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DIY Wrist and Ankle Weights for Stay-At-Home Workout Routines

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Have the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders thrown off your workout routine? Here's an idea to inspire you to workout without going to the gym with my DIY Wrist and Ankle Weights. 

Wearable on your ankles or wrists, they're fastened with a non-slip velcro fit and are only 1.5 lbs. each for adding a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout.  And, they're stinkin' cute.  BONUS!

As we all know, using weights during any workout is a great way to achieve fast results. Wrist and ankle weights are an excellent choice because you can secure them in place, allowing you to focus on your workout without over-gripping or dropping anything. I'm not a fitness pro, but I have found that ankle weights worn on each ankle or wrists really enhances my exercise. I've read that they can increase the calorie burn rate by 5 to 15 percent. And I can totally use that!

Be sure that you consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription before beginning any new routine.

Another bonus is that they are machine washable!  Perfect for fighting off germs and viruses, right?  Just fasten the velcro to itself on each weight, then place them in a zipped laundry bag and toss in the washer with a load of towels, then let them air dry for the next workout.

So, if you're game, let's DO this.  Here's the full tutorial for making your Do-It-Yourself Wrist and Ankle Weights.

Here's what you'll need: 

Poly-fil® Glass Micro Beads from Fairfield World
3 Coordinating Fabrics - 1/4 Yard each
24" Hook & Loop Sew-On Strips
Needle & Matching Thread
Sewing Machine
For each weight; cut 2 coordinating pieces of fabric 12 inches long x 5 inches wide.
Pin and sew 12 inches of the soft side of Hook & Loop tape down the center of one of the pieces of fabric. This will be the outside of the finished weight.
For each of the straps; cut a strip of fabric 12 inches long x 2.5 inches wide.  Cut 12 inches of the hard hook & loop tape.  Fold the edges and one end of the strips toward the center, then sew the hook & loop tape down the center to cover the raw edges, finishing one end of the strip. 
Pin the unfinished end of a strap to the end of the fabric
Pin and sew the ends and one side of the fabric together, right sides facing.
Snip off the sewn corners.
Turn right side out.
Pin and sew four seams 2 inches apart to create five pockets for the glass beads.
Place in a bowl and use a funnel in each pocket to fill with Poly-fil® Glass Micro Beads from Fairfield World.
Fold over the edge of the pocket openings and pin in place.  Hand sew the edge to completely close.
Repeat the steps for a matching Wrist and Ankle Weight.  You can even make 4 Wrist and Ankle Weights for a total workout routine.

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  • Pattie on

    Jan, the weights end up weighing 1 1/2 pounds each. And it take 1 1/2 cups of beads for each one. The package of beads has 4 pounds of beads in it, so you have plenty to work with, and make 2 sets if you want.

  • Jan on

    Thanks for sharing your pattern. Before I make though, I have a couple questions…
    How much of the beads did you use for each weight?
    How much the the completed weight weigh?


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