It is still not enough to satisfy demand. From Zoom raves to Instagram orgies, coronavirus isolation has meant a boom time for sex via screen. Rep Fitness did more sales in one day than it normally does in a month. At online retailers like eBay, Amazon and Walmart, some equipment, if not on a three-week waiting list, is being sold at markups as high as 150 percent. Basic workout equipment was all but impossible to find. Around the same time, the recession of 2008 hit. Ryan McGrotty, co-owner of Colorado gym equipment retailer Rep Fitness, says he’s never seen a rush on his home gym inventory quite like what transpired on Friday, March 13, the day President Trump declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers of the world are a little busy, and unfortunately, significant American-made reinforcements don’t appear to be on the way. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. The shortage is a problem, factory workers said, that could have been prevented were the U.S. not so reliant on foreign manufacturing and iron production. Cumberland helped Rogue prototype that design—then Rogue took that design overseas to be manufactured, a fate Cumberland anticipated. All rights reserved. People snapped up benches, resistance bands, dumbbells and kettlebells. So Give Kettlebells a Chance. On the Dick’s Sporting Goods website in May, kettlebells — iron, weighted balls with handles attached — were not available within 100 miles of New York City. She purchased a dumbbell and kettlebell immediately after the stay-at-home order was announced in March. The process of equipping a foundry to make a new product is expensive and time consuming. Lucchetti says the company is… Still interested? When the spike came, the whole system fell apart. “Everything was just gone,” she said. Rep Fitness isn’t the only company in its field that’s been overwhelmed with orders, as you’ve realized if you’ve tried to order weights from anywhere online. But clients would need to supply their own basic equipment. © 2020 Condé Nast. Besides, Lucchetti has no illusions about the current, likely fleeting situation. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Krafts & Kettlebells is a perfect description of my life! The irony is that Cumberland Foundry doesn't really want to be in the kettlebell business. At online retailers like eBay, Amazon and Walmart, some equipment, if not on a three-week waiting list, is being sold at markups as high as 150 percent. Cumberland isn’t automated, and its president, Tom Lucchetti, estimates that it takes a full day to produce 40 to 50 kettlebells (with Rogue handling last steps, like painting the bells). “With these massive disruptions, I hope more people are thinking about, well, do we really want to have a logistical supply chain that stretches over half the globe?” he says. Each time they were delivered, someone stole the package before he could get to it. To help you find the right ones for the job, we’ve put together a list of the best, according to users and professional reviewers alike. Kettlebells look like shot putts with a handle and have been used in training the Russian army for … Rogue prides itself on manufacturing and selling American-made goods, but the company's kettlebells are normally manufactured overseas. Cumberland, however, had worked with a smaller gym that had gone through a similar experience during the 2008 financial crisis, making the company uniquely prepared when Rogue called. Around 2010, Lucchetti says, the gym owner started selling his one-piece kettlebell to Rogue. "“These huge companies are turning to a little mom and pop-type shop like us to get this product made because there’s no one else left in the U.S. who can do it.”, A one-piece cast-iron kettlebell design emerged as the clear alternative model, and the gym owner enlisted nearby Cumberland to make it. Aside from the possible sharp edges which I think is likely an isolated incident, the Primal Bells are currently sold out on the 72lb and 90lb kettlebells as this article is … For months, the Gym Source website has stated that kettlebells are “currently unavailable due to high demand.”. Sold out Jordan Coloured Neoprene Kettlebells from £14.00 . “People are kind of freaking out,” said Jahkeen Washington, co-owner of JTW Fit, a boutique gym in Central Harlem.