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    Quote Originally Posted by wornoutboots View Post
    After hiking the PCT, I think I’ll train the same way, walk to restaurants/bars, within 5 miles, over stuff myself with food & drink & then cowboy camp on my patio.... repeat
    LOl Were you on the 7 month PCT plan he he he. I was on the 7 yr one BS degree plan doing sems as PT and FT, taking a sem off here and there to work 60 hrs /wk to pay for college.

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    where can one purchase weighted leg or arm bands ? would it be possible to just wear them everywhere one goes to increase muscle strength from general activity ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BongoTheOneEyed View Post
    where can one purchase weighted leg or arm bands ? would it be possible to just wear them everywhere one goes to increase muscle strength from general activity ?
    Usually you pick those up at a sporting goods store. However, you carry your pack weight on your waist and shoulders, so don't I think the weights on ankle / wrists would work the correct muscles. A weighted vest might work, but I just do some walks with my pack filled with rice in ziplocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BongoTheOneEyed View Post
    where can one purchase weighted leg or arm bands ? would it be possible to just wear them everywhere one goes to increase muscle strength from general activity ?
    Quote Originally Posted by SkeeterPee View Post
    Usually you pick those up at a sporting goods store. However, you carry your pack weight on your waist and shoulders, so don't I think the weights on ankle / wrists would work the correct muscles. A weighted vest might work, but I just do some walks with my pack filled with rice in ziplocks.
    I suppose the benefit to wearing those weights would be to strengthen the ankles and wrists, which could help while hiking as injuring those parts can happen easily with all the motion in them and the opportunity (particularly the ankles) for them to twist with the uneven terrain, causing falls where a wrist trying to catch yourself may be injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyGr View Post
    I suppose the benefit to wearing those weights would be to strengthen the ankles and wrists, which could help while hiking as injuring those parts can happen easily with all the motion in them and the opportunity (particularly the ankles) for them to twist with the uneven terrain, causing falls where a wrist trying to catch yourself may be injured.
    no it would not be helpful to strengthen ankles and wrists with weights. Weights wrapped around your appendages are very bad for you. I can't even believe these things are still sold. The best way is to use a backpack, second best is to use a weighted vest.
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    what reasoning do u have that wearing weights around one's ankles and wrists would be bad for one's health ?

    at a minimum they should help to strengthen many muscles, hip, arm and shoulder joints that one uses daily by providing mild resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BongoTheOneEyed View Post
    what reasoning do u have that wearing weights around one's ankles and wrists would be bad for one's health ?

    at a minimum they should help to strengthen many muscles, hip, arm and shoulder joints that one uses daily by providing mild resistance.
    Putting weights on the end of your arms or legs while walking creates a greater amount of force on your hip and shoulder joints than you should. When you put a weight on the end of a "pendulum" you vastly increase the amount of force at the "pivot point."

    These weights can be used safely for some exercises but not while walking/hiking for miles or being worn for hours.

    Keep in mind that wrists and ankles don't get stronger as they are joints. Muscles surrounding those joints is what you are actually strengthening to help with stabilizing those joints. Also, muscle balance around the joints is imperative to provide proper alignment. Muscular imbalance causes joints to move incorrectly. Along with strength (stability) you want to make sure you have good mobility in the ankle joint. There are ways to measure this actually and a good personal trainer can help you with that and show you how to correct that. I did a lot of this when I was in personal training, correcting muscle imbalances with clients.

    If you want to strengthen "your ankles" there are easy exercises you can do with elastic/resistance bands (the exercise style, not the office supply type) or a cable machine if you have access to a gym.
    https://www.physioadvisor.com.au/exe...-joints/ankle/

    Similar exercises can be done for wrists.
    https://www.healthline.com/health/ho...s#resistance-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyPincher View Post
    Putting weights on the end of your arms or legs while walking creates a greater amount of force on your hip and shoulder joints than you should. When you put a weight on the end of a "pendulum" you vastly increase the amount of force at the "pivot point."

    These weights can be used safely for some exercises but not while walking/hiking for miles or being worn for hours.
    Damn, I need to get rid of my shoes as I cannot safely use them... And remember the days when most of us (well the older ones at least) wore much heavier boots. How did we ever survive
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonehiker View Post
    Damn, I need to get rid of my shoes as I cannot safely use them... And remember the days when most of us (well the older ones at least) wore much heavier boots. How did we ever survive
    I don't know, but after wearing out 2 sets of soles on my 5 pounds of Limmer boots, I'm surprised my knees still work! Damn, I miss those boots. Unlike todays boots, they would grip pretty much any surface and not slip.
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

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