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Shoppers strip the shelves of Kmart of yoga mats and weights amid coronavirus pandemic

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The latest coronavirus panic buy: Shoppers strip the shelves of Kmart of yoga mats and weights in a bid to keep their fitness on track at home

  • Shoppers across Australia stripped the shelves of Kmart of gym equipment
  • Gyms around Australia closed their doors this week amid COVID-19 restrictions
  • Among the most popular items were yoga mats, dumbbells and kettle bells
  • People shared images of the desolate shelves on Twitter after panic buying 
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Shoppers across Australia have stripped the shelves of Kmart of exercise equipment  in a bid to keep their fitness on track while they’re stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gyms around the country became some of the latest organisations to close their doors this week under strict new social distancing restrictions that have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Disgruntled customers posted on Twitter, where they shared images of the bare shelves, writing: ‘Let’s buy weights and yoga mats, every single person in Sydney said #coronavirus’. 

Shoppers across Australia have stripped the shelves of Kmart of exercise equipment in a bid to keep their fitness on track while they're stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic

Shoppers across Australia have stripped the shelves of Kmart of exercise equipment in a bid to keep their fitness on track while they’re stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic

It wasn’t long before others said they were also struggling to get their hands on any of the discount store’s gym equipment. 

‘Forget toilet paper, our local Kmart has been cleared of gym equipment? #COVID-19,’ one woman posted.

‘Did I mention I went into Kmart this afternoon to get a yoga mat, only to find the entire sports section empty!’ another wrote.

‘Might as well cancel your gym membership while you’re at it.’  

Among the most popular items that have been snapped up are yoga mats (pictured), kettle bells and weights

Among the most popular items that have been snapped up are yoga mats (pictured), kettle bells and weights

Among the most popular items that have been snapped up are yoga mats (pictured), kettle bells and weights

While many were outraged about the lack of gym equipment on the shelves, some couldn’t believe that coronavirus panic buying had extended to gym gear. 

‘Panic buying on gym equipment I thought I’d seen everything lol,’ one person commented.  

‘Quickly dipped into Kmart for some home gym equipment. Stop bulk buying ya b**tards [sic]’ another added.

Among the most popular items that have been snapped up are yoga mats, kettle bells and weights.

Some reported that they could only find the heavy one kilogram dumbbells in store. 

There is a similar situation online, with many of Kmart’s home fitness items – including all but two types of kettle bells – currently marked as sold out. 

Other stores like Target, Rebel and Big W were also inundated with customers before gyms shut. 



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