Buying Exercise Equipment

The New Year, a time for new beginnings new promises, and new adventures; most people create New Year’s resolutions to do better and be better in the New Year (i.e. reduce debt, lose weight etc.)

If weight lost is your goal

what is your plan; gym membership to lose the weight or buying your own exercise equipment for your home

Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine – Click image to view description

According to the Chicago-based National Sporting Goods Association, sales of home exercise equipment have reached more than $1.5 billion dollars annually.  People are setting up home gyms to avoid the health club crowd, save time, and money.  They feel that convenience of having an exercise room in their homes far outweighs going to a gym or sports club. 

Having a home exercise room offers privacy as well as convenience.  Most people at health clubs are in shape and this alone can be very intimidating to people who are self-conscious about their bodies.

This is why people are investing money into buying aerobic equipment, weights, exercise videos, and fitness accessories for their home gym.

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill – Click image to view description

The type of exercise equipment that is being bought include: exercise cycles, rowing machines, stair climbers, ski simulators, treadmills, weightlifting sets, etc. Buying exercise equipment does not have to be a hard task.  Buying the right home exercise equipment can add variety, convenience and consistency to your workouts. However, there are things people should consider before they make that first purchase.

 Things to Consider Before You Make That Purchase

 1.  Know your goals – what type of equipment will benefit you (i.e. Strength training, flexibility training or cardiovascular training)?  Know your current fitness level and evaluate the equipment you will need to reach your goal.  Does the exercise equipment have all the programs you want, will it get you to where you need to be in your fitness goals and most of all will you enjoy it?  Will your family enjoy it?  Do you have the space in your home  or apartment for it?

2.  Evaluate the cost – How much do you want to spend? Most equipment, such as treadmills and elliptical training equipment cost upwards of $300 to $6,500 depending on the brand, options and programs it has.  Also, look at various programs in buying your fitness equipment, such as used or remanufactured equipment. Take your time when making your choice for exercise equipment, not only shop at fitness retail stores, but shop online.  Many online retailers offer great discounts and lease programs to fit your needs.

3.  Evaluate the safety of the equipment and its warranty.  If there are many complaints and injuries on specific brands of equipment, don’t buy it.  Evaluate the warranty, how long is the warranty good for will you be able to get it fixed in a timely manner? When testing the exercise equipment make sure that it has a sturdy construction and smooth, quiet operation. Treadmills should have a stable running deck with good cushioning.

4. When buying exercise equipment, it’s a good idea to check out a retailer who specializes in exercise equipment.  They can give you the good and bad of certain machines and they can answer all your questions you may have.  They can also demonstrate the proper use of the equipment and let you try it before you buy it. Check out product reviews.  Always do your research!!!!

 5.  Last but not least, be practical, can you afford the cost, maintenance, and do you have a convenient place where you can exercise easily and safely.  Consider your experience with various exercise equipment, consider your interests and attention span, will the equipment bore you? The biggest challenge is often deciding which product is the right one for you. Always look for quality in exercise equipment; if you have used various exercise equipment at a health club or gymnasium, then you have an idea of what to look for in buying your home exercise equipment. 

Most of all be safe and have fun.


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