“ Manufacturer: Everlast / Type: Fitness - Ankle/Wrist Weights „
I was given these as a gift after hankering for some for a while whilst on a fitness drive.
I got the 3lb weighted ones (that is 3lb TOTAL each weight is 1.5 lbs each); as I felt this was a good weight not to heavy to be starting with. Although you can get a lighter version I believe that is just 1lb (total) in weight if you are just starting out. There is also a heavier weighted version of 5lb (total) also for the more advanced trainer.
They are very easy to put on your wrists, as they have an adjustable strap closure at the front to tighten them to the desired width of either your ankle or wrist very comfortably.
The reason I got them was to wear when I was doing house work around the house to help with toning my arms and legs and also build up the muscles in my legs.
The only problems I have found with these are the fit. I have very slim wrists and they do not fit as snuggly as I would like but not so much as it is too much of a problem. However around my ankles they are fine. Something to be aware of if if you do have slim wrists an want a snug fit.
The weights look good; a nice zesty lime colour and I use them more now for when I am at the gym and doing aerobics as they are useful in giving the class an extra bit of workout resistance.
The RRP price is £12.99. You can probably purchase them for somewhat less online.
I rate these 4 stars - marked down due to the fact they could do with having a bit more leeway on the adjustable straps for smaller wrists.
I've been trying to improve my fitness level and loose a few pounds for about two months now and have so far taken the following steps:
1. I no longer go to the gym because I like the chocolate brownies in the café, but actually use the gym once or twice a week now.
2. Rather than walking my dog around my local shopping centre car park, so I can pop into Warehouse, I try to walk a mile a day now.
3. I now resist the urge to have a takeaway every weekend and opt for something healthy... well some of the time I do anyway.
I'm actually quite proud of myself and can already tell that I'm getting fitter as I can now just about manage to jog on the tread mill for a couple of minutes without practically passing out on the floor. My boyfriend is obviously impressed with my new "gym addict" self that I manage to portray so well, while secretly eating a bag of Maltesers most days as I really am under the impression that they're healthy, that he bought me a present on his last pay day. Now normally he buys me some chocolates or something from Soap and Glory, but this week he came home with rather a large package (not in that sense) and I wondered what on earth it could be...
It was a set of Everlast Women's Ankle and Wrist Weights. Yes, that's right; my monthly treat was a set of weights. Obviously after being a little too over enthusiastic about such a brilliant present (and secretly already deducting money off his Christmas present) I decided to have a look at the weights to see what they were all about. The basic idea behind ankle and wrist weights is that they attach to your ankles and wrists, as the name would suggest, and are designed for strength training, aerobic conditioning and to tone upper and lower body muscles.
The box actually contains two thick bracelets in a sense which are lime green in colour on the outside and grey in colour on the inside. The bracelets contain the actual weights; the ones I got both weigh one and a half pounds each although other variations are available. The weights merely slip over my wrists or my ankles and then they can be tightened using a grey adjustable strap that fastens using Velcro. This also means that one size fits all - I've worn these and both my boyfriend and mum have tried them on and they've fastened quite easily. Obviously if you do have very large ankles they might be a little small. The outside of the weights has a reflective trim on it which means they provide extra visibility at night. However I'd definitely take other precautions if you're going out at night as these hardly light you up like a firework... more like a sparkler that's gone out really but is still defiantly glowing. The inside of the weights is made of terrycloth which is specially designed to absorb moisture and means any sweat is absorbed.
Now once I'd got over the initial embarrassment of walking down the road with "matching bracelets" on each arm, or even worse "matching anklets" on each ankle (my friend renamed them with these names as she thought I'd feel more comfortable if I thought of them as jewellery), I decided to give them a go. After about an hour of walking with them around my ankles (I thought I could hide them under my trousers for my first outing) I didn't exactly feel any pain but I'd say my lower legs did ache a little. I also didn't sweat too much either thank goodness! I've since used them whenever I've been dog walking and can't say that they've turned me into Mr Motivator but I'd say with repeated usage they do help to tone you up slightly. My mum suggested I wear them around my wrists while cleaning as well but I'm not convinced really!
The weights are also available in pink which have one pound weights in each one or in blue which have two and a half pound weights in each one. My boyfriend did think the actual weights were a little misleading as on the box it clearly states three pound weights, he therefore thought (quite rightly) that each weight would be three pounds rather than the three pounds being split between the two weights. I think this is quite misleading on websites such as Amazon really. As such I doubt they're really going to build up any muscles as they do seem quite light but they may well help tone a little... they're certainly never going to harm me. The only other downside is that the outside material can't be washed and, although I don't plan to sweat buckets while wearing them, I think being able to wash the whole thing would be an added bonus really.
The Everlast Women's Ankle and Wrist Weights are currently priced at £10.61 on Amazon for the green ones and this price seems to be quite standard really. My boyfriend happened to come across these in a bargain shop, I think it might have been B n M Bargains, and paid just £2.99 for them so I think we got quite a bargain! If you can get them for such a cheap price then I'd certainly recommend them, however if you're a serious gym addict then you may want to look for something a bit more professional or something with a bit more weight to it. I can't really see how much impact they've had but they certainly haven't hurt my toning aim in any way. I don't think these will be responsible for me reaching my Miss Motivator status somehow!
Thanks for reading!
WHAT IS IT?
A set of weights designed to be worn around the ankle, used for toning of the legs and bottom.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I've been wearing the ankle weights four times a week for a few months as I've been dieting. As a beautician I spend a lot of my day on my feet so when I get home my legs do feel like they've had a workout. The weights are thickly padded for comfort, mine are the 1lb pink weights but they are also available in 3lb and 5lb weights. They are easy to attach to your ankle and are fully adjustable to fit a wide range of sizes, the strong velcro strap keeps the weight in place and I never experience slipping once I've put the weight around my leg. The terry toweling lining keeps the weights comfortable on bare skin so you don't have to worry about wearing long socks with them, something that is a must when using non lined weights.
The weights are a bit bulkier than other ankle weights, this doesn't worry me but if you like to be a bit more streamlined you should look elsewhere. The thickness is fine for me as I'm not looking to hide the fact that im wearing them, if I don't want them on show they're easily hidden under bootcut jeans but they don't look terrible wearing the weights over leggings.
They are effective in my opinion as my legs feel the strain after a couple of hours, my calf muscles are tight and I can see a difference in the tone and shape if my legs since I started using them. The weight is well balanced so you forget you're wearing them sometimes, the design is comfortable and secure so you can go about your day and give your legs a work out without having to devote extra time and energy to it.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I have to admit I'm not the fittest person about and I could exercise a lot more, however I do try and this means I tend to buy a few bits of home gym equipment here and there. After the Christmas splurge the tonnes of adverts for exercise DVD's got to me and I decided to purchase a couple. One thing they recommend is wearing wrist weights or using small dumbbells whilst working out. Aware that I didn't want to be holding weights I decided to invest in a set of wrist/ ankle weights and of course I turned to Argos.
I decided not to opt for the cheapest option, a Pro Fitness set, but instead I decided to opt for a slightly more expensive set made by Everlast. The weights come in a few different weight options buy I opted for the two weights at 1.5 pounds each, which cost £12.99 at Argos although they are available slightly cheaper online.
The weights are a bright lime green colour with a grey reflective trim, you certainly can't miss them! It's inside the green fabric that the weight is held, there's also a white stretchy strap which reaches around the weight with the Everlast logo in black. The stretchy strap has a long strip on Velcro; this means it can be pulled as tight or slack as the user desires in order to fit pretty much any size ankle or wrist.
I primarily used the weights on my wrists, and I have to say I was surprised at just how comfortable they were. Obviously you have to pull the strap quite tight to make sure the weight is secure but there's no discomfort at all as the inside is slightly padded to ensure the best fit. In use I can definitely feel these doing something for me, my forearms primarily receive a workout in my opinion, this is where I feel I've done the most work. However depending on the exercises I do I am able to work out my whole arm, and the next day I can definitely tell I've been doing work with weights. I have used these only occasionally on my legs when I've been for a run, they do really work my calves though so I've been pleased with the results. I have never felt clammy underneath the weights which is always a good thing and the weights have never left indents or marks on my skin.
I've been impressed with the workout I've been able to achieve with my Everlast weights, I definitely feel like I've worked hard. The variety of weights means that there's something for most needs although you do have to buy them separately for this variation. The only let down for me is the lime green colour, it's not even a nice shade and I think they could of come up with a better colour to fit into the range more.
I love to keep fit and work hard to fit it in to my daily routine, that can be tough going however i really love the wrist and ankle weights as i wear them under my clothes for hours during the day without anyone noticing and can continue to run around or do house work whilst keeping my legs toned and trim.
I have pro fitness and pineapple wrist and ankle weights but over the last few years due to daily use the velcro straps have gone one them so i had to replace them. I choose everlast this time mainly because this is a brand am familiar with and was drawn to the bright colours of the weights.
I bought my everlast ankle weights around two months ago now from amazon uk costing only £5.99 with free delivery at this price the weights were on special and now cost around £9.99.
There is no colour choice however they everlast weights have different weights like the blue weights are 5 lb, pink 2lb and the green are 3lb.
I bought the blue 5lb for my ankles and the green 3lb for my wrists.
The everlast ankle weights come packaged in a clear tube with no instructions at all but you don't need any just strap them on and off you go.
The ankle weights are bright green material on the outside with a thick velcro strap to secure the weights around the ankles and on the inside the weights are grey towelling material to help absorb any sweat. Because the material on the inside is nice and soft i have not had any rubbing from the weights whilst wearing them, they feel really soft against my skin.
The trim around the edges of the weights are grey in colour this is actually the reflective material so you can wear them in the dark out jogging or whatever.
The green everlast weights are filled with sand and each weight weighs 3lb each. When wearing the weights to start with they feel heavy but i do get used to them and sometimes forget to take them off until the end of the day meaning i have wore them for 15 hours a day although i do not recommend this.
I find the everlast weights very comfortable. My legs are in great shape, toned and strong. I try to put the weights on for a few hours everyday but sometimes wear them much longer. These are great for going walking in and give a good work out on the legs, i also wear them when doing housework, at the gym or working out at night at home even on the wii as i have a few fitness games.
I have said all through this review everlast ankle weights that's because i have lower strength everlast weights that i use for my wrists but these green 3lb ones can be used on the wrists too.
I will continue to use the weights i love them. Highly recommend the everlast ankle weights.
Since my operation I have committed to getting fitter although sometimes I don't always do what I intend to I am giving it a good go and while I was doing my exercise dvd at home the instructor added that by wearing ankle weights I would see more results. I searched my old faithful Amazon to find these ankle and wrist weights for just £7.99.
They are available in 2 lb 3 lb and 5 lb I decided that 2 lb would be enough for me and as these were the cheapest of the 3 I opted for them. The 2 lb came in a lovely hot pink that would go nicely with my pink trainers. When they arrived I was a little disappointed at first as on Amazon they are described as 2 lb each weight but when they arrived it actually stated that each weight was 1 lb adding to a total of 2 lbs for the pair.
Never the less I decided to give them a go. When I took them out the box I was a little worried as they looked really bulky but once attached they are ever so comfy so much so you even forget they are there. They have a velcro strap that can be adjusted to a wide range of sizes so fitted perfectly on both my ankles and on my wrists. I am a size 10 and have to pull it about mid way so I am sure it will comfortable fit both bigger and smaller ankles and wrists than mine.They sit nicely and mould around the leg as they have a lot of padding they are very soft.
While exercising they still remain comfy do not rub or slip and stay perfectly in position. Even at 1b each they do help you tone a little better and are perfect for beginners with weights I have now purchased the 5 lb set and 2.5 lbs each to up the pace a little but if it was not for that I would still be using these weights.
Over all I would definitely recommend these weights they are comfortable stay secure while exercising and all round winner if your trying to add a little more resistance while trying to get fitter. They are not bank breaking and perfect for there purpose. They range from around £8 for the 2lb weight set up to around £15 for the 5lb set and come in mint blue and hot pink.
My last lot of ankle weights did not prove to be quite as robust as I expected them to be and five weeks ago I found myself needing a replacement set, these were £8.99 from Amazon which I felt was a pretty good price especially as from the pictures they looked quite comfortable to wear and at 3lbs in weight I did not want anything heavier. They are suitable for wearing on either your wrist or ankle, primarily I wear them on my ankles for when I'm doing either endurance or resistance exercise however I have used them on my wrists a couple of times however I have never really liked wrist weights when exercising as I have rather slender wrists and I find them uncomfortable to wear.
You certainly cannot miss these are they are a rather bright lime green colour. They fit comfortably around my ankles which are also quite slender with an adjustable velcro strap which allows you to adjust the tightness. The weight is distributed evenly around the ankle which means there is less chance of it slipping or running and I have found them to be very secure and to stay in place whether I'm ruunning on the flat, sloped or uneven ground and my movement is not affected however you can feel the extra resistance that these 3lb weights do provide.
These certainly do help to enhance your workout, I have used them in the home when on the wii fit as well and again the extra resistance helps increase the intensity of your workout. The only real niggle I have is the white piping and velcro which has become a little discoloured and makes them look a bit tatty after only five weeks of use. Other than that these are well worth investing in.
Everlast Womens Ankle / Wrist Weights
Description: Manufacturer: Everlast / Type: Fitness - Ankle/Wrist Weights
You can currently buy these wrist weights from Amazon for less that £10 so they can be a great way to spend those Dooyoo miles.
If you have read my earlier reviews (thank you very much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) then you will know that I have recently been trying to improve my overall fitness. I have been sticking to a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and also taken up regular exersise. I must admit that I feel a lot better for this regime and have found that I have loads more energy too.
One of the things that I have started doing is some regular jogging, nothing too strenuous but enough to make me feel that I am working out and I can feel my overall fitness level improving on a daily and weekly basis which is great.
You can buy these weights in lighter and heavier options but I chose the 3lb ones which are a bright green colour. They basically work by being filled with a heavy sand like filling which is evenly distributed around the weight. This means that once you have strapped them around your wrist using the velcro fasteners, they provide an even weight around your whole wrist.
I wear these weights while jogging and have really noticed a difference. If I wear them, my arms feel tighter and stiffer the next day which is a great way to feel that they are making me work harder. They are extremely easy to use and while I am jogging, I don't really notice that I am wearing them any more. Having said that, it did feel a little bit weird initially because obviously your arms/wrists feel a lot heavier than normal!
If you are looking for a cheap and simple way to help you get the most of your exersise routine then you should definitely consider getting some of these wrist weights. I also wear ankle weights for maximum effect and now that I have started using them, would never go back. You can get lighter or heavier ones depending on your size and general fitness level but I find the 3lb ones perfect so will be sticking to these.
You know how it is: there are some days when you wake up with an irresistible urge to go about your day with a 6 week old kitten strapped to each wrist.
It's probably a bad idea, though. The kind of bad idea that will get Rolf Harris* and the rest of the Pet Rescue team coming after you intent on ABH with a didgeridoo and a wobble board. And you know what they say about the Rolfmeister - he's the king of giving people a good hiding with musical instruments that aren't really musical instruments.
Even if you are the kind of madcap maverick that's prepared to look death by an Aussie bloke in the eye (and you just *know* he's going to be singing some kind of godawful song as he's bludgeoning you), there are other drawbacks to the kittens-on-the-wrists ploy. For a start, kittens are bitey. They're only little, but they have teeth that the average piranha would kill for. Kittens are also wriggly. If you wanted them to stay put you'd probably have to duct tape them in place and that seems like an awful lot of hassle (and possibly a court case when the RSPCA find out).
Much better all round, I think, to invest in some wrist and ankle weights. They stay in place, they won't make you bleed, and they won't anger the Rolfster.
*Incidentally, is Rolf Harris dead? Or am I thinking of Tony Hart? I never know when people are dead. I found out recently that Barry White had crooned his way off the mortal coil and I was distraught for ages. Well, about 15 minutes, anyway.
I bought these for no other reason than that I wanted to tone up my arms a bit but I don't really have the time, equipment or motivation to do *proper* weights. These seemed like the ideal solution because I could strap them on and go about doing my usual stuff.
~*~What do they look like?~*~
They're quite nice, as these things go. They're a lime green colour with a Velcro strap and the hem around them is reflective. It'll probably not be what saves you from being mown down by a careless motorist if you're foolish enough to go out jogging on the M25 whilst wearing them, but it's a nice touch nonetheless. However, if you're looking for weights that are discreet enough to be worn under ordinary clothes you'd best look elsewhere: the brightly coloured fabric and the fact that they're a bit bulky would make them hard to conceal.
~*~What are they like to wear?~*~
They feel a bit weird at first, but I imagine that's true of wearing any additional weight around your limbs. The inside fabric is terry towelling which is soft and absorbent against the skin. However, this outer cover cannot be removed for washing which I think is a pretty big negative point: your wrists aren't going to sweat a huge amount but it still doesn't seem terribly hygienic to have no way of cleaning the weights thoroughly. The inside feels like it's made of iron filings or similar so putting the whole thing through the washing machine is just asking for trouble in the form of a plumber with pound signs in his eyes. The Velcro straps affix well but aren't designed to accommodate anyone with really tiny or large limbs; I have fairly small wrists and hands and these are slightly looser than I'd like at their tightest point. Conversely, if the circumference of your ankles is greater than 11 inches or so, these will be too small.
~*~How effective are they?~*~
An important point (and one which isn't made clear on websites that sell them) is that these aren't 3lb each; they're 1.5lb each. Even at that, though, you definitely feel the impact on your arm muscles so it's really important that you don't fling your arms/legs around too vigorously when wearing them, as your muscles will be unused to the extra strain and may become damaged. I use mine when doing exercise on the Wii or when doing normal household activities like cleaning or cooking. After an hour or so my muscles aren't completely exhausted but I can definitely feel that they've been working harder than usual and I'll usually have that slight ache the next day that you get when your muscles have been exercised.
Like most exercise equipment, what you get out of them depends on how conscientiously you use them. Wear them every day for an hour or so and you should see an improvement in your strength and muscle tone. You're unlikely to end up with biceps of rippling steel, though, as for that you need proper gym equipment and willpower and Amazon only sells one of those things.
I am a sporadic user and I find that I notice a bit of an improvement in my strength, although little in the way of toning (that's my laziness at fault, rather than the efficacy of the weights). I did find them useful when I strained a shoulder muscle a month or so ago, as the extra weight meant I wasn't carrying my arm awkwardly to favour the strain.
For under ten pounds they're a good investment for people who just want a little toning and strength work. Serious gym bunnies will probably want to look elsewhere.