fitness, get strong on the cheap


Here is part 1 of my get strong on the cheap series. In this series I’ll be focusing on using el cheapo Canadian Tire weights ($12 for both) for strength training. NO GYM REQUIRED. In fact I highly recommend doing it as far away from the gym as possible…like the PARK!

I am using 5 lb weights in this series but make sure you choose a weight that works for you! If you’re a beginner go with 2 or 3 lb weights, or if you’re super strong go with bigger ones.

As for reps I usually end up doing each move for about 1 minute which I find is usually around 20-30 reps. Then I switch it up and go to the next exercise. When you’re all done take a short break and then complete the whole circuit again 1-2 more times. Its great to do while you’re watching TV, pre/post cardio or in addition to whatever other activity you love!

Another way to do this is the  more traditional 20 reps-15 reps-10 reps method (ie. keep doing the same excersize with short breaks in between, sometimes upping the weight after each set) Do whatever works for you!

**Additional note. I’m not a doctor or a personal trainer. So BE SAFE PLZ. And listen to your own bod when you feel strained or need a break!

Part 1: UPPER BOD….

First on the bill is a moved called the WV….kind of self explanatory when you look at the arm positioning! This one is great for your shoulders and back and is my absolute fave. It also helps me with my slouuuuchy posture.


Make sure to alternate the arm that comes forward with each raise to work of your arms evenly.


(laughing cuz my arms hurt already…)

And LASTLY its time to KICKBACK! But don’t relax just yet.

This excersize works the backs of your arms and it works em hard, especially when you’ve been at it for a while.

Flicking your wrist back like this at the end adds to the OUCH-!&%$##-URGGH factor.

AND THATZ IT FOR NOW! Stay tuned for Part 2 where we’ll get workin the CORRRRE!

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  • Reply Lisa May 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Does wearing lipstick while weight lifting ensure I will look as fabulous as you? xx

  • Reply the healthy hipster May 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Fabulous-er! What shade goes best with LEAD? 😉

  • Reply Nadiya January 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Haha I so use a pair of weights from Canadian Tire! They were like 10$ and work absolutely fine 🙂

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