Water Ankle Weights
Want stronger legs? Strap on a pair of aquatic ankle weights and start enjoying lower body training sessions that promote muscle growth and boost cardiovascular health. Whether you use them for warm-ups before you swim or for intensifying an aqua aerobics class, ankle weights for the pool are designed to withstand water while targeting muscles throughout the legs and core.
Types of Water Ankle Weights
Water Gear ankle weights are on the weightier side, with some models providing 5 pounds of drag for each leg. But you'll have to commit to the size you purchase, as Water Gear's weights are not adjustable. All Pro ankle weights max out at 2.5 pounds per leg, but offer adjustment potential, making them the more versatile option. If you need weights for rehab, All Pro is the way to go.
How to Use Aquatic Ankle Weights
Getting started with your ankle weights is simple. Any lower body exercises you regularly perform in the pool can be supplemented with the addition of aquatic ankle weights. We're particularly fond of jumping jacks and cross-country skiis because they target the inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, quads, glutes, and calves. If you're pumping your arms too, you'll be engaging your entire body. We also recommend wearing aquatic ankle weights for water-walking or jogging, aqua Zumba, and rehabilitation.
Don't want to be weighed down? Opt for buoyant resistance instead. Foam resistance cuffs, such as Hydro-Fit's Mini Cuffs, employ buoyancy rather than weight to create drag. This upward force is easier on the joints, making flotation equipment more suitable for people with arthritis or joint injuries.