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You Say Used, We Say Budget-Friendly

In this age of traffic jams and runaway deadlines, you would think people would be more self aware about staying fit and healthy just to cope with the world’s stress. This is probably why a lot of people jog, do yoga or Pilates, and watch their diet to keep fit.

Most, however, cannot do it alone. They need the help of a gym, or a trainer—or at the very least, proper equipment—to keep fit.

And since this is also the age of convenience, many have taken to setting up home gyms or fitness rooms, to keep the pace of staying in shape within reach.

But not all gym equipment is equal.

If money is no problem, then setting up your home gym with state-of-the-art equipment is not a problem. However if budget is a major issue, getting the most bang for your buck may be of primary concern, in which case buying used commercial gym equipment packages may be the viable option.

Now there’s no shame in buying used gym equipment and may be even the smartest move if you plan on investing in a home gym, as long as you know what to look for to maximize the gain you can get.

Used cardiovascular machines–like treadmills, cross trainers and exercise bikes—as well as weightlifting equipment may give you the same results and help you reach your fitness goals at a more affordable price.

Needless to say, staying healthy and following a fitness regime would go so much better and easier if you enjoy the activity. So you must make sure the equipment you acquire will last the distance. Even if it IS used, you need to make sure the machine isn’t falling apart.

What to consider when buying used gym equipment?

The main thing to consider is how serious are you? More direct to the point, how often will you use the equipment? Make sure the machine you buy is something you will enjoy using regularly. It’s no use buying that rowing machine if all you will do is use it once or twice a year.

Is it still working?

The next thing to consider in buying used gym equipment is how sound is the machine? Like that old adage goes, “try before you buy.” Make sure the equipment is still effective enough to help you lose those annoying 10 pounds that can’t seem to let go of your tummy.

Do not be tempted by those “good deals” unless you want an additional white elephant in your living room because those things are just hell to clean up.

Choose quality over affordability

There’s a thin line that divides frugality and being a cheapskate. The last one will just result in headaches along the way.

In choosing to buy used gym equipment, always go for tested brands.

Lower-priced brands may save you money, but they be poorly made and may break down easily.

Is it damaged?

Checking before you buy a used gym equipment will allow you to assess the equipment for wear and tear, or any kind of damage, such as cracks, missing parts, etc. Do they need to be repaired? Are the missing parts available? Whatever fees spent for repairs or extra work done to the equipment ought to be deducted from its price.

Is it safe?

Check and double check if the equipment is safe to use. This is also the perfect opportunity to check for malfunction or defects. Inspect the wires and cables, as well as the power switches to make sure they are working properly. Also, check the warranty or contact the manufacturer for more information on the equipment.

Where to buy

While the easiest place to go to gym distributors for used commercial gym equipment packages, be creative and visit garage sales (ask friends and relatives), or check local listings, like the classified ads and Craiglist, and online auctions on eBay.