Two-For-One Special: The Best Wrist Weights & Ankle Weights

Image for the Best Ankle and Wrist WeightsMost weighted equipment can only be used for one purpose. You wear weighted gloves on your hands. You wear weighted vests on your torso. Et cetera. You’re probably thinking, This guy is dumb.. why is he talking about this? I came here to find the best ankle/wrist weights!”

I’ll cut to the chase. You just searched “best ankle weights” or “best wrist weights” and landed on this page, right? Well, that’s exactly my point! You’ll be shocked to find out that when it comes to ankle weights and wrist weights, there is no real distinction between them at all. All ankle weights are wrist weights. All wrist weights are ankle weights. Anyone who tells you differently is pulling a clever marketing trick to make more money.

So while you may have landed here only wanting equipment to train up your lower body, guess what?? It’s your lucky day! You’re really getting something much more versatile! Read on to see our list of the best ankle/wrist weights money can buy.


 The Best Ankle/Wrist Weights Money Can Buy

#1 – Nordic Lifting Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 2, 4, 6, & 10 lb sets.Picture of Nordic Lifting Weights

These Nordic Lifting Ankle/Wrist Weights are a bit more expensive than the others on our list because the brand is extremely popular among fitness enthusiasts. That said, they’re among the best ankle/wrist weights money can buy. Like the Reehut weights below, Nordic Lifting guarantees their product with a free 1 year warranty.

This neoprene-based set of ankle/wrist weights comes with a handy carry bag. A large velcro pad ensures easy adjustability. The only negative on these weights is that they don’t come in as many sizes as others on this list.

 

#2 – Reehut Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, & 10 lb sets.Picture of Reehut Weights

An ideal combination of durability and comfortability, these Reehut weights are among the best ankle/wrist weights money can buy. Reehut offers a free 1 year warranty on this product. That warranty makes these babies a safe purchase. Reehut truly stands by their product, essentially guaranteeing your satisfaction.

These weights are made of mercerized cotton (basically cotton that has been spun to make it shiny and more absorbent). Reehut’s ankle/wrist weights are filled with iron shot and have a nice adjustable velcro strap.

 

#3 – Healthy Model Life Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 1, 2, 5, & 8 lb sets.Picture of the Healthy Mode Life Weights Set

Healthy Model Life proudly boasts that their ankle/wrist weights are worn by Victoria’s Secret Angels and other fashionistas in New York. Whether that matters to you or not, these are among the best ankle/wrist weights for female fitness enthusiasts. We love that these weights come in some uncommon sizes – 1 & 5 lb sets are hard to find!

Amazingly, Healthy Model Life provides a lifetime warranty on these ankle/wrist weights. Their weights will never slip on you thanks to their huuuuuge, well-constructed adjustable Velcro straps. We were particularly impressed with how consistently easy it was to get a great, no-fuss fit.

 

#4 – Yes4All Comfort Fit Ankle/Wrist Weights 

Comes in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, & 20 (!!!) lb sets.

Picture of the Yes4All Ankle Weights

The Yes4All line of ankle/wrist weights are made of fast-wicking neoprene material and have a rugged, well-stitched Velco strap. If you are primarily interested in ankle weights, these are a great choice, but they’re not the best wrist weights. We found them to be too large for most members of our team to wear them comfortably on the wrists.

Keep in mind, the 2, 3, 4, & 5 lb sets are non-weight-adjustable, but the 6 lb set IS weight-adjustable. Weight-adjustable sets like these are hard to come by, so these are definitely unique from others on our list. These weights are also unique because they come in an UNHEARD OF 20 lb set. Note – please be safe when you’re working out with 20 lb ankle weights.

 

#5 – Da Vinci Ankle/Wrist Weights

Comes in 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, & 10 lb sets.

Picture of Da Vinci Adjustable Weights

Da Vinci Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights are not only some of the most aesthetically pleasing weights out there, but they’re also the most budget-friendly. Da Vinci kills it on price for both their lower and higher weight sets. In terms of price, they beat out all other models on our best ankle/wrist weights list.

Be wary, though, that these weights do not come with any warranty. If they break down, you’re on your own. That’s a major reason we’ve ranked Da Vinci lower on our “best of” list.

#6 – Valeo Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights (+ D Ring)

Only comes in a 10 lb set, but each weight is configurable from 2 – 10 lbs.

Picture of Valeo Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights With D RingIf you’re in the market for an adjustable 10 lb set of ankle/wrist weights, Valeo’s Ankle/Wrist Weights are one of the best you’ll find. Whereas other manufacturers prioritize offering many different weight sizes, Valeo focuses all their energy on perfecting the 10 lb set. Valeo’s commitment to the 10 lb combo size has allowed them to virtually perfect it.

These weights are extremely well padded and durable. Valeo hasn’t cut any corners here. And on top of that, they’re weight-adjustable – you can configure each weight from 2 up to 10 pounds.


Why Invest In Ankle/Wrist Weights?

Ankle/wrist weights are one of the most versatile weighted clothing types and come in a variety of lb combos, typically in the range of 1 – 20 lbs. 

When worn on your ankles, these weights are great for increasing resistance while walking, jogging, and running. Ankle weights are also a great addition to any fitness routine centered on plyometrics. Worn on your wrists, you can enhance just about any upper body exercise. Use them during lateral raises, triceps extensions, and biceps curls to target specific muscle groups.

Think about the following factors when deciding on the best wrist/ankle weights for your needs:

  • Snug as a Bug?: The most important factor for ankle/wrist weights is snugness on your body. You definitely don’t want your weights sliding or jiggling on your body. Not only is this extremely distracting during a workout, but it can make you less effective in targeting specific muscles.
  • Weight-Adjustable: The only weight-adjustable models on our list come from Valeo and Yes4All. Valeo’s weight-adjustable model, which can support from 2 – 20 lbs, backs in to the same price point as if you just bought one non-adjustable model. If you plan on trying multiple weights, buy one adjustable set rather than multiple non-adjustable sets.
  • Warranty: Durability is extremely important. If your weights break down and the iron shot/sand filling leaks out, you’ve effectively defeated the purpose of your weights. You’ll get some peace of mind if you choose a weight set that comes with a warranty.

Final Thoughts

Like all types of exercise equipment, ankle/wrist weights can be dangerous if you use them incorrectly. These types of weights are a little more risky when worn on your ankles. Over-use can cause damage to your lower body, particularly your ligaments and joints – think knees, ankles, and hips.

Your #1 priority should always be safety, so protect your body by educating yourself. Consult a physician or trainer if you have any doubts and stop exercising immediately you feel pain. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!

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