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500g Wrist Weights? I admit it! I'm a weed :(

(Samantha Stanley) #1

I had an interesting visit to a sports shop yesterday.

I was looking for some light wrist weights to exercize my upper body more in my Zumba workout. Found some and picked up the box thinking “This is a bit heavy” but I couldn’t see any others on display so I asked the girl behind the desk and she said “We do heavier ones than 500 g each (1 lb) but this is the lightest pair.” The look on her face suggested she thought I wasn’t serious.

I therefore gave this up as a bad job and decided to look online, but 500 g apiece is indeed the lightest weight out there. I didn’t think I was a weakling, but if I went for a whole hour of Zumba wearing 500 g weights I would do myself an injury!

Has anybody else encountered this situation, and if so, what is the solution, because with my tiny hands I’m not going to get any stronger without weights?

Love Sam :fish:

(Ali Joyce) #2

Go with them but don’t do full sessions. You’ll work up really quickly and be on to the next size up - happy days!

(Samantha Stanley) #3

I’m pretty sure I need a lighter weight Ali! I doubt I could do 5 minutes with the 500 g ones!

Love Sam x

(Ali Joyce) #4

Remember that the box contained both weights so you were picking up double what you would when working with them - go girl!

(Diane Burton) #5

You could make your own ‘bean bags’ filled with dried lentils or rice to the weight you feel comfortable with, then either hold them or attach and elastic strap to fasten onto your wrist, as you get better add more filling to increase the weight (or if you feel they’re too heavy after a zumba session just remove some)

(Ali Joyce) #6

Seriously though do a little part of the session with them - just 2 or 3 minutes so you are comfortable and then build up gently - good luck!

(Sasha Garrett) #7

You can get water bottles designed for you to hold whilst out jogging (sort of doughnut shaped with a grip shaped bit on one side) which when full would weigh 400g ish each, as you work out (and your arms get tired) you drink the contents and they get lighter. As you get fitter/ stronger you can fill them with wet sand to make them heavier just don’t drink from them at that point.

(Samantha Stanley) #8

I like that idea, Sasha! It would be very easy to make them up to the weight I wanted as 1 g of water = 1 ml.

Love Sam x

(Samantha Stanley) #9

I did get them out of the box-I’ve also been trying the weight of some of my kitchen weights and I think at the moment 200 g is enough for me. Even 100 would give a bit of extra resistance. I probably should have mentioned that I am a type 1 diabetic and muscle weakness comes as part of that package-but I didn’t think it applied to me until yesterday :wink:

Love Sam x

(Samantha Stanley) #10

Good idea Diane-I’m sure there is something I can do myself!

Love Sam x

(Sasha Garrett) #11

Combine my water bottle idea with Diane’s lentils and you get maracas!

(Samantha Stanley) #12

Yay! This HAS to be done :slight_smile:

Sam x

(Louise Grace Jewellery) #13

Oh Sam I know exactly how you feel

When I first started exercising with weights I worked on body weight exercises too to build up my arm strength. Things as simple as a wall push up, standing a wee bit back from a wall you basically do push ups… so much easier than the proper version but awesome for gradually working on strength and all it takes is a wee 30 seconds a day

I love the water bottle idea with the lentils though, perfect for Zumba :smiley:

(Samantha Stanley) #14

Having slept on this for a second night I decided to take Ali’s advice (thanks Ali!) and try some 500g weights for short periods of time. If I don’t get on with them I can always use them as ankle weights! I’ll let you all know how I get on :wink:

Love Sam x

(Ali Joyce) #15

Keep us updated! :smile:

(Samantha Stanley) #16

Will do!

Love Sam :fish: