If you have been planning on building a home gym but your limited budget is preventing you from carrying out your plan, then it’s probably wise to start thinking about buying used fitness equipment instead. Obviously, you will need hundreds if not thousands of bucks if you intend to fill your home gym with new equipment. But don’t be discouraged because when it comes to buying used commercial gym equipment, there’s a good chance you’re getting something that’s still in tiptop condition.
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. With that in mind, there’s a lot of used exercise machines and equipment that are left out to be sold even though they were only used for a couple of years, even months for some.
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 Terminology
In reality, there really is no strict rules or standards in describing used gym or fitness equipment. But then again, it still makes sense to learn if there is any difference between a pre-owned or refurbished gym equipment, or maybe one that’ reconditioned. Because you’re still are spending money for this investment, you should try hard to get an explanation from the salesperson.
Residential vs Commercial
Next step is to figure out if what you’re buying is commercial or residential type of fitness equipment. In this regard, it is best to look for a commercial grade fitness equipment sold for a discounted price. 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.
Brand 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. Buying from an unknown brand could become your biggest and costliest mistake.
Lastly, it should be a great find if you come across a used gym equipment that comes with the warranty carried over from the original purchase. In case the manufacturer warranty no longer applies, it’s best to ask the dealer if they’re giving you one.