If you’ve been dreaming about building your own home gym but money is a big hindrance, then you might want to consider buying used exercise and 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 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.
First things first, you have to understand that a lot of commercial fitness centers out there will purchase new equipment with the idea that it will be enough to convince their current members to renew or even lure in new ones. 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.
But then again, there also are those that might have some hidden defects or problems in them. Therefore, it’s a wise decision to first learn everything about used fitness equipment before you go on shopping.
Know the Terminology
The truth is you really won’t find any existing formal standard or rules on describing used gym equipment. What you need to do instead is try to figure out what makes a pre-owned, refurbished, or reconditioned gym equipment different from another. Because you’re still are spending money for this investment, you should try hard to get an explanation from the salesperson.
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 true if you find a residential grade of the same equipment. The reason why they’re commercial grade is because they are built and designed to withstand use and abuse.
Manufacturer and Model
With regards to buying used products, including exercise machines, it is very important that you pick those made by renowned manufacturers or established brands. If you choose a manufacturer with an attached reputation for making premium quality products, it mostly likely means that even if you are merely buying a pre-owned item, it still is reliable performance wise. Don’t ever buy one with an unknown manufacturer because you might end up literally throwing your money away.
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 the event that there no longer is a manufacturer warranty applicable, then it is best you inquire about what the dealer can give you.