The Pros and Cons of Buying Used Exercise Equipment
Gym membership is an expensive indulgence, but if you want to lose weight and get fit, you need to work out regularly.
Assuming you have space at home, setting up a home gym is the answer. You can fall out of bed and jump straight onto a treadmill or elliptical trainer. You don’t have to leave the house if the weather is nasty and if you have kids, working out at home solves the childcare problem.
The only downside of setting up a home gym is that fitness equipment is not cheap. Sure, you can pick up a few weights and some kettle bells for peanuts from a local sports shop, but larger equipment such as a treadmill, stationary bicycle, or elliptical trainer is expensive. High street retail chains sell budget models, but these are nothing like the equipment found in gyms.
Not surprisingly, many people opt to buy used gym equipment. They reason that buying used will save them money. But, is it really such a good idea buying second-hand – or is paying less for a treadmill or Stairmaster a false economy?
Used exercise equipment is cheaper. If you are shopping on a budget, used represents better value since you can afford a better model for less money.
Buying used gives you access to professional quality gym equipment. Instead of pounding away on a cheap treadmill that rattles and creaks, you can train on a heavy-duty model designed to withstand everything you throw at it. If you’re lucky, you might even find the exact same model you have previously used at your local gym.
Heavy-duty exercise equipment is built to last, so it is unlikely to fall to bits just yet. Or at least that’s the theory. In practice, unless you buy used exercise equipment from a reputable reseller, you may end up with a treadmill that stops working or an elliptical trainer you can’t use.
Once an expensive treadmill breaks down it can cost a fortune to fix. Many expensive models have high-tech electrical components and computerized displays. If there is a problem with the console, do you really want to pay for a technician to come and fix it? Let’s not forget that the spare parts will be pricey, too.
Buying used equipment is only worth doing if the reseller offers you an extended warranty. No matter how amazing the piece of equipment looks or sounds, unless it comes with a decent warranty covering you for spare parts (at the very least), walk away.
Choose the Right Pieces of Equipment
Buying used is a good plan, but don’t rush into buying the first piece of equipment you see. Check out what’s available and look for items you are familiar with. If you have worked out on a treadmill at the gym and you know how it works, you are more likely to use it.
This is, of course, the whole point of the exercise. After all, although a treadmill makes a great clothes horse, using it to hang your towel on isn’t going to help you lose weight.
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Check out our remanufactured range, which gives you that commercial grade in your own home whilst offering a warranty for peace of mind on those spare parts. Our most popular remanufactured treadmills for non-commercial use are the Life Fitness 95Ti and the Matrix T5X.