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Body weights are a great tool for enhancing your workout or daily strength building. Rather than being grabbed and lifted like dumbbells or barbells, these adjustable weights are strapped on and worn, adding resistance to every movement, even if you're just walking up the stairs.
DICK'S sells wrist and ankle weights, weights for the upper arms and thighs, weighted vests and hand weights with straps. Ankle weights are available from 2 to 20 pounds, wrist weights from 3 to 10 pounds and weighted vests from 10 to 40 pounds. DICK'S offers brands such as Fitness Gear, All Pro Exercise and GoFit.
Many of the body weights use individual iron bars or pouches of iron sand in Velcro pockets. You can easily add or remove these bars or pouches and customize the weight during each of your workouts.
Purchase a weight that targets your fitness routine. DICK'S waterproof weights include weighted belts that provide more flexibility than a vest and add a significant challenge to your swimming workout. Any of the weights are great for running or walking, while the line of weighted gloves, calf weights, and a few of the weighted vests are great for the athlete of any sport.
Tips & Expert Advice
Many of the ankle weights carried by DICK'S are engineered so they do not put stress on your Achilles tendon. Like all body weights, ankle weights often take some time to get used to. A way to minimize this adjustment period is to choose ankle weights that have an ergonomic design that maximizes comfort.
A good safety precaution built into many of the weighted vests at DICK'S are protective padding for sensitive areas such as the chest, shoulders and spine. If you are planning to exercise outdoors at night, consider body weights with reflective strips.
Unlike traditional gloves, weighted gloves ideally have a special wrist wrap for an added level of support, as well as open palms to let your hands breathe. An alternative to weighted gloves are hand weights made from neoprene to ensure comfort.