Purchasing Fitness Equipment

2 Oct

Be an informed shopper when selecting fitness equipment

When purchasing fitness equipment you’ll want to take your time and do a little research. Considering you’ll be using it for years to come (right!), you’ll want to shop around to find that piece(s) of equipment that meets all the needs you set out to fill.

fitness equipment

When purchasing fitness equipment consider:

A) Goals- what’s your intended purpose for purchasing fitness equipment

  1. Strength training
  2. Aerobic endurance
  3. Flexibility
  4. Combination of two or all

B) Operation-can anyone in the home use the equipment

  1. How easy is to set up
  2. How easy is it to adjust
  3. How easy is it to operate

C) Cost- you can spend as much or as little as you’d like

  1. How much are you willing to invest
  2. Do you want to make installment or one payment
  3. Do you want top of the line equipment or something you can afford (if you shop carefully you should be able to find something dependable and reasonably priced)

D) Dependability- how durable is the equipment

  1. Quality can be reflect in the price, but not always
  2. Do some research, check consumer reports to determine if there are any complaint or recalls concerning the equipment or manufacture you plan on purchasing from
  3. If equipment has moving part is it put together soundly
  4. Inspect frame, padding, cables and pulleys; generally with proper maintenance (cleaning and tightening) these part will last

E) Safety- learn to use equipment safely

  1. Are there children in the home
  2. Are moving parts enclosed
  3. Is there a risk of smashing or pinching limbs or fingers
  4. Is equipment stable when in use/not in use
  5. When lifting heavy free weights use a spotter

F) Appearance- for some equipment must look inviting

  1. Will looks motivate you to use your equipment
  2. Do gadgets and lights make it more appealing; they can however require more service than a simpler piece of equipment
  3. Gadgets may intimidate some users, make sure you have a realistic comfort level when purchasing the equipment (if your willing to learn your new equipment this won’t matter as much)
  4. Will equipment be in the open (how does it blend in with the ambiance of the room) or a designated gym area

G) Space- How much space have you designated for your equipment

  1. There should be ample room to operate your equipment, make sure you measure floor space and ceiling height
  2. If equipment comes assembled will it fit through doorways, stairwells and hallways
  3. Will it be stored when not in use
  4. Consider the weight of your equipment; can your floor handle the weight of equipment and user, can it be moved easily for cleaning, storage

H) Service- this is important

  1. If not assembled will store assemble
  2. Does equipment have a warrant (if not consider an alternative piece of equipment with a warranty)
  3. What is the length of warranty
  4. What’s included in warranty; parts, labor, maintenance
  5. Is there a return policy

I) Test it out, if you can’t test it out can you return it within 30 days

  1. Is it comfortable
  2. Easy to use
  3. Is it quiet when in use
  4. Is it unstable or shaky at certain speeds

The Laws of Clothing Shopping:

If you like it, they don’t have it in your size.

If you like it and it fits, you can’t afford it.

If you like it, it fits and you can afford it, it falls apart the first time you wear it.

If the shoe fits, it’s ugly. -Proverb-

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