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The Best Wrist Weights

author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
The Best Wrist Weights
Add resistance to your cardio workout. Photo Credit: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Adding resistance to your workouts by wearing wrist weights can help to maximize muscle growth and calorie burn. You can find numerous types of wrist weights on the market; most range from 1 to 10 pounds and are filled with heavy materials, such as sand, steel or gel.

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The best wrist weights are made of a durable, waterproof material, such as nylon, and allow you to increase or lighten the weight load as necessary. The band should securely stay in place while you are exercising; choose weights that easily wrap around your wrist and fasten with hook and loop fasteners. Some wrist weights have pockets for adding additional resistance, which can help you to steadily progress as you become stronger.

Use with Caution

Fitness and medical experts warn that even the best wrist weights can cause arm and shoulder injuries, due to the stress they place on your wrists, elbows and shoulders. Choose wrist weights that feel comfortable and do not cause any pain, pulling or pinching. Start with wrist weights that are 1 to 2 pounds, and increase the resistance level gradually as you become stronger. Stop using the weights when your arms or shoulders feel fatigued or if you feel any pain or stress in your wrists, elbows or shoulders.

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