Dumbbells are finally back in stock—but they’re selling out fast (Photo: Getty Images)
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When gyms and fitness studios first closed amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic back in March, there was a run on exercise equipment. Dumbbells, resistance bands, medicine balls, and more were quickly selling out at retailers across the country as people scrambled to set up their home gyms.
Now, as there’s been a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and some states are starting to close down again, exercise equipment—particularly dumbbells and other free weights—are once again very hard to find. Not only is there a short supply but what limited stock there is is quickly being bought up. Popular athletic brands like Bowflex and NordicTrack have seen sales of weights increase up to 600 percent in 2020 compared to 2019 and some major retailers including Dick’s Sporting Goods are completely sold out of dumbbells. The demand for weights is so high, in fact, that some gyms are encountering members stealing dumbbells and plates (my own gym and apartment complex gym included!).
Fortunately, however, there are a few places online where you can still find dumbbells (both standard and adjustable). We’ve scoured the Internet to find retailers that still have free weights in stock, including Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Your options will be limited when it comes to weight and type, however, so if you see a pair you want, don’t hesitate to add them to your cart.
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