Sometimes running isn't enough. Whether strength training with an eye toward competition, to increase your overall fitness or just because it feels good, using hand weights while running offers an alternative method of training that may result in greater overall muscle tone. The following options offer runners a chance to gain an important edge.
The Xco Trainer features two aluminum tubes partially filled with beads and covered in a grippable surface. The partially filled tubes create a slight muscle overload as the weights are swung, which engages muscle fiber and connective tissue by forcing them to react to the continually shifting weight of the beads. Tube length varies from 12.75 to 16.75 inches. Weights offered are 1.0, 1.3, 2.0 and 2.6 pounds. A separate belt can be purchased that includes sheaths for the weights, room for a water bottle and pouches for a cell phone and iPod.
HeavyHands weights enable runners to change the amount of weight used while exercising. These weights feature a bicycle-type handle grip with a rigid outer strap that connects to each end of the grip, holding the weight in place. This feature offers runners the convenience of not having to grip the weight during the entire run. Add-on weights are available from 1- to 10-pound increments.
Valeo Neoprene Hand Weights
Runners who prefer a simple option should consider Valeo Neoprene Hand Weights. These weights are constructed of cast-iron sheathed in comfortable and grippable neoprene--much improved from the vinyl coatings that are used with many similar models. Sets are offered at 2, 3, 5, 8 and 10 pounds. These weights are sold with an exercise wall chart.
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