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Exciting: It's a New Year and a new beginning.
Bummer: We're also battling a new wave of the pandemic, and it's too cold (in most places) to exercise outdoors.
Conclusion: This may be another winter of working out at home.
And let's face it: You're probably overdue on upgrading your fitness gear. Luckily, Amazon is here to make it easier — and more affordable — than ever. To accommodate fitness resolutions nationwide, the retail giant just slashed prices on tons of equipment, from hand weights to stationary bikes. If you were hesitant about getting your gear on before, consider this a signal to do so now.
Below are seven great picks from the massive fitness equipment sale at Amazon, where you'll find everything you could possible need. Stock up now before options sell out — and while sale prices are hot.
Save $48 on this Neoprene Coated Dumbbell Set
Weights strewn across your den, basement or garage floor are an accident waiting to happen — a stubbed toe, twisted ankle or worse. This little pyramid of dumbbells helps you stay safe, neat and organized. These 5-, 8- and 12-pound. 'bells come in blue, yellow and orange, respectively. (PS: This set is also available in a 2- /3- /5-pound ensemble.)
"I started a workout program and needed weights for some of the routines," reported one happy customer. "I found this product and read the reviews and was sold. I have never owned dumbbells before and didn't really know what to look for to buy them. I love the great feel of them. The stand was as easy as 1-2-3 to assemble!.... Love my dumbbells and stand!"
Save 47 percent on this pair of 20-lb. dumbbells
These classically handsome dumbbells have a rust-proof vinyl coating and, at 20 pounds apiece, are ideal for curls, chest presses, and weighted squats and lunges. Contoured handles ensure a good grip, and screw locks keep your workout safe.
Said a five-star reviewer: "[I was] looking for reasonable free weights during the pandemic. Found these online and couldn't be happier. Solid, easy to hold and a good price."
Said another of this set: "This item definitely was exactly what we were looking for. We didn't have money to buy expensive metal ones, but these give us a workout and do the same as the metal ones for a cheaper price. Would buy again...."
Get this Weighted Ball for just $17
Exercising with a weighted ball helps you build core strength, improve coordination and mix it up a bit, when it comes to cardio. The company BalanceFrom offers an array of weights, from a wee four-pounder to a Hercules-worthy 100-pounder. This 15-pound version strikes a nice, um, balance between healthy exertion and manageability. You can toss it back and forth with a gym buddy as a medicine ball or bounce it against a wall for solo exercise. Need to up your challenge level? Do more reps!
"I’ve been trying to build a very budget-conscious home gym," said one thrifty shopper. "This is a heavy rubber ball. You can slam it, use it as a medicine ball, or as a wall ball....The rubber is grippy enough to hold and isn’t slippery. It feels like it has sand in it, which has a nice feel because it doesn’t want to roll much. It feels very durable and is about the size of a basketball, and feels very sturdy." At nearly half off, how can you go wrong?
Save $32 on this Kettlebell Weight Set
Kettlebells all but sold out when folks pivoted en masse to home workouts in 2020. If you've had a set on your wish list forever, you're in luck. For $48 you can get this kettlebell trifecta (10-lb., 15-lb. and 20-lb.), with wide easy-to-hold grips.
Said a satisfied customer: "Just exactly what I was looking for to enhance my workouts from home. The grip is great and doesn't slip...."
"Thumbs up all the way," said another five-star reviewer. "Love the size and easy grip! They seem really durable and great quality." And just look at that markdown!
Take $50 off this mini trampoline
Bring some joy to your workout, with this mini trampoline. According to Healthline, trampoline workouts help to relieve stress and build cardiovascular strength — and they may even improve bone health. We love this one because it's lightweight and stable, and it comes with an app that provides workouts audio and video workouts. "Wonderful — incredible value for money," wrote one of more than 5,000 five-star fans. "[It] hasn't suffered any damage in over a year of heavy use, quiet and lightweight in an apartment, perfect for getting in exercise during rainy days in the pandemic."
Save $100 on a this NordicTrack T-series Treadmill
With a five-inch touchscreen that plays on-demand workouts, this NordicTrack treadmill can be the centerpiece to your workout zone — and fitness regimen. No space? It folds up to get out of the way. This model offers speeds of up to 10 mph and a range of inclines, so you can gradually build strength. It also has a massive following.
One satisfied customer reports: "We have had several treadmills over the years, and this one is the best. Very solid and quiet. Our family of 4 uses this regularly with no problems at all. The incline works great and the deck is very large, even compared to much more expensive units. None of us are training for a marathon, but regular 3-5 mile runs and hour long walks are great on this."
Save 40 percent and relieve aches with the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
Rolling out muscles daily with a good foam roller helps relieve and prevent pain. Just as a massage would, rolling releases fascia — the connective tissues that wraps around muscles, which can become tighter as we age, causing all sorts of discomfort. This popular firm foam roller is great for newbies because it comes with free access to instructional videos; you'll learn from certified trainers how to effectively roll, and how to target specific body parts. Said one of the 14,400+ reviewers: "I have been suffering from lower back pain for years now. I use this every day in the morning and sometimes in the evening. I found it really makes a difference. I am able to stretch without discomfort."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
iLuv TB100 Wireless Earbuds, $25 (was $40), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Video game deals:
NBA 2K22 for PlayStation 4, $25 (was $60), amazon.com
Smart home deals:
Google Nest Thermostat, $97 (was $130), amazon.com
Esicoo Smart Plug, $20 (was $30), amazon.com
Baimei Jade Roller & Gua Sha, $17 (was $25), amazon.com
Mellanni King Sheets, $38 (was $51), amazon.com
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