Fitness Equipment

The fitness industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry.  Ironically, more people than ever are obese, out of shape, overweight, or struggling in some way with their health.  The problem seems to be that we like to buy exercise equipment much more than we like to use it.

If you are going to buy a piece of exercise equipment, whether it’s an exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, at-home gym, or weight bench, the first thing you need to do is research.  Luckily, your research can be done online, doesn’t take much time, and can give you tremendous insight before you go shopping.

When you are researching a piece of exercise equipment, don’t make the assumption that the more you spend the better the equipment will be.  In fact, there are quite a few seemingly “low-end” pieces of exercise equipment that work as well if not better than there thousand-dollar counterparts.  What matters most is whether or not the equipment will meet your needs.  Will it hold your weight?  Will it fit in the space you have available?  Does it have the “bells and whistles” that you think are critically important?

Obviously, once you start shopping around for equipment, you will get a better idea of what exactly you want and don’t want in what you buy.  Buying online without seeing the equipment in person, however, is ill-advised.  Especially if you are buying a treadmill, elliptical, or an exercise bike, you will want to be able to climb on the equipment and try it out.  Is it adjustable, especially if more than one person will be sharing it?  Can you use it comfortable without feeling strained?  Does it have any pre-programmed exercises or health monitoring equipment (if that is important to you)?

Before buying any exercise equipment, you should firmly establish your budget.  You may go in knowing exactly what you want only to have a sales person convince you that for an extra hundred dollars you could have even more bells and whistles than you wanted in the first place.  If you go in knowing exactly how much you want to spend and stick to it, you will be more satisfied with your purchase in the end and have money left over for workout clothing.

One last thing you should do before buying equipment is to check the feedback the equipment has received online from other purchasers.  Thanks to the internet, consumers are more capable of letting each other know what brands or products to stay away from; you can get a lot of information by reading the feedback others give the equipment.  Always read more than just the first few – look for some who have had the equipment for a while to make sure it keeps working and isn’t prone to breaking quickly.