Gym-deprived Australians are working out with unusual gadgets after coronavirus closures prompted fitness fanatics to strip traditional home exercise equipment from the shelves of stores across the country.
Gyms closed nationwide at midday on Monday, March 23 along with pubs, clubs, restaurants and swimming pools under the second phase of the federal government’s social distancing laws designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But it wasn’t until the roll out of stage three restrictions, which brought an end to boot camps, studio classes and even swimming at Sydney and Melbourne’s most popular beaches from March 30, that fitness-related panic buying reached fever pitch.
‘Sold out’ signs appeared in the stores and on the websites of Rebel Sport, Kmart and Harvey Norman within hours of the announcement, with dumbbells, yoga mats, resistance bands and boxing bags among the first to vanish in the rush.
Those who missed out must resort to