So when I was learning how to surf in Rio this winter, I was totally impressed at how good of an upper body workout it gave me, (I once referred to learning how to surf as learning to run with your hands -catching a wave is super tough!), and also how good it made me feel afterwards.
While I have always been a pretty active person, I have never really done a lot of sports that require a lot of upper body strength. What’s more, I think that basketball, the sport I have played most consistently throughout my life, can kind of give you a kind of lopsided upper body workout because you are constantly using only your shooting arm.
So when I got back to Montreal I had it in mind to seek out some upper body cardio -something along the lines of swimming or boxing. But because I have been on a tight budget this last month, I opted for a more simple alternative. I purchased these fairly light weight (0.75kg) hand weights at Sports Experts with a gift certificate Hugo gave me for 14.99. I went to Canadian tire later that week and saw that they sell hand weights starting at about 3 bucks a weight - a pretty cheap investment.
Now my goal is not to gain a lot of upper body muscle but just simple tonnage and balanced upper body strength. I don’t think I will be moving up in weight any time soon. But I have been loving the simplicity of doing a 5 minute weight routine every morning.
Here are some links to a few of the routines I have been using: