Best wrist and ankle weights to boost your workout

Archive Photos/Shutterstock
Archive Photos/Shutterstock

Though you might already feel like you’re pushing yourself in your workouts, one of the best ways to give them even more of an edge is by adding wrist and ankle weights into the mix.

As many a wise person has said, resistance is the key to growth so take your workouts to the next level with our pick of the best wrist and ankle weights available now.

What are the benefits of wrist and ankle weights?

According to the American Council of Exercise, adding 1-3lb extra weight to your workout can increase your heart rate by 5-10 beats per minute, while the addition of extra resistance helps sculpt muscles faster and torch more calories. Essentially, the addition of wrist and ankle weights can help you get the most out of your workout by forcing your muscles to engage a little more than normal. They’re a great alternative to dumbbells or if you don’t have access to sophisticated gym equipment.

When do you use wrist and ankle weights?

Though it might seem like a great idea to throw them on whenever you’re exercising, most experts advise using them for stationary exercises such as biceps curls or presses. If you’re looking to use them for running or walking, it’s best to opt for the lightest weights possible as they can force certain muscles to overcompensate. Make sure you’ve been given the go-ahead from your trainer or a medical practitioner.

How do you choose the best wrist and ankle weights?

Most weights nowadays are made using neoprene or canvas - for less chafing, neoprene is the best option, whilst benefits such as breathability and reinforced seams can add extra comfort and durability. It’s also worth looking out for the fasting style and how tight they’ll attach - you want them to be flush to the skin to avoid unnecessary drag but don't want them to rub. When it comes to choosing the weight itself, heavy isn’t always the best. You need to choose a weight that will fatigue but not over extend the muscles. As explained earlier, if you want to incorporate them into your runs, you need to choose a lighter option.

Whatever your needs, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best wrist and ankle weights to get training with now.

Sportneer Adjustable Weights

Weight options: 0.23 – 1.6kg

Wouldn’t it be great if you could invest in a pair of ankle and wrist weights that let you adjust the heaviness, so that as your fitness progresses, they can progress with you? That’s exactly what the Sportneers offer - five removable pockets that allow you to change up the weights as and when you please. For those who don’t want anything flashy or gimicky, the simplicity of this design will certainly appeal - black with minimal branding, they’ll go with almost everything.

On the comfort front they score highly too - the neoprene fabric is breathable and the adjustable Velcro strap allows you to fit them as tightly as you need.


£19.99 | Amazon

PROIRON Ankle/ Wrist Weights

Weight options: 0.5 – 2kg

Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, thanks to its structure, the PROIRON option offers a high level of control to the wearer. Whether for yoga, running or HIIT, there are options ranging from 0.5-2 kilograms here, and even once you get to the heavier end, the weights stay flush to the joints thanks to the thick elastic strapping. Reinforced stitching ensures the premium iron sand stays put, whilst the reflective trim offers extra visibility in the dark - something that’ll come in handy if you’ve got plans to run through the autumn and winter. They also come with a non-slip grip, ensuring minimal chafing no matter how hard you go with the exercise.


£12.99 | Amazon

Opti Wrist and Ankle Weights

Weight options: 2kg

Weighing in at two kilograms each, these weights pack some serious resistance - especially if you’re looking to use them for a boxing or HIIT workout. A slight catch, though - this kind of bulk is ideal for those looking to sculpt their arms or legs but might prove somewhat cumbersome in the middle of a vigorous workout. Thanks to the adjustable hook and loop Velcro straps though, they’re easy to fit snugly to your ankles or wrists so excess moving is minimal - from the weights, that is. The heavy lifting and hard sweating is all on you, unfortunately.


£14.99 | Argos

Read more

Best dumbbell sets for weight training at home

£19.99 | Amazon

£12.99 | Amazon

£14.99 | Argos

Best treadmills: Folding, manual and the best UK bargain

Best home gym equipment for a full-body workout

9 best pull up bars for home: doorway, freestanding and wall mounted

£19.50 | M&S

£17.63 | Health and Care

£50 | Selfridges

£19.34 | Amazon

£9.99 | Amazon



Best home exercise equipment for small spaces