How Do I Choose the Best Aerobics Weights?

Misty Amber Brighton

Using weights when performing an aerobic workout increases the number of calories being burned. Aerobics weights can be somewhat lighter than those you might use for strength training. It is a good idea to make sure they are easy to hold so you won't drop them while you are exercising. Strap-on wrist or ankle weights should neither be too tight nor too loose. If using a weighted vest, this equipment ought not put any strain on the shoulders or back while you are wearing it.

Man lifting weights
Man lifting weights

A good weight for most aerobics weights is usually between 1 and 3 pounds (0.45 to 1.36 kg). This is somewhat lighter than many people use for conditioning exercises because holding these weights while doing aerobics can be tiring. As a result, you may not be able to complete an entire aerobic exercise routine if you use heavier dumbbells. It is generally more important to keep the heart rate up during this type of exercise, so using a lighter set of weights is perfectly acceptable.

Since you may sweat a great deal during your workout, your aerobics weights could be slippery after some time. Aluminum can be more difficult to grasp when your palms are sweaty than polyurethane will. Both aluminum and polyurethane weights could have special grips or canvas handles for you to hold onto, so you may want to consider one of these types as well.

Strap-on weights can be another option to consider if you are worried about dropping this equipment. Most wrap around the wrist or ankles and are then secured with a Velcro® attachment. It can be a good idea to try on one of these aerobics weights to make sure you are buying the right size. If the device cuts into your skin, it is too tight, but if it moves freely it is too loose. The size can normally be adjusted by tightening or loosening the Velcro strap, but if this doesn’t help you may need to buy different sized weights.

Once you reach an advanced fitness level, you may want to wear a weighted vest while exercising. One of these aerobics weights normally weigh between 8 and 10 pounds (3.64 to 4.55 kg), with the weight being evenly distributed throughout the vest. Before purchasing this fitness equipment, you may want to try it on first. This will enable you to see if the vest causes your shoulders to sag or pain in the lower back because these things could make you more susceptible to an injury during your workout.

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