3 Ankle/Wrist Weights That Will Level Up Your Fitness Game


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


There is a word that describes these weights well: efficient.

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 ankle/wrist weights don’t come with all the fancy features that other ankle/wrist weights may advertise. Instead, this pair of weights focuses on reliability and function at a better price.

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.

Get a pair here!

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.

Dive into a pair here!


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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9 Comments

  • Jamie (#)
    July 30th, 2018

    As a boxer, ankle/wrist weights can be extremely useful when skipping or shadow boxing for resistance training.

    Finding the right product without slipping off can be quite hard to find sometimes! Out of these three, which one would you recommend for boxing training? By reading on the pros and cons I’m thinking probably BalanceFrom GoFit.

    It would be good to hear your thoughts?

    J

  • Furkan (#)
    July 30th, 2018

    I like the looks of Reehut and I am also familiar with the materials as it is made of good quality materials. I have really weak calves and I want to improve the muscle on my calves. I am 170 Lbs. and I wonder how long do I need to put on Reehut?

    • Denver (#)
      July 31st, 2018

      Studies suggest that you should wear ankle weights 1-2 times a week while exercising. They are a great way to accelerate muscle growth, but wearing them too much will only end up hurting yourself. 

      It’s not recommended to wear them all day, for example, but they are extremely useful in small doses. You can expect to see results within 3-6 weeks.

  • Cathy (#)
    July 31st, 2018

    I am in the process of recovering from a wrist injury at work that is neuro-muscular related and was advised to do some weight training for my arms. Initially, I was thinking dumbbell, but I found them to be too intense.

    These weights that you recommend are new to me and I like that they are more gentle and adjustable to one’s stamina. I am eyeing on the first two options as they seem to be quite affordable. Will definitely check them out on Amazon.

    • Denver (#)
      July 31st, 2018

      Please do! They work very well for me. As long as you use them properly and safely, they’ll be perfect for you. They are often used in physical rehabilitation as a substitute for the more strenuous stuff, so I’m glad to see you are weighing your options.

      Thank you for your comment! 

  • Olly Severn (#)
    August 2nd, 2018

    Love the article! I have never worn ankle or wrist weights before but I think I will have to after reading your review, as they are a very easy and simple way of improving your body! I operate in the gym a lot, so I know how effective these can be. I would urge anybody to at least look into a pair of these weights! Great article!

    • Denver (#)
      August 3rd, 2018

      Thank you! I think that body weights tend to either intimidate people who aren’t used to wearing them or cause people to underestimate them and wear them too much. I’ve found that my own workouts have become much more dynamic thanks to these weights, so I encourage others to try them out as well. Just be sure to be safe with them!

      Thanks for your awesome comment!

  • Riaz Shah (#)
    August 4th, 2018

    Hey Denver,
    I play a lot fighting games mainly Injustice 2 and Tekken and sometimes, I can stay online up to 5 hours straight. It was cool back then but over time I start to feel like my reflexes are getting kind of slower.

    Some combos were not successful because I wasn’t fast enough. Will wrist training improve my button reflexes and coordination too?

    • Denver (#)
      August 4th, 2018

      Heya! Competitive smasher and FGC enthusiast myself.

      Reflexes are developed through practice and are integrated through muscle memory. Assuming you are using a fight stick, most of your movements will come from finger and wrist use. I don’t believe that you need wrist weights to improve your combo execution; the wrist doesn’t really develop much muscle, so improvements would be lacking. It sounds like more of a mental-based problem.

      If you feel like you are slowing down, then you should probably play in shorter sessions to give your brain time to recover. Practice your combos until you never drop them, then practice them on actual opponents. The tide of battle is very different from training mode.

      Also, make sure you are taking care of yourself. Your body will move and react slower if it’s being abused (lack of sleep is a big one!).

      If you really struggle with improving your reflexes, try developing a stronger prediction game instead. Then you won’t have to rely on them as much.

      I hope I helped! Thanks for your comment!

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