Fitness equipment, more so than a lot of other purchases, can be quite difficult to buy. For starters, it can be quite expensive – which makes it a risky shopping trip in itself. What if I buy the wrong thing?
It’s also difficult because there are so many options, and it depends on your current workout regime. You could buy a rower, only for it to become useless when you next devise a plan. So, to make your shopping trip a lot, lot easier, the following post will present several handy tips you can utilize. Happy shopping!
Devise an inclusive workout plan first
This is so you know what equipment you’ll need. We just discussed the limitations of a workout plan in conjunction with equipment, so make sure your plan is all inclusive. Make sure it has space for that rower or that treadmill all year round. This means you’ll get your money’s worth.
For example – if you’re a bodybuilder, build a plan that includes ten minutes of cardio at the end of your workout. This has additional benefits, and one of them is that you can use many pieces of equipment to get that cardio done. Rowers, treadmills, bikes, or even jogging. This way, that equipment you bought will always be relevant!
Buy online – it’s easier
It means you don’t have to squash a huge piece of equipment in your car. And, more often than not, there’s a bigger variety from online vendors. Some companies, like The Smart Consumer. Above all, I recommend you use the same good practices you’d use when buying anything online. Read reviews, thoroughly check the product description, and check the returns guarantee. It’s hard to gauge the usefulness of fitness equipment until you’re using it.
See if it can be easily stored
If your space is limited, see if the equipment can be easily stored first. Some benches can be folded away and placed against a wall, while others can’t. Buying a plate tree would be a good way for you to store your weight plates, too.
Check used equipment thoroughly
It goes without saying, but it’s important to have 100 percent safety guaranteed. You don’t want to be lifting a heavy weight, only for your barbell to crumble under the pressure. It can be dangerous if this equipment goes wrong, so make sure it’s fully functional.
Cardio or weight training?
So you aren’t buying blind, choose a focus first. Cardio fans will want to skew toward that kind of equipment, where weight trainers may prefer pull-up bars and squat racks. Decide where your program is headed, and buy accordingly. You could save a lot of cash.
Multi-gyms are a great way to get a few pieces of equipment at a lower price. Some include benches, squat racks, pull-up bars and even leg extensions. This saves you buying individual bits of kit, and is worthwhile choice for the aspiring home bodybuilder.
And that just about does it! Do you have any fitness equipment tips? Let us know in the comments below!