Fitness

January 2

Fitness Depot Canada: KettleBell Set Only $20

Posted by on January 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Fitness Depot Canada: KettleBell Set Only $20

Fitness Depot has a great deal on a kettle bell set, now only $19.99, was $39.88. I price compared this exact set and the best price I could find it for was Costco (which usually has items the cheapest) for $58.99.

The link above will take you to the main page, but you can search for KBCSET30 to find this item.

I have to tell you I love kettle bells and I know quite a few people who do as well. They are a hardcore workout, but easy to use and could be almost all you need for muscle toning and strength. I used them with my boot camp trainer, so I learned all the moves, but there are some great websites out there that could teach you how to use these. There is even a video right on Fitness Depot’s site that shows you some standard moves. You can get a whole body workout with just these three weights alone.

You’ll get three kettle bells – one 5lb, one 10lb and one 15lb, and while that doesn’t sound very heavy, I have to say it is! Personally, I would get two sets of these because you’ll need the same size to do squats, holding one in each hand. You could do squats with just one, holding it in front of  you, but since it is such a great deal, why not get two sets and do more?

Shipping depends on your location, but my estimate gave me $32 for this item, I’m assuming because it is heavy. You can pick up in store for free though.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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January 2

Old Navy Canada: Up To 50% Off Active Wear

Posted by on January 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Old Navy Canada: Up To 50% Off Active Wear

Get up to 50% off active wear for men, women and kids at Old Navy this week.

Before you head to Lululemon to buy yourself a pair of $98 yoga pants, you should check out Old Navy. While I love Lululemon, the prices can’t be beat at Old Navy on active wear, plus their stuff is really great quality. I actually have a number of friends who swear by it and last year I bought myself a top on clearance for $8 and it is my favourite workout top by far.

Seriously? $12 for a pair of yoga pants with a fold over waist? Plus you can get sizes from XS to XL to tall and petite in all those sizes too. These pants were $24.50.

My husband loves wearing mesh tops like these in the summer and I could buy him a different one for each day of the week at this price. Was $12.94, now $6.25.

Little girls can’t get enough hooded tops and I love the colour of this one in seaside heights. Was $16.94, now $12.

My boys would live in track pants if I let them and these fleece sweatpants are great for going skating. Was $16.94, now $8.

Shipping is free when you spend over $50 and you can shop at The Gap or Banana Republic to get your total up to that $50 amount. You’ll also earn super cash for using later when you shop right now.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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January 2

Amazon Canada: Striiv Device Only $60 (Was $103) (Expired)

Posted by on January 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Amazon Canada: Striiv Device Only $60 (Was $103) (Expired)

Pay only $59.99 for the Striiv device basic bundle, was $102.99. Price comparing, I couldn’t find this item at any other Canadian stores, although I’ve read that people have been looking for Canadian retailers who sell it. It sells for $99.95 on the American Striiv.com site.

Basically, this item will help you with your upcoming fitness goals with a number of great technological features. It has a smart pedometer that tracks every step and even motivates you to walk more. More than that, it figures out what will get you moving (because just because it counts your steps, doesn’t mean you’ll take more). You can personalize challenges, compete with friends or use games to get you walking. You’ll get instant feedback on the colour touch screen, which provides you motivation. On top of tracking steps taken, it also looks at stairs climbed, distance, calories and duration.

You might think $60 is pricey for a pedometer, but it has a very accurate 3D motion sensor and high precision altimeter that doesn’t record steps that aren’t there (like random movements or driving), which other pedometers can’t say they do.

Even cooler, you can assign your walking to a charity and when you take a certain number of steps, Striiv and its partners will donate to that charity. This means you aren’t just walking for you anymore! You can also easily link your progress to your social media accounts so friends and family can cheer on your progress (or boo you when you aren’t progressing).

This item is going to sell out quickly, so get it now if you want it.

Shipping will be free.

(Expiry: 3rd January 2014)

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January 1

Treadclimber Canada Coupon Code: Up to $300 Off & Free Shipping

Posted by on January 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Treadclimber Canada Coupon Code: Up to $300 Off & Free Shipping

As I know many people want to get in shape starting in the new year, I thought I’d blog the Tread Climber and that we have a coupon that will save you $300 on the purchase price and get you free shipping.

Click here to shop @ Treadclimber.ca now

  • Coupon Code: FITIN14
  • Discount: $300 off Bowflex Tread Climber
  • Expiry: 13th February 2014

This coupon is not just on the Tread Climber, but it also has a few other uses. It can also get you $50 off the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells or $300 off the Bowflex Revolution Home Gym or Bowflex Xtreme.

I wanted to blog this because a friend of mine recently purchased a Tread Climber for her home. She just had her second baby, who doesn’t want to be with anyone but her and she is feeling she wants to get rid of her baby weight. The only way she can really work out, especially in this crappy weather, is at home. She had a treadmill and a bike, but both she found boring and not the greatest workout. She absolutely loves her Tread Climber. She said she gets a great workout and it almost doesn’t feel like she is. Her husband is a police officer in great shape and he finds it a great workout too and sweats a ton.

Also, when you enter in the promo code, you’ll get a free mat on top of the discount and the free shipping. The TC20 is the best machine they have and is listed at $3,999, on sale at TreadClimber for $3,299 and with discount is $2,999. Shipping is normally $269, so you are saving over $550!

A more affordable option is the TC5, which sells for $1,199, on sale for $999 and with coupon you’ll get $20 off shipping.

Check out the coupon page for Tread Climber, which has coupons that will also work on the other two Bowflex sites and you can link to those sites from the Tread Climber site too.

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December 31

Amazon Canada: Polar E40 Heart Rate Monitor Only $70

Posted by on December 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Amazon Canada: Polar E40 Heart Rate Monitor Only $70

Amazon has a lightning deal on right now that won’t last long. Get the Polar E40 heart rate monitor for only $69.99, was $120.99.

One road on the way to fitness is to track your progress. Tracking your heart rate is the simplest way to see changes in your level of fitness. As well, depending on your fitness goal, how hard you work your heart matters. For example, if you are looking to burn fat, there is an optimal target heart rate zone that you should be working in. Working as hard as you can at your maximum heart rate will not help you burn fat, but it will improve your cardio endurance. But, if your goal is to burn fat, you won’t achieve that goal by going full out. That’s where a heart rate monitor can help and tell you where you should be working so you can increase or decrease your efforts.

This simple little gadget has 2-button operation to record and recall your previous heart rate data. This is also important because you want to see that your heart rate decreases with more effort, showing that you are getting more in shape. It will show you a continuous and accurate heart rate reading as long as you wear it. Plus, it will give you averages, percentages and maximum heart rates.

Shipping will be free on this item.

Photo Credit: Mosabuam

(Expiry: 31st December 2013)

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December 30

Walmart Canada: Ab Roller Only $30 (Was $40)

Posted by on December 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Walmart Canada: Ab Roller Only $30 (Was $40)

Are you looking at your post-festive eating belly and thinking you might need to do a little work on it? I sure am! The Ab Roller is not a new invention, but so many people use them at my gym for that extra resistance and keeping form, they must be great. Right now at Walmart you can get one for only $29.97, was $39.97.

What the Ab Roller does is support the weight of your head, neck and upper body so you can do an effective crunch, without yanking your neck. So many times I’ve seen people doing abs incorrectly, knowing they are going to feel that pain (not good pain) the next day. This Ab Roller has Pro Assist Spring attached to the headrest, which lets you give your workout a little boost. It can help you get through those last few crunches.

I tried to price compare, but there are actually many different ab rollers out there, which are completely different from this piece of equipment with the same name. I found this one at fitshop.ca, which is the same, but priced at $37.99.

What I think is great about the ab roller is that it is easy to put away when not in use and is a simple and effective machine to target what I think is the most important part of your body – your core.

As always, shipping is free from Walmart, as are these stores listed on our free shipping page.

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December 30

Amazon Canada: Up To 45% Off Fitness Accessories

Posted by on December 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Amazon Canada: Up To 45% Off Fitness Accessories

The #1 new year’s resolution is getting in shape. I know it is mine, although I don’t call it a resolution, I call it a lifestyle. Amazon wants to help with this with up to 45% off fitness accessories.

Many of these accessories are perfect for working out at home, adding challenge to your existing workout, or taking to the gym.

If you are lifting heavier and heavier and need something to help with support, check out these Grizzly Fitness deluxe leather lifting straps. Was $25.95, now $15.67.

You don’t need a bunch of machines or a gym membership to get in shape. Resistance straps are great for working your muscles (my boot camp trainer swears by them). This Harbinger super heavy figure 8 resistance cable was $18.99, now $8.72.

Perfect support for all those squats, these Harbinger classic red line 78-inch knee wraps have incredible reviews. Was $33.99, now $21.80.

Shipping will be free once you spend $25.

Photo Credit: A&A Photography

(Expiry: 5th January 2014)

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December 29

Sears Canada Outlet Coupon: Free Shipping On Fitness Equipment $700+

Posted by on December 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Sears Canada Outlet Coupon: Free Shipping On Fitness Equipment $700+

If you are like so many other people and are planning on getting a bit more healthy in the new year, fitness equipment at home is one way to do that.  Sears Canada Outlet has a coupon code for free shipping on select equipment right now that will save you a bundle.

Click here to shop @ Sears.ca/outlet now

  • Coupon Code: 941612376
  • Discount: Free shipping on $700
  • Expiry: Unknown

The way this coupon will work is that you will need to add a piece of fitness equipment that is $700 or more to your cart to be able to use it and get free shipping.  To get this deal, you must pay with your Sears Financial credit card. Normally, Sears charges per weight on heavy items, so something like a treadmill or an elliptical trainer would cost a lot in shipping since they are so heavy.

It is perfect timing for this coupon to come out because Sears Outlet still has some amazing Boxing Week sales on.

Any of these types of cardio or strength training machines are great pieces of fitness equipment to have at home. A gym membership can cost more per one year than just one piece of equipment that will last for many years to come.

All Sears Canada coupons can be found on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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December 27

Walmart Canada: Gold’s Gym Treadmill Only $378

Posted by on December 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Walmart Canada: Golds Gym Treadmill Only $378

If fitness is on your New Year’s resolution list, you can’t go wrong with this very inexpensive treadmill, on sale at Walmart for Boxing Day. Now only $378, this Gold’s Gym Trainer 410 treadmill was $499.97. I couldn’t find it on sale at any other store in Canada, but did find it on various American sites for over $500, so this is a pretty sweet deal.

With three kids, it can be really hard to get out to the gym. I am so busy, but then I ask myself, what else can be more important than my health and how I feel about how I look? Working out also gives you more energy, which essentially means you have more time and energy for the rest of your life. A treadmill is perfect for any level of fitness because you can walk or run at your own speed. Having one in your home means you can hit the treadmill and watch your favourite shows, too. You can do it at any time of day.

With all the bells and whistles, this trainer treadmill has eight workout apps designed by a certified personal trainer. It also includes hand weights so that you can pump up your workout. There are also all the typical features like a 2.5 HP G-Force motor, speed selector, incline controls and a heart rate monitor.

It looks like you’ll also get free shipping on this item, which is very cool. Check out our free shipping page for more stores that offer this important feature.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 27

Sportchek Canada Coupon Code: Free Shipping On $49.99 & Up To 60% Off

Posted by on December 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Sportchek Canada Coupon Code: Free Shipping On $49.99 & Up To 60% Off

There is a Boxing Day coupon code for Sportchek Canada that will save you on the cost of shipping.  Get free shipping on orders of $49.99 or more for a limited time only.

Click here to shop @ Sportchek.ca now

  • Coupon Code: AFS4913
  • Discount: Free Shipping on $49.99
  • Expiry: Unknown

Without this coupon code, you would need to spend at least $99 or more to get free shipping.

Additionally, Sportchek has some great Boxing Week sales on right now.  Get up to 60% off site wide on a ton of items.

This Boxing week sale will be valid until December 31st online and until December 30th in stores.

For all other Sportchek coupons, you will find them posted on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

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December 20

Sears Boxing Week Flyer Deals: Prices on Now, Appliances etc

Posted by on December 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Sears Boxing Week Flyer Deals: Prices on Now, Appliances etc

One of my favourite places to shop just released their Boxing Week flyer for us.  You will be able to get some incredible deals at Sears Canada both online and in stores throughout the entire week of Boxing Week.

Here is a look at some of the deals you will find:

You will get free shipping on most items when you spend $99 or more if you are buying online.

Check out the full Sears flyers here:

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December 19

Sears Canada Coupon Codes: Save 10% – 20%

Posted by on December 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Sears Canada Coupon Codes: Save 10%   20%

Sears Canada has two new coupon codes out just in time for that last minute shopping to save you on your gift purchases.  Save either 10% or 20% on your items depending on which department you are shopping in.

Click here to shop @ Sears.ca now

  • Coupon Code: 941612374
  • Discount: Save 20%

This coupon will give you the 20% off in the following departments: men’s, women’s, kid’s, jewellery & watches, bed & bath, home decor and toys.

  • Coupon Code: 941612375
  • Discount: Save 10%

This coupon will give you the 10% off in the following departments: furniture, mattresses, kitchen and fitness & recreation.

Both of these coupons are valid until December 20th, 2013 and there is some fine print for them:

Limit one coupon code per customer, cannot be combined with any other coupon codes.  Excludes items with prices ending in .94, .88, reg.-priced, Clearance and Canada’s Best items, Penningtons branded merchandise, major appliances, electronics, gift cards purchases, protection agreements, delivery, installation and maintenance charges.

The great thing about these coupons is that you can pay with any form of payment and still use them. Normally when Sears puts out coupons, you need to use your Sears credit card as payment to get the discount so this is a nice little bonus.

Get free shipping on almost everything when you spend $99 or more.  You still have a chance to get your items before Christmas as long as you order by tomorrow afternoon.

All Sears Canada coupons will be posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum for easy online shopping.

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December 15

Sears Canada: ProForm Treadmill $499.99 (Was $1299.99)

Posted by on December 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Sears Canada: ProForm Treadmill $499.99 (Was $1299.99)

We are already halfway through December, and most people have already started thinking of their new year’s resolutions.  At the top of most people’s list is getting in better shape and losing weight.  The best way to do this is to start working out, and it helps to have the equipment at home.  Sears Canada has an incredible deal on a treadmill right now that will save you a bundle. Get the ProForm 2.0 treadmill for just $499.99.

This treadmill is regularly $1299.99, so you will be saving a whopping $800!

Here is a little more information about this treadmill:

  • Has 16 preset work apps
  • 0-10 mph & incline control from 0-10%
  • LCD monitor with three priority display windows for speed, time, distance, calories burned, incline & pulse
  • iPod compatible audio
  • Two speakers built-in
  • Has a five year warranty on frame & motor, 90 days on parts & labour

This treadmill also folds up for easy storage. Having a treadmill is a great alternative to going to the gym, because you can exercise at home for a fraction of the cost.

As for the cost of shipping, it will depend on where you live, as this item is over the 65lb limit for free shipping.

(Expiry: 19th December 2013)

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October 24

Altitude Sports Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Running Gear

Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Altitude Sports Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Running Gear

Get 20% off running items with promo code at Altitude Sports.

Click here to shop @ Altitude-sports.com now

  • Coupon Code: CR20RN
  • Discount: 20% off
  • Expiry: 31st October 2013

If you are a seasoned or a beginning runner, you probably need gear. Although running is probably one of the cheapest sports there is, there are some essentials you’ll need, especially now that the weather is turning cool.

It is pretty hard to run in a bulky winter coat, plus, you wouldn’t want to because you’d sweat and get more cold anyway. A perfect jacket for cool weather is this Arc’teryx men’s Celeris jacket. It is ultra-light and moisture-wicking, so when you do sweat under those layers, it won’t be stuck to your skin. Was $134.99, now $107.99.

Running on dark trails is not this anxious girl’s thing, but if you like that sort of thing, check out this Petzl Tikka XP 2 lamp. Was $50.99, now $40.79.

Altitude Sports offers free shipping and returns on purchases over $100.

Slip by the Bargainmoose forum to find your Altitude Sports coupons.

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October 21

How to Lose Weight on the Cheap

Posted by on October 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

How to Lose Weight on the Cheap

Losing weight and getting in shape is a struggle for many, many people.  According to statistics, in Canada, 61.1% of people are classified as either obese or overweight.  That is a frightening statistic!  Obesity causes a tremendous strain on our healthcare system, and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t take personal responsibility to take better care of our bodies.  Personally, I have lost 50 pounds over the past year and a half.  Notice that I didn’t say 50 pounds in 2 months, I have lost weight in a slow and steady way, and I have learned effective (and healthy) eating habits along the way.  As I have lost weight and gotten into shape, the changes I have made have become a way of life.  They are life-long changes I am committed to.

I’m like you, I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on gym memberships, weight loss pills and other methods companies push to “help” us lose weight.  Below are some pointers on how you, like me, can lose weight and get into shape (on the cheap!).

Get moving

There are lots of ways you can get your body moving, which are inexpensive.  Running and walking are free activities, and there are lots of groups you can join which are free.  Check out Meetup.com to look for walking or running groups.  Mountain Equipment Co-Op offers free running groups too.  Personally, I am a huge proponent of incorporating weight bearing exercises to build muscle, increase your metabolism, and burn fat.  My husband and I were very fortunate, we found a weight set on the side of a country road, which we loaded into our van and now use for our weight routines.  Alternately, check out Kijiji local listings for weights on sale.  Check out Bodybuilding.com to learn about lifting weights safely.

Set a goal

You will have greater success if you set a goal, along with a timeline of completion.  For example, perhaps your wedding is upcoming and you would like lose 20 pounds before that date.  Figure out the number of days you have to complete your goal, and the number of pounds you would like to lose within that time.  Experts say that losing between 0.5-2 pounds per week is a healthy guideline.  When I’m in weight loss mode, I aim for a loss of 1 pound per week.  That way I don’t go crazy from deprivation.

Learn about proper nutrition

I’m a huge proponent of the Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno.  Check out The Eat Clean Diet for information about this lifestyle, and to learn about the various books and other resources available.  Tosca Reno has a recipe catalogue and forum on her website, which are free.  They are incredibly helpful.

Check out our article on budget meals for a healthy lifestyle for more great ideas on how to eat well on a budget.  Don’t forget to check out our coupon forum for coupons of all kinds.  Although a lot of coupons are for processed foods, coupons for whole and minimally processed foods do pop up from time to time.  Keep your eyes open, and check Bargainmoose regularly for updates on the best bargains!

Get support

Getting healthy can be a lonely road, especially if people around you aren’t supportive.  I have had to make choices about the people I associate with, as I need to be around supportive people who share my healthy living choices. Thankfully, my husband and family have also become healthier eaters throughout my weight loss journey.  Gone are the donuts and cookies in our house, and in are sweet potatoes and paleo baked goods!  See the information below about going online – there are a ton of resources available online to provide support, guidance and resources.

Go online

As I mentioned earlier, I have lost 50 pounds in the past one and a half years.  I tend to lose between 10-15 pounds at a time, and then I need to take a break.  I recently had great success working with a fitness consultant online.  I hired her twice, each in 10 week time frames.  I lost about 10 pounds each time I worked with her, and I have started to build a great deal of muscle as well.  Google search online fitness or nutrition consultants and you will find a number of different people to work with.  Since they are online, they can be located anywhere in the world.  Mine lives in Ottawa, while I am in London. I firmly believe in learning what you can, then doing it on your own. Whenever I work with a trainer or fitness consultant, I ask a lot of questions, so I don’t need to spend thousands of dollars with them holding my hand. I learn what I can and I get out.

Weight Watchers has an online program as well, as do lots of other weight loss programs.  Check out Bargainmoose’s coupon section for the best deals with weight loss programs.   A good one that I use (which is free!) is My Fitness Pal.  On this site you can log your food intake, and also calculate your physical activity, and correspondingly, the calories burned as a result. They even have an app with a barcode scanner so entering your information is insanely easy. My biggest lesson in weight loss, and now maintenance of weight loss, has been that I must monitor what I eat.  Studies show that people who track their food have a much greater chance of long term weight loss success.  Interestingly, 2 years ago when I first started making changes to my food intake, I kept track of what I was eating, and I recently started a food log.  Looking back at how I used to eat, I have made HUGE changes!   The vast majority of my calories now come from protein and veggies, 2 years ago it was mostly carbs and fat.

Shop around

If you do decide that joining a gym is the best option, shop around for the best deal. Don’t just go to the nearest club and don’t be wooed by features you will never use. If you aren’t going to ever swim, why spend the extra money on a club with a pool? Also, always negotiate a better deal or get things thrown in. A friend of mine negotiated free daycare and with three kids, that was a huge money saver for her. She was able to work out knowing her kids were safe and having fun. With the fee for daycare being around $4 for two hours for each kid, these charges can really add up. If you aren’t sure a gym is for you, take advantage of free trials (E.g. at Curves Canada) to figure out if you like the club and if you will actually commit to going. As well, there are many fitness Groupons or WagJags out there, so take advantage of these and try something new every few months. Many times when you are a loyal customer at a club, when you recommend someone else, you’ll get free months or a reduced membership price.

Check out your company’s benefits program

Sometimes thinking outside the box is helpful when you are getting healthy.  As an example, going to see a naturopath can be helpful if you are interested in a healthier lifestyle.  Some benefit plans have dietician visits covered as well.   Be sure to utilize the benefits you already have!

Many companies will also have discounts to gyms in your building or nearby so you can work out before, after or during work. Your company may even have its own gym, which you should definitely take advantage of. If you often travel for work, pick a hotel that has a free fitness room, which is usually well-enough equipped for what you need. Your company may also offer a gym membership as an expense-able benefit.

Deciding to be healthier is an individual choice, but for me, it has been a life changing shift.  I can now fit comfortably in an airplane seat, and I can play outside with my kids in the summer without being embarrassed about the way I look.  I feel much more comfortable in my own skin, and I am hopeful that I will be a healthy, happy wife and mother for many years to come.

Photo credit: Calibe Thompson

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