Buying a piece of exercise equipment for the home can be a daunting task. I covered in an earlier post what you should consider when deciding on a specific piece. Another very legitimate thing to look at is to buy new or used. As with anything else, there are pros and cons to all of this. Lets take a look at what some of these would be and I’ll add a video to help explain.
Typically, you can get a used piece from a company or an individual. One place we don’t think of looking is commercial dealers in your area. They will usually buy back equipment from gyms when they replace with new. The nice thing about this is normally these pieces are 3-5 years old, depending on the facility they get them from. And most of the time the dealer won’t buy back pieces they can’t re-sell. What you are getting with that used piece is commercial grade equipment. These pieces are made to be used all day long, 7 days a week. What this means is that even though it is used, it is going to be able to withstand your usage at home for a very long time. There is most likely no way you could wear this piece out. A commercial treadmill will cost around $8,000 new, some more, some less. You can get this substantially less than that price and, even though it may be a little more that a new residential piece, it will probably be a good investment.
The downside of a used piece is that it doesn’t come with a warranty, and getting that new piece most likely will have a warranty. That warranty is like insurance, or a warranty on a new car. You don’t want to have to use it but it is nice to have when you need it! Watch video below.