Getting swole: Demand for fitness equipment in Edmonton spikes amid COVID-19

“I don’t have a massive retail presence, I don’t chase it, I don’t advertise, I’m an institutional dealer,” he said. “It’s amazing how many people we’ve had call, stop in and come in to pick things up. This week I’ve had people calling for dumbbells, a bench, resistance tubing. Just things (people) can do on their own and it’s for a home gym or for a little workout at home.”

Ken Harrison, general manager with Apple Fitness, said he normally sees this kind of volume around Christmas time.

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“It sounded like (the demand hit) Sport Chek, Walmart and Canadian Tire and then it went to the specialty stores,” he said. “It’s basically cleaned house basically everywhere. Nobody was really ready for that kind of volume.”

Harrison said his store has been doing its best to prevent the spread of the virus by first limiting the number of customers who enter to six before eventually closing to the public. Apple Fitness is still taking orders online and over the phone.