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How To Buy The Best Fitness Equipment For Your Home Workouts

Aug 17, 2007
Buying home exercise equipment is a great way to shape up in the privacy of your home. It not only allows you to save money that you might spend on expensive fitness clubs but it also allows you to perform your exercises without feeling self-conscious or feeling that you have to keep up with everyone else in a class.

With your own home exercise equipment you can exercise at a pace and level that you feel comfortable with. However, if you are not careful, the decision to purchase exercise equipment can be a costly one. So before buying exercise equipment that in the end you really didn't want or won't use, take some time to think about the following factors first.

Your Fitness Goals

What fitness goals do you want to achieve? Will the equipment help you achieve your desired goal? Do you want to purchase exercise equipment for a beginner's level, intermediate or advanced level? Are you trying to achieve general fitness, or are you trying to rehabilitate from an illness or injury?

Single User Or Multiple Users

Another factor to consider when buying exercise equipment is, are you buying the equipment for yourself or will you be sharing it with a spouse or roommate?

If someone is going to be sharing the equipment with you then you will want to make sure that if any adjustments need to be made on the equipment, they are fairly easy and simple to make.
If it is difficult to make adjustments on a piece of equipment that you want to use often, it may discourage you from using the equipment altogether.

Ease Of Use

When buying exercise equipment for your home you will also want to make sure that the piece of equipment is easy to learn. Buying exercise equipment that is difficult to learn may affect your motivation to use it in the long run.


Cost is an important factor to most people when considering buying exercise equipment. Deciding on what type of budget you have for this kind of purchase will help you choose the exercise equipment that is right for you.

Exercise equipment can cost anywhere from $20.00 up to thousands of dollars or more for advanced equipment - it all depends what you want and what your needs are. If you do want to buy very advanced home exercise equipment, you may want to spend some time with a salesperson making sure it has a good warranty.


Once you've decided how much you can spend, think about how much space you have in your home for your exercise equipment.

Will your new exercise equipment have a room all its own? Or will you need to scale down a bit to a smaller model that you can fit in a corner?


You will also want to check out the equipment's durability as well. Some things that you may want to watch out for is making sure the equipment has enough padding on it - if this is applicable. Check to see if joints are steady during use and do not wobble.

If the exercise equipment is covered in some kind of upholstery you may want to check to see that the upholstery is durable. For example, double-stitched, fitted upholstery can sometimes have a longer life than upholstery that is stapled. Exercise equipment covers that are fastened on the back are better so they do not get pulled.


Safety is possibly the most important consideration when buying home exercise equipment. Is the equipment safe? How stable is the equipment? If you have children or other people in the home with you will they be safe around the equipment?
These are all important safety issues that should be addressed before considering buying exercise equipment for your home.

And lastly, another important aspect of buying exercise equipment for your home is that it must be fun to use in order for it to be effective.
It's true.
If the exercise equipment that you've chosen is boring and dull, or you do not enjoy working out with it, you will be less likely to stick to your exercise routine. It is therefore advisable, then, to select equipment that gives you various options that you can enjoy for years to come.
About the Author
Patricia has been interested in Health & Fitness since the early 70's & knows how to find the best deals on fitness equipment.
Largest Selection & Lowest Prices On Fitness Equipment at http://www.fitness4families.com
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