You Got Any Dumbbells? Latest Shortage

Add dumbbells to the list of hard-to-find items. Just like coins, yeast, Clorox wipes, bake-ware, puzzles, board-games, Nintendo switches, sewing machines, diapers, thermometers, swimming pools and fans (since the heat hit). Oh and resistance bands, yoga bands, and kettlebells. I might stay out-of-shape and stop stressing.

FoxLA reported that Dumbbell sales between March and April have increased a 1,980% this year compared to the same time period in 2019, according to eBay sales data, and weight plate sales have surged by 1,355% during the same time period.


I have seen some pretty resourceful weight substitutes though.

  • Glutes workout with the couch
  • Bicep curl with the dog
  • Squats with the baby
  • Lat pull with bags of groceries (* On a personal note I'm up to two roasts and 4 cans of beans...not bad)


Retailers like Big 5, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, Wal-mart, and Costco also have a low inventory for weights, while weight options on Amazon may not ship until September. Reports that weights sold on Ebay have been marked up considerably.

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