We all know the traditional way of strength-building with dumbbells, but they’re bulky, limit your range of motion, and aren’t as portable as we’d like them to be.
When we got wind of these fashionable and wearable weights, we were definitely intrigued. Hands-free weight lifting you say? Count us in! Below, we break down and explore the new It home workout accessory – Bala Bangles.
What are Bala Bangles?
The world’s first wearable weights, Bala Bangles combine both functionality and style to add a constant, but comfortable resistance to your workout!
These one size fits all weights can be worn on the wrist or ankles to increase your heart rate, burn fat, and build muscle for the ultimate sweat session. They’re made from stainless steel bars coated in a silky smooth silicone skin, with the bars bound by an athletic elastic and a velcro closure.
It’s also a highly versatile accessory, and can be used during yoga, aerobics, pilates, home workouts, core training, and for a spur of the moment workout when you’re running late.
The hype surrounding Bala Bangles
Bala Bangles were first pitched on Season 11 of Shark Tank in February 2020, and for the uninitiated, Shark Tank is an American reality TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business models to a panel of investors.
Prior to that, the lifestyle brand had already raked in USD$260,000 in sales, and at the point of filming, projected to end 2019 with a whopping $2.2 million in sales.
Max Kislevitz and Natalie Holloway, the husband-and-wife team behind Bala, went into the Tank seeking an investment of USD$400,000 in exchange for a ten percent stake in their company.
Bala Bangles caught the attention of all the “Sharks” (i.e investors), including guest Shark and retired tennis star Maria Sharapova for its one-of-a-kind and genius innovation.
The episode ended with Mark Cuban and Maria Sharapova closing a USD$900,000 investment deal with the Bala Bangles co-founders in exchange for a 30% stake.
How to use Bala Bangles
Unlike your usual workout gear, Bala Bangles won’t require extensive hours of research and training – you just need to know how to wear a bracelet. It’s that easy!
Wear them on your ankles or wrist during any sweat session, and you’re good to go! They’re portable and highly versatile so you’re not stuck using them for just your home workouts.
Sure, they’ll add a little weight to your gym bag, but what’s an additional 0.9kg compared to heavy dumbbells?
Actually, scratch that. You can even wear them on your way to the gym and break a lil’ sweat before you get down to business.
If you’re tired of the same workout routine that doesn’t reap results that are fulfilling enough, you can simply slip on the Bala Bangles under your jacket or pants everyday for an added boost!
At just 0.45 kg each, the wearable weights sit comfortably and give you a workout, without working out.
That being said, wearing weights might take some getting used to, so start small and gradually increase your wear time as you get used to the extra resistance.
Where to buy Bala Bangles
Bala Bangles retail in a set of two in a variety of colours, ranging from 1/2 pound to 2 pounds in weight at Bala Bangles.
The prices are as follows:
1/2 pound (~0.23 kg) – S$59.30
1 pound (~0.45 kg) – S$72.65
2 pounds ( ~0.9 kg) – S$96.37
There are unique designs to check out too, including rainbow, shiny confetti, and marble, depending on your preferences and style. They are available on the Bala Bangles official site.