Ankle weights and yoga were popular in the 70’s (I believe).
Yoga = good idea: helps improve flexibility
Ankle weights during cardio=bad idea; the weight distal to the hips which can cause pain.
Hand weights during cardio=weights here are distal to the arm which can throw your balance off and cause upper body pain.
If you MUST use weights during cardio try a weighted vest (the weight is closer to the body).
Hope this helps you out.
Dont do it. I am an experienced swimmer, water polo player, and triathlete.
Doing it is the same thing as trying to do yoga while lifting weights. Its hard enough contorting your body in those positions let alone adding resistance.
If you’re interested in swimming workouts do eggbeaters, try to tread water with your shoulders out of water.
Or tread with bricks in your hand. The entire point is being able to safely “bale” from whatever you are doing. If you get too tired with weight in the pool it can get very dangerous very fast.
Performed a dirty search and there seems to be not much evidence on ankle weights. Below is reported conclusion.
Claremont et al. 1988
The results indicate that commercial claims of marked increases in energy expenditure during running with hand/ankle weights are exaggerated. It appears that the small actual increases in energy expenditure, the potential for increased impact forces, and the relative discomfort of carrying weights discredit running with hand and/or ankle weights as a desirable exercise alternative.
I would concur with the above.