Looking for fitness equipment deals? The bargains are out there, but be sure you know what you’re looking for before you buy fitness equipment and you won’t end up paying too much.
How do you find the best deals on fitness equipment?
1. Decide whether to buy new or used.
Right now you can find deals on used equipment on Craigslist, but much of it is thrashed! People are buying new and replacing their old stuff, or just hoping to unload their under-used gear. Sometimes you’ll find a gem, but be sure you try it out before you agree to buy.
If you’re buying new treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine or other home gym machines, check the warranty to make sure it works for you.
Look for Free Shipping options too, as these heavy items can cost almost as much to ship as the items themselves.
2. Evaluate your current fitness and where you want to be 6 months from now and purchase accordingly.
Everyone’s needs are different and we’re all a work in progress. If you’re just beginning your fitness program, consider a trial gym membership to see what machines you like to use, what classes fit your personality, and to get a feel for your overall fitness level before you buy anything.
A gym experience may convince you a yoga class with 30 strangers is the way to go more than a home gym.
In contrast. time at the gym may solidify your desire to purchase a quality treadmill or elliptial to help you lose weight and get fit in 2013 at home.
Remember that an exercise equipment deal isn’t a deal at all if you end up not using it!
3. Read product reviews before purchasing fitness equipment.
It’s great to be able to try out equipment before you purchase it, but you can’t always be that lucky, especially with big ticket items like treadmills or exercise bikes.
Reading reviews like those on Amazon exercise products is very helpful in evaluating whether those items will be good purchases for you.
What did the reviewers like and dislike about the item?
Was it hard to put together?
How is its durability?
How was it shipped?
You can also leave comments or often contact reviewers directly to ask questions before you purchase when buying on Amazon, which along with their low prices makes their deals tough to beat.
4. Compare sellers, and product features at the same price-point.
Items like dumbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, and yoga mats don’t have that many features that require evaluation prior to purchase. Generally speaking, if you find a low price, it’s safe to buy them and assume you got a deal.
With home gyms, ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes and other fitness equipment costing $200 or more, it’s good to compare similar products to get the quality you want at the right price.
Pick a few similar items and do your reasearch. Somtimes paying a bit more for an item pays off in durability and your overall happiness with an item.
Also compare sellers and what they have to offer.
Find the best price on the same item, and then look at warranties and associated promotions for the best deal.
After comparing products from various retailers you may find that key features you really want like an iPod dock aren’t available on lower priced items.
If a feature is important to you and will likely extend your enjoyment of your new fitness equipment, it may be worth it to you to look for a deal at a higher price-point, but still continue to try and compare similar products to find the best deal.
If you need help finding current deals on exercise equipment, supplements, vitamins, or workout wear, feel free to contact the Savvy Sleuth by leaving a comment or sending a direct message.