Looking for equipment for your gym? Whether you’re buying new or used, it’s important to do plenty of research before you invest part of your gym set-up budget on weights, racks, cardio machines and other equipment.
Gym equipment is available from a large variety of brand and retailers. It ranges from cheap, simple and lightweight to expensive, expertly crafted and durable, with no shortage of other options in between.
As a result of this, knowing what to look for can be a challenge, especially if you’re opening or renovating a gym as a first-timer.
Below, we’ve listed the top three things you should look for when comparing gym equipment for sale. From user reviews to maintenance, wear and tear, pricing and more, use these tactics as you shop to get a better deal on more dependable equipment for your new fitness center.
Great Reviews From Other Customers
Reviews from real customers are the best indicator of whether a product is worth buying or not, and commercial gym equipment is no exception.
Because gym equipment is often subject to heavy use, design, construction, and material issues can present themselves fairly quickly. If a rack, machine or other pieces of equipment doesn’t live up to the manufacturer’s promises, it’s far from unlikely that its problems have gone unnoticed.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against buying gym equipment that isn’t as good as you might think is by looking at reviews from existing customers.
If you’re buying your gym equipment from an online merchant, check the existing reviews from previous customers. If your preferred merchant doesn’t have any customer reviews, Google the name of the product — you might be able to find customer reviews on another website.
If you’re buying the equipment from a local merchant, call them and ask if they can provide the contact details of a previous customer. This way, you’ll be able to get a first-hand review of the equipment before you consider purchasing it for your gym.
Alternatively, another approach is to look for another gym — preferably one that’s outside your local area and not in competition with yours — and ask for their opinion on the equipment they purchased. This gives you first-hand data on a specific brand from a real gym operator.
Whichever approach you choose, the theory behind this tactic is simple — getting first-hand, authentic customer feedback can help you avoid equipment that isn’t worth your money and focus on the equipment that deserves your attention.
A Solid, Reliable Manufacturer’s Guarantee
Buying gym equipment isn’t just a purchase — it’s an investment. Like any investment, it’s vital that you buy gym equipment that’s built not just for six months or one year of reliable use, but with the long-term in mind.
High-quality fitness equipment manufacturers know that durability and reliability are important factors for their customers, which is why they’re normally happy to back up their promises with an extensive guarantee.
When you’re comparing different brands of gym equipment, don’t just look at specifications or pricing — instead, look at the amount of confidence the manufacturer has in their product.
Does one product come with a longer warranty period than another? Does the manufacturer cover more factors in their warranty (for example, the frame of the equipment, motor (a major component of many cardiovascular exercise machines) and electrical components)?
Also, look at the terms of the guarantee. If the machine breaks, where can you return it? Will you receive a replacement, or will you need to wait several weeks or months for the original equipment to be repaired and returned to you?
These factors might seem minor, but they can all have a real impact on your fitness center if your equipment breaks, malfunctions or stops working as it should.
Finally, if you’re purchasing fitness equipment outside the United States, it’s important to see how this could affect the warranty. Many manufacturers may only offer limited international support, meaning you might need to consider different brands based on your location.
Fair Pricing That Makes Sense for Your Business
Finally, the third factor to look for in gym equipment for sale is pricing. While we’d all like to be able to invest in the very best commercial gym equipment, pricing is a major concern for many gym owners and operators.
As a general rule, it’s never a good idea to invest in the cheapest available equipment for your gym. While low-cost gym equipment can save you money in the short term, it often costs more over the long term in maintenance fees, repair bills and lost revenue.
Instead, the best approach is to look for high quality, reliable exercise equipment that’s priced fairly. Ask yourself:
- Does this equipment offer fair value for money?
- Is it built to last? Will I have to rebuy this equipment after two, three or five years?
- How does the pricing for this equipment compare to other offerings from competing brands?
- Are there any special discounts available if I buy this equipment as part of a complete gym package?
It’s important not just to look at the purchase price of gym equipment, but the amount you’ll need to pay over the long term.
If you’re financing your gym equipment, calculate the total amount you’ll spend over the long term on repayments. Often, if you have the cash available, it can be significantly cheaper to purchase your gym equipment in a lump sum.
If you’re leasing your gym equipment, take note of the details of the lease agreement, such as how long you’ll need to keep the gym equipment before you can upgrade to newer models and other items.
Finally, take the cost of customizing your gym equipment into account. If you plan on branding your gym equipment with your logo or decorating it in your company’s color scheme, make sure this cost is accounted for in your total equipment budget.
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Our experienced team can help you with every aspect of choosing fitness equipment for your gym, by comparing brands to recommending specific equipment. For more information or to request a quote, please contact us today.