Heading into month ten of quarantine, we’re still seeing a shortage of at-home workout equipment, especially dumbbells, kettlebells, and other weights. According to GQ, the initial shortage was the result of an onslaught of demand from folks who couldn’t visit their local gyms anymore — and the fact that there just aren’t enough foundries (both in the U.S. and overseas) to pump out all that iron (which is what most kettlebells are made of). That means stock at popular companies that cater to consumers or boutique gyms (as opposed to commercial gyms) like Rogue, Bowflex, and NordicTrack is constantly fluctuating with longer-than-usual shipping times or just completely out. But you can still cobble together a basic but still respectable home gym if you know where to look.
While what’s available might not be from top-of-the-line brand names, a dumbbell is just a dumbbell at the end of the day. Plus, you’ll probably be working out in the privacy of your own home, so no one will even know that your power rack isn’t a Rogue. Below, in-stock power racks, benches, barbells, kettlebells, and other lifting gear from unlikely sources. You may also want to check out places that sell used gym equipment, like the aptly named Used Gym Equipment, Global Fitness, and Primo Fitness.
This ready-to-ship adjustable dumbbell can weigh between 5.5–27.5 pounds. While dumbbells are usually sold in pairs, we should note (again) the price shown is for one dumbbell. But if you want something fast, beggars can’t be choosers.
Here’s a truly unexpected source of dumbbells: Goldens’ Cast Iron, which is better known for its Kamado grills and smokers. The company recently started producing weights and kettlebells to meet demand; so far, all of its dumbbells, from 5 pounds to 50 pounds, are in stock and ready to ship in about two weeks.
A bunch of these rubber dumbbells from CAP, a respected brand in the weight-lifting world, are (mostly) available to ship immediately for free from Amazon. You can get them in sets of two or four and they range from 3 pounds to 120 pounds in weight, with heavier sizes seemingly more available. While they’ll ship immediately, Amazon estimates it’ll take a week or two for them to arrive.
For serious lifters, Fitness Factory has some round-headed dumbbells similar to what you might find at your local gym available to ship right now. Sizes fall at both the lighter and heavier ends of the spectrum: The current weights in stock, which are all sold individually, are either 10 or between 80 and 100 pounds.
Like Flatware Finder, which sells single forks and spoons to folks who have misplaced a table setting or two, Primo Fitness stocks a bunch of miscellaneous new and used dumbbells in various weights for those looking to complete their current set. You can choose from a bunch of available sizes, the cheapest being a pair of three-pound weights for $9.