I don't think it can really be so good for your ankles. There are no shortcuts for drumming. The only way to achieve speed and technique is just by practising alot. And after that some more. And when that's done....you get the picture. If you do want to train your ankles instead of strain them, you should try spinning. Or just ride a bike for a few miles everyday. You can also jump a rope. That helps strengthening your anklemuscles.Like boxers do...
Ankle weights are not for everyone, especially those who are just beginning, but for "adepts" I dont think that it would be a problem. Its not so much a shortcut, but more like toning them, like lifting heavier weights for shorter reps to tone your muscles.
I'm gonna try it next paycheck... I figure when we're talken drums a $10-$20 experiment is well worth it. I know I need to work my left leg a lot more... Maybe ankle weights could be used to "balance" your muscles.
But yea, if i'm willing to go out and put new heads on my set just to see how they are... then i'm willing to buff my ankles up. They will be nothing short of Arnolds ankles. Definatly NOT for girly men :lol:
instead of on the ankles strap them on top of your thighs and play heel up, that will strengthen your thighs a lot, I'd reccommend this if you are a metal drummer trying to build endurance for those songs that you blast the entire way through. I don't really do this but I know it will help you since I've tried this when someone was sitting on my lap and I realized how much muscle I could build up on my thighs if I were to put weights on them when I practiced, then I got home and realized I didn't have heavy enough weights to get much out of them and just went back to working on my foot technique.
Ok I do not know how true this is, but I have heard from a pretty reliable source that Pete Sandoval used to ware weights as heavy as he could find to develop his incredible fast double bass playing skills. If you have not seen this man play, youtube him.