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
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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