The 7 Best Ankle Weights

By Emily Aldridge | 2020 Update


Update: The best ankle weight for most people is the All Pro Weight Adjustable Ankle Weight. It gets an excellent rating on Amazon and features adjustable weights ( in 1-lb increments), Cushioned flaps to protect ankles, and padded heel to protect Achilles tendon. ( Check out other alternatives below ) 

The post specifically lists the best ankle weights that you can check out to perform exercises related to ankles.

Best Ankle Weights

1. All Pro Weight Adjustable Ankle Weight, 20-lb individual (up to 20-lbs on one ankle)
2. Valeo Adjustable Ankle / Wrist Weights
3. Nayoya 3 Pound Ankle Weights Set and Carry Pouch - Premium High Quality Adjustable Ankle and Wrist Cuffs
4. Reebok Adjustable Ankle Weight Sets
5. oFitness Ankle and Wrist Weights, 6 Pound Set

Ankle weights enhance your workout by increasing your endurance and helps strengthen muscles such as glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings.

Also, you burn more calories compared to normal workouts.

There are various brands that manufacture ankle weights. Manufacturer such as All-Pro and Valeo are the best options.

20 lb Ankle weights on Each Side

You might want to check out All Pro Weight Adjustable if you are looking for 20-pound weight on both sides of the legs. This is a total of 40lb at max.

I only advice that much weight to people who do regular exercise attaching weight on their legs. The really awesome feature about the all pro weight is that it is adjustable – Which means you can buy it even if you are a beginner.

You can start with lower weights and increases up to 20 pounds on each side ( by adding solid iron weights )

It is relatively expensive than other weights but the great thing about this tool is that it isn’t cheap and feels premium. You get what you pay for!

10 lb Ankle Weights

If you are looking for 10 pounds weighs you still can choose the All Pro Weight reviewed above but as it is a bit expensive.

I prefer Valeo Adjustable ankle & wrist weight as it offers 10 pounds on both sides and costs significantly less.

The Valeo features adjustable metal D-Ring dual strap closure. This basically ensures you get a comfortable fit.

Also, as it is adjustable, you can vary the weight by adding or removing weight packs.

Overall, the product is reasonable and gets very good reviews ( mostly fours and five stars on Amazon ).

Cheap Ankle Weights

If you are looking to spend only a few bucks, You can check out best sellers under $25 here.

Some of the best options are Da Vinci, Thera-Band and Zon. All of the brands offer weights under $20 and are the top sellers.

I really like the Thera-Band Comfort Fit Ankle/Wrist Cuff Weight Set. They are available in 3 cool colors: Red, Blue and Green. They are available in 2, 3 & 5 pounds.

Being cheap doesn’t mean they are cheap in quality. In fact All of these 3 brands offer high quality weights.

Perfect for beginners and people looking for light weight exercise.

50lb & 100 lb Ankle weights

You have to buy a butt blaster machine for that much weight. The Powerline PGM200X Glute Master would do the job for this.

This machine is for fitness enthusiasts to strengthen glutes.

The PGM200X is adjustable and can use at home or other places. You can adjust various weights on it and even increase it past 100lb.

Plus, the machine comes with 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on all other parts of the machine.

Gets an average rating of 3.7 /5 on Amazon.

You have to work each leg individually to maximize your workouts. Also, the forearm pads could be adjusted forwards or backwards which helps accommodate users of any height.

The Other Top 7 Picks – Reviews

Nayoya 3 Pound Ankle Weights Set and Carry Pouch

Now this product by Nayoya wellness is actually very liked by customers who bought it. It gets an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 out of 300+ reviewers on amazon – which is awesome.

It costs significantly less than other premium quality weights ( about $20* ).  (*At the time of publishing)

Both of the cuffs are 1.5 pounds and can be used either on the wrist or attached to ankles. The Nayoya 3 lb weights fit well and very easy to put on and off. They are soft, easy to adjust and comfortable.

Also, the overall design is simple and highly effective – the weight is distributed well and provides good resistance for almost any type of workout.

96% of the people gave it 5 stars and looking at the customers review section, the product does look outstanding!

Da Vinci – in 1 lb, 1.5 lb and 5 lb

If you are looking for an even cheaper product, you have the ankle – wrist weights by Da vinci which is available in 1 pound, 1.5 pounds, and 5 pounds.

The product costs around $13 and gets a rating of 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon. They are available in yellow, orange, light green and blue color.

Again, can be used as an ankle or a wrist band for strength training.

They are soft, comfortable and fit well. Also, they are easy to put on and off.

The built quality is not the best but isn’t bad and considering the price its pretty nice to have these for strength training exercise and add variation to the workouts.

CAP Barbell Adjustable

The ‘CAP Barbell Adjustable’ has a pair of 5lb on each side ( makes it a total of 10 pounds )

They come with 30 days warranty by the supplier on Amazon. To be honest, this product is really not the best product out there and you can go with a better alternative. But at a price of $23, this product is not as bad.

It will do the job – not exceptionally well, though.

The product gets a rating of 4 out of total 5. It is a good purchase, if you already have other weights and you want to add variation to your exercise by getting 10 pounds weight.

How does ankle or wrist weight help you?

Firstly, they increase your endurance. Additional weight on your body forces you to exert more force and this actually helps you increase endurance. Then, they tone your legs. Making them look more attractive.

They also help you burn more calories than usual. Your body is forced to do more work with the weights on therefore you burn more calories compared to exercises without weights.

If you are into water sports, these can be highly beneficial to you. They improve you technique, build stamina and-and least damaging if you use then for the water workout. Read more benefits here.

What weight should I choose if I am just starting out?

If you are just starting out, you should probably choose anywhere between 5 to 8 pounds of weights. It is always advisable to start low and slow so you can give your body some time to adapt to the weights. Many people start with high weights.

Although most of the people would have no problem but for some people, addition weight may cause joint stress and which may lead to injuries. So it’s always advisable to start with less weight and gradually built up your routine.

I also find it better to purchase adjustable ankle or wrist weights as they save you money and offer you variation.

What you should be cautious about.

Many experts does advice that running with ankle weight is dangerous and may lead to injury. Therefore, you should do another exercise ( listed here )  and avoid running. Also, you should avoid wearing them all the time.

Many people do this –  They try to wear the weight on their body all the time, thinking it might help them build more stamina. However, it has a reverse effect. Your body needs rest and wearing them the whole day isn’t going to be beneficial. use to a maximum of 30 in a session. Not more. Well, you could do – it’s up to you. But i would avoid this.

The video should the proper way to run with these weights:

Also, read Frequently asked questions on the topic.

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