Discover Amazing Fitness Deals at These 5 Discount Department Stores

By , SparkPeople Blogger
How many times have you found yourself at a discount department store searching for one specific thing, only to find yourself wandering the maze of aisles and randomly scanning the shelves or racks "just to see"? If you're like most, probably more than once.
While shopping can be a pain at times, the thrill of the hunt (and a good deal!) keeps many coming back for more. However, did you know that many of the health and fitness items you stumble upon at a store can also be found for the same price (or better) on the store's website, including items like weight-lifting gloves, yoga mats and even kayaks?  
If you're a savvy shopper that revels in the thrill of the find, you'll love these health and fitness items you can purchase at at discount.

1. T.J. Maxx

Perhaps one of the better-known and longer-running discount department stores in the country, T.J. Maxx isn't shy about advertising their low prices. Their offerings go beyond fashion and being a "Maxxinista," though—you can use their online store to search for the gear you need to take your fitness game to the next level. Plus, if you order online and the product doesn't work for you, you can return it to the store for free.
Our favorite items include a maze balance board that will challenge you to work your core while solving a puzzle, and yoga socks that will keep your feet steady while you work to master your poses. If walking is more your style, consider using a set of light, hand-held walking weights that can help strengthen your arms and increase your workout intensity. Or, consider the circuits you could perform at home by combining exercises using an eight-pound medicine ball with a hexagon grid set that helps you work on your speed and agility.  

2. Stein Mart

Similar to T.J. Maxx but with more upscale offerings, Stein Mart is another discount retailer whose merchandise covers the gamut, from men's, women's and children's clothing to kitchen and household items. If a bargain is what you're after, you can also peruse their online shop for fabulous fitness finds. We found a great glass-topped food scale to help you measure and manage portion control that would work well with these collapsible food containers for all your meal-planning needs. Picture yourself looking adorable storing your lightweight and compact yoga mat in this yoga mat carrier. You can do it all while listening to your favorite tunes, strapped securely to your arm with this smartphone sports armband.

3. Burlington

Yeah, we thought they only had coats, too. But that would be incorrect. Formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory,  store does sell coats, they also sell discounted merchandise in just about every department. For instance, if you're looking for a seamless sports bra, they have it. What about a pair of training gloves to help you get a grip while you work on getting gains? They have that, too. You can also find a pair of printed capri leggings for walking and an iTouch air fitness tracker to count all those steps.

4. JCPenney

JCPenney was early on the scene to begin offering an online retail store—starting way back in 1994. As you can imagine, their offerings have grown. Today, you can find just about anything on their website, from refrigerators and bath towels to heels and wedding bands. But what interests us the most is their huge line of health and fitness products. Their options are seemingly limitless, including a highly rated exercise bike for your home, a Fitbit or a 7-piece set of resistance bands. You can also order your own inflatable kayak or a set of pushup stands.

5. Kohl's

Even though Kohl's might not be what first pops into your mind when you think of traditional discount stores, they do offer great deals on merchandise that you can't always find at other mainstream retailers. While Kohl's started out as a grocery store, today you can find just about anything you need there—everything except for groceries, that is. Lucky for us, because we'll take their health and fitness items over cereal any day. Kohl's offers all sorts of products to keep you healthy, including smart scales to keep track of your weight-loss efforts, gym bags to tote all of your gear to your fitness class and popular skinny head ties to make you feel like a workout rock star. They also offer fashionable water bottles and snazzy cooling towels keep you from overheating during a hard workout.

What discount department store is your favorite for cheap fitness finds? 

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RACHAEL2020 8/2/2020
JCPenney and Kohls is good for carrying plus size active wear. Hopefully, one d a y, I will not need to search for plus sizes. Report
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Walmart, Marshall's and Sierra are my faves for sportswear. Report
I find my stuff at Wal-Mart, Ross, and Aldi's. I will have to check out Burlington and Khol's. Report
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I live in Canada, none of the stores are here! Report
Someone needed to tell me this, shopping, actual shopping is not that tough. Report
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Walmart for me Report
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I bought a rash guard for my daughter's martial arts at Kohls, and I buy my shoes at a specialty store for runners, but since I'm not rich, my favorite store is Play It Again Sports. I buy second hand items (sometimes still in the box), at a fraction of the cost. For example, I found in-line skates for $20. When my daughter out-grows them, they will buy them back and she can get money back for my next purchase.

It may not be ritzy, but it gets the job done. Report
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We don’t have any of the stores youmentioned in Canada, but we can often get good buys at Canadian Tire. Report
5 Below has fitness products under 5.00 small dumbbell's, yoga mat's, resistance bands, jump ropes. Report
The first JCPenney store opened "way back" in 1902 ... not "way back" in 1994.

But I do like the list. Thank you. Report
now you're talking! Awesome! Thank you! Report
A great deal of the equipment I have purchased to workout exclusively at home has been from the very stores mentioned in this article. I’ve also purchased kettle bells, resistance bands, and virtually all of my workout clothing. I keep a running list of what I’d like to add, then purchase as soon as it appears on the shelf. Report
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Kohls started off as a grocery store? I didn't know that! Report
I like Target for workout clothes. Believe it or not, Aldi's grocery stores and Grocery Outlet stores sometimes have great deals on fitness equipment! I've seen a wide variety of gear in both places; although they don't have a huge stock of stuff, the prices are great. Amazon is one of my favorite sites to browse; being a Prime member is worth the membership fee. Report
Good need-to-know information! Report
I love JC Penny. They carry clothes for very tall women. I can get pants at good prices with a 35 inch or larger inseam. Report
I shop Target's clearance racks for clothes, and I can often find items at Ross Dress for less. (gel bike seat cover for $7 instead of $19). Report
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Walmart is got all the stuff save driving around. Report
Watch J.C. Pennney's pricing strategy. After a disastrous experiment with "every day good prices" (which I liked: very few coupons, no best-sale-of-the-season every third day, just realistic prices) they've gone to the other extreme with every day prices that are downright insulting. I don't even go there unless a huge reduction on something has been advertised. I recently ordered three pairs of their store brand shorts whose laughable original price was $32, or about twice what it should have been. The sale price: $9.60. Almost everything in the store is shamelessly overpriced, so they can offer you a "terrific deal" next week. Report
I love shopping at Kohl's for workout clothes, however always try them on I have had to size up a couple of sizes for them to fit properly. Of course that's not Kohls fault but the manufacturer. Thanks for the info on all the other stores as well! Report
I get a lot of my fitness gear from Amazon, but my elliptical/bike hybrid came from Costco! Report
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I've bought exercise videos, yoga clothes, dumbells, yoga mats, blocks, and straps, plus more fitness items - at good old Walmart. At least they have a decent selection, instead of one or two items (like TJ Maxx) and low prices. Report
"JCPenney was early on the scene to begin offering a retail store—starting way back in 1994. "

Um. Major problem with this sentence. JCP has been in business under that name since 1913. JCP became the largest CATALOG retailer in 1994 when Sears shut down its catalog business. Report
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All of these are great! I also like goodwill stores! Report
I bought my yoga mat at tj maxx. Report
I was just in Kohl's and surprised at all the workout clothes that they had! Most were too small though. Report
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Found my Manduka yoga mat at TJ Maxx.. love it! Report
The Maze Balance Board and yoga socks are no longer available at TJ Maxx. Report
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