Joints are generally designed to be compressed, not stretched. And the repeated swinging of the arms and legs, and having to arrest the momentum of the weights stresses the joints in ways they are not meant to be stressed. There is a reason The Rack was a medieval instrument of torture.
Hand and ankle weights are best avoided for cardio. If you do want to carry extra weight (eg. for walking), use a backpack or weight vest, which keeps the weight close to your center of gravity.
It is fine to use hand and ankle weights for the slow and controlled movements of strength training.
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5/31/13 4:02 P
I agree they are fine for strength training, but can cause injury if used during cardio exercise.
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3,510 5/31/13 3:43 P
They are dangerous if you're doing cardio like dancing, walking, running, etc.
If you're doing strength training or pilates, I think they're safe. But ankle weights tend to be a paltry 3-5 pounds so I don't really think they'd make much of an impact on your fitness level.
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9,689 5/31/13 3:05 P
Teresa Tapp is correct. :) Hand and ankle weights throw off your balance, and increase your risk of injury. The added calorie burn they give is so minimal as to be worthless, and certainly not worth the risk of injury they provide.
If you want to add weight to your workouts, it needs to go on your torso, either a weighted vest or perhaps just a backpack (as with hiking.)
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