Ankle/wrist weights are powerful workout accessories and for good reason. It’s been known for quite some time now that resistance training works.
You can’t take 10 steps without arriving at a machine or a weight set designed to be used for resistance workouts. Examples of resistance training include using:
- Free weights (dumbbells, barbells, etc.)
- Weight machines
- Medicine balls
- Your own body weight
Resistance bands are also a very popular choice for working up a sweat, as they can be adapted to most exercises and provide continuous resistance throughout a movement.
Continued resistance is key towards burning a lot of calories without having to do extra reps or sets of an exercise, which is why ankle/wrist weights are such an important part of resistance training.
Ankle/wrist weights are great for building leg muscle and slimming down. Even the lightest of ankle weights will have a significant impact on the results of your workout routine.
Exergaming and ankle/wrist weights go together ESPECIALLY well because exercise-based gaming often uses free-form movements and bodyweight resistance; the workouts are amplified from the use of these weights.
I’ve used ankle weights for Dance Dance Revolution and have gotten some pretty strong calves because of them; I’ve also noticed increased weight loss. This motivated me to try wrist weights as well in other workouts, to which I immediately noticed stronger muscles being built faster than ever.
Increased weight loss was, once again, noticed quickly.
This makes sense considering that the most effective way to burn fat is to build muscle! Even at rest, muscles burn more calories than fat! Ankle/wrist weights are also very safe, when used properly, and come with tons of health benefits.
There are, of course, plenty of weight sets that aren’t very useful or just aren’t right for you. It can be confusing with so many options available on the market, so I’ll narrow down the weights that I find to be the most effective for the best price.
Here are my top 3 ankle/wrist weights that should be used by people who are serious about losing weight and having fitness success!
*By the way, each displayed weight refers to the overall weight of the set. A 2 lb pair of ankle weights, for example, would be 1 lb on each ankle.
1. REEHUT Durable Ankle/Wrist Weights
Reehut ankle/wrist weights have a nice and tight feel to them, allowing for exercise that ranges from mild to intense. It’s made out of specialized cotton that’s designed to eliminate chafing and skin irritation, as well as contains a material that absorbs moisture.
These weights are ideal for home workouts and are primarily used for lower body workouts. Reehut ankle/wrist weights target abdominal fat and tone body muscle when used for lower body exercise. Exergaming is optimized with Reehut ankle/wrist weights.
Velcro straps work well and do not fall off easily, though the weights can be removed by hand in seconds. The weighted parts are evenly distributed and aren’t bulky, making them easy to wear wherever you go.
You will definitely sweat with these weights, that sweat can accumulate where the weights are, though the absorbent material will help with that. Larger weight sizes are also bulkier, and the length of the straps are dependent on the weight of the weights.
That said, the length for even the lightest load should be more than sufficient for most people.
The price of the weights are dependent on the weights themselves; for example, lighter weights are cheaper than heavier weights. Most people only need 1-2 lb ankle/wrist weights.
The colors are also tied to the weight; you can’t get two different colors of the same weight.
These weights are not waterproof and should not be used for swimming.
The reason I like these weights so much is that they are easy on the skin. Too many weight loss accessories are cumbersome and obnoxious to wear. These, on the other hand, feel like I’m wearing weighted socks or wearing a heftier wristwatch.
The price range is good as well, starting at around $13 for the lightest weights (0.5 lb set for kids and young teens) and going up to around $30 for the heaviest (10 lb set)! It’s a really nice, competitive price when compared to other ankle weights on the market.
I also appreciate the 1-year warranty. It’s good to have reassurance just in case something goes wrong.
These weights are considered one of the best for a reason, and they definitely have my vote. Grab a pair here if you are interested in improving your exercise game!
2. BalanceFrom GoFit Ankle/Wrist Weights
These weights are made with soft fabric and contain absorbent material. They are well-suited for cross-training, walking, jogging, and exergaming! Velcro straps are purposefully oversized, allowing for greater flexibility when accounting for body size; they can fit on arms and legs too and are not limited to just ankles and wrists.
They also go above and beyond with a 2-year warranty. That’s how much confidence they have with their product.
Now, some things to note. These weights are a bit bulkier when compared to the average ankle weight pair, making it a bit harder to hide them under clothes. Additionally, velcro straps can have a tendency to irritate the skin under prolonged contact (1-2 hours).
These weights do not come in sets as light or as heavy as the Reehut brand; in exchange for this and some other cosmetic changes, the prices are slightly cheaper. Reinforced stitching ensures that the fabric of the weights lasts a long time, no matter the intensity of the workout.
These weights are also not waterproof and should not be used while swimming.
These weights are very good for exercises that are more intense, as their material is very strong and won’t tear quickly. They share many similarities with the Reehut weights but have slightly fewer customization options.
I recommend these for people who like tough weights and don’t mind the bulk that comes with it. Fewer customization options also mean a small lower price, though this shouldn’t be a bother to most people. 1-2 lbs, is again, more than enough for most people. Starter-friendly and comes with a nice 2-year warranty.
3. Kiefer 811400-10 Ankle/Wrist Weights
This brand of ankle/wrist weights focuses on delivering quality water-based exercise. They are slim and designed to survive intense aquatic workouts.
These weights do not use velcro straps; instead, they use a velcro buckle since straps wear out quickly in water. These are dual-nature ankle/wrist weights, meaning that they can be used on dry land as well.
They are soft and comfortable. Skin irritation is unlikely due to the nature of aquatic exercise; there are fewer movements that cause friction between the weights and bare skin.
As a bonus, they can be clipped together and fastened as a weight belt (usually for water polo). This allows for more intense abdominal exercises that would be hard to get without the weights.
The color can fade quickly with repeated exposure to chlorine, so they should be rinsed with well after every use. People with smaller wrists and ankles may also have difficulty with getting a tight fit, as the buckle doesn’t allow for as much tightening as a strap would.
The price for a 1 lb pair is also higher than with the other two brands, but this makes sense as these weights can be used as both dry land weights and underwater weights. They are basically two-weight pairs (three counting the weight belt) in one.
That’s a good deal, all things considered.
Exergaming isn’t a water-based activity, so the value of these weights are dependent on how often you go swimming. For those who aim to do pool exercises alongside exergaming, these weights would work best for you.
They are highly absorbent, so they are also a good choice for those who tend to sweat a lot during exercise. The price might seem off-putting, but don’t forget that these weights offer functionality that the other brands cannot match.
To Sum Things Up
These are the three ankle/wrist weight brands that I know are worth the most bang for your buck. Resistance training has come a long way, and exergaming is perfect for it; putting the two together will provide results that you won’t even notice until they smack you in the face.
You’ll be having too much fun to pay attention to the actual work that’s involved.
That’s the beauty of exergaming. These weights just help you reach your goals faster. Even outside of exergaming, proper use of ankle/wrist weights goes a long way no matter the workout!
*Note that ankle/wrist weights should not be used for every exercise session (3 times a week max is advised). For your safety, try them for 1 session and take observe how you feel the next day. Do not continue to use if you feel pain beyond soreness; that could be something else. Always consult your doctor if you are unsure/concerned about exercise.
When you are ready to tackle fitness with fun, grab your weights and go to town! I’m with you all the way!
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