We all know buying gym equipment is expensive. It’s easy to understand why most people tend to check eBay or Craigslist for pre-owned options before they buy something brand new. While buying pre-owned is not looked down upon, as gym equipment this day and age can last for years, it is smart to check out what you are purchasing and buy something that’s worth the price. Here are some tips on buying pre-owned equipment so you can get yourself in the best shape of your life — for less!

What to Buy

It’s necessary to find and pick out what you like when it comes to fitness. If you like biking better than running, go for the bicycle rather than the treadmill. You may want both so you can ride the bike when you are watching your favorite show and you can run on the treadmill with your favorite music, or walk on it while reading your favorite book. Whatever it is you buy, be sure it works with your fitness goals, and it’s something you wouldn’t grow tired of quickly.

Choose Quality Brands

Always be sure to remember just because you are buying “used” equipment doesn’t mean you can’t buy good equipment. Used doesn’t have to mean generic. If you’re interested in purchasing a particular brand name machine or machines, go for it! Buying brand names may add a large extra cost to your purchase, but it can also save you money in the long run when it comes to repairs or maintenance costs in the future.

Check Wear And Tear

Another clue that will tell you if used equipment is up to par or not is whether it’s been damaged through previous use. Before purchasing any used equipment, you want to inspect for any damage, excessive wear, cracks, rust, or any other type of defect. For instance, if you’re buying a bike, we suggest checking out the bike belts. Thoroughly test out the equipment before you buy it to ensure that everything works as it should. Of course “used” equipment will have some wear, but not enough to where you won’t get what you pay for. While you’re at it, go ahead and check the emergency shut-off switches and the electronics and wires for fraying or signs of damage. Any rubber or plastic parts should not show signs of cracks or excessive wear.

Paying For Used Equipment

Price is the main component that stops us from buying items. If you are curious as to whether you are paying a decent amount for a piece of used equipment, or you’re worried you’re getting conned into paying more than you should, check the retail price at an online site such as amazon.com to see the going rate for the used equipment in your area. This will give you a good idea of the market value of the item. From there, you can negotiate with the seller and get the equipment for a price you feel good about.

The best advice on buying any used item is to do thorough research, refrain from impulsive purchases, and ask a lot of questions to the seller. If you have a bad feeling, aren’t getting straight answers to your questions, or see any inconsistencies between the product and the seller’s story, move on. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Get Started With Balance Fitness

If you’re not happy with the equipment you use to exercise with, you’re not going to be happy working out. While we all go through our moods with exercising, Balance Fitness wants to make sure you’re happy with purchases and programs you are using. If you have any questions about equipment, home gyms, exercise programs, or dieting, feel free to call us at our San Mateo office (650) 348 1259, our Santa Clara office (408) 244 3010, or contact us online! We are here to help you through your fitness journey and beyond, which is the exact reason we’ve been staying busy for over two decades.