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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 6: Use weights heavier than your bag

We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

We’re nearly one week in to our 30-day challenge; how are you faring? If yesterday’s circuit workout didn’t get you sweating, then maybe today’s challenge will give you that extra burst: Use weights heavier than your bag.

This challenge comes once again from personal trainer Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp, who writes:

This is something I always tell female clients. If your purse is heavier than 5 lbs, then I know you can lift 5 lbs in my class!

And the same goes for men: whatever you’re used to lifting in your everyday life, use that to gauge which dumbbells to grab. Although if you’re instead going for a barbell, remember that a standard one already weights 45 lbs.


For every strength workout you do, make sure to stay safe to prevent injury. Whatever weight you grab, you should be able to finish your workout without breaking form, so use that to gauge whether or not you’re trying to lift too much. And try using Erica’s tips for an effective workout if you’re looking for ideas on how to fit strength training into your routine!

So hit the gym and start lifting! And if you’re already lifting more than your bag, perhaps it’s time to up the weight instead.

How much did you lift? Let us know in the comments, or using #30DaysToSummerFit!

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  • I love my fitbit! Every one of my friends have one but they have also lost theirs.
    The little snaps do not stay. Is there anyway Fitbit has designed a loss prevention strap to go over the band. I am doing a mud run 5k soon and it would be sad if I lossed mine.
    Thanks jojo

    • I’m not a Fitbit worker or anything, but I’m not sure I’d use a Fitbit in a mud run. Yes, they are splash and rain proof, but I’m not sure wearing one on a mud run would be good for it.

    • I would put a sweat wristband over it. If you don’t have one you could cut the top off an old sock that fits snugly on your wrist. that should keep it in place and keep most of the mud off

    • My boyfriend put his in a little foodsaver bag he made and slipped it into a zipper key pocket in his pants.

  • Increasing muscle will help you to decrease fat. Lifting weights does not mean bulking up use lighter weights and higher rep counts to get that nice lean sexy muscle tone

  • I worked 5-lb weights into an aerobic routine and did the strength exercises from Day 5. I feel pretty good….stronger. I started using a Fitbit Zip last August. But I started the Fitbit diet and exercise program on May 14 and have lost 3.7 pounds. Not bad for 13 days…and for someone my age :)

  • I took the little band holder off another watch. I just slide it over the overlap that way if the snap pops open it won’t fall off.

  • Luckily for me, I have a very light bag! Actually, it’s a backpack.

    Mud run with a Fitbit? Not sure if that’s such a great idea. But good luck!

  • My arms are burning from the workout challenge we had to do yesterday, but I still did a really good workout; working muscles I never knew existed! Yay for me!!! :-)

  • I did a tough mudder with my fitbit on, not sure if it’s highly recommended though. But I did have two sleeves covering it plus my gloves that were kept on my elastics so it was nicely covered and protected throughout the entire course. my ending was like 40,000 steps and activity through the roof!

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