Here's a Pandemic Shortage You Haven't Read About

Lauren Merritt

by Lauren Merritt

Lauren Merritt is a Pensacola native and is licensed in both Florida and Alabama. Lauren has her own law practice located in the offices of My Pink Lawyer® and is an affiliated independent counsel. Lauren is a newlywed with three bonus daughters and a newly adopted baby son. Lauren enjoys running, going to the gym, crafting with the girls, dining out, and relaxing at home with her new family.

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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!


Laundry Detergent3We 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!


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


  • Target- Not a dumbbell in sight.


  • Academy- Giant EMPTY racks.


  • Walmart- Sold OUT.


  • Amazon- 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 to 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 drove to the Dollar General by the office. Dumbbells AND kettle bells! Finally! I proudly bought one set of each.


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Lauren “Attempting to Avoid the Covid 19” Merritt

Affiliated Independent Counsel, My Pink Lawyer


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