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Local couple take DIY workout equipment to the next level

Ben Gibson and Kerri Brown with some of the dumbbells they’ve created. [Damon Maclean]

With gyms closed during the coronavirus lockdown and many of us staying put, at-home workouts became the norm. The resultant run on equipment created an opportunity for Kerri Brown and Ben Gibson.

The local couple saw a demand for personal training equipment such as dumbbells, which led to a scarcity in stores. Taking note that some people were making their own dumbbells using concrete, they opted to take things to another level. Gibson’s skills from his personal work as a mechanical engineer gave the pair the ability to make quality and durable equipment out of metal.

“The plates are laser cut. So, I’ve sourced those and then using the machine shop at work and the welder together,” explained Gibson of the process.

The weights are being sold $2 per pound, which they recognize is higher than others in the market, but point to the durability of the equipment that far surpasses a homemade rig.

Brown works as a personal trainer, and found that her basement setup and lack of equipment at home were barriers to a good workout.

“When we first started, we didn’t have any equipment for a gym. So it was kind of a hassle,” she said.

While both remained working through the crisis, they did have to make some changes to adapt to the new reality. They continue to spend their free time doing activities such as cycling, and although Gibson isn’t involved in personal training, he enjoys “staying fit.”

The two began a workshop last year called Ben and Kerri’s workshop and have done similar fitness initiatives in the past.

Brown and Gibson can be contacted through Instagram at coachkerri_depth and at thebenjamingibson, respectively.

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