A month after the lockdown and Rachael Looney found a way to bring her gym, literally, home.
Tired of using cans of soup as weights, she now rents two sets of dumbbells directly from her Orangetheory fitness studio, thanks to a new nationwide rental platform launched last week, GymLend.
Looney, 50, has been following Orangetheory’s online program from his home in Sydney’s Five Dock since gyms across the country closed. She says she initially considered buying weights, but found that most retailers were sold out.
Looney pays $ 10 a week to rent each set of dumbbells she uses for core and upper body work. “It’s a good short-term option to keep doing the job and stay motivated.”
GymLend was created by two parts of Sydney in response to the COVID-19 crisis to allow gyms to rent their unused equipment to people who are now training at home.
“We have tons of Australians who always want to train properly,” says co-founder Jordan Smith, former Anytime Fitness executive. “At the same time the gyms are closed, sitting there with their equipment collecting dust. It saves the gyms money when they are not able to charge customers, and it helps people to stay active. “
Smith says more than 30 gyms across Australia – including CrossFit and F45 studios – have so far signed up to rent their equipment, representing more than 660 registrations. “We were blown away by the response,” he says.
The platform allows gyms to list as much equipment as they want, setting prices for items as small as resistance bands and dumbbells as large as squat racks and rowers. They can also create equipment packages, such as a weight package, a mat, and a foam roller.