you mean for walking/running or did you mean for weight lifting? For weightlifting ankle weights are great.

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on August 09, 2010
at 10:21 PM

That makes sense, thanks a lot.

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on August 09, 2010
at 10:08 PM

I would avoid ankle weights. If you want to add weight to certain exercises, find the "civilian"equivalent of a flak jacket. Or load up a back pack with weight and walk/run with it.

Running/jumping with ankle weights can cause you to land awkwardly and injure your feet/ankles/Achilles. Spreading the weight across your upper torso would be a safer option, more encompassing workout.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on August 09, 2010
at 11:16 PM

I was thinking of using them while doing leg lift exercises.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on August 09, 2010
at 11:13 PM

Did you mean for walking/running or did you mean for weight lifting? For weightlifting ankle weights are great.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on August 09, 2010
at 10:21 PM

That makes sense, thanks a lot.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 23, 2012
at 03:17 AM

That's fine. I use mine all the time. Donkey kicks done slowly are killer!

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on August 09, 2010
at 10:34 PM

Learning how to squat properly (i.e. knees out, hips below parallel), and doing it regularly is by far the best way to work your legs without unnecessary stress to the knees. It will also make you a lot stronger and faster and better at other things. So skip the ankle weights and find someone to teach you how to squat properly, and you'll be in great shape.

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on April 23, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I use my ankle weights about a week before a competition (im a swimmer). I take them off the night before or sometimes right before my race. I feel like I can fly after i take em off. Definitely a yes!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 23, 2012
at 01:52 AM

I used to wear them before skating competitions too... I agree with 'I feel like I can fly after I take them off.' people who aren't used to wearing them should ease into wearing them a few hours a day at first.

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on August 10, 2010
at 12:18 PM

I'm tempted to say that ankle weights are just another modern fitness gimmick marketed to victims of the Standard American Diet And Lifestyle (SADAL?) in lieu of a natural diet and exercise pattern, but then I tend towards reenactment more than most. I'm tempted to say that VFFs, shorts, and a park or the beach is all the fitness equipment you need, and that really, the VFFs and shorts are optional.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on August 10, 2010
at 02:04 PM

Ha, I love it. You appeal to my common sense!

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on August 10, 2010
at 12:26 AM

I have pretty bad knees, and I've found that leg lifts - leg extensions especially - put a lot more strain on my knees than squatting with good form... or even squatting with bad form for that matter. Really any sort of leg lift will turn your leg into a lever with the added weight on the ankle, and that's going to put stress on your knee in bad ways no matter how you do it.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on August 10, 2010
at 01:52 PM

I never would have thought...thanks.

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on August 13, 2010
at 04:17 AM

I honestly hope I lose so much weight that I need angle weights to keep me from floating away.

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on August 10, 2010
at 09:51 PM

The only thing I use ankle weights for are leg lifts when working my abs. I agree with the other posters and recommend against using them for working legs. If you think about it, the amount of weight you are actually adding as a percentage of your body weight is miniscule. So the benefits to your muscles are minor. But the inertia of the weights in an unexpected direction against your joints could be significant. Not worth it. I think you'll get more benefit from increasing your speed or intensity or improving your form.

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on August 10, 2010
at 06:48 AM

I use ankle weights when walking and find them great. I walk most days and use the weights twice a week. You can really tell on the days without the weights how much good they have done.

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