Used Gym Equipment Buying Guide for Metairie Residents
This entry was posted on August 7, 2018.
Everyone wants to get fit but not everyone can afford shiny new equipment, a personal trainer, or a membership to one of the local Metairie gyms. But getting and staying fit and healthy shouldn’t cost people an arm and a leg.
Buying The Right Used Fitness Equipment
At Fitness Expo Stores, we provide a wide range of used gym equipment at prices that don’t break the bank. But enough about us, you’re here to learn more about what to look for when buying used gym equipment. This handy guide will help you find gently used gym equipment “fit” for any budget.
Read on to learn more…
First, Know Your Goals
Not everyone needs the same gym equipment. And you don’t need to overdo it when first starting out. Cardio your thing? Then perhaps all you need is a killer treadmill or elliptical machine such as the BH Fitness S1EI.
On the other hand, perhaps toning or bulking up is on your bucket list this year. In that case, a nice set of free weights or a multi-purpose resistance machine such as the Powertech Workbench Multipress with Isolateral arms might be a better fit.
Matching your goals to the necessary equipment is an important first step, and one that can save you time, frustration, and hard-earned dollars when it comes to buying the right setup for your home, office, or gym.
The internet is a great place to start your research, so is your local gym or equipment store. If you’ve ever had a gym membership in the past, think back to that experience and the types of equipment you liked to use or that best suits your style of working out.
Also, be sure to think about your long-term as well as your short-term goals. After all, you don’t want to buy a piece of equipment that is just going to collect dust after you hit your target goal, right?
Go for Quality over Quantity
Speaking of the right equipment for the job, not all gym equipment are made equal. And when it comes to used equipment, nothing is as important as buying a high-quality piece that will pay off for years to come.
Cheaper brands may be appealing, but don’t always offer the best “deal” or value at closer inspection. Be sure to check out reviews, warranties, and talk with your local equipment provider to get feedback on the right way to go.
Best of all, with Fitness Expo Stores you don’t have to break the bank to get high quality used gym equipment. We offer a wide selection of new and used gym equipment for both personal and commercial use.
Know the Features That are Important to You
Not all machines or free weights are the same, and this holds true for every other piece of fitness equipment as well. Make sure to know exactly what you need from your gym equipment, be it a treadmill, a bike, or a weight set.
Extra features are nice, but if your budget is tight, they may be a luxury best left for Metairie’s high rollers. On the other hand, if there is a feature you really like or plan on utilizing more frequently, this might be the time to treat yourself.
And if you’re still unsure, head on over to our store to give the device a test drive. Conversely, many local gyms in Metairie offer free trial memberships where you could test out various equipment and features to get a better feel and understanding for exactly what you need.
Check for Defects and Wear
The old adage, “inspect what you expect” holds true here. If you want a properly working machine in mint condition, you’ll need to make sure the unit meets your expectations in appearance, form, and function.
It is important to make sure the equipment isn’t worn and that there are no safety issues from damaged or depreciated parts. Make sure that all parts of the equipment are present and that nothing is missing.
It’s a good idea to get a full parts list from the manufacturer’s website (either on paper or on your mobile device) when shopping at the store. This will help you validate that you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for.
Also, look for visual signs of wear such as cracks, rust, or wear in padding. These signs of wear may indicate the equipment will be in need of a costlier repair in the near future and may even pose a safety hazard during use.
Most important of all, take the equipment for a test drive. You wouldn’t purchase a car without firing up the engine and taking it around the block a few times. Same holds true with gym equipment.
Does the equipment run smoothly? Do all the features work properly, including any safety pins or measures? How does it feel? Are you able to adjust the height or settings to comfortably fit your body type?
If yes, you’re one step closer to taking that bad boy home for a good workout session.
Ask About Any Warranties or Guarantees
Used gym equipment, like any used product, comes with a history of use by someone other than yourself. And while we’d like to think others would treat the equipment with respect and the maintenance it deserves, that is not always the case.
But you can mitigate the risk of wear and abuse from previous owners with any of the following:
- Manufacturer warranty
- Store warranty
- Customer friendly return policies
Shopping for bottom of the barrel pricing isn’t usually the best route to go, but that doesn’t mean you should need to take out a second mortgage to get the fitness equipment you need.
Feel free to shop around to make sure you’re getting a fair price, and remember, the lowest price isn’t always the best one. Take into consideration purchasing locally in Metairie may save you shipping costs (gym equipment can be heavy), and you get expert advice, consultation, and service from someone you can meet face to face with.
Ready to Find the Perfect Used Gym Equipment in Metairie?
Contact us today to find the best deals, and impeccable service you can trust! At Fitness Expo Stores we offer a huge selection of the best new and used gym equipment in Metairie.