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Old 01-23-06, 04:38 PM   #1
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Ankle weights

Hello all, I was wondering if I could get your opinions?

I enjoy walking as well as biking. In the winter I don't bike because the weather here is terrible, but I spent many hours walking. I was wondering about the effect of ankle weights, and wearing them throughout the day. I have weight to loose and am thinking any way I can burn calories by going about my daily routine I will invest in.

I also like to jog on the treadmill but sometimes I really feel it in my knees when I go up and down stairs. I was thinking that leg weights would be a good idea because they are below my knees and therefore there is less weight coming down on them. Do you people think that this makes sense?

I spend allot of time walking around with about an estimated 30 to 40 pounds on my back most days, but that is only to and from, as well as at school. This kinda bothers my knees a bit so when I go for walks I do not consider this feasible because I am trying to save my knees. That is why I thought ankle weights would be a good idea instead of weight on my back. Mind you my ankle weights wont be 20 Lbs apiece but I figure any bit helps, and I would also hope that since they are below my knees that they would not cause any fatigue on them.

What do you guys think?
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Old 01-23-06, 09:45 PM   #2
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i don't think people do this any more... I think it has been proven that it is basicly very bad for the knees... I am no expert... I remember that back in High School my running back started wearing them at school.. more to get attention from the ladies than anything else... I remember that when the trainer found out he totally flipped out, and they had a meeting with the team that day explaining that it was bad for the knees, and we weren't allowed to do it...

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Invest in a bike trainer and ride all winter.
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Old 01-24-06, 12:47 PM   #4
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Invest in a bike trainer and ride all winter.

For me riding a bike trainer is the most boring thing I have ever done I am not capable of doing stationairy biking of any kind. That is why I spend so much time walking. I ride primairily for my enjoyment, riding on a trainer takes all the fun out of riding for me. I walk because I enjoy it also I was wondering on opinions on improving the workout I get from walking, and maybe using leg weights, and not boring myself to tears. I know the benifits of using a trainer but I can't do it. I need to do things that take me places, not bore me to death. Plus if I spend the money on a trainer that is less money I can spend on real biking stuff. Anyways I live way below the poverty line.
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Ankle weights usually don't weigh more than half a pound to a pound, so they're perfectly safe to use.
Not the least bit different from having heavy shoes and thick, muscled calves.

Now, if they actually do anything good for you, is another question. But harm you they won't.
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Wow knee problems at your age. My old knees like stairs, the stairsteper at the gym and I can tollerate a trainer or stainary bike for ~ hour. Also leg lifts weighted presses ... Does you school have a gym for you to play in. You don't list a location how cold is it there? If you can walk you should be able to ride. Look up winter rifing or www.icebike for clues on how to stay warm and have traction on snow.

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Do try http://www.icebike.com instead...
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Wow knee problems at your age. My old knees like stairs, the stairsteper at the gym and I can tollerate a trainer or stainary bike for ~ hour. Also leg lifts weighted presses ... Does you school have a gym for you to play in. You don't list a location how cold is it there? If you can walk you should be able to ride. Look up winter rifing or www.icebike for clues on how to stay warm and have traction on snow.

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I live in a town that borders NY state on the Canada side. I do not like biking in the winter, if I can't get weenied up then it is too cold for me. Actually that is not true I will bike when it is colder but not in the winter. My criteria for biking is that the streets have to be clear and that ususlly does not happen to March or April.

I have ridden lots in my time and done cross country tours when I was younger. But my knee problem springs from and accident that I had when I was younger. Usually it does not bother me when it is warmer but it could be due to the fact that I am more active and my legs are stronger because I ride about 50 km a day in the summer.

I enjoy jogging on the tredmill but I was thinking about a way yo jack up my metabolism by just going about my day. Thats why I was thinking about leg weights 5 pounders or so, I dont think that those would hurt my knees. I also have some really heavy duty work boots that are quite heavy I think maybe I could use those.

Maybe I could get a decent pack and put my books in them and walk around, but it bothers me a bit. I actually weighed the books that I carry around and with my pack. It turns out to be 28 lbs.

I was wondering though, how old do you think I am when you say "at my age"

I dont like to do to many leg exercises for the reason that I can't jog as much because of the time I have to take off. I hope when I give up my spare tyre that my knees will hurt less? I guess I just answered my own question, more leg strengthening exercises and less lard.
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Rather than wearing ankle weights and walking the same distance, try leaving them at home and simply walking farther. Get a good pair of shoes designed specifically for walking, not "running shoes". I had excellent results with Rockport walking shoes when I was into walking a lot. This will help to spare your knees if you are having problems. If you continue to have problems with your knees, you might want to have some orthotics made by a licensed podiatrist specifically for your feet. They are a good investment if you plan on continuing your walking routine for a considerable length of time. Walk with a friend or a group for safety reasons and to have people to talk with while you are walking. Remember: "Time flies when you're having fun".

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Old 03-05-06, 10:09 PM   #10
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Ankle weights are ideal for strenghtening, building endurance and minimizing knee problems. This "Straimaster" step-cycle bicyclist (Standing position) has been on the modified Cannondale road bike for at least 7 years and swears by them, Uphill and down. 5 lb L, & 5 lb R in the past; Now 3 lbs each (not much difference in effort).
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Ankle weights

To train harder, many "Jocks" think racing in a pack motivates them to push, and push - especially when it is their turn up front. I disagree with the notion that this way is best. I wear ankle weights on all my rides - All solo. Many "experts" say NO, but I proved it works. Some say NO to ankle weights, just put out more effort, go faster. I say This does not push you! With ankle weights on a hill, you HAVE to work harder. Down hill, more speed! I have had NO knee problems for years and years.
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Old 10-30-06, 10:33 AM   #12
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Ankle weights usually don't weigh more than half a pound to a pound, so they're perfectly safe to use.
Not the least bit different from having heavy shoes and thick, muscled calves.
I have seen ankle weights go as high as 6 pounds each. Personally, I would just walk faster or do some hills.
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Wear a heavy pair of steel toe workboots.
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