Home gym industry seeing sales skyrocket

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Mike Salinas demonstrates the exercise equipment at Hest Fitness on Friday in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

McALLEN – It didn’t take David De Leon and his wife long to talk about their health and fitness options when COVID-19 reared its ugly head in South Texas.

“My wife and I are very active in exercising and being healthy and fit,” the 30-year-old McAllen resident said. “When everything started happening it became more of a challenge to go to the gym, so for safety we decided that working out from the house was much safer than putting ourselves in any type of medical risk at a public facility or a gym.”

The couple purchased an FT2 Functional Trainer, a home gym that has a design which integrates an Olympic bar and weight stacks. De Leon said the benefits from the machine and being able to work from home were quickly realized.

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Save big on decor, furniture and more

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With summer coming to an end, you’re probably going to be spending less time at the beach and more time curled up with a good book. Considering your home is where you’ll be most of the cooler months, it’s a great time to invest in furniture and decor that will give your abode a fresh look and withstand the test of time.

However, we know home decor doesn’t come cheap, which is why Overstock’s massive Labor Day sale is the blessing you never knew you needed. The giant retailer has always been a CNN favorite for providing home and furniture options from a variety of our favorite brands (such as Safavieh and Kotter Home) at cheaper prices than other stores. But this sale goes above and beyond.

It offers over a million ways to save, covers several categories — ranging from kitchen to bath — with an extra 20% off

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Melania Trump aims RNC speech at erasing memories of 2016 :: WRAL.com

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— In 2016, first lady Melania Trump rejected at least two drafts of speeches provided by seasoned political speechwriters, opting instead to rely on a woman who worked in New York for the Trump Organization, also an occasional ghostwriter for some of Donald Trump’s books. It was a decision that would culminate in a case of plagiarism so egregious it would overshadow her convention appearance and follow her into the White House.

This time, the speech Trump will deliver a speech with reflections of her experiences over the last three and a half years, sprinkled with deeply personal anecdotes, a nod to history, a look at her proposed second-term agenda and a forceful push of support for her husband, a White House official familiar with the first lady’s preparation told CNN.

This speech has also not been vetted by anyone in the West Wing.


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ORMOND BEACH ‘Wow’ factor Spanish Vienna pool home shines in Plantation Bay

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a large lawn in front of a house: This Spanish Vienna pool home is located in the prestigious Plantation Bay golf community.

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This Spanish Vienna pool home is located in the prestigious Plantation Bay golf community.

This Spanish Vienna pool home has all the bells and whistles – from the striking glass entry door bordered by plantation shutters, to the glistening pool surrounded by pavers.


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Located in the prestigious Plantation Bay golf community, this estate’s “wow” factor is immediately evident when you walk in the circular atrium foyer and are greeted by lovely architectural details, ceramic tile and crown molding that run throughout the nearly 2,300 square feet of interior.

“Entertaining is a breeze in this open-concept floor plan,’’ said Realtor Brenda Bolton. “This home makes you feel complete, but also at peace.”

The layout showcases the living area, with its 11-foot tray ceiling, and the deluxe kitchen, with its huge center island, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, tile backsplash

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