Second Hand Exercise Equipment
Building a home gym is not cheap. One way that you can save money is by buying second hand. But what are some of the things you should be concerned with, and where can you find used exercise equipment to buy? In this article, we’ll take a look at some places you can look for second hand exercise equipment, and we’ll talk about some issues you might want to be careful about.
Where to Buy It
There are a few places you can look for second hand gear. First and foremost, there is Craigslist. Some sections you can look in include Sporting Goods, General, and Beauty and Health. Second, you can look online. While ordering online might not be the best option for second hand exercise equipment if it is very large or heavy, it might work out better for smaller pieces. You can check eBay or Amazon, as well as other sites. Lastly, you should check fitness forums. Some of them have classified sections, and if you can find people close to you in location, it might work well to go there (especially as, potentially, people who go on fitness forums [and therefore, tend to be more invested in their personal fitness] may be more likely to take better care of their equipment). All of these choices are good potential options, but in general I have found prices to be best on Craigslist.
Don’t forget that garage sales are another possible source for finding second hand fitness equipment. The selection is more iffy, but prices can be quite good (and negotiable)! I found a like-new Ab Lounge Chair for $15 at a garage sale–these list for about $106 now, so it was a great deal. (Incidentally, I like the Ab Lounge Chair because of the ability it gives you to extend backwards.)
What to Look Out for When Buying
If you are buying in person, through Craigslist, classifieds, or other methods, you have the most control over making sure a piece is in good condition. If it is a piece of equipment that has a computer or other onboard electronics, make sure you plug it in and check that it is working. If it is a piece with lots of moving parts, test it out to make sure that the parts are moving as they should. In general, check the sturdiness of anything you are considering buying. While nuts and bolts are able to be tightened, more serious sturdiness issues are not something you want to mess with. Check important areas of machines for rust, and in general make sure that the features that you are expecting to have with a machine are working properly. If buying online, you do not have as much control over quality. Check pictures, if there are any, carefully. Most sites you can order second hand items from have some sort of rating system–even classifieds on forums often have threads where you can report bad experiences with sellers or buyers.
You should definitely consider buying exercise equipment second hand. You can save on the equipment, and potentially have a more well-rounded gym than if you just buy new equipment. There are a number of ways you can find equipment to buy, too, and you should check multiple ones so that you can compare and avoid missing out on deals you could have had. But, as with anything you buy second hand, you should make sure that the pieces you want to buy are in good shape, by inspecting them or, if necessary, looking at ratings on sites that have them. Good luck in building your personal gym!
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