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Why Can’t I Find Any Home Gym Equipment For Sale?

As of this writing it’s been about three months since COVID-19 hit and sent the entire world into home quarantine. Everything shut down from restaurants to retail stores to car dealerships. Of course, gyms across the country were forced to close as well, and that left many people wondering how they were going to stay in shape.

We wrote an article when this first started about staying in shape during Corona, with some suggestions for what you could do to exercise if you did or didn’t have an elliptical, treadmill, bike or other cardio machine at home.

For those of us that are fortunate enough to have equipment at home, the transition hasn’t been so bad. Of course, most of us don’t have nearly as much equipment as a gym or health club, but we’re able to make do with what we have. Maybe an elliptical trainer, a flat bench and a few dumbbells. Sure it’s not ideal, but it works. Add in some Youtube videos or other online fitness routines and we stay in shape during this time until we can get back to the gym (hopefully sooner than later)

For others who didn’t have any gym equipment at home, it wasn’t an easy transition. Many people were used to going to the gym 3, 4, 5 days a week, and save for the occasional fire alarm or power outage, could bank on the fact that they’d be able to go there any day they’d like to work out, use the spa, lunch in the cafe, swim or whatever else they enjoyed doing at the gym.

Since we all had no idea when the gyms were going to reopen, and given the fact that they would likely be some of the last places to do so, there was a mad rush starting in mid-end of March to buy gym equipment. And since the stores were closed, all of that took place online.

It was kind of like Black Friday or Cyber Monday all over again, except there were no real deals to be had besides the regular sales that companies tend to have. Keep in mind that January is a huge month for exercise equipment and as the year goes on that demand decreases until about November when Black Friday and Cyber Monday come along.

By the end of March, everything typically slows down. Most people who wanted an elliptical or other cardio machine bought it in November, December or January. There is some leftover demand in February but by March it all usually eases up. So in March inventory is not a real issue for NordicTrack, Sole, Bowflex and the other elliptical companies. Coronavirus changed all that.

All of a sudden everyone was scrambling to buy ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, rowing machines, weight benches, dumbbells, yoga mats…you name it. Those who were first to the scene were able to get what they wanted relatively quickly. But after a couple of days, weeks in some cases, inventory started to drop. Most of the entry level ellipticals and other cardio machines were gone, as those were obviously the most affordable.

Brands like NordicTrack, ProForm and Bowflex had more inventory than most, as they are the largest sellers and typically have a lot in stock. But over time even the big players ran out of stock. They were forced to bring out other models, some not typically available, some usually reserved for in store sales only. Other smaller players completely ran out of stock. Companies like Life Fitness, sellers of commercial grade ellipticals, sold out of all but the top of the line models. But at $4000 +, those were tough sells even during a pandemic.

I myself tried to buy dumbbells to supplement the ones that I had. Dick’s sold out quickly. Walmart too. I ended up having to pay a premium just to get a set of 60s. The demand was just so high that companies that did have inventory left jacked up their prices considerably. Facebook Marketplace and eBay were flooded with ads for people selling their dumbbells for a 100% markup or more.

So where are we now? What’s the situation in the middle of June 2020?

You can definitely find ellipticals and other gym machines and equipment for sale, but you’ll likely be waiting some time to receive it. Although the world is slowly opening up in phases, there are still a lot of manufacturing and distribution issues that need to be sorted out…and that could take some time. Some equipment is shipping in June…a lot of things are shipping in July and August. So if you were looking to get something right away, you may be out of luck.

If your budget is a bit more open, you may be able to find a higher end elliptical available for immediate sale, as those are less popular due to the fact that a) they are more expensive and b) many people lost jobs and can’t afford to buy those higher end machines now more than ever.

For the entry level machines, you just have to keep checking. There are some ellipticals at NordicTrack that ship mid July. The popular Sole E25 , ships at the end of July. ProForm has a few models in stock that ship in mid July as well.

So it looks like the earliest you can expect to receive a high demand elliptical trainer is the middle to end of July 2020. As far as when things will return to normal, it’s impossible to say at this point. It’s also going to be difficult to determine what the demand for home gym equipment will be going forward. Typically as the weather gets better and more people are outside, demand for in home gym equipment goes down. However, gyms remain closed at the moment and many people are unsure about whether or not they will go back to the gym once it does open back up.

You also have the potential for another flare up (which is already happening in some states that have reopened) which will no doubt have an effect on the home gym equipment market.

What’s the Bottom Line?

If you’re looking to stock your home gym, you’ll just have to be patient for now. Inventory seems to be fluctuating so try to check manufacturer and retail websites as often as you can. If you’re able to set alerts that’s a good idea, so you’ll be one of the first to know if an elliptical or other machine is back in stock.

If you can’t wait, it seems at the moment that you’ll have to spend a bit more, as there are some mid-level and high-end ellipticals available for sale that will ship within a few weeks. And keep in mind that if another outbreak does occur, demand will only increase…so the summertime might be an ideal time to buy a new elliptical.

We’ll be tracking this issue so stop by again for updates on how the Coronavirus is affecting sales of ellipticals and other gym equipment. As I’m sure everyone else is, I’m really looking forward to the day where this whole thing is just a memory.

Keeping Fit in the Age of Corona – Home Workouts Can Be Just as Effective

As of this writing we are in the midst of the Corona quarantine, and hopefully by the time many of you are reading this it’s a thing of the past. It’s the end of March 2020, and much of the world is at home, as businesses have closed their doors for safety reasons.

The hope is that with everyone staying home, the virus will not spread as rapidly, will be contained, and new cases will curtail over time. Meanwhile scientists all over the world are scrambling to create a vaccine…although best case scenario it will be at least a year before it would even be available to the general public.

Gyms and health clubs are of course closed as well, as would be expected, so people are looking for ways to stay in shape during the quarantine, which could be weeks or even months, they are still not sure how long it will last.

For those of us who have ellipticals, treadmills, exercise bikes or rowing machines at home, it’s been an easier transition. We may have had to take all of the piled clothes off the machines or pulled them out of the closet, but we have them and we can use them. For those who don’t have any equipment at home, it’s been tough. Many have scrambled to order elliptical trainers and other equipment from Amazon and other retailers, although unfortunately due to the current climate there are delays in shipment.

Regardless of whether you have a home gym or not, here are some tips to help you stay in shape during the Corona Virus COVID-19 quarantine.

Staying in Shape During Corona Quarantine

If you have an elliptical, treadmill or other cardio machine…..

1. Now is a good time to take advantage of all of the functionality that your elliptical or other machines offer. Assuming you bought the machine in the last few years, there are probably a number of features that you weren’t even aware of or haven’t used before. On top of the adjustable strides and resistance levels, there are typically a number of built in workout programs. If you’re used to just using the elliptical manually, try out one of the workout programs to change things up a bit. You can target your upper and lower body, hit muscles differently and ramp up the cardio effect. This is a great way to improve the effectiveness of your workouts.

2. There are a lot of fitness apps and programs that you can tap into as well. Of course you have iFit on NordicTrack and ProForm ellipticals, the new Bowflex JRNY on the Max Trainer and other Bowflex equipment, but even if your elliptical doesn’t have its own fitness membership program, you can still take advantage of on demand workouts, in studio training, tracking and sharing, and all sorts of helpful motivational tools. Some of these programs, like Beach Body, are available for free during the Corona quarantine. You can try them out to see if you like them, and perhaps join up if it’s something that really works for you.

3. Another free option for you is YouTube. Along with music videos and pets doing silly things, there is a huge library of personal trainer workouts. Some you can do while on the elliptical, like dumbbell curls and presses, but there are also workouts you can do off the machine. Even if you are pressed for time, you can still get a full body workout in under 20 minutes, even 10 in some cases. It may not be the routine that you’re used to at the gym, and you may not have free weights to use, but there are still ways to get an incredible workout with zero equipment. And you might learn some new exercises that really work well for you that you can continue to do on your own.

If you DON’T have an elliptical, treadmill or other cardio machine…..

1. If you don’t currently own an elliptical or other cardio machine, don’t panic. You can still get a great workout in. The advice in #2 and #3 can work for you as well, so give those a read. You can tap into all sorts of great fitness apps on your computer, lap top or phone, or jump on YouTube and get great workouts for every single muscle group. There are cardio programs, there’s stretching, there’s yoga, there’s muscle building…whatever your fitness goals are you’ll be able to find something that works for you.

2. Go outside if you can. Although they’re still not sure exactly how Corona spreads as of this writing, if you’re able to get outside and maintain social distancing, go for a walk for 10 or 15 minutes. Do a jog or a run, do some jumping jacks, squats, lunges, etc. If you can’t get outside, or it’s unsafe to do so, you can do many of these things indoors as well. Walk or jog in place, do some pushups, pullups, situps. Just 30-45 minutes of exercise a day will not only keep you in shape but also improve your mood, which is key during times of extreme stress.

3. Buy an elliptical now. Now is the perfect time to buy a new elliptical machine or treadmill for your home. There are still great elliptical sales going on, and you may be able to have it delivered sooner than later. It may cost a bit more, but it’s worth it as you’ll be able to workout and we don’t know how long the Corona home quarantine will last. Also check with your local stores like Dick’s and Walmart. They might be able to deliver quickly or you may even be able to pick up your new machine that day curbside if that’s still an option. Check Amazon as well to see how long it will take for the elliptical trainer to be delivered to your home.

Working out During the Corona Quarantine – Bottom Line

Unfortunately we don’t know how long we’ll be forced to be home quarantined, but that doesn’t mean we should forego our normal routines altogether. It’s important to keep working out for our physical as well as mental fitness, and since we’re all at home there’s no reason why you can’t set aside a half hour or more for a workout. Even if it has to be after the kids are sleeping, it’s very important that you get that workout in every day if possible.

If you do have an elliptical, treadmill, or other cardio machine…get that manual out and learn about all of the capability that it offers. You may be surprised with what you discover, and it may just change the way you workout. Look into free fitness programs and apps that will help keep you motivated during these difficult times.

If you don’t have an elliptical or treadmill, get your tablet or phone out and check out all of the fitness apps and programs and find one that appeals to you. Go on YouTube and look for great free workouts…some of which are as quick as 10 minutes. If you’re interested in buying an elliptical, check out Dick’s, Walmart, Amazon and other retailers and see if they can get it to you sooner than later.

We wish all of you great health. Stay safe and be smart…and don’t forget how important fitness is now more than ever.

Black Friday Elliptical Sales Are Starting Early in 2019!

Black Friday Elliptical SaleIf you’re shopping for a new cross trainer, you may have noticed that Black Friday elliptical sales have already started. In fact, some companies actually started their discounts the first week in November! And Black Friday is a week later than it was last year. It’s on November 29th!

So what does this mean for you? It means unlike in years past, you don’t have to wait until after Thanksgiving to save a lot of money on your new elliptical. This is great for several reasons. Here’s why… Read More

A Look at the Latest Technology on Elliptical Trainers – 2020 Preview

As we approach the end of 2019, we thought we’d review the advances in technology on elliptical machines and give you an idea of what you can expect going into 2020.

It’s really amazing how far these cardio machines have come in recent years and how different they are from their predecessors. Gone are the days of manual resistance changes and dot matrix displays with limited workout information. Now you have flat screen displays, streaming studio workouts, tracking and sharing capability, global destination workouts…the list goes on and on.

Let’s take a look at some of the latest elliptical advances and how you can take advantage of them in 2020… Read More

What happened to the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 and M7?

If you’ve been looking for the Bowflex Max Trainer M5 or M7 these days, you might have noticed that they seem to have vanished overnight. Well, that’s because in essence they have. But they’re not gone…they’ve actually been replaced by all new and improved models. So fear not…you can still buy a new Max Trainer…it’s just going to have a new name now.

Let’s take a closer look… Read More

What are the Top Ellipticals At Amazon? Our Experts Break it All Down

One of the most popular places to buy ellipticals these days, and let’s face it, everything else, is Amazon. The online retail behemoth is just getting bigger and bigger each day, with more customers, more products and of course, more revenue.

So naturally, elliptical sales are growing as well and Amazon features the widest selection of elliptical trainers anywhere, from entry level basic models under $200 all the way up to top of the line commercial models at $3,000 and up.

We decided to take a look at the 2019 elliptical selection at Amazon to see what it was all about, and to give you a general overview of the top picks in various categories.

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How Much Should I Pay For a New Elliptical?

We’ve had a lot of questions about prices sent to us here at Elliptical Review Guru, like what is the best elliptical under $500 or under $1000, but this one that recently came through is more general in nature: How much should I pay for a new elliptical? Read More

A Look at the 2019 Ellipticals – What’s New?

NordicTrack FS5i - 2019 EllipticalWhat will the 2019 ellipticals look like? Are there any new and exciting models out there? Are any of the older models being retired?

These are the questions that we ask ourselves at around this time every year. After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, and before the rush of the Christmas holiday, we sit down, grab a mug of hot cocoa (or sometimes beer) and ponder the year ahead.

Let’s take a look at what the new year has in store for us….
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Need a Folding Elliptical? Here’s Where You Should Look

Folding Elliptical For Easy StorageWe get a lot of inquiries regarding folding ellipticals, as more often than not people have limited space in their workout areas.

Sometimes it’s just not enough to have a compact elliptical….you need something that actually folds up after a workout to learn up against a wall or even go inside a closet.
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The All New Bowflex Max Intelligence App…What’s it All About?

Bowflex JRNY App - M6 and M6 Max TrainersThe new Bowflex Max Intelligence App (now called Bowflex JRNY) seemed to come out of nowhere, as did the brand new models that feature this new technology.

Although the Max Trainer M5 and M7 were both introduced not too long ago, they were just replaced by the all new M6, M8 and new top of the line model Max Total. We’re guessing the company was anxious to incorporate the new version of the Max app.

This appears to be Bowflex’s answer to ICON Health’s iFit program, found on all of the NordicTrack and ProForm elliptical trainers. The two programs share many similarities.

Let’s take a closer look at the Bowflex JRNY App to see what it is all about….

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