Buying gym equipment for the home is a very good way to stay in shape, especially when you have sufficient motivation that they are used regularly. However, the buying process is laden with many dangers as the market is full of substandard equipment, sold with the promise of quick and easy results. If you find any of the sentences below in any of your purchase, there is a high chance you are about to waste your money.
“It Offers Easy, Quick and Effortless Results”
It doesn’t matter what gym equipment it is, this statement is false and won’t come with any scientific proof or evidence. You can’t stay fit without sweating and working in a dedicated manner. If it promises a quick and easy way to lose weight, it is basically a quick and easy way to lose your money.
“It is Guaranteed to Fix the Fat in Your “X” Area”
Losing weight in any part of the body involves regular exercises involving the whole body. While the thought of easily burning fat from your hips and thighs alone without doing much is tempting, it is better to stay away from any such products.
“Check Out These Amazing Before and After Photos”
Even if the pictures are indeed amazing, what are the odds that everyone that has bought the gym equipment got the same wonderful results? Even if there is celebrity endorsement of the equipment, quickly remind yourself that the celebrity is being remunerated for his/her services. The well chiselled models in the ads didn’t get their body shape in just a few weeks either. They must have put in months of work in the gym and at home while maintaining healthy lifestyle choices. This is of course if the images haven’t been heavily photo-shopped!
So What Should You Do Before You Buy the Exercise Equipment?
Start a Workout Routine
If you don’t have a workout habit already, the costliest gym equipment won’t change anything. The intention and motivation must be there if the equipment is to avoid taking up space and just gathering dust.
Look For the Right Gym Equipment
Before you make the purchase, you need to go to the local gym to test out the type of equipment you intend to purchase. If your gym doesn’t have it, check with a retailer that allows testing or look for anyone that already owns the equipment.
What Do Reviews Say?
Consumer and fitness review sites will give you an idea of how a product performs and the chances of the equipment helping you achieve your fitness goals. They will help you see if the equipment can help you improve your endurance, enhance your health, build strength and increase flexibility. While reading the reviews, watch out of overly positive opinions. You can find what grievances have been lodged about the product on the web by simply adding terms like “problem” or “complaint” to the product or manufacturer name in any search engine.
“Find the Best Price”
When calculating the cost of the gym equipment, don’t forget factors like delivery charges, shipping, VAT etc. Additionally, confirm what the warranty situation is, to see if shipping or restocking fees will apply if you decide the equipment isn’t for you anymore.
With these tips you will be able to avoid wasting your hard earned cash when purchasing the right gym equipment, and take your fitness regime to a whole new level.