Investing in your fitness and health is always the very best sign you have your priorities right!
Buying a piece of used equipment is not only a great step towards your health and fitness but also for your pocket, as long as you know what to look for in equipment before handing over your hard earned cash.
Buying a used exercise machine is a great way to save money.
If you are planning a gym setup for your home, buying used equipment can save a considerable amount of money.
A used treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, and weight equipment costs a fraction of amount of the amount that it costs to buy brand new.
The purchase of used equipment can be tricky, there is an endless variety of weight machines available in the market. A great variety of fitness equipment can be seen in many of the leading fitness stores, some models of weight machine may seem easy to use and look like a must-have because the hottest social media influencer is raving about its merits but when using this same equipment, in reality, doesn’t always match the hype.
To avoid falling for these types of traps,in this guide, we’ll let you know what are the critical factors to consider when buying a pre-owned weights machine.
What to buy
It can be quite confusing when choosing a used resistance machine for your gym. Every weight machine model is advertised as a top machine. Then how to zero in on the right choice?
The specific pieces of equipment you should buy must be based on your fitness goals. The weights machine should satisfy your needs and your interests. Make sure you buy equipment that you have already tried in a gym or tested in a showroom or warehouse. To be on the safe side, start by purchasing small sets of equipment that match your interest.
Try before you buy
Purchase used weights machines that you have previously had hands-on experience with at the gym, store, or friend’s home. Have a test run of the weight machine too before finalizing the purchase so that you can avoid making a purchase that may end up collecting dust in a corner of your home.
If you are buying used gym equipment, don’t think the brand of equipment doesn’t matter. When it comes to electronics or fitness equipment, investing in a brand name is always a safe bet. Purchasingpoor-qualityfitness equipment not only results in a piece of inferior equipment but also a total waste of time, take our word for it, you will stop using it very soon, working out on a sub-standard pice of used gym equipment is a horrible experience.
Some of the top brands include: Life Fitness, Precor, Cybex, Inspire Fitness, NordicTrack, Sole Fitness and Technogym to name but a few.
Wear and Tear
Inspect the equipment for any kind of wear or tear, cracks, damage, rust, or other defects. Have a thorough inspection of the machine before you buy it, to ensure the working condition of the machine is as it should be. If any part is in need of replacement or cleaning, make sure the parts are easily available for purchase in your country, sometimes it can take up to 12 weeks to get parts from the USA and that’s if its available, often parts are unavailable completely.
Check the Warranty
A piece of used machine probably will have a limited warranty; however, our advice is to push for more, especially if it’s a weights machine which rarely break down or stop functioning.
Even for used cardio machines like used treadmills our advice would be to push for an industry leading warranty of anywhere from 2 months to 12 months.