Wearable Weights: Do They Help or Hurt Your Workout?

Strength training is one of the most beneficial types of exercise you can perform (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What Are Wearable Weights?

Wearable Weights, Are Weighted Weighted Components Worn During an Exercise Routine. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

How Effective Are Weighted Vests in Building Muscle?

Weighted Vest Training Benefits — Does It Work? — Criticalbench

Wrist and Ankle Weights Benefits

Working Out When Wearing One to Three Pounds of Ankle Weights Can Raise The Heart Rate to Ten Beats Per Minute. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Possible Risks of Using Wearable Weights

Weighted Vest Puts Pressure on The Spine (Image Source: Shutterstock)
  • Running or even walking with ankle weights can lead to muscle imbalance. Rather than using the muscles at the back of the thighs when walking, ankle weights force you to use the front of the legs.
  • Walking or running with ankle weights can also strain the ankle joints, increasing your risk of injury to the back, knees, and hips.
  • Using a weighted vest puts pressure on the spine, leading to gradual back and neck problems.
  • Overusing weighted vests may deliver faster results, but doing this by either adding too much weight or using them more than you should could lead to overuse injuries.
  • Wearing wrist weights during cardio workouts forces you to swing your arms back and forth, resulting in a muscle imbalance.
  • Swinging your arms with wearable weights may result in tendon and joint injuries in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and neck.

Wearable Weights: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

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