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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. Conclusion: This may be another winter of working out at home. If so, it's probably way past time for you to upgrade your fitness gear. Luckily, Amazon is here to make it easier — and more affordable — than ever.
In preparation for the onslaught of shoppers "resolving" to improve their physiques and their home-exercise spaces, the retail giant just slashed prices on tons of equipment, from hand weights to a multifaceted workout bench. If you were hesitant to get your gear on before, consider this a signal to do so now.
Below are five great picks from the fitness equipment sale at Amazon. Don't wait till the eleventh hour to grab your favorites. Stock up now, and you'll be ready to hit the ground running (or lifting) when that New Year's resolution kick in.
Save $34 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 brings neatness, safety and organization to your regimen. And it's cute too: These 3-, 5- and 8-lb. 'bells come in vibrant green, blue and orange, respectively. (PS: This set's also available in a 2-/3- /5-lb. 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 more than 50 percent: a pair of 20-lb. dumbbells
Boasting a classic black look and rust-proof vinyl coating, these dumbbells tell the world you're serious about your iron-pumping. They're ideal for curls, chest and military presses, and weighted squats and lunges.They feature contoured handles and screw locks to make sure your workout stays 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.
"This item definitely was exactly what we were looking for," said another of this set. "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 $18
Exercising with a weighted ball helps you build core strength, improve coordination and mix it up a bit, when it comes to cardio. BalanceFrom offers an array of weights, from a wee four pounds to Hercules-worthy 100 pounds. This 15-pound version, however, strikes a nice, um, balance between healthy exertion and manageability for those beginning to build a fitness practice. 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."
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."
Save nearly 60 percent on this Adjustable Olympic Workout Bench
When it comes to increasing the quality of a fitness regimen, a workout bench checks so many boxes: It increases organization, safety and your range of exercise options. Leg lifts, crunches, curls, presses — they're all literally within reach. This model can sit at an incline or lie flat, and there's even a place to store your trusty barbell. Wrote one shopper: "I'm very happy with this bench. It took a little while to put together but the finished product is very sturdy and easy to move around. I felt it was a great value for the price."
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:
Beats Studio Buds, $100 (was $150), amazon.com
Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds, $50 (was $70), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Samsung Tab A7, $119 (was $160), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Smart home deals:
Google Nest Thermostat, $100 (was $130), amazon.com
Facebook Portal TV, $79 (was $149), amazon.com
Aucma Stand Mixer, $140 (was $156), amazon.com
Organic Vitamin E Oil Bundle, $20 (was $25), amazon.com
Lush Decor Comforter Farmhouse Stripe 3 Piece Full/Queen Reversible Bedding Set, $59 (was $97), amazon.com
Bedsure Queen Comforter Set, $55 (was $78), amazon.com
Mellanni King Sheets, $38 (was $51), amazon.com
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