My brother-in-law called me up today to let me know that someone had thrown away several dumbbells. They were thrown in a dumpster behind his store. I thought it sounded too good to be true, but decided to check it out on my way home this evening. I took a peak inside and was shocked to see several hundred pounds of quality dumbbells. Sure, one or two had a little rust, but nothing that some WD-40 wasn’t able to clean up (cleaned after I took the picture above).
I’m certainly not a garbage picker, but I’ll take on the title if it means finding two 85 pound dumbbells, two 95 pounders, one 100 pounder, one 105 pounder, one 110 pounder, and one 150 pounder! These will make a nice addition to the gym. With a little paint, they’ll look brand new.
Now, as for the reason behind this blog entry, I’m not really sure. I’m just stoked about finding these weights.
As many of you know, I’ve always been a big fan of homemade equipment whenever possible. In addition to homemade equipment however, you’d be shocked at what you can find locally by reading through the classifieds (local and online). I see full weight sets ALL the time, that people are literally willing to give away if you come and pick them up. A buddy of mine just picked up a 300 pound Olympic weight AND bench for $50. He found the set at the online classifieds site Craig’s List. The equipment could pass as brand new. A college kid was moving out and couldn’t take the weights with him.
I guess the old saying is true. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
Have a great weekend,