Hard to find dumbbells in GOUSA

I know. I know. Just turn on the telly and watch the Republican Convention in action. This ain’t about that. 🙂


Even a $400 set like this from NordicTrack

Dumbbells, like Nintendo Switches, yeast, and bidets, are one of those things that have become extremely popular during the pandemic and extremely hard to find. People are spending more and more time at home, and they’re buying things they never needed or possibly wanted before. The sudden surge in demand has created shortages of the most seemingly disparate things.

For gym-goers, obtaining your own weights and working out from home had always been a possibility. But justifying the purchase was hard, especially with the rise of gyms and boutique fitness studios.

The pandemic swung the pendulum the other way — so much that it’s hard to rationalize going back before a vaccine is created. Depending on where you live, gyms may not be open (which has led to the rise of “speakeasy” gyms), and disconcerting research shows that they are looking more and more like coronavirus hot zones. Working out from home with dumbbells — for one reason or another — seems like the future of fitness. Just as soon as you can get your hands on some.

95% of the world’s dumbbells are manufactured in China. You better believe they’re working overtime to catch up with demand. They are weeks behind. They were months behind. And they’ll catch up; hopefully, before you take up speed crocheting or something equally arcane.

One thought on “Hard to find dumbbells in GOUSA

  1. Hubba-hubba says:

    “Conspiracy-pushing broadcaster Rush Limbaugh has a new one — “some people” and “a lot of people” think Joe Biden’s acceptance speech was prerecorded, then spliced together for showtime.” (NY Daily News 8/24/20) https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-joe-biden-rush-limbaugh-speech-rnc-dnc-20200824-nrv2fv3c7rfrxh7pi77biompua-story.html
    (Aug 17, 2020) “Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh used his radio show’s massive reach to push stories about vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris as a “hoe” and a “mattress.” https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-rush-limbaugh-promotes-kamala-harris-escort-20200817-tmtpaz36rva6fasq3f65w4nfem-story.html#nt=interstitial-manual
    (FOX News 8/25/20) “Brit Hume asks ‘which scientists’ Biden will listen to when deciding whether to shut down US : Hume argues Trump has ‘just about done’ what Fauci, Birx have told him to do in response to COVID-19” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/brit-hume-which-scientists-biden-listen-to
    “This totally unhinged moment from the Republican convention has become an instant meme” (Independent UK 8/25/20) https://www.indy100.com/article/kimberly-guilfoyle-republican-convention-speech-rnc-donald-trump-jr-9687261

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