• Lauren A. Merritt, P.A.

Staying Quarantine Lean: The Quest for Dumbbells

Updated: Jul 6

Matthew and I are both regulars at our favorite gym, Regymen Fitness. When the pandemic hit, the gym closed, and we found ourselves in quarantine, we made a commitment to stay active.


HUGE shout-out to Regymen owner, Leah Seacrest, and the rest of her fabulous team for providing us tailored virtual at-home workouts for every single day of quarantine. They have kept us moving and motivated!

There was only one problem: Matt and I only had one set of dumbbells and… well… there are two of us!

We quickly improvised and started using laundry detergent- YES, laundry detergent- for a second set of weights.

After a few weeks, we set out in search of a second set of dumbbells. Little did we know, the rest of the fitness world was way ahead of us.


1) Walmart- Wiped out. The entire exercise aisle looked like an apocalypse had hit.

2) Target- Not a dumbbell in sight.

3) Academy- Giant EMPTY racks.

4) Walmart.com- Sold OUT.

5) Amazon.com- At last, someone with 10lb dumbbells! And they’re all yours for only $192.34! What in the world!? Pre-pandemic prices averaged about $1 per pound!

Laundry detergent in hand, we tuned in for our next virtual workout with coach Leah.

“Matt- you guys aren’t using that laundry detergent are you?! Those better not be getting lighter every time I see you!”

Busted! Coach Leah runs a tight ship. That’s why we love her!


Exasperated, I turned to Facebook for help. Within minutes, a friend shared a hidden holy grail she’d stumbled upon:

DOLLAR GENERAL had dumbbells!!! Who would have thought?!

I dropped everything and drove to the Dollar General by the office. Dumbbells AND kettle bells! I proudly bought one set of each.


The kids had fun testing out our new toys that night, and our next workout was much improved with the right equipment!


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