To do fitness (the Desbonnet/Rouhet method) I need foot weights from 8 to 15Kg (17 to 33lbs) per foot.
I only found 2Kg (4.5lbs) weights that you strap around your ankles. I would need to attach at least 4 of them to my ankle which would be little practical and notably more expensive.
Ideally I'm looking for a special shoe onto which I could insert a bar or disks directly.

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    Never heard of the Desbonnet/Rouhet method, do you have a link with more information?
    – Chris
    Dec 27, 2013 at 18:00
  • @Chris Desbonnet, basically, is the guy who invented physical fitness 100 years ago. bsfpro.fr/index.php?file=Sections&op=article&artid=17 Jan 2, 2014 at 20:08
  • I wouldn't do that if I were you. If you want to be uber fit, just train like an athlete Mar 31, 2014 at 20:35
  • @Kneel-Before-ZOD Go learn what a true athlete is. Apr 1, 2014 at 13:50
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    @user2534 I know that a true athlete won't be attaching a 30-lbs weight to their feet (for whatever exercise training being performed) . That won't make you run faster, jump higher or perform optimally. Want big thighs? Deadlift and weight-squat! Want endurance? Run/sprint/jog. Want strength? Lift higher weights! Want joint problems later in life? Walk with 30-lbs weights strapped to your ankles. Apr 1, 2014 at 13:58

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Ankle weights have been heavily used in calisthenics as a substitute to the cumbering dipping belt which disrupts the form of the exercise. Google Matteo Spinozzola and his training regimen with 35kg ankle weights (per leg)

There is no reason to believe ankle weights are dangerous. It is deemed that they might increase risk of a muscle strain, but muscle strain do not happen because some exercises magically make them happen, muscle strains can happens due to loads being to heavy, fatigue, or simply overtraining. One can get a muscle strain from literally anything.

But I wouldn't go around running with 24kg on my ankles, but I'm certainly not conditioned for that.

If you wanted a cheap alternative I suggest buying a sub belt. The ones used to swim. You can buy many empty belts which are cheap and spend about 20 dollars 4 blocks of lead each weighing 3kg. Loop one weight per ankle and knee and shorten the belts by cutting them if you need too. Some material to cushion might be needed.

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