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Americans bulk up on home gym equipment to stay fit while staying at home

Added 05-29-20 05:10:03pm EST - “Once the coronavirus pandemic forced her Orangetheory gym to close, Chiaki Osaka was eager to stay in shape while staying inside her home in Cupertino, California.” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Americans bulk up on home gym equipment to stay fit while staying at home”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - Once the coronavirus pandemic forced her Orangetheory gym to close, Chiaki Osaka was eager to stay in shape while staying inside her home in Cupertino, California.

She had her heart set on an exercise bike from Peloton, known for its high-tech equipment and virtual classes, but they were temporarily sold out. However, she was able to find a Schwinn equivalent from Amazon.

“I was afraid to, one, get out of shape, and, two, I’m staying inside and working on my computer all day,” Osaka said. “I needed a change, and I needed structure to my life.”

With millions of Americans staying home, demand has soared for fitness equipment to create home gyms - both as a way to stay fit and to relieve stress.

The NPD Group reported fitness equipment sales rose 130% in March from a year ago. Sales of exercise bikes were up 170%, free weights up 181%, and benches up 259%, according to the market research company.

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