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These ankle weights are 2 x 2.5 lb. I bought them from Argos for £8, which I thought was great value.
As I mentioned before, I love the Pro Fitness range and hopefully over time I will be able to add more and more of their products to my home gym.
I heard that doing squats and lunges with ankle weights on makes it at least 50% more effective, and I have to say that I really do feel the difference, especially the morning after a workout.
My legs are quite slim and these weights fit pefectly, but anyone slightly larger (e.g. size 16 and above) may have trouble. My friend borrowed these and she ended up usng them as wrist weights. She has since gone on to buy the Davin McCall weights instead.
I think it is a great price for the weight. I really want to look into it and see if they come in different weights as my leg muscles get stronger.
I would recommend these for anyone looking to make their workout more intense.
Pro fitness ankle and wrist weights are one of my main ways of helping to keep toned. I use them when doing cardio and also while doing some forms of yoga to help tone my muscles and keep them strong.
They only cost £7.99 and for not a lot of money they will really help to intensify any work out that you might do. For weight loss these just help to intensify the work out a little bit more meaning that you will burn more calories but I think that they are really much more suited just for keeping everything toned and helping to strengthen muscles.
You just strap the weights to your ankles with the Velcro fastenings and then do your workout. You can definitely feel them on your ankles and they weigh you down a little but they don't feel too bad and certainly for most people they won't inhibit your ability to exercise. It is when you have finished working out and take them off that you can really tell the difference as your muscles will let you know that they have had them on and your legs will feel a little bit jelly like.
This is a good thing though and it just means that the extra weight is making your muscles work harder. The beauty about these is that you don't even have to use them when working out and they can be incorporated into your everyday life and you can wear them while doing the house work, walking the dog or even going to the supermarket though if wearing them outside make sure and wear trousers that have wide bottoms on them so that they will fit over the ankle weights and disguise them a little bit.
They are quite comfy to wear and don't pinch the skin and even when you tighten them really securely so that they won't move about when you are working out they don't feel uncomfortable thanks to the padding in them.
These ankle weights are a great way of getting extra benefit from your workout and they really do make a difference in strengthening your muscles in your leg without bulking them up and they will help to tone and shape provided that you wear them regularly enough to feel the benefit from them.
I bought a set of these ankle weights to try and upscale the level of activity I was doing over the last three months, it's fair to say I have very quickly figured out what activities you CAN wear these for and which are not really appropriate.
I paid £7.99 from Argos for my set but I see that they are widely available online, I wanted to use nectar points towards my purchase and as such these were actually a freebie (which is always nice!). They are well made, a canvas type of material with three evenly distributed weight pads in each, the total weight of each ankle cuff is 2.5lb which, believe me, is enough that you do notice them at first.
They fasten by means of some heavy duty style velcro and I have had no problems with the way they attach or the security of the fastenings, they are also long enough that you can easily adjust them for use with all but the biggest of ankles because the velcro sections go pretty much right to the edges.
I originally thought I would try and do a zumba class whilst wearing these as I have often done Zumba Tone where you carry or wear wrist weights, however I found that this kind of class (in my opinion) is not particularly suited to the ankle weights. I felt slightly unbalanced and it made me lose confidence in some of the moves so I quickly decided that zumba was not an option whilst wearing these.
What I have worn them for with success though is my box fit classes which do not require so much co-ordination. I feel like these weights just make me work that fraction harder in class and that is exactly what I wanted them for. To this end they are great.
I have also worn these for treadmill work with no issues and I will likely wear them in other classes too - it's just the balance and co-ordination required for zumba which does not seem to work well with this product.
I bought the Pro Fitness ankle weights earlier this year to help strengthen my legs for martial arts training. I bought them for around 7.00 in Argos, and so far they have been great.
They are comfortable to wear, not too tight and have really helped to improve my jogging fitness. I run with them a few days a week and have felt quite a difference since I tend to shuffle when I run, so with the ankle weights I'm required to lift my knees more as otherwise my heels drag on the ground.
I also use them for stretching, especially box splits up the wall, the extra weight helps nicely to have a more effective stretch without being too heavy to pull down and hurt the muscles.
I have used them for leg lift and slow motion exercises for higher and stronger kicks, from side kick to front kick to back kick. I have tried to wear them in actual class, but I didn't trust the velcro not to come flying off when doing fast kicks - so I wouldn't recommend them for actual fast kick exercises, but they are a great way to improve strength in slower, steadier movements. I've not had the same problem when jogging, they feel secure there.
Some of my regular readers may well have spotted that for the last 6 months or so I have been reviewing the odd piece of sportswear and the odd fitness accessory. This is because I resolved that this year would be the year that I get in shape and so far I have dropped over 40lbs and I'm looking and feeling great because of it. The majority of my weight loss comes from exercising and generally living a healthy lifestyle and so I'm always on the look out for something that is going to help me boost my fat burning and help me lose more weight.
In the past I have owned ankle and wrist weights and then when I gave up on exercising at the gym I got rid of them, what a silly thing to do! My husband picked these ones up for me after I had been going to the gym again for around a month and I believe he paid around £5.00 for them in our local Sports Direct, this seems like a reasonable enough price to me and so I was happy enough.
These ankle weights are black and turquoise and they look quite nice, for ankle weights at least. They are simple to attach to my ankle and all I have to do is wrap them around, adjust the tab with the velcro on and then press it down in to place. It takes just a few seconds to put these on and then I have 1.5lbs of extra weight on each ankle. This isn't too much for me but is certainly noticeable when I am walking around, using the treadmill or working out on the cross trainer.
I normally find that if I put these on in the changing room at the gym that by the time I've climbed the stairs and started my workout I have become adjusted to them being around my ankles. I do definitely have to work a little harder when lifting my legs for exercise but it is not unbearable and just means that I have to work a little bit harder, hardly a bad thing! I definitely feel the burn while wearing these and so far I have had no problems with the Velcro loosening or the weights slipping off while exercising. The weights are simple to remove when I have finished exercising too although sometimes lifting my leg on to the changing bench in the changing rooms can feel a real struggle if I've just completed a big work out.
So far I have worn these ankle weights for gym equipment exercise, while spinning and while generally walking around on my day off. I have been really pleased with how sturdy they are and I have not had any worries at all about them falling off, this is especially important when I am on the treadmill where something like that could cause me to trip over and injure myself. The colour of these is quite nice and inoffensive too regardless of what outfit I am wearing in the gym.
As I am building up a sweat when wearing these they can become a little smelly after several weeks of regular use and so I've been using a fabric freshener on mine because there isn't really much else I can think of to clean them with. My ankles do get quite sweaty when wearing these but that is expected and of course happens with everything that I am wearing while in the gym.
I have been really pleased with these ankle weights. It is difficult to tell if they are directly contributing to me losing more weight however I am still losing weight and my ankles and calves have become much more slim lined since I began using these so they likely are contributing to my weight loss. I would definitely recommend these, they let me exercise still and while I do have to put a little more effort in when using them this is hardly a bad point when it comes to exercising! I am going to rate these 5/5 as I feel confident wearing them and they've not slipped off on me yet!
I have been a little obsessed with getting into shape for the summer and around Christmas time I bought a few different pieces of equipment to work out with. One of the things I have bought was Pro Fitness Ankle Weights to help give my legs an extra workout when I am walking.
These Ankle Weights are 2.5lb in weight, I do not think that they are overly heavy, though I do start noticing them when I have been walking a very long distance. They are quite a comfortable weight for me as an amateur fitness freak, I wouldn't be the strongest person, but I am not too weak either. I think that these weights are well suited for people like myself, who work out regularly, but aren't very muscley and strong.
To use these weights you simply attach then to your ankles, they attach around your ankles and are fastened quite easily with velcro. These weights do not look too hideous on, they are striped black and blue and have Pro Fitness wrote on them. I do not feel self conscious when I wear these in public because they do not stand out too much. When I am wearing my baggy jogging bottoms I can hide them underneath them.
These weights useful as they give your legs extra work when you are walking and they help build and tone your leg muscles, I found that when I first started using these weights my legs were really out of shape and my muscles ached after a walk, but the more I use them the less my legs hurt and the longer I feel I can walk.
I also like to use these weights when I am doing leg lifts and knee lifts, they just make it a little harder to lift my legs and knees and make the exercises more strenuous when I am doing a large number of them.
I have found that these ankle weights are great quality and they have definitely helped me get my legs back into shape. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a cheap pair of ankle weights to make their walking and work outs more intense.
You can buy Pro Fitness Ankle Weights in Argos for £7.99 at the moment, when I bought mine they cost £10 so this is a little bit of a bargain in my opinion. I am happy with these ankle weights and think that they were well worth the money.
Overall I think that these are a fantastic set of ankle weights, they help work out my legs, are a nice comfortable weight, good quality and I am glad that I bought them. Overall I would give these weights 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorraine90
I have used ankle weights on and off over the years but my last ones were a bit worse for wear and so I invested in some Pro Fitness Ankle weights for £7 from Ebay. I am on a keep fit regime at the minute and this is one of my New Year's resolutions to lose a few stone and maybe shave my beard off (but I'd have to be paid a lot of money to do that!). A friend of mine uses ankle weights all the time and he swears by them, I use them on and off but I can see the benefits of regular use.
My weights are 2.5kg each in weight and the idea is that they give a persona resistance workout when using them, either for general exercise or possibly for running or jogging. I don't run or jog but I do skip class with my other half and this is where they can come in handy. Plus, no-one can see them under my tracky bottoms. I have quite a thick and chunky ankle but these weights can be adjusted to fit even me. They feel good when on and properly in place and the weight is balanced equally so that they both feel comfortable and secure when using them.
The actual weights do feel quite well made and I'm glad I decided on these particular ones. They make me feel as though I am giving my legs a better workout and I really do feel it, especially on the calf muscles after just half an hour of skipping. Skipping can be hard work and quite a strenuous exercise.
Overall I am pleased with these weights and do recommend them.
WHAT IS IT?
A set of 2.5kg ankle weights, other weights are available.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
You wrap the weight around your ankle and fasten it using the velcro strap threaded through a large plastic clip. The added weight around your ankles gives more resistance as you walk and go about your everyday life.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
These are effective ankle weights with a comfortable outer material, it has a softer texture than usual even though the outside is a canvas type of material. They are a bit bulkier than other ankle weights and this caused a bit of rubbing and blistering on the back of my ankles when they were new, it's fine now as the weights have become more supple with use. Even though they're quite bulky the weights are fine to be worn under any trousers or jeans and won't spoil the line of your clothing unless you're wearing something very tightly cut to your leg.
2.5kg is enough to make the muscles in your legs work on a daily basis, for me it isn't so much while I'm wearing the weights but after I remove them I can feel that my legs have been working harder than they would have without the weights. My calves and thighs look and feel more toned since I started using these weights regularly at the start of October.
They wipe clean easily and even the white portions still look spotless, the padding stays in place while I'm wearing them so they are always comfortable.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I bought a 2.5 lbs pair of ankle weights earlier on this year to tone my legs. I grabbed myself a deal at only £5 on January and have been using this around 2 times a week for long walks or for jogging. I have got to say that I have seen good results but I cannot give all the credit to just the ankle weights as I also go to the gym 4 times a week.
The ankle weights are not too big and can rarely be noticed whilst wearing jogging bottoms. They are filled with a grainy/sandy textured material similar to some plastic dumbbells. The appearance is not too appealing to me, its an aqua coloured weight and seems to feminine for my liking. The sandy material also can leak/spill easily as there is only a thin material holding it in place but I would say that for £5 this is defiantly good value for money as I saw others for around £20.
Hope this has helped, thanks for reading.
I bought the Pro Fitness Ankle weights to replace my tired old set. With Winter upon us I don't imagine using them a great deal outdoors for a while, but I got plenty of use from them this Summer. Ankle weights are a great idea for boosting your exercising potential during workouts and they are so easy to fit before working out. Being able to push myself harder these ankle weights get most use during jogging.
I use the ankle weights when I go jogging, which is mainly the reason they won't get as much use over the Winter. Priced at around £7.99 I bought mine from Argos. Weighing around 2.5 lbs each they give me a bit of additional resistance during workouts. The ankle weights consist of a number of pockets which have a sand-like material in them. The weight is evenly balanced around the ankle and are adjustable depending on the width of your ankles.
Running with the weights on can take some time getting used to. I can certainly feel them working after a while of jogging, but each time I now put them on I don't notice them, I just notice how hard they work my muscles! I think the ankle weights are well constructed. I can wear them under jogging trousers, so i don't need to have them on show whilst I jog by the canal, but obviously if I am wearing shorts I cannot do this.
The ankle weights do feel natural after a while of using them. I don't think they can really cause damage long-term as they are simply working your muscles harder. I find they are great for conditioning and pushing you to your limits over a shorter distance. Obviously over a longer distance the benefit is magnified!
I think an improvement on this product would be to allow you to adjust the resistance yourself by manually attaching/detaching more or less weight according to your preference. For £7.99 they aren't over-priced but I feel they could offer a little bit more.
I used to have a paid of Ankle Weights years ago but not sure what actually happened to them. I didn't use them all that much I don't think so not sure why I ended up getting some more. Probably because I thought it would be a good idea, and also the price of them wasn't all that much.
I bought these online and got them for £7.49. This gives you a pair of 2.5lb weight all boxed with instructions.
These look like the picture. I think in the picture they look quite puffy, but they sit against your ankles pretty snugly. The Velcro part is long enough and you can have these quite tight or sitting that bit looser depending on how you want these to sit. I have these fastened quite tight and they don't rub. These are quite comfy and after a little while of wearing these I don't tend to notice them all that much.
Perhaps it is more psychological but I find that I do want to walk about more when I am wearing these. I can wear them outside and they aren't noticible under my trousers. I find that I have lost a couple of lb's after using these, but not sure if this is because of the extra exercise or the actual weight. Either way they seem to work.
These are easy to use, seems to give results, are cheap enough and provide enough weight for your legs to make you feel like you are working that bit more, but aren't all that heavy.
If you are looking for some Leg weights then I would recommend these ones.
I know many people these days are looking for ways to get extra results from their workouts, without adding too much extra effort of pain. There is a few simple ways to do such a thing, and one of these ways can be by simply adding some ankle weights. The ones I have are from Pro Fitness, and these were bought for me as a gift some time ago.
They are a turquoisey green colour, and have black parts to them as well. They attach to your ankle by wrapping around, and then by being secured into place with a velcro strap and plastic buckle type securing device. I believe you can buy these in varying weights, but mine both weigh 1.5lbs each, totalling to 3lbs of extra weight for your workout. Whilst this does not sound like a lot of weight to start with, but you try losing 3lbs, it really is not easy!
The weights are really easy to put on, and after a few minutes, you get used to the extra weight and it does not really seem like it is going to do anything at all. I used these every time I went for a walk or did a workout, and I did find it a little bit harder, but no so much harder that it made me hate them. It was only a little bit of extra effort required, and I found it was quite easy to keep the pace up that I usually have, whilst using these.
I was a little worried that these would not be able to stay on securely, especially whilst in a fast paced aerobics or dance class, but they stayed put perfectly. They do cause an extra amount of sweating on the ankles, which I expected, and you should be prepared to at least febreeze these once in a while, as the amount of sweat can cause quite a smell to build up on these once in a while. I just give mine the occasional spray, and they smell fine again. It can also be a good idea to leave these by a window to cool and dry after use if this is possible. I am not sure if they are hand or machine washable, and being unsure I am not willing to try either way in case I end up damaging or ruining them.
These Pro Fitness Ankle Weights have pleased me very much, they have done everything I expected of them and they continue to be as good as the first day that I used them. I didn't think they would do much in the way of fitness and weight loss, but they have helped me tone my legs up that little bit more than my usual workout alone, so they do what they are meant to do.
I totally recommend these ankle weights and I give them a 5 out of 5 stars. I got these as a gift, so I am unsure how much they are or where they are from (I try not to find out how much gifts cost people) but I am sure if you have a look online, you should be able to find them quite easily and hopefully for a decent price.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I've noticed as i have got older and had children that my lifestyle has changed in many ways. One way i am less impressed by is the extra pounds creeping on around the middle. In the past this might have involved me spending a few hours on the exercise bike or in the swimming pool to try and deal with it, but you try doing that with toddlers in tow. The last time my exercise bike got used while the kids were about i accidentally stuck my knee in my 2 year olds eye.
I also have the problem of when i finally get them to bed and feed my husband and myself our dinner, i then do not feel like starting to exercise. I'm too tired and my tummy is too full to do much.
So, i started thinking to myself that what i need is something that is several things.
- easy to use
- requires little in time and effort from myself.
- not thought of as 'fun' by the kids, so they won't mess about with it. (I have experience of lost bits from pieces of equipment, and being climbed on while trying to do sit ups with dumbells. And you were wondering why i couldn't do things in a normal way.)
I saw a review here for these ankle weights, and i decided that i would splash out a whole £7.99 on a pair of them to wear to try and improve my fitness. (Read here fat burning capability, as i am sure all the running round i do keeps me fairly fit, but the biscuits and cakes i bake and eat with the kids cause a lot of my problems.)
The ankle weights have become a much used piece of kit by myself. The kids do like them, but at a weight of 2.5 Ibs or 1.13Kg, they don't tend to pick them up for long.
The weights are quite comfy to wear and look ok. They have black and blue sections which are full of something squishy which feels like sand. The weight is distributed between 5 sections around the length of the weight, and then at each end there is male/female velcro. I find that the hardest bit is getting the initial position right and getting the velcro fastened so it doesn't irritate me. Once it is in place, i am quite happy to leave them on all day. For me, that comfort is found when i have the velcro to the front of my shin, with the weight against the muscles rather than the bone.
The weights have been worn under my trousers very discreetly, and i have even done the school run in them under jeans without any strange looks. Obviously, they would not work with boots, or very tight fitting trousers. I mostly wear them around the house.
I have worn them in the summer months, and the winter months. I haven't found that i have got particularly sweaty in them, but maybe that is because i only use them when doing normal exertion of walking. I haven't tried them so far while doing anything more strenuous as i have had a previous knee injury and i am worried that i would be putting too much impact on my joint through using weights.
I have been putting these on and wearing them all day (over 12 hours) and i have found with no other change in lifestyle (diet/exercise) I lost one pound per week in weight just from the increased exertion, so it was doing what i intended it too very well.
The thing i find most motivating about them though, is although it is only 5Ib, and lets face it a lot of us carry this and more on our bodies especially just after Christmas, the relief i feel when i remove them is amazing. Although it doesn't feel like you are carrying a lot, it really is noticeable when you remove the weight. So i do think a bit more about trying to lose a few more pounds to not be carrying this weight on my body in the first place.
Overall, i do think these are a worthy addition to home exercise equipment. They are something you can use in everyday life to improve fitness and weight loss with a lot of ease. They look reasonably attractive and are well made and have lasted me well with everyday use. I think with high impact exercise they would probably be a bit less comfortable as i find they do move around a little when i walk up and down stairs, so this might potentially cause blisters. I would be happy to wear them on a hike as they are discreet and don't increase your feeling of exertion.
These are weights which are combined into straps thatvelcro around your ankles. They can be found in different amounts to suit your level and have a long strip of velcro to fit all leg sizes.
They are a brilliant toning and strengthening aid. I wear mine whenever I can. I try to put aside an hour a day to have a work out these can be incorporated into all sorts of exercise whether its simple lifts and squats for toning and muscle building or something like going for a run.
The weights simply sit around your ankles and are easy to wear also dont try them with slippers as they pull the slippers off!.
The added weight however adds ressitance meaning the exercise you do is more beneficial so you effectiely increase the efficiency of what you are doing and your toning or muscle gains is improved.
The weights can also just be worn around the house when your doing the hovering for example. I wear them whenever I can and generally forget im actually wearing them.
These are brilliant especially for us girls and I would say every woman should have a set. These and a set of dumbells and you can tone up simple at home.
The weights can be found in most sports stores and online as well as on places such as ebay and retail at around £5-10. Prices vary depending on store and size you buy. There are also many different brands so do hunt around. For your preferred style price and even colour.
I cancelled my Gym membership at Esporta a few months ago, as I could no longer justify paying the ridiculously high monthly membership costs during these times of hardship and employment uncertainty. I do aim to join back up to another local gym (which charges less than half the price of Esporta) around springtime next year once the predictable new year resolution provoked 'January Gym Boom' has been and gone.
Until that time, I have been using lots of my (quite large) personal collection of gym equipment and accessories that I have accumulated at home over the past 10 years or so.
One of the above mentioned pieces of fitness accessories that I have started using frequently is my set of Pro-Fitness ankle weights.
I purchased my set of ankle weights about 3 years ago from my local Argos store for around £8, and I did use them regularly for a month or so, before I began to tire of them, and they got put to one-side with the rest of the equipment.
My main reason for buying them was to help me to improve my strength in my legs. I have always found it quite easy to build up strength / muscle in my upper body, such as pecs, shoulders, biceps etc, by using simple weights, but the legs have always proved difficult for me.
~~~ So What are these Ankle weights? ~~~
Pro fitness ankle weights, are basically a strap-on weight set that is designed to be strapped around the ankles. Each strap contains weights totaling 2.5lbs, giving a combined total of 5lbs of extra weight attached to the ankles. The weights are evenly separated around the strap, so that the extra weight is evenly distributed around the ankle. The straps are well made, and have a strong, wide area of Velcro positioned at the ends of them which is used to fasten the straps to the ankle, and keep them firmly in place.
~~~ Do They Work? ~~~
I think they do work very well.
I remember the first time I used them, and again a few months back when I got them out for the first time in ages, that they felt really awkward at first. It felt like I was walking around with someone else's feet on, and it made me feel conscious of my surely 'ridiculous looking' walking and running style when I was wearing the weights. After a couple of occasions of wearing them though they begin to feel normal again.
I have used these weights for a whole manner of activities to try and put some extra strain on my legs to make them work harder than they would do normally, and so to build them up stronger. Most commonly I used them for long walks, for running short(ish) distances, or for doing circuit training classes in. I have also worn them around the house, when my wife has left me with a huge list of chores to do, as it is a way of getting a decent workout around the house without really realizing it, while I do the hovering and dusting, and hang out the washing etc etc.
Regardless of the activity I have worn them for, I often feel my legs aching the next day after wearing the weights, so I feel confident that they are doing some good to the overall strength in my legs.
~~~ My Overall Opinion ~~~
I think these are a great little piece of fitness equipment to add to anybody's collection. They are relatively cheap to buy, easy to store when not being used, and they fit quite comfortably to the ankle, although this is dependent upon how tight they are fastened, which is something that is easily figured out after wearing them a few times. I think it would be difficult to wear them too tight, but if they are a little too loose I have experience them rubbing up and down around my ankle, causing sore skin. I do tend to always wear a pair of socks between my ankle and the weights, just to stop this from happening.
There is not much that you cannot do with these weights as they could be worn for almost any activity from walking, running, cycling, or gym classes to wearing at work, in the garden, or just for completing mundane house chores in. Also I have even worn these weights around my wrists (acting as wrist weights) once or twice, so there is pretty much no end to their flexibility and number of uses.
I should also mention that there are also a few other different brands of ankle weights available, some with heavier or lighter weights contained within them, as well as differing colours, styles, and prices.
Thanks for reading.
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