Buying your own gym equipment can be a very expensive exercise. So Second Hand Gym Equipment is definitely an interesting option to go for when money is tight but the wish for your own home gym is there.
So what do you need to look out for when buying Second Hand Gym Equipment?
Where To Find Second Hand Gym Equipment
There are a lot of resources for second hand gym equipment:
- check out Ebay
- ask at your local gym if they are selling some stuff
- check online for a company that is retailing second hand gym equipment Some of them might also offer refurbished exercise equipment which has some important advantages compared to just second hand equipment
- have a look at the “For Sale” ads in your local newspaper
- check the garage sales
Before you go out on the hunt make sure you know what you want and that it fits into your personal gym space and that it is the piece of personal fitness equipment you need.
Is It Worth The Price?
When you have found the second hand gym equipment you want to buy you need to make sure that it does what it is supposed to do. So there are a few things you need to check, and the more complex the piece of equipment the more things to check.
If you just want some free weights it doesn’t really matter what condition they are in, weight is weight.
That’s very different when you decide to buy a second hand treadmill or elliptical trainer. There you need to make sure that they are fully operational, not too worn out and safe to operate. Check out our Tips on Used Fitness Equipment.
When shopping for second hand gym equipment, check out the following steps to assure that you will get the best piece of equipment you possibly can.
- Know your goals before you buy. What second hand gym equipment you purchase will depend largely on what you wish to accomplish. Decide on your plan of action and then buy the fitness equipment that meets you needs.
- Make sure you have enough space. Determine where you will set up your home gym. Measure the space and make a scale drawing on a piece of graph paper. Then, take your measuring tape and chart and make sure that what you purchase will fit and that you will have enough room to move freely around the equipment.
- Never purchase any second hand gym equipment without testing it. If it is a treadmill or some other piece of electrical equipment, ask to plug it in and then hop on the equipment and try it out. If the previous owner doesn’t allow you to try it before you commit to buying it, look elsewhere.
- Do a little research before you buy. Ask to see owner’s manuals, or call ahead and find out the make and model of the equipment and then Google it for user reviews, owners manuals and more.
- Check the equipment over thoroughly to make sure there aren’t any loose connections or hidden flaws. Missing screws, loose joints and instability are all signs that the equipment is in poor condition and will fall apart soon.
When you follow these tips I am sure you will make a good deal when buying your second hand gym equipment.