Looking to build some muscle, or perhaps lose some weight? Then a home gym can be a great start. But where are the best places to shop around for the equipment that you need? Or who is going to have the best prices? Don’t worry, we will give you some good advice on this.
Yes, prices will vary quite a bit from place to place, but so will the quality of the equipment too, so while you should shop around for a good deal, don’t sacrifice to much quality just to get a better deal. After all, a machine that just ends up collapsing or falling apart a few weeks down the road isn’t going to do you much good at all, and could even lead to you getting injured.
If you are going after high end home gym equipment like treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, and the like, then you would be best off to shop at stores that are specialized in this kind of work out equipment. Specialized stores tend to sell the best quality equipment when compared to cheaper retail chain stores such as Walmart and Kmart, for example. You are better off to pay a little more if you have to, rather than buying something that won’t stand the test of time.
If you are just looking to buy some of the more basic work out equipment, such as dumb bells, bar bells, weight plates, and stretchy bands etc. you can definitely lower the bar a bit, and go with the less expensive chain stores mentioned above. When buying this kind of basic home gym equipment, you really don’t have to worry much about the quality. A metal dumb bell is pretty much a metal dumb bell, no matter where you buy it from. The same goes for pretty much all of the other basic work out equipment as well.
A good rule of thumb is that if it contains no real moving parts or anything mechanical like that, then you can just buy the cheapest brand that you can find and you should be just fine. Another great way to save a LOT of money is to look for this type of equipment at garage sales or in the newspapers. There is nothing wrong with buying the basic equipment as used, and you can always get it for far less money than brand new.
Also, another neat way that you can sometimes save money on the bigger, more complicated (and expensive) equipment, is to actually call up the manufacture of the product. If you have the model number of a treadmill or elliptical machine (or whatever you are interested in), you can actually call the manufacture of that product and ask them if they sell it direct. Some manufactures indeed sell their equipment directly to the consumer, which will almost always save you some serious cash VS buying the same exact piece of equipment at a retail store.
Last but not least, talk to a personal trainer if you know one. Sometimes they can get discounts on workout equipment, and many times they are more than willing to make a purchase for you if you give them the money for the product that you are interested in buying through them.