Ankle weights
Oxygen|Fall 2021
Does this ‘80s staple still have a place in modern workouts? Our experts weigh in.
By Joe Wuebben

Most fitness fads are short-lived, but some gear persists and survives the march of time. Take ankle weights: Though not nearly as popular as in days gone by, this training tool is still affordable (ringing in around $30), but is it money well-spent? Two trainers give their opinion, and the result is a split decision.

Shayla Rog, CPPS

New York-based transformation coach and owner of Operation: Badass

YEA

Ankle weights don’t provide enough load to achieve a considerable increase in muscle size, density or strength, but they can heighten the intensity of certain exercises in the absence of more productive equipment.

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