November 29, 2023

The new year is usually a time when interest in buying at-home exercise equipment peaks.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — More people are continuing to exercise at home instead of going to a fitness center, especially as COVID-19 cases surge.

According to Google Trends, searches for “workout equipment” skyrocketed around the height of the pandemic, in March and April of 2020. The new year is also a time when interest in buying exercise equipment peaks.

Unfortunately, some online scammers have capitalized on those wanting to expand their home gyms.

Tony Binkley with the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee said if you’re purchasing online, make sure to go through a reputable company.

“You see commercials on TV and things like that, but there’s all kinds of equipment out there and you may not know the company, so make sure that they have a return policy.”

He also recommends making sure there are several ways to contact the company, including a phone number and address.

“Do you have to deal only through email? If you do, I wouldn’t recommend buying from them,” Binkley said.

One more thing to look out for is the website URL. It’s a legitimate…

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