COVID and the rise of the home gym

Home gyms have become a much more common and attractive feature in the last 18 months. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns shut down gyms and disrupted everyones routines back in March, 2020, more and more people have invested in creating solutions for their workout needs from the comfort of home, just one of the many ways the concept of “home” has evolved.

COVID shutdown access to most gyms in most places. To keep in shape, or get in shape, people had to think outside the box. For many, that meant investing in home workout equipment. The owner of the fitness site, Garage Gym Reviews, said that his site’s Facebook group went from 15,000 to over 100,000 active users over the last eighteen months since the pandemic began.

In an intriguing microcosm of the housing market, the price of weightlifting equipment skyrocketed in 2020, when it wasn’t completely sold out. This occurred due to the huge upshot in demand combined with supply chain disruption. Fitness company, Nautilus Inc., for instance, reported increased sales of 94% year over year in the second quarter of 2020. Sounds pretty familiar.

At any rate, it turns out that having a home gym is pretty nice. Many of those who had invested in one during the pandemic, see little reason to return to their old gyms. One advantage of the home gym is that it can be tailored more specifically to individual needs and personality, whether that means investing $100 in some kettle bells or $100,000 in a luxury, custom-designed home gym.

It is also worth noting that creating a home gym can help not just with getting in shape, but also with improving the value of your home. According to the National Association of Home Builders, nearly half of homebuyers in 2020 considered a home gym desirable or necessary. A professionally done gym can serve as a major draw or as a tie-breaker.

The rise of the home gym is another example of the myriad ways in which COVID has transformed the idea of “home.” More people are seeing home as something more holistic and self-sufficient than a place to eat and sleep.

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