You can buy equipment to bring your gym into your home — without the crowd

For weeks this spring, local gyms closed and left fitness fanatics without a regular place to go stay in shape. And while many gyms have reopened with safety measures, your sweaty, muggy gym may not be the cleanest place to go. One could forgive you for staying away in the middle of a pandemic.

But that doesn’t mean you must give up on your body and physical health. If you have some extra stimulus cash laying around, it shouldn’t be too hard to clear out some space in the living room and fill it with your own little home gym. Maybe get some weights, some resistance bands and an exercise bike. Look up some activities on the internet. The point is, it’s possible to maintain your fitness from the comfort of your own home. That way, you don’t have to worry about wiping down the machine before you use it. You don’t need to pray that the last person on the bench press wasn’t spraying COVID in the air with each hard-fought breath.

Here’s where to start if you’re looking for some gym equipment to use at home:


It can be hard to pick out an expensive piece of equipment for home exercise, like a rower or a treadmill, without feeling like you’re wasting your money. What if the equipment is low-quality and causes you to injure yourself, and you never use it again? What if it’s not the exercise that will help you meet your fitness goals? Instead of spending hours researching the right equipment online, talk to an expert at Spokane Exercise Equipment. Their sales staff is there to help you make these decisions so that you can feel comfortable, knowing your money will actually help you meet your goals. Get a free consultation at their showroom. 511 W. Main Ave,, 624-8726


From medicine balls to stairmasters, Better Body Fitness can bring the equipment you might see at the gym right into your home. It’s unlikely that Better Body won’t have the machine you’re looking for, and if they don’t, they will find it. They offer installation, delivery and service. Or, you can simply walk in and chat with the friendly staff — they even offer you a Tootsie Pop just for showing up. 165 S. Pine St.,, 252-9986


Forza Fitness NW will give you everything you need to set up a home or garage gym. The bench press here is particularly popular among serious weightlifters, and you can take your pick of free weights. But it’s not only strength training equipment that they sell. They also have plenty of cardio equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals. 8401 E. Sprague Ave,, 927-7587

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