Purchasing Your Own Home Exercise Equipment

Whether it’s a simple jump rope at a dollar store or a thousand-dollar treadmill at a specialty sports store, you can find home exercise equipment almost everywhere you go. As you might expect, the cost, quality and durability of each item will vary considerably. Before purchasing any home exercise items, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the best value for your money on equipment that meets your specific needs.

Quality vs. cost

If you’re only looking for a jump rope, it probably doesn’t make sense to buy a $30 brand-name product with special neoprene handles and other bells and whistles. You can probably find a suitable model in the toy department of a dollar store. Of course, if you do take the budget route, be careful of any item that you can injure you. For example, make sure the handles on your jump rope are sturdy and won’t break with regular use and check for any sharp edges around the connection points.

On the other hand, if you’re planning to make a big investment in major home exercise equipment, make sure you do your research! Don’t just buy the cheapest treadmill or elliptical trainer you can find – if it doesn’t have the features you want; you won’t be likely to use it. Look up other people’s opinions at ConsumerReports.com and ePinions.com. If people have overwhelmingly reviewed one machine negatively, don’t buy it – even if the price is right.

Safety and durability

Don’t just buy an exercise machine off the internet – make sure you can see it in person before you commit. Evaluate any potential item for safety purposes before you buy – see if it looks sturdy and check the areas where metal and plastic join. Metal can easily wear into the plastic, which can snap or give way, resulting in injury. This is especially important to check if you’re purchasing larger pieces of equipment that will support your whole body.

If cost is an issue, don’t compromise on a lower quality machine. First, find out which brand of equipment you want to own and what specific model number you want to own. See if you can find any second hand items available for purchase through classified listings or garage sales. Of course, while this may help you cut costs, it’s also important to examine every item carefully before you purchase it. You might be able to find a like-new piece of equipment for pennies on the dollar.

Choosing equipment that you’ll use

Each year thousands of treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines and cross trainers collect dust in people’s homes. Aside from not doing anything to improve fitness, these items cost money and take up valuable space and resources. If you aren’t 100% sure you’re going to use your home fitness equipment regularly, try visiting your local gym to test out various pieces of equipment before you buy. This will help you determine if you really want to pay to have similar machines in your home for daily use.

Today, you can find exercise equipment in almost any store. That said, before purchasing these items, it’s important to make sure that they’ll meet your unique needs. If you have concerns about any particular item, you may want to wait until you can look in another store, or find out what else is available. Once you’re committed to exercise, having the right items on hand at home is a great step in the direction of achieving your fitness goals.