Tips For Choosing the Best Home Fitness Equipment
Fitness equipment for the home is expensive. It is important that you buy the right products. Choose badly and you may find yourself with something inferior that not only works badly or breaks down, but could also be potentially harmful. So how do you know what to buy? Here are six tips.
1. Check out your local gym. See what products it uses. Gyms simply cannot afford to install inferior equipment. They need something that will work every time, all the time. Of course, they will choose professional equipment that is very expensive. Home gyms usually do not need equipment of such a high standard. But the same manufacturers that make the high-end professional equipment often also produce high-quality devices for home use, generally with fewer features but at much more reasonable prices.
2. Ask a personal trainer what he or she uses at home. These people know what is good and what is not. They may also be able to provide guidance on where to buy the equipment and on the best prices.
3. Try to find objective reviews of the equipment. Unfortunately, this is not always easy. For example, you will not find a lot online. Fitness magazines do carry product reviews, but sometimes these are little more than advertising and promotion, paid for by the manufacturer. You will need to be discerning. A good public library may have a selection of magazines offering a diverse range of views on certain products.
4. Check out user reviews. These can be found online, at sales sites like Amazon.com and Epinions, and also at some specialized fitness equipment retailers. However, be aware that these are not objective expert analyzes of the equipment. Nevertheless, the opinions of actual users can be a very useful guide. But a further caution – manufacturers themselves have been known to place favorable reviews on some of these sites.
5. Look at the warranty on offer. Gym equipment is supposed to be rugged and durable. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime guarantee, which means they have confidence in their product. These are the manufacturers you should trust.
6. Of course you will be looking at the price. But check too what accessories are included. For example, here are some of the accessories that are included with certain home gyms – squat bar pads, a revolving lat bar, a revolving straight bar, ankle strap, ab/tricep strap and single grip handles. Some of these are quite specialized and you may not use all these accessories. But as you progress in your training it could be that you find a use for them, and having them included with your equipment, rather than having to purchase them separately, could mean a significant cost saving.