How To Choose The Perfect Pair of Ankle Straps
by Evelyn Valdez·
When it comes to building muscle and getting stronger at the gym, cable machines are perfect because they offer resistance throughout the full range of movement. And even though they’re primarily used for upper-body exercises, they’re also great for leg days too – you just need a good pair of ankle straps!
Ankle straps are a piece of equipment that wraps around your ankles and has double D rings that you can attach to the cable machine so you can perform lower-body exercises with ease. Your gym might already have ankle straps, but at the risk of them being in use every time you need them, getting your own pair is the best choice.
To help you with your buying decision, we’ll tell you all you need to know about choosing the perfect pair of ankle straps for your lower-body cable exercises, as well as how to put them to good use, so you can have a more effective and comfortable workout the next time you step into the gym!
Tips for choosing your ankle straps
When it’s time to buy some ankle straps, chances are you’ll be presented with a bunch of different options, such as our very own UPPPER Ankle Strap Collection! So, to ensure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck for an effective workout, here are the features that you need to look for:
Buy them in pairs
If you think all ankle straps come in pairs, you’d be wrong! A lot of times, ankle straps are sold individually since you only ever use them on one foot at a time, so you just switch it when you’re done with one side and onto the other.
However, buying them in pairs will help you avoid all the hassle of having to come to a full stop to switch the strap from one side to the other and then adjust it to the new ankle. By getting the pair, you can just wear them both at the same time and simply move the pulley from one foot to the other when you’re ready for the next set!
Pick a sturdy material
This one should be a given, but you don’t want a pair of ankle straps made from a flimsy material that won’t last you more than 6 months. Fitness gear is meant to be durable and last you a long time, so picking a sturdy material with strong stitching is a must!
This is particularly important because you’ll be moving a lot of weight with those ankle straps when doing your heavier lower-body sets, and you definitely don’t want the steel D rings to get ripped out of the fabric during one of those reps.
Make sure they have internal padding
An important feature when it comes to choosing the best pair of ankle straps for the gym is getting a pair with soft internal padding that won’t hurt your ankles during the constant movement when you’re lifting heavy weights.
If your ankle straps don’t feature a padded interior, then you’ll risk getting uncomfortable to the point of having to remove the straps because they’re burning your skin. Always choose straps with soft, comfortable internal padding that protect your ankles throughout the full duration of the set.
Choose easily adjustable ones
All ankle straps are adjustable, but some are trickier or more difficult to adjust than others, which can turn into a hassle if you’re just trying to finish your sets but your gear isn’t cooperating.
A good pair of ankle straps will hug your ankles comfortably without being too tight that it hurts or too loose that it dances around your ankle. You’ll want an easily adjustable material such as velcro to be able to adjust them as you please without having to spend 5 minutes figuring it all out!
Get them in your favorite color
Alright, this isn’t actually a key feature that you need to look for when buying ankle straps, but having fitness gear in your favorite color just makes working out so much more enjoyable – especially if they go well with the rest of your gear!
Working out should be a fun experience, not just an everyday habit, and part of making it fun is finding joy in wearing your gym accessories, so make sure to get your ankle straps in a color that shows your personality!
How to use your ankle straps
After choosing the best pair of ankle straps for you, the next step is putting them to good use on the cable machine the next time you’re ready to hit the gym for leg day. Simply wrap them around your ankles, adjust them so that they are just tight enough, attach them to the weighted pulley, and you’re set!
When in use, these straps help target all of your major leg muscles, such as your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves, as well as your hips, lower back, and even abs for a complete lower-body workout. This, paired with the constant tension that the cable machine offers, makes ankle strap exercises incredibly effective.
The best thing about ankle straps is that you can use them to either target specific muscles or train all of them at once! For example, lying-down hamstring curls focus on your hamstrings and standing leg extensions work your quads, while exercises such as cable reverse lunges target all the big lower-body muscle groups at the same time.
One thing you have to keep in mind is to be careful with how much weight you use during your sets, particularly if you’re doing a standing exercise. When letting the weight down, be careful not to lose your footing by letting the cable yank at your ankle. Instead, lower it under control by keeping your muscles engaged at all times. Always stay safe!
Take your gains to the next level with ankle straps
If you’re ready to maximize your lower-body workouts and utilize the cable machine to its full potential during your strength training days, make sure to take a look at UPPPER Ankle Straps and pick your favorite pair to add to your gym bag – and if you already have UPPPER gear, you can pick a color that matches it!
Our high-quality ankle straps are designed with your comfort in mind, featuring everything you’d ever need for an effective workout. They come in durable and easily adjustable pairs with a vegan leather exterior and soft internal padding, plus a bunch of color options for you to choose from.Check out our ankle straps and more at UPPPER.