How to Make Your Own Ankle Weights

Wearing a pair of ankle weights doesn't add a lot of resistance, but it can still make a big difference in your aerobic workout. By wearing these weights while running, jogging or walking, you can burn more calories in the same amount of time, and you may experience a sense of lightness after taking them off. Professionally designed ankle weights can be pricey, though, so you can save some money by making your own at home.

Tie a knot in a tube sock about 3 inches from the toe.

Fill the sock with sand, rice or dry beans until it is filled to about 6 inches above the knot.

Pinch the middle of the sock so that the stuffing won't fall out, and carefully wrap it around the back of one of your ankles. Position the knot at the front of your ankle and wrap the other end around to meet it in the front. Cinch up the end if necessary until it is snug, yet comfortable. Hold these two ends together at the front of your ankle with one hand while using the other hand to knead the stuffing so that it is evenly distributed around your ankle.

Determine whether the sock needs more or less stuffing based on the way it feels and how easily it wraps around your ankle. Remove the sock from your ankle and make these adjustments, then wrap it around your ankle again as described in the previous step. Keep making these adjustments as necessary until you feel you have it just right.

Pinch the sock right where the open end meets the knot at the front of your ankle, then remove the sock from your ankle again. Slide a thick rubber band over the end of the sock and place it at this point. Twist the rubber band once to make a figure-8 shape. Pull the open loop of the rubber band over the end of the sock again and bring it down to this same pinch-point. Continue twisting the rubber band and pulling it over the end of the sock in this fashion until it is nice and tight.

Wrap the sock around your ankle again, and tie the toe to the other loose end at the front of your ankle. Make sure it is tied snugly, yet comfortably. Once it is tied, use scissors to cut off the excess length on the long end of the sock.

Repeat Steps 1 through 6 to make an ankle weight for the other ankle.


If you need more weight, just make multiple weights for each ankle. Since each subsequent weight will have to be positioned a little higher up your leg, you should size and fit subsequent pairs separately to ensure that they fit snugly and comfortably. Put on a pair of ankle warmers. This is optional, but it will help to keep the weights from chafing. You can also wear full-length track pants and wear the ankle weights on the outside to avoid chafing.