Used Exercise Equipment

Buying used exercise equipment is very much like buying a used car. There are a number of important things you need to look out for and with a little ...


Buying used exercise equipment is very much like buying a used car. There are a number of important things you need to look out for and with a little bit of luck you can find some great bargains. the truth is that many people buy fitness equipment on impulse – only to never use it while others use it for a while and then it starts gathering dust in their homes. In both cases, they would be happy just to get rid of it.

There are actually 2 “classes” of used exercise equipment. The first is commercial equipment and the second is residential equipment. Both offer great opportunities to buy both a high quality and low cost equipment.

1. Commercial Exercise Equipment
Commercial equipment is what you would commonly find in your local gym or health club. You may have noticed that the types of machines you see in your local gym looks nothing like the type of machines you see in your local fitness store. The reason for this is that gyms and health clubs have heavy usage and the equipment has to be very strong and robust with a high work rate. Since its the greatest expense for any club, they cannot afford to replace equipment every month or two.

With that being said, most clubs replace their equipment once every 18-24 months. Its partly because of the wear and tear and partly because they have to provide their users with quality equipment. If you are looking to buy used exercise equipment then you can step in and buy straight from the gym when they sell the equipment off. The main advantage is that you can buy very expensive equipment for cheap but the downside is that the equipment is often not in great shape.

This is where so-called re-manufactured fitness equipment comes in. There are a number of companies that buy the equipment over from the gyms and health clubs and they then overhaul it and make it good as new before they sell it on to you – with a guarantee.

2. Residential Exercise Equipment
This is your common living room variety and includes things like treadmills, rowing machines, steppers, incline trainers and elliptical cross trainers. You can find these in your local fitness store and these machines are freely available in shops and on the internet. Although it hasn’t got the sophistication and work rate of a commercial machine, many of the better brands are really good machines with features and functions you simply cannot find in commercial machines.

The best place to find these types of equipment is on places like eBay, Craigslist and even your local newspaper. What you are looking for is people who made an impulse buy and who wants to sell you a brand new machine for half price. There are many such deals on eBay for example but you have to be very careful and make sure you buy good quality. Its important to do some research on the product itself and make sure that its had minimal use.

Used exercise equipment is in no way inferior. In reality, even residential machines should be able to handle a decent workload and as long as you buy a good brand it should be perfectly fine for your home use.

Weider Home Gym


Buying a Wider home gym buys you more than just a piece of fitness equipment. In reality you buy a piece of history as well and as the pioneers in home gym equipment, the Weider brothers started out from very humble beginnings and used their love and passion for fitness and exercise and took it from the dark gloomy gyms and into people’s living rooms. A home gym trainer gives you the opportunity to work out at your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

Often times, home gyms lack the level of intensity needed for a proper workout. With the latest range of Weider home gyms this has definitely changed. There are 2 models that I want to talk about here in a bit more detail. I consider these the 2 best Weider home gym machines.

1. Weider Max Home Gym
The Weider Max is a highly versatile machine that comes with a very attractive price tag. At less than $500 its offers virtually everything you need to have a full body workout at home. With more than 65 gym-quality workouts and 240 pounds of resistance it offers plenty of variety and resistance for an intense workout. The machine’s basic workout station consists of a bench, a lat tower, a curl station, a leg developer and a rowing seat. Unlike many similar machines, the bench and the pulleys has a very smooth motion and the machine itself performs similar to machines twice its price.

2. Weider Platinum Plus Home Gym
Although the Platinum Plus model is more expensive, it offers a set of features that are really worth the extra $250. One of the main differences is the fact that the resistance is electronically controlled with push-button ease. No more cumbersome switched and leavers to adjust the level of resistance.  With more than 75 gym-quality workout station, it offers great variety and the standard 240 pounds of resistance can be upgraded to 440 pounds for those who want to do some serious strength training on the machine.

Both these machines are compact and can be stores under a bed. The actual workout space requires is quite small which allows even those in smaller homes to use it with ease. Weider is one of the most trusted names in home fitness and although you can find many similar machines for less, none of them come close to the quality and variety that a Weider home gym offers.

Discount Fitness Equipment


Are you looking for discount fitness equipment? With the rising cost of gym memberships, many people are looking into buying fitness equipment for the home but the high initial costs can be enough to put anyone off for good. High quality fitness equipment is expensive and the challenge with buying cheap stuff is that it probably won’t last a year. The most important thing to look at when you buy any piece of fitness gear is quality. When you buy quality, especially with expensive machines like treadmills or ellipticals, it can last you for years to come and even if you do want to sell it the second hand value will be high.

So, can you buy quality equipment for less? Buying discount fitness equipment can be a tricky job because so often people get seduced into buying a cheap treadmill from their local supermarket. Big mistake!

You need to buy quality machines and with a bit of searching you really can find great bargains on quality brand names. Here are some great places where you can find quality fitness equipment for less.

1. Online
These days you can buy virtually anything online and the same goes for fitness gear. You can buy any treadmill, elliptical trainer or even a full home gym online and have it delivered to your front door. There are a number of online warehouses that regularly have close out sales. Never buy the latest and greatest machines. If you really want to get some great bargains, aim for older stock that they are trying to get rid of. the latest and greatest machines usually just have new bells and whistles while the basic machine is exactly the same.

2. eBay
Although many people think eBay is full of crap old junk, you’d be pleasantly surprised at what you can find on eBay. The simple fact remains that most people who buy expensive exercise equipment use it once or twice and then never touch it again. Often times they just want to get rid of it as its taking up too much space in the house. They are often willing to sell this for next to nothing. I’ve seen $1,000 NordicTrack treadmills go for $200 on eBay! you have to be patient though and make sure you buy something that is still in good nick.

3. Gyms And Health Clubs
The best place to find discount fitness equipment is at gyms and health clubs. The bigger clubs usually replace all their equipment every 1-2 years and when they do, they sell off the older machines which are often still in perfectly good condition. the benefit is that these are commercial equipment that is very robust and of the highest quality. There are a few companies that specialise in refurbishing old gym equipment and they actually offer warranties on these refurbished models.

If you don’t want to buy used fitness equipment your best bet is to go after close out sales – especially online sales. i suggest you find exactly what you want and check the RRP at the manufacturers website to be able to compare prices and to make sure you get a good deal.