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Ankle Weights Won't Help You to Run Faster

Ankle weights do not help you run faster or jump higher. To run fast in competition, you have to run fast in practice. Ankle weights slow you down because they interfere with your coordination and make you work much harder to raise your knees.

To jump higher, you have to strengthen your leg muscles in the same way that you use them to jump. Ankle weights strengthen your leg muscles for lifting weights off the ground with your feet. When you jump, you raise your body off the ground. To jump higher, you have to raise your body up against resistance, such as squatting with heavy weights on your shoulders or doing leg presses.

Wearing ankle weights can also increase your chances of injuring yourself by creating a muscle imbalance by strengthening your quad muscles in front of your upper legs more than your hamstrings in the back.

Checked 8/12/08

May 12th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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