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    Could someone possibly tell me why a lot of people don't reccommend using ankle weights? They say they'll mess up your legs or something. I know their not suppose to be used for long periods of timebut I was thinkin maybe for a short exercise session to strengthen your legs. But more importantly, when and in what way is best to use ankle weights?

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    I couldn't say for sure, these are just my guesses, but I can possibly see an increased chance of turning your ankle while wearing those things.

    I've had severe sprains (not wearing weights) on my ankles several times and those injuries rank up there with some of the most pain I've ever had. On top of that it takes several weeks for them to heal. That is enough reason for me to avoid using them. If I need more exercise in my legs, I'll work more in the weight room or run more depending on my desired results.

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    • #3
      im with ya on that one Chris i have had several sprains some bad some not too bad but i think ancle weights wud also increase the likelyhood of that happening. the pain is bad but the worst is jus sitting there not being able to anything wen u want to stay active.
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      Last edited by Kyle; 09-11-2011, 07:34 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sed26 View Post
        Could someone possibly tell me why a lot of people don't reccommend using ankle weights? They say they'll mess up your legs or something. I know their not suppose to be used for long periods of timebut I was thinkin maybe for a short exercise session to strengthen your legs. But more importantly, when and in what way is best to use ankle weights?
        S.A.I.D.

        specific adaptation to imposed demand. the body becomes it's function. if you do a lot of running with ankle weights on, your body will adapt to THAT and your running without the weights will actually be hindered.

        it's why you really shouldn't do a lot of punching with dumbells or say throw a shot that's much heavier than the one you use in competition. occasionally to mix up your routine is fine, but as a regular thing is just a bad idea because it will impair your performance.

        it's also why you want to mix up your routine as much as possible. click here for video.
        Last edited by ashe; 07-25-2007, 02:36 PM.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your input guys. Now that leaves me with one question. Is there a good purpose for ankle weights or are they pretty much useless.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sed26 View Post
            Thanks for your input guys. Now that leaves me with one question. Is there a good purpose for ankle weights or are they pretty much useless.
            there's a place for them with certain types of exercises (like probodx, or physical theraphy type exercises).

            i certainly wouldn't use them for kicking or running or the like though.

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            • #7
              Ankle Weight Advice

              Ankle weights are good for abdominal exercises, i.e. leg lifts while laying on your back.

              They should not be used where timing is an issue such as boxing (as in dancing). Your muscle memory will adapt to the extra weight, you will be stronger but once you remove that extra weight your upper and lower body will no longer be synchronized. I know this for a fact; while in high school I was invited to the Jr Olympics as a discus thrower, I thought to myself (because at that age I knew everything) If I used a heavier discus in training...it would make sense that the regulation sized discus would fly out of the stadium
              What actually happened was that I screwed my footwork up because I had to slow down to handle the extra weight of the heavier discus....come day of the competiton, it was me who went flying out of the ring and thus disqualifying myself.

              I should have been working on my timing and execution (footwork & release) with a regulation sized discus.
              Last edited by Roscoe; 07-26-2007, 07:35 PM. Reason: add information

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              • #8
                I know that running with ankle weights will really screw up your running stride.. as mentioned before they are best for lifting as in leg lifts...

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                • #9
                  The ankle weights also stretch the tendons and ligaments in the legs.

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                  • #10
                    I use them once a week when I run. That way I can get a harder workout. By only using hem once a week you body does not get used to them. I also very the weight of the weights to keep my body guessing. I find it is a good way to mix up your workout.

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