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Ankle Weights for training. Good idea or not?(9 posts)

Ankle Weights for training. Good idea or not?RoadHazzardBuzz
May 6, 2003 4:37 PM
I did a bunch of laps around my development this evening to try to work on my cadence. I decided to use a pair of 5 pound ankle weights for the laps. It makes sense that it would help build muscle and stamina, but I would like some other opinions. Has anybody else ever used them? Did it help or just cause pain for no apparent benefit.
Sounds dangerous....Tower
May 6, 2003 6:25 PM
I'd be afraid of it getting caught/hitting the big chainring.

Wouldn't be worth it to me.
Won't helprussw19
May 6, 2003 8:18 PM
You say you are working on your cadence... why try to add weight to your feet if you are working on you spinning? That's silly. If you want to add muscle mass ride a larger gear. Or ride a smaller gear and go hill climbing. The thing about cycling is that it's an endurance sport. You don't want excess muscle mass... your body will just burn the excess off if you ride enough.

Anyways, I have seen studies that say that working out and doing aerobics with anke weights is a waste of time. I have also seen the same said about jogging with light weights. It doesn't help you any so don't waste time doing it. Just train like thousands of sucessful cyclists before you have done.

Or do what you like, it's your training routine. Who am I to judge?

depends what you are after...reklar
May 7, 2003 1:38 AM
I played hoops with a guy who used to practice with ankle weights. Needless to say, come gametime he was doing crazy dunks and was also insanely quick...

I'm a bit unsure of the benefits for cycling though...
Vince Carter? :-) nmTower
May 7, 2003 3:55 AM
compared to me he was ;) nmreklar
May 7, 2003 3:06 PM
What goes up must come down--no net benefit w/weightsSilverback
May 7, 2003 8:11 AM
As my grandfather used to say, "It don't make no logical sense." LIFTING weights can help, but CYCLING with weights won't do anything. You have equal loads on both ankles, so the force of one coming down cancels the load of the other going up.
That wouldn't apply to activities where the system isn't a closed loop--in running, for instance, you move the weight by muscle power alone.
Yeah, but let's think a sec: If you're working on somethingOldEdScott
May 7, 2003 8:55 AM
specific, like clawing through the bottom of your pedal stroke, pulling back and up, wouldn't that be a specific extra load on those particular muscles? And wouldn't weights be useful in Isolated Leg Training, where only one ankle's being loaded? It SEEMS that would be true, but I've never heard anyone make the claim.
re: I prefer one leg workoutscyclopathic
May 7, 2003 8:32 AM
in high gear. Short and painful. Ankle weights should help to make stroke more efficient since you put less effort on downstroke and more on upstroke. I wouldn't do high RPM and as it was pointed out it may be dangerous.