Wearing Weights?

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  1. tennisthehilife

    tennisthehilife New User

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    How effective is wearing weights?

    -I use to go to school wearing ankle weights, I'm not sure how effective it was.
    -I'm interested in wrist weights but not sure if its better to just practice w/ a heavy racket.
    -Body weights? I'm not sure if this exist, but if I wore a body weight vest, what advantages/damages exist?

    Also, would wearing weights daily, all day, do more harm than good? Maybe you would just have to start little first than maybe you can support heavier weights w/o killing yourself?

    Any info/opinions on wearing weights would be appreciated.
     
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  2. koopa_troopa

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    From what I remember, there is no real benefit to wearing weights. It can screw up your balance and lead to injuries. I haven't tried it, but others have said any feeling that you are faster as a result of wearing weights is all in your head. I think you are better off hitting the gym and do regular workouts than trying to wear an extra 10 - 20 kg all day.
     
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  3. RestockingTues

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    Wearing weights is bad. I wore 10 lb weights when I ran to train for b-ball season and I messed up my knees -_-" I find training with a wooden racket is ALOT better then wrist weights too; prince of tennis will never translate well to real life. Except for that mule kick BH:)
     
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    Most of the posts about this subject usually end up recommending to the OP that they stay away from joint specific weights. The advice is usually that they're bad for the joints and adding weight all of a sudden (versus building muscle which takes time) causes undue stress and can be more harmful than helpful.

    A vest of weights is then recommended since it's more evenly dispersed. I think I would use one of those if I used anything. The weight is more spread out and it's akin to doing pullups with a weight hanging from your body I guess.
     
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  5. maverick66

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    i wouldnt train with them. ive watched a few people try to play with ankle weights or a weighted vest and most of the time they tire out so fast they start to lean over or get lazy with there movement. its not really a great ide to play with it but i would recomend trying some body weight workouts with it. try some dips,pull ups, push ups. get ankle weights and do leg extensions. these are fine but dont try to play with them on.
     
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  6. rcaldwell01

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    Ditch the ankle weights

    They suck. As someone pointed out, weight vest is the way to go if you want to do progression training. However, depending on your fitness level there is a whole slew of stuff you can do that will improve levels and strength before you add weight.

    www.rosstraining.com
     
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  7. Tennisplayer92

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    sorry to bring up a month old topic. I was considering getting ankle weights for weight training because I find that I tire too easily. perhaps if i strap ankle weights and say run a mile. and if i actually try to push myself beyond my limits. would this help build endurance? i know track runners do this but thats mainly to feel faster. any suggestions?
     
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  8. Ocean Drive

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    Wouldn't just lifting weights be better than training with a wooden racket?
    I mean, I guess you or the guy who started the thread is trying to get stronger?
     
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    I hit about once a week, during warmup, with my Wilson Kramer woodie. I don't do it for the weight, but simply to check my focus, swing plane, and timing. If something's slipping badly, I'll know it. You have to pay attention with the smaller head, and accuracy is at a premium. It's easy to get lazy with these newer racquets, because the technology makes tennis much easier.

    -Robert
     
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  10. Tennisplayer92

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    so i went ahead and bought weights. i must say that if you use it for wrists it helps TREMENDOUSLY if you have a ohbh. i can get my arm around faster now which puts me in rallys for at least another point. its amazing. and on serves. its improved my flat serve because of the ability to swing my racquet with ease. i suggest trying it.
     
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  11. hewittfan3

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    There was a kid at my high school who was about 5'8" and he was on the basketball team. He wore the ankle weights everyday for 2 years and then was able to dunk after that. So I would say it works in that aspect
     
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    This is a probably terrible idea. Didn't you bother to read the earlier replies before you posted this? Ankle weights are ok for doing leg exercises like leg lifts. Not a good idea at all for walking, running, or jumping. What track runner are doing this? Better to run in a pool than to run wearing weights.
     
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