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Yes, we sell used fitness equipment in addition to the brand new fitness equipment that we also carry. Come down to our new larger facility and 10,000 sq. ft. showroom. Call 714-957-2765 for immediate service. We sell all major brands Life Fitness, Precor, Nautilus, Hammer Strength, Muscle D, Cybex, Matrix, Keiser, Technogym and more.

We have assembled a world-class team of gym equipment experts: repair and rebuild technicians, installers, sales people, expert gym planners. Our team is second to none and just one of the great benefits you get by working with us.

Call us for our latest new and used gym equipment acquisitions, our inventory changes regularly. Get the latest prices, a free quote or custom shipping pricing for orders shipped anywhere in the world.

Located in Santa Ana, Orange County, California we serve both local walk-in clients, local gyms and International customers worldwide.

Is a Recumbent Exercise Bike Best for You?

Life Fitness 95Ci Upright & 95Ri Recumbent Bike

When you go shopping for a stationary bike for your workout, you will realize that there are two main types of stationary bikes: recumbent bikes and upright bikes. Although both bikes are effective when it comes to reducing weight and improving cardio, there are several differences that make recumbent bikes the better alternative for most people. If you are shopping for a stationary bike; below is a rundown of benefits that makes recumbent bikes the best choice for you.
 

Recumbent Bikes are Safer

Other than offering a back support, recumbent bikes also come with a larger seat than upright bikes. Besides, these kikes are much lower to the ground compared to the upright ones. This makes it easier for anyone, including the elderly, to get on and off. In a nutshell, a recumbent exercise bike for sale is much safer for workouts than upright bikes.

Recumbent Bikes Offer More Comfort

Upright bikes have smaller seats, and it is not uncommon to hear users complain about pain in the in the buttocks. Furthermore, upright backs may cause users to experience stained or tired backs due to the lack of back support. On the other hand, recumbent bikes eliminate these challenges. They have a larger seat and backrest making them more comfortable. Furthermore, they place less strain on the knees and the hips, making them perfect even for the elderly and people suffering from arthritis and other similar problems.

Recumbent Bikes Target More Muscles

Not only are recumbent bikes more comfortable and safer, they are also more effective when it comes to working out. When riding a recumbent bike or an upright bike, you can build muscles in your lower legs and thighs. However, the two targets the muscles differently, and indeed, with a recumbent bike, you can target more muscles. In a nutshell, using a recumbent bike and peddling the normal bike outside can be a great way of ensuring that you are targeting all the muscles in your legs. In a nutshell, compared to an upright bike, a recumbent bike is a more effective piece of workout equipment.

Recumbent Bike will extend your Workout

Recumbent bikes are generally easier to use and more comfortable compared to upright bikes. This implies that when you choose to be using a recumbent bike, you are more likely going to stick to your workout routine. You are also more likely going to work out for much longer than when you are using an upright bike. After all, it is unlikely that you are going to continue peddling if you are experiencing pain in the butt and back. In such a case, you will also not want to jump on your upright bike the following day or later in the week. Thus, the fact that recumbent bikes are pain-free and comfortable means that when you are using one, you will more likely be willing to push yourself farther and stick to your workout routine.

The Takeaway

Overall, it is apparent that although both upright and recumbent bikes can help you build muscles, recumbent several features that make them a better option. For instance, they target more muscles and they are more comfortable. They are also safer and they can be used by both the experienced and the amateurs. Thus, if you are shopping for a safe, comfortable, pain-free and effective stationary bike; a recumbent bike is the best choice for you.

What Is the Difference Between a Stepper and a Stepmill?

 

The Stepper and Stepmill were both introduced to the world by the StairMaster company, they both allow you to mimic walking up steps, they both are cardio machines that workout your lower half including the quadriceps, buttocks and hamstrings, but they have different names because they ARE different.

Differences

There is a difference in price. The Stepmill is typically more expensive than a Stepper due to its more intensive construction. A Stepper has two pedals that move downward in alternating fashion when you place your feet on them. The Stepmill has a staircase that collapses in a downward motion as you walk up on it. A Stepmill covers more space than a Stepper. That is one of the reasons why you tend to see more Steppers than a Stepmill at gyms. I’ve seen Steppers at people’s homes, but never a Stepmill.  With a Stepper you are involved in repetitive motion, while with the Stepmill you can walk up the staircase going forward, backward or sideways.

If you are interested in purchasing a Stepper or Stepmill, click on the images below to check out what we have in stock.

Life Fitness Integrity StepperStairMaster 7000PT Silver Console Stepmill

See These Machines and More at our Warehouse in Orange County, California

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on the right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesalers and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing, to moving and installation, to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email us at [email protected] or call with any questions at (714) 957-2765. However, we encourage you to come in person and see one for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

Tips for Buying Used Fitness Equipment

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Buying used fitness equipment can be a great way to save money when you are building your home gym on a limited budget. With the high retail prices that fitness equipment is going for nowadays, you can save lots of money by buying used cardio and strength equipment. As with everything else that you purchase, make sure to do your due diligence when buying used fitness equipment.

Understanding the Terminology

With so much jargon used to describe fitness equipment such as “refurbished,” “remanufactured,” “as is,” “serviced and cleaned,” “pre-owned,” “demo,” “reconditioned” and more, it is important for the buyer to understand what the terms mean. It is your responsibility to ask the salesperson exactly what those words mean. Some used fitness equipment have had parts exchanged for new ones, some equipment have simply been cleaned and tested for proper function, and others are sold in the same condition they were acquired.

Research the Brand, Model, and Seller

Purchasing name brands will generally save you more money in the long run. I once purchased a new treadmill for a really cheap price from a rather unknown brand. I immediately noticed how fragile the frame was; I could hear it creek whenever I moved it around. I remember almost falling on my face while running on it because the belt felt like it was slipping, but later I found out it was the motor that was giving out. Now I know that I could have spent roughly around the same amount of money on a used quality name brand treadmill and still have it working to this day. Reputation of a brand goes a long way when purchasing something that you expect to be durable. Finding a reputable seller is also essential when shopping for fitness equipment. Go on review websites like Yelp to get a sense of what you will expect from the seller in terms of the quality of the equipment they sell and their prices..

Try Before You Buy

Avoid purchasing something just because you believe you are getting a good deal. You should always try out the equipment that you are buying. The salesperson should not be able stop you from getting on the treadmill you are interested in purchasing, walking on it and pushing all the buttons to make sure they work. It is your duty to make sure you are investing your money in something that will not end up unusable in a couple of months. If you are looking for longevity and durability, then a commercial grade fitness machine would be perfect for the rigorous day to day use that it was created for.

See These Machines and More at our Warehouse in Orange County, California

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on the right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesalers and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing, to moving and installation, to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email us at [email protected] or call with any questions at (714) 957-2765. However, we encourage you to come in person and see one for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

What are the different types of exercise bikes?

Exercise Bikes

Exercise bikes come in many different forms and have different benefits.

An exercise bike is a versatile cardio machine that makes a great first choice for a home gym. It offers several benefits, such as affordable cost, limited space usage, and multitasking capability. Exercise bikes generally fall under three groups: upright bikes, recumbent bikes and indoor cycles. It’s important to take into account what each exercise bike offers before deciding on one.

Upright Bikes

Out of the three main types of exercise bike, the upright bike most resembles riding a classic bicycle. The pedals are aligned under the user’s feet, while the seat supports the user’s weight. In addition to cardio and lower body, some upright bikes engage the core and upper body muscles. The user’s core must keep the body upright, while arms are engaged with special moving handlebars. Upright bikes do tend to leave their users with soreness on the rear and back. They typically have the smallest footprint thanks to their minimal design, and are easier to transport. Some models come with customizations such as TV’s that require electricity. Popular models include the Life Fitness Integrity and Precor 846i Experience upright bikes.

Recumbent Bikes

The recumbent bike’s main trait is its recline design. The seat is more of a chair that allows the user to lean back comfortably, and its pedals are in front of the user’s feet instead of below.  This type of fitness bike gives the rider the most support. Handlebars are also at the sides instead of the front. This design helps reduce stress on joints. Like upright bikes, recumbent bikes can be outfitted with extra features such as monitors and TV’s. Recumbent bikes usually offer the lowest intensity workout and fewest engaged muscle groups, but are the most helpful for those with back/knee problems or recovering from injury. The Technogym 700 Excite and Life Fitness 95R Inspire recumbent bikes are examples of this type.

Indoor Cycles

Indoor cycles are somewhat similar to upright bikes, but with a few differences. Their handlebars are farther away from the seat, shifting riders forward. Indoor cycles even allow users to stand while cycling, engaging more muscle groups in the process. As a result, indoor cycles tend to promote the most calorie burn from all the exercise bikes. Indoor cycles usually lack certain features such as heart monitors. This does allow indoor cycles to run without electricity. Gyms and fitness clubs frequently use indoor cycles in spin cycle classes, such as the Keiser M3+ and Star Trac Spinner Blade.

Fan or Air Bike

Another category of exercise bike is the fan or air bike. Some classify this type as an upright bike or indoor cycle, but it’s unique design deserves a classification of its own. It works with wind resistance; the harder you pedal, the harder the resistance. This type is the only style that has moveable arms. Upper and lower body workouts can be done independently or simultaneously. Examples of this type are the Schwinn Airdyne and Star Trac Turbo Trainer.

Which Exercise Bike is Best for You?

Ultimately, the best exercise bike is the one that you most enjoy using. Having fun while using your bike will make it more likely you use it and improve your fitness. At Primo Fitness, we carry all types of these exercise bikes in our warehouse! We encourage you to try our bikes for yourself; our sales team can help in picking the best one to fit your budget and goals.

Top 5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

New Year's Resolutions List

This New Year give yourself the gift of fitness and a healthier you!

New Year’s Resolutions are always trending at the start of a new year. Improved health is usually one of the primary categories these fall under. Better health resolutions can include losing weight, eating better, or dropping a bad habit. However, people typically have not been so good at keeping them, with over 80% failing. To succeed against such odds, it’s important to understand why New Year’s Resolutions fail in the first place.

1. Unclear goals

New Year’s Resolutions are often created rather vaguely. If a resolution is too basic such as losing weight, then it will likely fail with little way to measure progress. Framing a goal with defined markers of time and progress is a great first step in making a resolution. Losing 10 pounds in a month is a good example. It provides a goal that is measureable yet not unrealistic. A specific and attainable resolution makes it easier to focus your efforts.

2. Lack of strategy

It’s easy to fantasize when our goals are achieved, but it’s much harder to put a process in place to accomplish them. For losing 10 pounds in a month, strategies could include going to the gym 3 times a week, or limiting desserts to once a week. Again, a clear plan can guide how you make a resolution become reality.

3. Giving up too early

Failures will happen along the way. Too often however, people will use a setback as an excuse to give up entirely. Missing a day in your resolution’s timetable just calls for greater dedication. It’s okay if you don’t quite meet a certain goal your resolution calls for. Even if you didn’t quite lose 10 pounds in a month, it is worth celebrating those seven you did lose. Standards are meant to be bars to aim for, not restraints to prevent us from our goals.

4. No accountability

If you’re the only one holding yourself accountable, chances are you won’t get far on your resolutions. Instead, try including an accountability partner. A partner can call you out when you’re slacking, encourage when you’re struggling, or even tag along your workout and get reps in.

5. Lacking the means to meet New Year’s Resolutions

If your New Year’s Resolutions aren’t taking off due to lacking proper equipment, we can help with that! Our fitness equipment is durable and affordable. Whether it’s strength or cardio you’re after, we’ll have the right machine for your goals.

Local, walk-in clients and gyms are welcome to visit our brand new 10,000 square foot fitness equipment showroom within our 100,000 square foot warehouse. We have very competitive prices on the highest quality new and used fitness equipment. Or if you are not in the local Southern California area, call us at 1-714-957-2765 or fill out our contact form for more information.

Fitness Equipment Warehouse for All Your Gym Needs!

Inside the new fitness equipment warehouse

Our expansive fitness equipment warehouse is stocked with more from the brands you want. Explore our 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse, and you’ll find the right fitness equipment for your needs. We carry a wide variety of cardio and strength equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, indoor cycles, upright and recumbent bikes, rowers, stepmills, multi-gyms, single station machines, racks, benches, accessories and more. All the top brands in commercial fitness equipment are here, including Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac, Matrix, Cybex, Technogym, Keiser, Hammer Strength, StairMaster, Hoist Fitness, Muscle D, and much more. The 10,000 sq. ft. showroom in particular features several select pieces, such as a wide selection of cardio pieces, multi gyms and strength pieces.

Visit our Orange County, California warehouse

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesales and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing to moving and installating to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email or call with any questions. However, we encourage you to come in person and see if for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

Fitness Equipment Warehouse Santa Ana, CA

Check out our NEW Fitness Equipment Showroom!

We’ve recently moved to a larger warehouse next door to our old one. Our new address is 1909 S. Susan Street, Santa Ana, California 92704. One of the most significant features in this location is the new and improved showroom. With our expanded space, we can now house more fitness equipment under one roof, and show a variety of both cardio and strength pieces. Here are some reasons to check out our warehouse’s showroom.

Anything you’re looking for is here

Our showroom is absolutely massive, with 10,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to gym equipment. No other wholesaler or dealer can offer the same variety and depth of fitness equipment as we can. We carry treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, steppers, strength equipment, multi-gyms, dumbbells, accessories and so much more. If you’re looking for any particular piece of gym equipment, chances are we have it!

Everyone is welcome

Our showroom is open to anyone looking to purchase gym equipment. Whether it’s locals who just want to walk in and chat with an expert about the right pieces for their home, or for international clients who want to furnish a large scale project, we are ready and able to help find the best fitness equipment for the task. We also supply dealers worldwide with fitness equipment at wholesale prices.

Industry leading support and service

All of our equipment is backed by our expert knowledge and service. Our staff has years of experience in the fitness industry and will gladly answer any question you might have. Primo Fitness's team of mechanics go through each and every machine for quality assurance, and we will never sell any machine that doesn’t meet our standards. We have made several current videos contain further information on the value our equipment brings to the table, and are also currently working on a video that will provide a tour of our warehouse.

Come by our showroom and see for yourself. We know you will enjoy the visit!

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Serving the world, one brand name at a time!

Used Fitness Equipment Store Santa Ana California

Industry-leading showroom for all of our customers. We're currently open M-F, 9AM - 5PM. Expanded hours are available by appointment. Call us at (855) 909-3366 today!

Fitness Equipment Store Near Me

We have all the major brand names of both new and used fitness equipment: Life Fitness, Precor, Muscle D, Star Trac, StairMaster, Cybex, Technogym, HOIST Fitness, FreeMotion, Matrix, Hampton, Maxicam, FreeMotion, Nautilus, Hammer Strength, BodyMasters, StairMaster, Schwinn and more! Call us at (855) 909-3366 for immediate service, up to the minute pricing and custom shipping quotes.

Used Gym Equipment Store Santa Ana California

Come and check out our brand new, larger facility in Orange County, California! We have the largest selection of new and used fitness equipment for local walk-in customers and our U.S. and international customers.

How much does it cost to open a gym?

One of the first steps when considering opening a gym is figuring out if it is financially feasible for you. No matter how good intentioned your gym may be, it will not function if it is not making money. Like opening any other business, opening a gym does take a large amount of capital to begin and there are plenty of monthly expenses to consider.

Although the cost of opening a gym varies greatly, you can estimate to spend between $10,000 for a personal training studio to $50,000 for a fully equipped commercial gym on equipment alone.

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While it is nearly impossible to give a ballpark estimate that will encompass all types of gyms, we can give a general figure on the cost of each component. We will give you actual numbers instead of vague words so you can begin to put together your business plan. We hope this guide can help you figure out how much opening a gym will cost you and help you decide if this is a path you wish to pursue.

Rent:

This will be the bulk of your operation costs and varies significantly depending on size and most importantly location. Location will be one of the largest cost factors and can even vary widely within cities.

The most important factor is determining whether your location will get enough foot traffic for the cost. Street visibility is important if you do not plan on spending a ton on marketing but it will cost you much more in terms of rent per month. It is also important to take note of the businesses in the surrounding area to help determine if you can siphon some of their customers. For example, being located next to a health food market may attract more customers than being adjacent to an industrial warehouse. Just for a numerical comparison, a 2,000 sq ft space is estimated to cost $6,000 a month in rent in Los Angeles.

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Equipment:

This is definitely our favorite topic. We know you’re tired of hearing “it varies” by now, but this is absolutely true. First, you have to determine what type of gym you are. Will you be focusing on free weights, crossfit, a standard cardio and selectorized cardio machine set-up or something entirely unique? We have written various blog posts to help determine which type of equipment you should get. A small personal training studio, let’s say around 1,500 sq ft, can be properly equipped with around $10,000 worth of equipment. You can easily fit around four treadmills, 2 ellipticals, a dual adjustable functional trainer, racks, dumbbells, and other various strength machines in that amount of space. Commercial gyms usually average around 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft and equipment will run you around $30,000 to $50,000.

Employees:

Although it does depend on the size, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to run a gym without any employees. Minimum wage varies from state to state, but if you’re going to hire the top trainers that will bring in and retain clients, you will need to pay them a little more. Generally their salaries range around the $25 an hour mark so you can estimate your costs based on your number of trainers from there. You will also need to hire an accountant, maintenance workers, a marketing person/team and the services of a lawyer.

Licenses/Permits:

The only major license you need as a gym owner is a business license. The cost varies based upon how many employees you have but you should not expect to spend more than a few hundred. Your trainers for your gym will have to be licensed and certified though which also has some costs associated. If you hire already licensed trainers you will be good to go.

Legal Fees:

It is highly recommended that anyone opening any type of business, but especially a gym, should consult and hire a lawyer. Gyms deal with a large amount of traffic everyday and legal issues are bound to arise so having a lawyer is important for protection. Gyms are also prone to injuries on-site so insurance is a necessity. To avoid further legal issues, putting a clause in the membership contract that prevents them for suing for self-caused injuries is a great idea.

Software:

There is an entire market out there with dedicated gym management software. Most gym management software is on a subscription basis so you will have to factor that into your monthly budget. Prices can vary from $100 a month to $1,000 depending on how in-depth you would like your system to be.

Conclusion: 

These will be your major costs when opening a gym so it is important to take each one of these factors into account when formulating your business plan. Luckily, we have representatives who have gone through the entire process and opened gyms for themselves and for our customers. Contact us at our gym packages page for free consultation to help you get started on opening your gym.

What exercise machine is Adele using?

If you’ve seen this now famously viral image of Adele using a piece of gym equipment, you’re probably wondering what machine it is. The fitness machine that Adele is using is the FreeMotion Dual Cable Cross Machine. Whether it’s part of her New Year’s Resolution or just her getting ready for her tour, it’s great to see Adele taking fitness seriously, even if she does look miserable.

Now you’re probably wondering what this machine does and why the great Adele would be using one. Luckily, we’re fitness equipment professionals so we’ll break down why Adele is using this piece of equipment.

  1. The cable crossover is ridiculously versatile

While most other strength machines only target one or two muscle groups, the cable crossover machine can work out any muscle group. It does not have a fixed path of motion so users can get really creative and execute a variety of exercises to target different muscles. This is why we also recommend this machine for home gyms with limited space since you can basically do anything that a strength machine can do.

  1. It’s time efficient

Adele is a very busy person so she can’t be wasting time running to different machines. Since the cable crossover is so flexible when it comes to exercises, she can easily perform an entire strength routine without switching machines. The Freemotion Cable Crossover that she is specifically using is selectorized so she can easily adjust the amount of weights just by pulling the pin. She can do bicep curls, tricep extensions, lat pull downs and much more. It also reduces rest time between exercises so it also increases intensity.

  1. It allows you to train natural movements

Other strength machines have a fixed path of motion which is great if you’re targeting a specific group of muscles. If you’re looking for function training though, performing motions that you use in your daily life on the cable crossover can help make your entire life easier. Since you can determine your own range of motion on this machine, you can tailor it to activities and motions that you normally do every day.

If you want to work out just like Adele, you can contact us at 714-957-2765 or email us at [email protected] and ask for our cable crossover machines. We offer shipping worldwide!

Last Minute Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas

You’re scrambling for that last minute gift for your favorite fitness fanatic but you can’t find anything in the stores. You can’t buy equipment at a retail store because you know that Christmas gifts are meant to be enjoyed on Christmas. It’s no fun unwrapping a box with a treadmill in it and not being able to use it. Why put your dearest friend through the torture of having to install a complicated piece of gym equipment? We give you a list of some fitness equipment that you can just come by, pick up and deliver it to your recipient right in time for the holidays.

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  1. Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes

Indoor cycles are the most portable commercial grade fitness equipment you’ll find on the market. Unlike the retail stores, all of our equipment is fully assembled and ready to go. This is how we’re able to allow customers to test out the exact machine that they can purchase. If you’re worried that a fully assembled exercise equipment unit won’t fit in your car, it is not a problem at all with the compact spin bike. We were even able to load one into a Mini Cooper.

Indoor cycles are also relatively inexpensive compared to other fitness equipment. A fully functional commercial grade model starts at $300 in our warehouse. We have a wide variety of brands ranging from Keiser, Matrix, Lemond, Schwinn and more.

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  1. Benches

These aren’t the benches you sit on while feeding birds at the park, these are heavy duty benches built to withstand a ton of punishment during a workout. Since most home gyms don’t have enough space for a full strength circuit, most exercisers will opt to use dumbbells and barbells for strength training. In order to properly execute these exercises, they’ll need a bench to work out on. Even power racks and cages benefit from being paired with a bench.

There are many different types of weight benches but the one we recommend most for its versatility is the adjustable (sometimes called 0-90) bench. Adjustable benches can be used as a flat bench, decline bench or an incline bench to assist in a wide array of exercises. There are fitness benches in every gym across the world so it would be a great gift for someone starting off their home gym.

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  1. Steppers (Stairstepper)

While they can be quite tall, most steppers don’t take up much space footprint wise so they can be a great gift/addition to someone’s home gym. Treadmills are generally the preferred choice for cardio machines, but steppers are great in their own way. They are low impact so they won’t put a considerable strain on your knees and joints. They’re also great for toning and strengthening the lower body.

They’re also extremely effective at burning calories because, if you don’t use the rail support, you’re lifting your entire body weight with every step you take. Steppers are also fairly simple to use and everyone is familiar with climbing stairs so there is no learning curve to worry about.

If you’re looking for the perfect last minute gift for a fitness fanatic you cannot go wrong with the options we’ve listed above. These are all affordable commercial grade machines that can easily fit into even the smallest of home gyms. We hope you have a happy holidays!

Exercise Equipment Gift Guide Part 2

For the creative exerciser

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If you have a friend who is always looking for the latest fitness trend and trying some next level exercises, the Precor AMT 885 with Open Stride technology would be the perfect gift for them. It’s never the same workout twice with the versatility of the AMT machines.

While the previous iterations of the Precor AMT (including the 100i and 835) were already extremely versatile, the Open Stride technology in the 885 takes this customizability to another level. The Precor AMT 885 is a low impact machine so it’s not going to put a beating on the user’s knees. Even though it’s low impact, it’ll still burn a ridiculous amount of calories. The built-in programming options allow users of all levels to be able to personalize their workouts to keep them challenged and engaged.

The main draw of this newer model of AMTs is the Open Stride. Exercisers can go from short to long strides, walking to jogging to running, climbing and lunging and even to using it as a stepper. There is no button to press or complicated menus to go through in order to change your stride, the machine adapts to your new movements instantly. Most AMTs also come equipped with the full touchscreen P80 consoles. These consoles will display a Stride Dial which helps the user see their stride and determine which muscle group they’re targeting.

The AMT 885 also comes with movable handlebars so the user will experience a fully body workout. These handlebars are also adjustable so they can be gripped comfortably by exercisers of any size. If you have that one friend who constantly seeks new ways to get fit, you can’t go wrong gifting them a Precor AMT 885 Elliptical Crosstrainer.

Holiday Gym Equipment Gift Guide

There is no greater gift than the gift of health and fitness. Unfortunately, being healthy and fit isn’t a tangible object that can be neatly wrapped up with a bow so the next best thing is gifting someone some quality gym equipment. If you’re new to the world of exercise equipment, finding the perfect gift can be difficult. There are so many models that cater to different exercisers so we’re here to help sort it all out. This is our fitness equipment holiday gift guide!

For the person with limited space:

Not every person has a giant garage to set up a full gym, but there are still many options for the fitness fanatic stuck in a small space. While most commercial grade models are built larger than retail models to increase durability, some companies still create high quality equipment with smaller footprints. On the cardio side, there are two clear options for equipment that can be easily squeezed into a crowded or smaller area.

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Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes:

We have an in-depth article explaining how to choose the best indoor cycle for your goals. When it comes to both footprint and height, indoor cycles will easily be your most compact option among commercial grade cardio machines. They’re normally a little shorter than four feet tall, around four feet in length and a little over two feet in width. Most of the indoor cycles and spin bikes on the market right now are roughly the same size so you should be safe buying from any of the well known brands such as Star Trac, Keiser, Schwinn or Matrix. Another flip side of purchasing an indoor cycle is that it is the most cost effective commercial gym equipment you’ll find, especially if you buy used. Some of our least expensive models start at only $300 for a bike in guaranteed working condition.

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Cybex Treadmills:

Cybex treadmills are our go-to recommendations for many home gyms because of their compact frame. Our two favorite models that we recommend are the Cybex 550T treadmills and the Cybex 530T treadmills. These have all the standard features that you’d expect from a commercial treadmill (durability, smoothness, fitness tracking, etc.) without the bulky size.

For the tech geeks:

Fitness tracking and electronic read-outs such as calories burned, speed, distance run, etc. have been embedded in cardio machines for over a decade now, but recent advances have pushed gym equipment toward becoming computers that you can work out on. If you need to get a gift for someone who loves technology and exercise, we have some great gift options available.

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Precor 885 series with P80 consoles:

The 885 series is the latest addition to Precor’s impressive cardio line. These cardio machines look quite futuristic with their sleek lines and stylish frame. The shining star of these machines and what will get the tech geeks excited as the P80 consoles that come with them.

We previously compared all the Precor consoles and the P80 is hands down the most advanced. It is a 15” LCD capacitive touch screen console with motion controls. It has advanced electronic readouts for all your complicated fitness tracking needs in both metric and US standard units. It also comes with a variety of different language options. New to this model of consoles is that it is Preva Network Capable. It can connect online for a wide range of different entertainment options. Like the previous models, you can also connect a television with cable.

This is only the first part of our holiday gift guide. Stay tuned for more!

Black Friday Gym Equipment Sale 2015

While our warehouse will be closed on Black Friday, we are still participating with some great bargains on some of our most popular gym equipment. The winter season is when we are at our busiest so our inventory is constantly changing so act quickly if there is a product you want. These deals will only be valid up to Black Friday and will revert to normal prices after.

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Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle

The star of our Black Friday sale is the highly popular and impossible to keep in stock Keiser M3 indoor cycle. This is easily one of our most requested products and usually sells out within a couple of days. The Keiser M3 cycles are well known because they are the indoor cycle of choice for many of the largest commercial gyms. The rise of popular of spinning classes has also contributed to the demand for the Keiser M3s.

These bikes are also sleek in appearance and the magnetic drive ensures that it is also a quiet unit which is great for home and apartment use. These units also come with the backlit display and adjustable pedals and seat positions. We are selling these units for only $499.

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Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

Normally we sell these versatile elliptical for this price in as-is condition but as part of our Black Friday special, we’ll service and clean it on the house. While all of our units are sold in guaranteed working condition, as-is condition units may have a few cosmetic imperfections. We will thoroughly clean the Precor AMT 100i and make it look great. We also open up the units and inspect for worn out parts and replace them. They will not squeak or make noises after they have been serviced.

If you’ve read our previous blog posts, you’ll know that we are enamored by how many functions the AMT machines have. The Precor AMT 100i is not just your standard elliptical; it can also double as a stepper or a ski machine. It does all of this on the fly also without any manual adjustments needed. Just adjust your stride and the machine will adapt to it.

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Cybex 550T Treadmill

Treadmills are hands down the most popular cardio fitness equipment so we definitely had to include one in our sale. Many of our customers want commercial grade gym equipment but their floor space is limited. While most commercial grade treadmills take up a ton of room, the Cybex 550T treadmill delivers the quality in a compact size. It has a low and clean profile which is great for both a gym and home.

The Cybex 550T is functional for both fitness fanatics and the occasional user. There are a variety of built in programs with varying intensity levels. The programs can also be changed on the fly so there is no need to restart or stop your workout. The monitor also displays all the fitness tracking information you would ever need from calories burned, pace, heart rate, time, speed, incline and much more. This treadmill normally retails for $7,995 but as part of our Black Friday special, it is on sale for $549 which is 92% off!

We will be highlighting two more products on our Black Friday sale tomorrow! This sale ends very soon so please give us a call at 714-957-2765 or email us at [email protected] for more information. Visit our Black Friday Sale page for all our offers.

 

Why should you import fitness equipment?

If you run a fitness business overseas you’re probably asking yourself if it’s worth it to import fitness equipment all the way from the United States. International shipping is always going to be more complicated than domestic deals so would it really be worth it? There are dozens of exercise equipment manufacturers in every country so why do so many gyms and used equipment dealers import from us? We’ll break it down.

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  1. There is much more commercial grade equipment in the United States.

Two of the top fitness brands worldwide are Precor and Life Fitness which are both based in the United States. Most of the commercial gyms in the USA are stocked with gym machines from these brands so there is a much higher inventory of it as opposed to other countries. American gyms also tend to rent their equipment on two to three year leases and trade in after that period. This creates a large market for used exercise equipment, allowing our company to buy at lower prices and pass the savings on to you.

  1. The equipment is generally higher quality

American brands like Precor and Life Fitness are well known all around the world for a valid reason, their equipment is only the highest quality. These companies design their machines to withstand an enormous amount of use from hundreds of people 24 hours a day. Their commercial grade models are built to be extremely durable which is why they cost thousands brand new. This is a great case of you get what you pay for. Fortunately, Primo Fitness is able to buy this equipment wholesale and we’re able to sell fitness equipment for over 70% off MSRP prices.

  1. We offer the lowest prices for the equipment

In many countries, the price for commercial grade fitness equipment is actually higher than importing it directly from us. This is because many commercial gyms cannot afford to buy brand new from the top brands so there is no local used market for the equipment. If equipment ends up in another country, it is generally because it was imported there. Since there is a middle man involved it is natural that the prices would be higher than directly importing the equipment from a US based company.

For more information on importing used gym equipment, visit our International Shipping Containers page!

Remanufactured Exercise Equipment

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Primo Fitness primarily specializes in selling used exercise equipment, but that doesn’t mean that our equipment looks used. We have a team of highly skilled fitness equipment professionals that have been trained to Remanufacture all types of machines. Our technicians and mechanics have been certified by all the top commercial fitness equipment manufacturers.

Remanufacturing is a very broad and general term. When we say remanufactured fitness equipment, we mean that your equipment will look as close to brand new as a used machine can get. Not only will the exterior be redone, we go through every part inside the machine to make sure it’s running like how it came out of the box. A remanufactured gym machine will cost more than an as-is unit, but still significantly less than a brand new machine. Here’s what we do when we Remanufacture a machine:

  1. Machine is fully wiped down and cleaned

This is self-explanatory. We wipe down the machine with towels and clean any dirt or grime off the exterior of the machine. Our team will also clean off any rust if it is an older machine and make sure the machine looks aesthetically perfect.

  1. The machine is lubricated and oiled

We lubricate and oil every moving part in order to ensure smooth and quiet operation.

  1. All worn parts are replaced

This is where the bulk of the Remanufacturing work happens. All parts that have been worn down are replaced. This means that every moving part is replaced in order to ensure durability and extended use of the machine. Other parts that can be replaced are overlays, electronic sensors, running belt and motor drive belt on treadmills, belts, decks (waxed or replaced), frames, roller bearings, bushing, grips and decals. Shrouds are also replaced if they are damaged or cracked.

  1. Machine is powder-coated

Powder coating is essentially a much more durable and permanent way of painting. The molecules in a powder coat are very resistant to breaking down so the machines paint will not chip or wear down.

  1. Equipment is tested multiple times before shipping out

We will not only test out the basic functions, we will also check all the electronics and programming to ensure that they are working perfectly.

These are the steps involved in Remanufacturing used fitness equipment and getting them to look like new. Our team has been thoroughly trained to work with any machine so we can Remanufacture any model that we sell if you desire. Shop for remanufactured exercise equipment on our website!

Gym Equipment For Sale – October Edition

As October rolls in, we’re getting ready for Halloween with some scary good deals. Due to their popularity, many of our September deals are rolling over so you can continue on with the savings. We have a ton of gym equipment for sale but with so many options, we know narrowing down choices can be difficult. We went through the numerous items that we have on sale right now and picked our top choice for each cardio category. Of course, you cannot go wrong with any machine, especially since we guarantee that they’re all in working condition. Here are our top picks for each category:

Treadmill:

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill – $799

As you can tell by the name, the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill is one of the top commercial grade treadmills in the used market right now. It is heavy duty and built to withstand punishment. One of the best features of this Star Trac treadmill is the dual fans built right into the console. It is such a simple feature but extremely practical feature that will help you workout more comfortably.

In addition to the slew of features, the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill is also stylishly designed. Its curved body was built from a collaboration between Star Trac and DesignWorksUSA, a BMW group company.

Bike:

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bikes

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bike – $499

We have to follow popular trends here and pick a spin bike for our top exercise bicycle for sale. While there are many indoor cycles on the market, the Star Trac Pro Spin Bike is actually the one to coin the name spin bike. This compact cycle has a high degree of adjustability to suit riders of all fitness levels and sizes. It is also a commercial grade unit so it has an extra durable cranks system, rust-resistant material and just a very solid construction.

Elliptical:

Technogym 700 Synchro ELliptical

Technogym Synchro Excite 700 Eliptical – $899

Technogym is always pushing the limits and adding cutting edge technology to their exercise equipment and this elliptical is no different. The Technogym Synchro Excite 700 elliptical uses rear drive trajectory and a belt drive system which ensures a smooth and quiet experience while working out. It is impact free so you won’t have to worry about damaging your joints. There are over 25 difficulty levels so users of all abilities can benefit from having this machine.

On the entertainment side, the Synchro 700 is also Wellness compatible which means that users can watch TV or listen to music on their iPod while training.

These are just our top picks for our sale that will be running through part of October. We encourage you to check out all the great deals and all the gym equipment for sale and make your own choice and what you’d love to have.

Labor Day Gym Equipment Sale

Just because we’re not open for Labor Day doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating it. While we’re not working in our office, we’re still working to deliver some amazing deals for a Labor Day sale. Primo Fitness has handpicked great offers on commercial grade fitness equipment that is valid from now until the end of Labor Day week.

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If you’re looking for one of the newer high end treadmills, the Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill for $1395 is a great offer. The particular units we have of this model are in great working condition. Hardly any cosmetic flaws as you can see from the pictures. For a more cost efficient option, you cannot go wrong with the Life Fitness 93T treadmill.

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Hands down, the star of our Labor Day fitness equipment sale is the Cybex 550T treadmill. This is a commercial grade model that retails for nearly $8,000 and we’re blowing them out for only $499. There is nothing wrong with any of these machines. Our mechanics go through every single one to make sure all functions and programs work perfectly. You can even stop by and pick the best unit if you’re local to Orange County. Why are we selling it for such a low price? Because we love you guys.

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While we’re on the subject of Cybex, the final two sale items come from this trusted brand. These machines are a different type of cardio machine. We’re having a special on the ever popular Cybex Arc trainers. We have two lower body versions for sale, the Cybex 620A for $1199 and the Cybex 720A for $1599.

We hope everyone enjoys their holiday and gets the day off work. After that, get back to work in style with some of these great offers on our used fitness equipment!

Hammer Strength Equipment

Fun fact of the day, Hammer Strength equipment is the most sought after equipment in the fitness industry. We know by personal experience because these gym machines are sold before they even land in our warehouse. Hammer Strength equipment is mostly plate loaded so you can pack on much more weights, but they do also make great selectorized machines.

Consistent with their rugged and industrial look, they’re extremely durable and can take a pounding and withstand damage from any serious athlete. Our company has the luxury of doing installs for many of the large gyms so we’ve established great connections. These gyms then allow us the opportunity to buyback equipment and sometimes we have a chance to obtain some sought after Hammer Strength equipment.

There are some Hammer Strength machines that we do get more often than others so we’ll break them down below. Enjoy our Hammer Strength guide with pictures too:

Plate Loaded Hammer Strength

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral High Row

The iso-lateral high row may sound like a ridiculously fancy name but its concept is pretty simple. This machine specializes in evenly developing the upper back muscles. It’s great for both beginners and experts because of its low starting resistance and durable frame. It even has an additional handle for a one handed workout if you want to look extremely cool. The seat is also adjustable for maximum comfort.

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Low Row

Once you’re done working out with upper back muscles, there’s the Hammer Strength iso-lateral low row to work your lower back. The machine was designed to create a natural and real push/pull workout. There’s also an adjustable seat and plate weight storage.

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Rowing

The iso-lateral rowing machine is great for developing all your back muscles evenly. Surprisingly, this machine is actually quite compact with a low profile so it is not too difficult to make room for it. It has multi-grip handles, an adjustable seat and a durable steel frame.

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Hammer Strength Seated Calf Raise

The Hammer Strength seated calf raise is designed to specifically target your soleus muscles. The soleus muscle is a broad muscle in the lower calf that’s primarily used to flex the foot. The thigh restraint is adjustable to accommodate users of all sizes. Like all the other Hammer Strength machines, it has a durable steel frame.

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Decline Press

The specialty of the Hammer Strength iso-lateral decline press is to evenly develop the lower chest muscles. The machine is designed to be easily accessible with its adjustable seat and seat belt. It can even be adjusted to accommodate upright exercise positions.

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Chest/Back

The Hammer Strength iso-lateral chest/back is one of the few combination machines from the Hammer Strength line. The iso-lateral chest/back machine offers two workouts in one station which is ideal for gym owners or home users who want to maximize their space. Users can perform a chest press on one side of this machine and then rotate to a high row on the other side which allows them to work both the chest and back muscles.

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Hammer Strength Seated Dip

If you need a Hammer Strength machine that targets your triceps, look no further than the seated dip. A great aspect of this machine is that you can perform the exercise either facing in or out. It also comes with a seatbelt for stabilization, adjustable knee pads, an adjustable seat and a weight plate storage rack.

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Hammer Strength Pullover

The Hammer Strength pullover machine doesn’t have the most informative name so we’re here to tell you that it works out your back muscles. This particular model offers an angled seat and seatbelt for improved stability as well as a counterbalanced movement arm to reduce the initial starting weight. It also has a reduced shoulder extension for minimal joint stress. The seat is also adjustable.

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Shoulder Press

If you need to evenly develop your shoulders, the Hammer Strength iso-lateral shoulder press is the premiere machine for even development. It has a 40 degree back pad that helps to provide stability and discourages hyperextension during heavy lifts.

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Hammer Strength Linear Leg Press

The leg press is one of the most commonly used gym machines but the Hammer Strength linear leg press is among the best. The machine is designed with linear bearings which create a smooth yet effective workout. It has easy accessibility,a polyethylene spray-coated foot platform for extra durability, long-lasting molded padding, safety lock rails and an adjustable back pad.

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Hammer Strength Iso-Lateral Bench Press

One of Hammer Strength’s top selling strength machines, the iso-lateral bench press allows for equal chest strength development. It has an adjustable seat but also has an upright position for easy access.

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Hammer Strength Seated Biceps

A great machine for working out the biceps, the Hammer Strength seated biceps utilizes the traditional preacher curl position and offers rotating handles to accommodate users with varying forearm length. It has improved resistance over free weights and an adjustable seat.

Selectorized Hammer Strength

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Hammer Strength MTS Iso-Lateral Decline Press

The MTS iso-lateral decline press comes with two weight stacks to create resistance for each arm. The machine is designed at an optimal pressing angle for muscle stimulation. The two weight stacks are also independent of each other so you can adjust weight resistance for each arm.

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Hammer Strength MTS Iso-Lateral Incline Press

Similar to the decline press, the Hammer Strength iso-lateral incline press has two separate weight stacks for resistance adjustment. This machine is designed to provide a natural arc of shoulder motion and movement that helps users evenly develop their muscles. Like many of the other machines in the line, it has an adjustable seat and durable steel frame.

That’s our guide! If you would like more specific details on how to buy or specific measurements, visit each specific product on our Hammer Strength Equipment page!

How to maintain your gym equipment

Once you’ve bought some great fitness equipment (hopefully from us), you’re probably going to want to keep it in great shape. In order to keep your gym machines in top form, you’ll need to do regular maintenance. Not only will regular maintenance keep your equipment looking great and functioning properly, it will also keep your resell value high in case you ever want to upgrade (or sell your equipment to us, we do that too).

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Here are some tips on how to maintain your gym equipment:

Daily Tasks:

  • Wipe down the upholstery and anywhere a regular user would touch the machine. Try your best to use a disinfectant that is unscented and free of harsh chemicals. Some of your clients may have sensitivities and allergies so it is best to steer clear from alcohol and ammonia.
  • Every machine should be wiped down daily before closing your gym/facility (seats, backrests, handles, etc.)

Weekly Tasks:

  • Go through your machines and check for any physical damage including cracks in the shroud, fraying of cables, loose parts, etc. If you find any of these issues, you should repair them immediately for the safety of your clients. If you do not have the parts on hand, take the machine out of commission to avoid injuries and further damage.
  • Lubricate belts if they are squeaking
  • Test the pins on your selectorized weight machines. Place the pins in each weight section and make sure that they move up and down smoothly. If not, find the problem and fix it.
  • Check the upholstery on your strength machines and make sure that there are no rips and cracks. If there are, fix the problem immediately to prevent further damage.

Monthly Tasks:

  • Test cardio units to make sure that there are no major problems such as excessive noise or any loose moving parts
  • Test the functions of your cardio machines to make sure that all electronic features are functional
  • Lubricate and grease any machines that require it
  • Inspect bearings and bushings to make sure that they are all working properly

Going through this checklist should aid you in keeping your gym equipment in top shape. A well maintained gym will not only attract new clients but also retain old ones. Although it may be a little work, it is well worth the effort.

 

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