If you have been contemplating on building a home gym but your budget doesn’t allow it, then it’s high time you consider the prospect of buying used fitness equipment. It’s obvious that the option to buy new equipment for your home gym is something that’s no longer feasible at this point because you can’t spend money you don’t have. But don’t lose hope because when it comes to used commercial gym equipment, it’s not like you’re buying a car that’s no longer servicable.
You have to understand that some commercial fitness gyms out there are forced to buy new equipment so as to lure in new members and ensure current ones will retain their membership. As such, there will be huge stock of used gym and fitness equipment and machines out there for sale, which actually are still in very good condition considering that they’ve only been used for a short period.
However, not all used gym equipment are best for your needs. Therefore, it’s a wise decision to first learn everything about used fitness equipment before you go on shopping.
Learn the Terms
The truth is there is no uniform set of rules or standards when it comes to describing used gym equipment. Instead, you just have to learn what stuff like “pre-owned,” “refurbished,” “and “reconditioned” means and what their differences, if there are any. Keep in mind that even if you’re buying a used product, you still will want to learn and dig deeper about it and the best person to ask is the sales representative.
Commercial vs Residential
Next step is to figure out if what you’re buying is commercial or residential type of fitness equipment. Obviously, you’ll get the most out of your investment if you can find a use fitness equipment that’s commercial grade but not overly priced. This is especially true if you find a similar product but is actually residential grade. The obvious reason why commercial gym equipment is a better option is because it is designed to withstand constant use and abuse.
Manufacturer and Model
When you’re buying used products, including exercise or gym equipment, it is a lot more important to choose one with a renowned or recognized brand. The fact that a manufacturer has a long standing reputation for making high quality exercise machines means that the one you’re buying will be reliable enough even if it’s a pre-owned version. Never intend to buy a pre-owned gym equipment built by an unknown or unfamiliar brand.
Finally, even if you’re buying a used equipment, it still is a much better deal if you can find one that still has a warranty attached to it. If there’s no manufacturer’s warranty, ask the dealer if they’re providing their own.