Don't agree with that. When boarding we are not really moving our legs the same way as when we are walking, i.e., with knees and hips being the fulcrum of the movement.
Rather, in boarding most of the leg movements are flexing the ankles and knees/hips. For these movements the ankle weights would actually be closer to the fulcrum, i.e., have no impact on the muscle effort.
In contrast, with weights in the pockets every time you flex (bend/straighten) your knees you are basically do a squat with weights, adding significant effort.
For full disclosure: I use ankle weights for speed and strength training, but have yet to ride with them
Hmmm... I didn't think about squats with weights. That is pretty interesting. Which makes me think... the stronger ones legs are, the less all of this matters. Thanks for actually engaging in physics speak with me.
On to experiments! Who wants to ride with 10 lbs strapped to each binding?
Last edited by BigmountainVMD; 02-23-2013 at 12:51 PM.