People with their own home gym are 73% more likely to start working out than people without exercise machines in their home.
And one of the best ways to set up your home gym is to buy used gym equipment from remanufacturers like Global Fitness.
Check out this guide to buying quality, used gym equipment for your home gym.
Advantages of Setting Up a Home Gym
There are a lot of advantages to having your own personal gym in your house, one of which is the flexible hours. That’s right, your home gym is open whenever you need it. You can work out as early or late as you want without waiting for it to open or rushing before it closes.
You also don’t have to wait in line for the machines you want, and you won’t feel pressured to finish quickly because someone else is waiting for you. There is no one around, and you have complete freedom to do whatever you want.
Including taking a few short rests laying in the middle of the floor. Can’t very well do that at the gym.
All your equipment is clean, or at least, all the sweat is your own sweat. You don’t have to worry about wiping everything down before you use it. And if you need to shower right after, the shower is your own shower, not a stall filled with someone else’s hair.
You can blare any music you want and sing along without anyone caring.
Essentially, home gyms give you a place to work out however you want whenever you want, things you can’t always do at a normal gym.
How to Pick the Right Used Gym Equipment
Used gym equipment can cost a lot less than new equipment, but you have to be a little more cautious when you buy used equipment. Some people will try to sell you equipment that’s worse than they say it is, so you have to spend time doing your research.
You want to make sure you’re getting exactly what you think you’re getting and that it will last. Here are a few tips that will help you get the best-used gym equipment.
1. Make Sure You Understand the Terminology
There are a lot of different ways to describe used gym equipment, and they all mean slightly different things.
For example, a used piece of equipment could be described as refurbished, demo, remanufactured, pre-owned or as is, to name a few. You’ll want to know what these words mean to get a clear idea of the condition of the equipment.
The best way to do that is to ask the seller. Some of these pieces could have been updated with new parts while some of them could have just been cleaned. Sometimes, the seller has done nothing to a piece of equipment at all.
Don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions about what you’re getting. If the seller can’t answer them, you may want to go somewhere else.
2. Test Everything Before You Buy It
Again, if the seller won’t let you test the equipment, you’re better off finding someone else. There shouldn’t be any reason you can’t get on the equipment and make sure it works properly.
If you’re buying a treadmill, you should get on, test the speeds, make sure all the buttons work, and ensure the belt doesn’t slip. If you’re buying an exercise bike, you should be able to hop on and try out the different incline or interval settings.
Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap. Always make sure it works how it should. You don’t want to end up with something that will break after you use it a few times.
3. Check the Warranty
If something does break shortly after you buy it, you’ll want the equipment to have a good warranty. Chances are, you’ll be able to get it repaired or at least get your money back.
Take your time when you look at the warranty to make sure you understand it completely. If any part of the warranty confuses you, ask the seller exactly what the warranty covers.
4. Do Your Research
Always check a seller’s reviews before you buy from them. Find out if other customers had good experiences with the seller. If the seller has bad reviews, you may want to avoid them.
You should also look up the fitness equipment you plan to buy. Make sure you know all the components, how much it sells for new, and how much it sells for used. You don’t want to end up paying more than you should have simply because you didn’t know any better.
And make sure the brand you’re buying is a good one. If you don’t recognize the brand, spend some extra time looking it. Usually, spending a little more money on better brands will save you money in the long run.
Buying used equipment from brands you aren’t familiar with can leave you with bad quality equipment that wears out or breaks easily. Good brands may cost a bit more, but they will last a lot longer. So you won’t have to spend money on repairs or buy new equipment entirely.
5. What Kind of Used Equipment is Better: Residential or Commercial
Generally, you’ll want to buy used commercial fitness equipment, equipment used by gyms and health clubs.
This kind of equipment is designed to last under heavy use, so it tends to work better and last longer than residential equipment.
6. Get the Fitness Equipment You Like
Don’t buy something you don’t know how to use just because it is a good deal. You could end up hating the machine and never using it.
Instead, buy the machines you know motivate you to work out. If you like to run, buy a treadmill. If you prefer to lift weights, buy a set of used dumbells.
Save Some Money Buying Used Equipment
You can save a lot of money buying used gym equipment for your home gym, which is especially helpful if you’re just starting out. This is also a good idea if you want to expand your exercise routines and try new things.
Want some advice for your home gym? Contact us and we can help you pick the machine that works for you!