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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  1. A lot of second hand gym equipment is quite new as people buy it and use it for a short time and then lose interest. It is definately a cheaper option when looking for gym equipment.

  2. Great information Renee. Wish I this had been around to read before I purchased some second hand equipment. At least I will know what to look out for in future :-)
    Thanks for the great post.

  3. Pingback: Tweets that mention Second Hand Gym Equipment | Personal Fitness Equipment --

  4. If buying used equipment from a gym, how old would you suggest to be too old so that I can be confident of a reasonable service life for my requirements?



  5. Very sound advice.
    When I am looking at second hand Gym Equipment or any second hand equipment for that matter I tend to look at what the equipment was for and if the person looks like they have used it. E.g. someone owns a tread mill and they are selling it, I ask myself how fit is the person? Not very well it may not have been used! As for looking after the equipment I find looking in someone’s car a very general but has never failed me yet. If the car is a mess they generally do not keep things well maintained. Most people rely on their car 100% and if you can’t look after these, then I find it generally reflects elsewhere in their lives.

    Just a personal insight which may be of use to others. Great post and thank you.

  6. Personal Fitness Adviser

    Hi Terry,

    that depends very much on the state of the equipment. Professional Gym Equipment is much sturdier than fitness equipment designed for home use. If you purchase weights etc the age doesn’t really matter. If you want to buy a treadmill, elliptical trainer or similar check with the company if they still can deliver spare parts in case you need them. If not, I would be very careful.
    An alternative is to check out Refurbished Fitness Equipment, as they come with a warranty.

    I hope you find the right piece of equipment

  7. Personal Fitness Adviser

    Hi Benji,

    that is a very simple but I am sure very effective tip to get an insight on peoples general attitude to maintaining their belongings. I will keep that in mind :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Personal Fitness Adviser

    Hello Bronwyn,

    glad you enjoyed the post and found it helpful. I am sure you will make all the right decisions next time you look for a second hand gym equipment :)

  9. Buying 2nd hand equipment sounds like a fantastic idea – I would just be concerned about wear and tear and not picking up an area of the equipment which has been refurbished well. The savings though would be fantastic for having professional quality equipment.

  10. Good advice there, But the comment Benji made about the condition of their car, appears to be a good start to how they look after their equipment

  11. Due to the cost of brand new equipment, buying second hand will mean that you can have purchase the right equipment and save a good deal of money, which then means you can buy more to add to a home based gym! Love your hints and tips for what to look for when deciding on what to buy.


  12. I never thought of asking my local gym for second hand gym equipment… What a great idea! Thanks for all your tips, including testing the equipment before buying. I will only have to find the space now :)

  13. A lot of websites offering second hand Gym Equipment. Just go to search engines and search for the equipment you want to search.

  14. Personal Fitness Adviser

    I agree, there are lot’s of sites online that sell second hand gym equipment. Just make sure you test it thoroughly before you decide to buy :)

  15. Craigslist is also a good online site for 2nd hand gym equipment. You can search by state which makes it a bit easier to find equipment that is more local to you.

  16. Personal Fitness Adviser

    Hi David,
    thanks for adding this information. Have you bought some second hand gym equipment there yourself? What are your experiences?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge

This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 3 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)