Archive | Used Fitness Equipment

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.

New Year’s Resolution Sale

DSC_1261It has been nearly three weeks since New Year’s and the resolutions have begun and it’s almost a guarantee that many of them have been broken. The initial spark of motivation and the “New Year, new me” mentality is beginning to dull. Many have been discouraged by the crowds and lines at the gym which has put a halt to their weight loss journey. Another factor which may be hindering people on their fitness journey is the effort needed to get to the gym. If you find yourself making excuses because the gym is too crowded or parking is too hard to find, the best way to keep your resolutions is to buy fitness equipment for your home. “But that’s way too expensive!” you might be saying. Not to worry because Primo Fitness is always looking out for people on their path to fitness. You’ll be able get the exact same machines you’ll use at the gym for a fraction of the price at our New Year’s Resolution sale. We’ve highlighted a few pieces here.

Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

We talk a lot about the Preocr AMT 100i on this blog and for good reason. It is basically a ridiculously versatile elliptical because it can adapt to different stride lengths on the fly. It’s extremely popular at the gyms so that usually means there’s a long line behind it. Unfortunately buying this machine brand new is probably not an option due to its retail price tag of $8,595. Fortunately, you can get this innovative machine in great working condition for only $2,199. That is 75% off the original retail price.

Keiser M3+ Spin Bike

Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

We’ve previously rated the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle as the best premium indoor cycle but luckily there’s a great way to buy it without the premium price. If you want the basically brand new M3 Plus version, you’ll still save a few hundred dollars with our price of $1395. If you like the bike and are perfectly fine with the handlebars in their default position, the amazingly cost effective way to own this premium bike is by purchasing the non-plus used Keiser M3 cycle for only $595.


StairMaster 7000PT Blue Face Console Stepmill

We’ve previously reviewed this model, so feel free to read our take on the StairMaster 7000PT Blue Face Console Stepmill. In summary, it’s a great machine for low impact yet high calorie burning cardio. You can get the Rocky workout right in the comfort of your own home for the bargain price of $1499!

These are just a few of the items we have on sale that will help you clear the path to your fitness goals.



Used Fitness Equipment – International Shipping

Interested in buying some of our used gym equipment to ship overseas but unsure of how the whole process works? We know this can be an extremely complicated process but with Primo Fitness, everything will be a breeze.


  1. The Order

With such a large amount of different products on the market, it can be intimidating knowing what to get and how much of it to buy. Luckily, we have highly skilled and knowledgeable sales representatives that know this equipment inside and out. They have put together dozens of gyms from all different sizes. They have also shipped a large quantity of containers overseas so they are informed of the customs and regulations required to get you your equipment.

A great resource to get a good idea of the type of equipment we have is our dealer inventory. It is updated weekly and has every single item we have in our warehouse.

After speaking to one of our sales representatives, you’ll have an exact idea of the best equipment you can get for your budget and space. We won’t just sell you the most expensive products; we’ll help you find the best equipment in the budget that you set. Once we determine your gym machines, we’ll figure out shipping and give you a sales estimate.

  1. The Shipment

Once the purchasing is done, you will work with our skilled logistics team to set up shipment. You have the option of using your own shipping services or leaving it up to us! We will ensure that everything arrives in perfect working condition.

We don’t just throw your equipment hastily into crates. We wrap it very carefully in shrink and bubble wrap so that your machines will not be damaged in shipping. View the pictures below for how our packaging works.

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  1. The Follow-Up

We don’t disappear on you after you’ve received your equipment. Once you purchase from us, you will always be a customer and we will do everything in our power to make sure that your purchase is everything you expected. We will follow-up with you to make sure that everything you received is in great working condition.

In the future, if any of the machines need maintenance, we have partners who will be able to provide you with parts for wholesale prices. We also have certified technicians on hand if you need advice, tutorials or troubleshooting.

If you have any questions at all about purchasing from us internationally, please contact us at [email protected]“>[email protected] or check out our Contact Us page for other ways to reach out to us!


Essential Fitness Equipment for a Small Home Gym

With thousands of calories ready to be consumed for the holidays and New Year’s resolutions looming around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin planning that home gym. The gyms will be packed around this time and you’ll be fighting for every single machine. You’ll most likely spend more time standing in line for gym machines than actually using them. We discuss the merits of having fitness equipment at home over going to the gym on our FAQ page. Starting a mini-gym in your home can be a daunting task. We know you might now have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on an entire circuit, so we’ll break down the essential pieces of equipment that you must have in order to get that total workout!


  1. Functional Trainer

The functional trainer is the be-all end-all in all-in-one strength machines. Although functional trainers are generally a little tall, they are wonderful space savers that are absolute musts for home gyms. A functional trainer generally consists of a weight stack (or two) and some cables and pulleys. Some of them also have a chin-up bar attached. They allow for a total body strength workout all in the convenience of using only one machine. Functional trainers not only save you space but also money since this is basically the only strength machine you need if you’re doing the basic fundamental exercises.

Alternatively, if you prefer working with free weights, then it’s best to get a barbell, some dumbbells, a power rack and an adjustable bench. That would be a great set-up for all your strength needs if you do not prefer a functional trainer.

  1. A cardio machine

If you are unsure of which cardio machine is right for you, we have a blog post about it! To sum it up though, all home gyms would feel empty without a great cardio machine. If you are really pressing for space, we highly recommend a spin bike like the Star Trac NXT or another similar indoor cycle like the Matrix Livestrong. Pedaling on a spin bike can be tons of fun and burns a great deal of calories if used in interval training. Alternatively, if you have a little bit more space, a great all-in-one cardio machine is the Precor AMT. The Precor AMT can be used as a standard elliptical, a stepper, or however else you want to use it. It is a very versatile machine.

Pairing a cardio machine with a functional trainer and you’ll have essentially everything you’ll need for a total body workout right in your own home. Of course you are free to expand your gym and get more equipment for more options. Luckily, we sell everything here at Primo Fitness.

Why Gym Machines Make Great Holiday Gifts

With the holiday season approaching, people are beginning to rack their brains for the perfect gift to give. We all have that friend who has everything, but what they probably don’t have is commercial grade fitness equipment. Contrary to popular belief, giving gym equipment doesn’t imply that you think your friend/family should shed some pounds, it shows that you care about their health and want to give them easy access to fitness. There is no greater gift than the gift of fitness and health, so here’s why we think gym equipment is the best gift you can give during this holiday season.


  1. It’s practical

There is nothing worse than giving a gift and seeing it collect dust. It is also terrible when the receiver has to force himself/herself to use a gift that they don’t really want to use. The wonderful thing about fitness equipment is that it is for everyone. Almost any one of any age or fitness level can work out on the basic gym machines like an elliptical or a treadmill. Even if the primary gift receiver isn’t using it, there’s a high probability that someone else in the household would utilize it.

  1. It’s beneficial

We previously discussed the amazing benefits of working out so we are now just reminding you that working out is great for your health in so many ways. A chocolate fountain may be a pretty cool novelty gift, but wouldn’t a gift that improves someone’s life be so much better? A longer and healthier life is the best present for the future.

  1. It will help them keep their New Year’s resolution

Hands down, the most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get in shape. Coincidentally, this is also the most broken resolution and for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons people don’t exercise is inconvenience. With full-time jobs, it can be difficult to find time to change your outfit and drive all the way to a gym just for an hour long workout. This excuse will no longer be viable once you gift your friends and family a sweet piece of gym equipment.

What equipment should I buy?

If you’re not opposed to spoiling the surprise, you should take time to ask the gift-receiver what type of fitness equipment they desire. If you’re planning to shock and awe, here are a few tips on how to determine which piece of gym equipment would be the best fit for your receiver. First, you have to figure out how much space they have available. If they have a wide open garage not used for parking, any piece of equipment would be perfectly fine. For users who do not have a large amount of space, the best cardio machine would be a spin or indoor bike. Users with more room can opt for either an elliptical or a treadmill. Make sure to avoid steppers and stepmills if the person you’re gifting to has a low ceiling.

For further details, check out our post on which cardio machine is best for you. Once you’ve decided that buying fitness equipment as a gift is a wonderful idea, save some major money at our Holiday Gym Equipment Sale!



Black Friday Sale 2014 – Used Gym Equipment

Black Friday is right around the corner but the deals for Primo Fitness begin right now. We have selected a wide range of equipment that encompasses every fitness category. We’ll highlight every deal so far on our sale page and break down each piece of equipment.


Cybex 530T Treadmill

We’ve previously reviewed the Cybex 530T treadmill so we will keep it brief. The 530T is one of the most fundamentally sound, durable and easy to use treadmills on the market today. For $599 you will not find a better commercial grade treadmill with all the features that this treadmill has. It comes equipped with safety features, heart-rate monitoring and tons of different workout programs.


Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

There’s not much more that can be said about the Precor AMT 100i that hasn’t been already said, including in this review we wrote. In summary, the Precor AMT is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular fitness machine on the market. Its popularity comes in its versatility. The Precor AMT is has to the ability to adapt to your stride on the fly. It can take the place of both a traditional elliptical and a stepper.


Livestrong Matrix Indoor Cycle

Livestrong and Matrix have teamed up to deliver a great indoor cycle that is designed to simulate outdoor riding techniques and train for competitions. It has a road-inspired adjustable LX7 drop handlebar for the most realistic feeling. It also has a dual speed pedal and cage designed with aluminum adjustment. It also has a water bottle holder and an additional option to add a computer for further fitness tracking. This Livestrong indoor cycle is one of the most solid indoor cycles around and is our $499 price point is highway robbery.


FreeMotion Incline Trainer

The FreeMotion incline trainer is great for fitness beginners and veterans. With its inclining function, beginners can burn a decent amount of calories just by walking up a steeper incline, which helps to keep impact low on the joints. Fitness veterans can also increase the incline and run for a grueling and intense workout that will definitely push anyone to the limit.


Life Fitness 91Xi Elliptical Crosstrainer

The Life Fitness 91Xi elliptical is a member of the Classic Series and is a great entry level elliptical for users of any experience level. This elliptical has movable arms which allows for a smooth total body cardiovascular workout. It is commercial grade so of course it is extremely durable. It also has a slew of features including low impact workouts, heart rate targeted workouts, interval training and many more.

These are just the machines currently highlighted in our sale. We will be adding more in the following week so stay tuned and check out the Black Friday Fitness Equipment Sale page often!

What Fitness Equipment is Best for Losing Weight?

Most people enter the world of fitness and exercise with the intention of losing weight so it is probably very important to know which exercise machines melt away the calories. We do also strongly recommend adding in strength and weight training to your routine in order to accelerate your weight loss. The more muscle you have, the more effectively you’ll be able to move and burn calories. We’ve narrowed it down to the 5 best cardio machines for fat burning.

1. Treadmills

Due to their simplicity, treadmills are great calorie burners for users of every fitness level. Treadmills utilize the natural movement of walking and running so there is no learning curve involved in using this machine. Running is also extremely effective for losing weight, which is further amplified if you don’t use the sidebars and bear your entire body weight. You can always go for a more intense workout by increasing the incline or by upping the speed.

2. Elliptical Crosstrainers

Elliptical crosstrainers offer many of the same benefits as a treadmill, except that it is low impact which can be a lifesaver if your knees aren’t in their primes. Ellipticals that have movable arms are also wonderful for weight loss because it allows for a full body workout.

3. Stepmills

It is no secret that we love the stepmill and all its benefits. What makes this machine a monster in terms of weight loss is that it requires you to support your entire body weight. Each step forces you to go into an incline and the act is lifting each leg up to each step is quite strenuous, meaning it is great for burning fat. Another added benefit of a stepmill is that is a low impact cardio machine, so there is less strain and wear and tear on your knee.

4. Indoor Cycle

The indoor cycle is a great machine for short, high intensity workouts. Indoor cycling classes generally follow interval training, where the rider alternates between periods of very high intensity, followed with a brief slow down period. These alternating intensities are great for weight loss but it isn’t for everyone. Interval training can be far more intense than traditional training, so make sure you can handle it before you attempt to jump straight into it. You can also take spin classes, which can motivate you to work even harder being alongside people with similar goals.

5. Rowing Machine

 Using a rowing machine is sort of a mix between cardio and strength training, which is great. What makes working out with a rowing machine so effective is that it is a total body workout. You’re engaging your arms, core and legs

These are the most effective machines for burning calories, but at the end of the day, the machine that works best for you will melt away the fat.

How to Lease Gym Equipment

When opening a new gym or when replacing fitness equipment, one of the first questions to owners should ask is whether they should buy used gym equipment or lease gym equipment. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, primarily depending on your amount of capital and how you wish to run your gym. Fortunately we offer both options so we can break down the pros and cons of both options.


Leasing Fitness Equipment


Leasing fitness equipment is easily the most cost effective option in the short run. It does not require a huge upfront cost and generally down payment is quite manageable or even nonexistent. Starting up a brand new gym requires hefty capital and new owners need to save every bit of capital when starting out.

Another benefit of leasing equipment is that you are not tied down to the equipment. It is much simpler to change out your equipment every few years if you are on a lease as opposed to having to sell all your old equipment and buying new one. Upgrading equipment every few years also keeps your customers happy and impressed. You’ll always stay up to date with all the latest equipment and maintenance costs will be lower since you’re consistently getting new equipment and not old ones more prone to breaking.


A disadvantage is that you won’t technically be owning the gym equipment, which may be a problem for some. Once a lease expires, you have the option of returning the equipment, trading it in for an upgrade, or having to negotiate a buyout to own the equipment.

Another disadvantage is that leasing equipment will be more expensive in the long run. Leasing equipment offers great flexibility but it comes at a cost. You will also be paying monthly fees which may bother owners month to month. If worse comes to worse and your gym fails, it is much more difficult to negotiate out of a lease as opposed to just selling equipment that you own.

Buying Fitness Equipment


The greatest advantage of buying used gym equipment is that there are no ongoing costs. It may be pricier upfront but there are no worries about monthly payments cutting into expenses. There are no interest charges or other fees if you flat out purchase and pay for the equipment up front. It is also great because you have full ownership of these machines and you can sell it whenever you wish to.

You can also generally find much better deals when purchasing equipment as opposed to leasing.


It is much more expensive upfront. For owners just opening a gym, this can be a huge burden while trying to get their business up and running. Like most products, gym equipment depreciates in value once it sets foot on your floor. If you have regrets, you may lose money selling it back.

Gym equipment is consistently advancing so owners who buy gym equipment will find it more difficult to upgrade their equipment due to the cost. This could possibly upset gym goers if the machines are outdated compared to other gyms.


Both options have their pros and cons and it all varies depending on how much capital you have and how you want to run your business. Fortunately Primo Fitness offers both options, from leasing to buying equipment. Still not sure what you want to do? Give us a call at 714-957-2765 or contact us at [email protected]!

How to use gym equipment#

How to use gym equipment#

Every gym machine is different so of course there are multiple ways of using different equipment. What we are providing you here are general tips on how to use fitness equipment so that you’ll not only prevent injuries, but also get the maximum benefit out of them. Some of this advice does not apply to every machine so use your best judgement.


1. Find the right machine for you

In order to use equipment correctly, you have to first choose what type of equipment to use. This is a pretty simple process because no matter what your goal is, whether it be strength building or calorie burning, you have to enjoy using the machine. If you don’t enjoy the machine, you’re not going to get any benefits because you won’t be working as hard and you won’t be as motivated to keep going.

2. Adjust the machine

In almost every case, you can’t just jump onto a machine after someone has been using it and begin  your workout. Everyone’s body is different, size-wise and movement-wise. Here are general adjustment tips for all the major machines:

1) Treadmills

Treadmills are very easy to use and can accommodate users of every fitness level. The main adjustments you can make on a treadmill are speed and incline. Logically, users with higher fitness levels will want faster speeds and steeper inclines.

2) Exercise bikes

This low impact option generally has only one adjustment option, the seat height. Most people generally sit too low which may cause more pressure on the knees and reduces the range of movement and calorie burning impact of cycling. Your knees should only be slightly bent, maybe a 10 degree angle at most. Some people like biking with their feet flat on the pedal, but putting the ball of your foot on the pedal is recommended. You want your leg to experience a full range of motion in order to optimal benefit.

3) Ellipticals

Ellipticals are also low impact cardio machines with different adjustable settings. There are two main type of ellipticals, those with upper body (movable arms) and those without. People new to working out should stick to just the lower body for the time being in order to focus on building up their stamina and endurance.

Generally cardio machines are very straightforward and simple to adjust because many of them have electronic consoles. Strength machines on the other hand, do not offer as much straight forward guidance when it comes to adjusting.

3. Know your limits

There are many experts in the gym lifting a ridiculous amounts of weights and this can be both intimidating and encouraging. If you’re new to fitness, lifting and using machines, it is important to know your limits so that you get the most out of your workout and don’t hurt yourself. If you are following a pre-set routine, you should have enough weights to complete the desired amount of reps and no more. You should feel fatigued by the end of the rep.

If you do not have a set routine, always start off low. Once you find a comfortable weight where you can do 8-15 reps on to fatigue, that is when you know you’ve found the right amount of weight.



How to Build a Home Gym on a Budget

Convenience is key for many when it comes to getting in shape and working out. The most common excuses to avoiding a workout is usually “I’m too tired to go to the gym” and “There’s no time to go to the gym” but these excuses are a thing of the past if you build a gym right in your home. There’s also no worries of distractions, obnoxious people, feeling self conscious and intimidated or terrible music blasting through the speakers. When you have a home gym, you can enter your own world, in the convenience of your home, and get the workout you want.


1. Buy the right equipment

Many people avoid building their own home gym because they fear that it’ll cost them a fortune, but this is not the case if you know what type of equipment to buy. There are some home gym essential machines that are extremely versatile and will save you the money of buying other machines. The centerpiece of your home gym should be a power rack. Power racks are especially important because when working out at home, you most likely won’t have a spotter so the pins on the rack can prevent injuries when lifting. You can also basically do any free weight exercise with the assistance of a power rack. Of course, using a power rack requires that you also buy some free weights.

Another essential unit is an adjustable bench. An adjustable bench will save you money from buying an incline, decline and flat bench. Alternatively if you are not a fan of free weights, you can also opt to purchase a functional trainer. This is an all-in-one strength machine that will help you perform both upper body and lower body exercises.

No matter your choice in terms of strength machines, you will also need a cardio machine to have a complete home gym. Cardio machines are essentially up to preference. The number one factor you should be looking for is enjoyment. If you’re not going to buy your favorite cardio machine, then you’re not going to want to use it and won’t be as motivated when you’re on it. Space is generally limited in a home gym so a great move would be going for an all-in-one cardio machine, such as the Precor AMT 100i Elliptical.

Even though you’re creating a home gym, it is highly recommended that you do  not go for equipment meant for the home. They’re built far less durable than commercial grade machines.

2. Location, location, location

You need a space dedicated to your home gym. You shouldn’t make half of your living room into a home gym, but rather have a space that is purely created to motivate. The most common choice is a garage which works great since it has ample space and can be free of distractions. Setting up your gym with speakers can also help with motivation. It’s a great feeling to have the beats and pounding bass pumping through your veins. It would also be a good idea to get a mirror so you can see yourself workout and fix your form if you are having trouble.

3. Have a plan

This is pretty obvious but it’s a good thought to keep in mind. We’ve given you the outline and essentials, but ultimately this is your gym. This is the space you’ll be getting fit in and hopefully spending hundreds of hours in so you should be happy with it. Before you start purchasing equipment, create a list of everything that you absolutely must have. Draw out a floor plan and make sure that all the equipment can fit comfortably. Hang up some motivational posters to inspire you. Make it your own.

We hope this guide has helped you begin the planning stages of your home gym. If you need more help or advice, or want to buy some commercial grade gym equipment for a discount price, contact us!


How To Buy Used Fitness Equipment in 3 Steps

Buying a commercial grade gym machine is not your everyday run of the mill purchase. When you’re spending hundreds of dollars, we know that you want to be sure that you’re getting the right machine and know everything that you need to know about it. There is also the matter of shipping your fitness machine. These machines weigh hundreds of pounds and require us to ship through freight, or if you’re only ordering a single unit, a truck. This also means that we’re not going to drop the machine off at your mailbox. Buying a used fitness machine can be complicated, so here are the steps you must absolutely take when looking to buy one.


1. Figure out what type of machine you want

You know you want to get in shape, but what if you’re not sure which machine you want? The easiest way to narrow it down is to figure out whether you want a strength machine or a cardio machine. Cardio machines are for fat and calorie burning, they’re the machines that work up a sweat. The most common cardio machines are treadmills, elliptcals, exercise bikes and steppers. On the other side, strength machines are generally used to tone and build muscles. Using them won’t burn as many calories, but in the long run they’ll allow you do strengthen your muscles, do more cardio and melt away the fat. Commons strength machines are power racks, selectorized weight machines, leg presses and more.

2. Figure out your budget

Exercise machines range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the type of machine, the brand and features. Before browsing for the perfect machine, you should figure out, in general, what your budget is. To figure out your budget, figure out what is most important to you. Write down a list of features that are essential to have in the machine you want. Once you figures out what you need in a machine, you can figure out your budget much more easily.

3. Find a location that sells used fitness equipment

There are many factors to consider when buying used fitness equipment. First is pricing. You want the lowest price, but remember to make sure that your machine is in good working condition and that it is a commercial grade machine that is far less likely to break down. You also want a company that has experienced sales representatives that will give you straight answers. If you don’t have any local used fitness equipment dealers, you should also check if they provide shipping.

These are the simple steps you should take when buying used fitness equipment. If you need any more guidance or information, feel free to contact us. Our staff has over 40 of combined experience and can help you find what you need.

What is the Matrix Krankcycle?

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You may or may not have seen this odd looking exercise machine and wondered what exactly it is and what it does. The name “cycle” usually implies that it is some sort of bicycle, but that is not the case here. It involves cycling, but with your arms. Arm cranking machines aren’t new, but for some reason, using your arms for cardio has never really caught on. It is also a great way to stay in shape when your lower body is injured.

The Johnny G Matrix Krankcycle, invented by a Johnny G in a collaboration with Matrix, is a great tool for both working on your upper body, including the core and arms, and also getting some great cardio.

Each of the arms are independent which allows for a greater variety of movements. Another wonderful feature is that the machine can be lowered to around chest level and be used as a rowing machine. There is a knob to adjust resistance to make sure your workout is at your optimal level. In terms of adjustability, the Krankcycle is also very versatile. The head to be moved in a variety of positions, resistance can be changed, and the shape of the seat allows for seamless transition between seated workouts and standing workouts. There is also an option for seatless models, which allows for wheelchair accessibility.

You may have also noticed that the cranks have a narrow axis, which allows for a higher rotation per minute and a more intense workout. There are tons of amazing possibilities for this machine so we highly encourage you to maybe try it out and step out of your comfort zone.

Don’t know where to find this great used gym machine? Luckily, we have a few in stock on our website. Check out the Matrix Krankcycle!

Difference between commercial gym equipment and home gym equipment

A question that comes up often is why should customers buy commercial grade gym equipment over home gym equipment. To differentiate, home gym equipment is generally found in many of the big chain retail stores such as Walmart, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods among many others. Commercial grade gym equipment is usually a little more difficult to come by because it is primarily sold to gyms, clubs and other athletic institutions. Luckily, since most commercial gym equipment is on a two to three year lease, it is sold to buyback companies, like Primo Fitness, who then sells it to consumers like you. When browsing around for used gym equipment, it is important to know the differences in order to choose the best option for you.


1. Price

The first difference that consumers notice between units of the same model is the difference in price. If consumers are on an extremely tight budget but still want a gym machine for the home, a home unit would be recommended. A home gym unit is usually around half of the cost of a commercial grade gym machine and can easily be found at large retailers. In the case of gym equipment though, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” rings true in terms of other factors.

2. Durability

The primarily reason for the difference in cost between home units and commercial grade units is durability. It is pretty logical once you think about it. Commercial units are generally found in gyms, which are open 24 hours a day, so they are designed for around the clock constant usage. These gym machines are made with much higher quality material and are built extremely durable. A typical commercial grade gym machine is built to withstand dozens of different runners per day for hours a day for years and years. If a consumer were to bring a commercial fitness machine home, they would be hard pressed to do any significant damage or have to ever replace it for tens of years.

3. Power Usage

Due to have to run 24 hours a day, most commercial gym machines have different electrical requirements than home units. Most commercial premium treadmills for example require a special dedicated outlet for usage. Be sure to ask your retailer about these requirements when considering a unit that was previously in a gym. Power usage is also an important factor to consider when thinking about the electricity bill.

4. Previous usage

Most home units come in the box completely brand new which people really enjoy compared to most commercial units that come used. Not all commercial grade units come from gym though if a consumer is worried about previous heavy usage. Here at Primo Fitness, for example, we buy machines that were used for only one or two hours at demonstrations at fitness expos and we sell it back to our consumers for thousands off full retail price. Consumers should also keep in mind that by going to the gym, they’re using used fitness equipment also, but here we wipe them own and thoroughly clean them.

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to buy a new home gym machine or a used commercial grade gym machine, so be sure to do heavy research before going out and buying one. Make sure to give your retailer a call and ask questions in order to know which machine is right for you. You can always contact us if you have any other questions!

Why should you buy used gym equipment? – Frequently asked questions

Why should you buy used gym equipment? – Frequently asked questions

Gym equipment can be costly. Workout enthusiasts love working out their arms and legs, so they’d rather not buy a fitness machine that would cost them those precious limbs. Commercial gym machines, whether they are elliptical, treadmills, bikes or strength machines, retail for thousands of dollars brand new. By buying used gym equipment, customers can save 50%, if not more, off MSRP. Let’s look at some examples of the savings.

Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

MSRP: $8600      Used: $2700       Discount: 68%

Life Fitness 95X Inspire Elliptical

MSRP: $8000      Used: $1899       Discount: 76%

Life Fitness 95T Engage Treadmill

MSRP: $7500      Used: $2399       Discount: 63%

Life Fitness 95R Inspire Recumbent Bike

MSRP: $4900      Used: $999          Discount: 79%

By buying used, customers can save thousands off a single machine. The main advantage to buying used is clearly the amount of money being saved, but there may be some concerns that should be addressed.

If I buy used, won’t my machine break down quickly or be old and worn out?

This is a logical concern because most of these machines have been used extensively in the gym. But the top manufacturers such as Precor, Life Fitness, Star Trac and StairMaster are well aware of this and build their machines to be capable of running for 24 hours a day for an extended period of time. This durability comes at a price, hence the large price tags on most of these machines. Luckily, by buying used gym equipment, you can avoid the hefty price tag and reap the benefits of the quality build. In a household where the machine is only being used a couple of hours a day, an elliptical, treadmill or other machine can last for years and years.

What condition will my machine come in?

We can’t speak for other companies, but Primo Fitness will only sell their customers machines that are in working, fully functional condition. Most of our machines are sold as-is because of the durability of the machines, they are not likely to break down anytime soon. There is also the option of cleaning and servicing or Remanufacturing used gym equipment for an additional cost.

Is there warranty for my fitness machines?

Warranty varies from product to product. Take a look at our warranty policy.

Will I be able to test out the gym equipment before buying it?

Yes! Here at Primo Fitness, we allow you to test any machine that you desire. We want our customers to leave satisfied and by allowing them to test the machines, it ensures that there will be no unwelcomed surprises. So strap on your running shoes and put on your sweats and pay us a visit in our Orange County warehouse! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us below.

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How to buy a used treadmill – Don’t dread the tread(mill)

Don’t dread the tread(mill)

Ask someone to name a piece of gym equipment and they’ll probably name the treadmill. There is no modern image of fitness more tired and true than a person running in the gym on a treadmill. The first consumer treadmill designed for home use was developed in the late 1960s and ever since then, the treadmill has become a staple of American fitness.

Modern gyms are beginning to look like the set of Star Trek, with touchscreens, LCD TVs and alien looking machines abundant; but the treadmill, minus a few bells and whistles added to the consoles, has stayed fundamentally the same. This is because the treadmill simply gets the job done in a variety of ways. The best way to buy an affordable used treadmill, that will last, is to buy one from a used gym equipment supplier, such as Primo Fitness!

Benefits of a treadmill:

1.       Ease of Use

First, the treadmill is extremely simple to use. People instinctively know how to walk and run, so there is no learning curve required to use the machine. Treadmills may differ cosmetically and internally, but once a person has used one, they can use them all. They also do not require adjustments to the machine itself for different people. Once someone hops off, someone else can hop on and immediately begin their workout. The simplicity is what draws many to the treadmill.

2.       Calorie Burning

Statistically, running at top speeds will burn the most calories per hour. Running at an 8.5 minute mile rate can burn 679 calories per hour for a smaller person and 940 calories for a larger person. This is compared to cycling at a moderate 12-14 mph pace, which will burn 472 calories per hour for a smaller person and 654 for a larger person. If weight loss is a person’s fitness goal, running on the treadmill is one of the most efficient ways to melt away the pounds.

3.       Consistency, convenience and safety

Some users may dislike the treadmill and deem it as boring, but this consistency and predictability is highly beneficial for a workout. Running outside can be risky as running over random curbs, cracks, holes or errant banana peels can lead to serious injury. Other hazards such as cars and innocent bystanders are also eliminated by running on a stationary treadmill. Treadmills allow for smooth continuous running in the convenience of your home or gym, so users are free to run regardless of weather. Also, it is quite difficult to run around the block with a TV strapped to your head, so alternatively, many treadmills have the option of attaching a screen so you can enjoy your sitcoms while burning some fat.

4.       Customizing and progress checking

Essentially every maker of treadmills, whether they are Precor, Star Trac or Life Fitness, equips their machines with a console. These consoles can control various aspects of the machine, such as speed and incline. Many newer treadmills also come with pre-programmed workout routines for a variety of different fitness goals. Both beginners and seasoned veterans can reap the full benefits of working out on a treadmill. These consoles generally also come with trackers that can determine exactly how far a person has run, how many calories they have burned and even what their heart rate was. This allows users to easily track their progress and follow a goal-oriented routine.

What to look for when buying a treadmill

There are dozens of treadmills on the market, so choosing one can be overwhelming. Here are a few factors to consider.

1.        Brand

The top brands are generally the top brands for a reason. Life Fitness, Precor and Star Trac are some of the most recognized and best names when it comes to treadmills. Choosing a treadmill from one of these brands will generally ensure that you will receive a top quality and durable machine.

2.       Commercial or Residential?

The decision of buying commercial or residential is highly dependent on your budget. If you’re thinking of purchasing a residential unit, your cost will generally be lower but these units are generally less durable than commercial units. When buying a used treadmill, it is suggested to go for a commercial unit, because they are built to run 24/7, there will be no issues in a one or two runner household. Buying a used treadmill generally saves you half off of MSRP.

3.       Make and Model

There are hundreds of different types of models of treadmills out there so it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose one. An easier method would be to figure out what features are most important, such as a touchscreen, different workout routines, incline or decline options, etc. If you’re not sure what you want, feel free to ask the salesperson for their suggestions.

At the end of the day, the best technique to decide which treadmill you want is by taking it for a test run. There are many different options out there, so if you’re looking to find the right path to fitness, feel free to ask one of our Primo Fitness Equipment Professional for their treadmill suggestions.

Do You Need to Sell Used Gym Equipment?

Do you have used gym equipment that you’re looking to sell or get rid of? We would love to hear from you! is always looking for opportunities to bring in all types of equipment – whether you’re an individual owner or your a health club or gym that’s getting rid of the old equipment to bring in the new.

We offer reasonable, top-notch dollar on all of our used gym equipment buybacks and we can even do the gym equipment extraction from your center as well. All of our service technicians are fully trained and certified and are experts at removing and transferring all types of exercise and fitness equipment.

If you have used gym equipment you’d like to sell, go ahead and fill out the form below and one of our buyback representatives will be in touch with you shortly!

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5 Tips to Buying Used Gym Equipment

If you’re in the market to buy used gym equipment for the very first time, it could be a very daunting task if you don’t quite exactly know where or how to start. But don’t worry, you’re probably not alone and luckily, that’s why Fitness Equipment Professionals is here to help.

If you’re like the millions of working Americans who balance a hectic work life, an even more hectic family – you’re probably finding it harder and harder to find time to balance your health and fitness, we totally understand. With your daily priorities changing constantly, we know finding the time to go to the gym after a long and tiring day becomes pretty difficult. But you’re a fighter, and you wish you had the chance to be able to work out at home and there’s plenty of reasons for that – it’s more convenient and comfortable, you don’t have to physically leave the house, and you get to break away from the daily grind in an environment that’s close to you, literally.

So just what exactly does it take to actually get one of those treadmills or ellipticals that you see in the gyms into your very own home? Where are you supposed to look? How expensive is it going to be? Are used gym equipment worth it? etc. We know you have questions, and we have answers.

Here are the top 5 things you need to know when buying used fitness equipment for the very first time:

  1. Know the difference between the 3 basic conditions of used gym equipment
  2. Familiarize yourself with the different types of machines, features, and brands available
  3. Have a set budget in mind and what needs you require in a machine
  4. Buying gym equipment used will save you lots of time and lots of money.
  5. Ensure that the equipment dealer is highly trustworthy and reputable

1. Know the difference between the 3 basic conditions of used gym equipment

The majority of all used gym equipment that are bought and sold usually fall under 3 basic categories: as-is (working condition), serviced and cleaned, and remanufactured (remanufactured). They are also priced very differently as well. The most affordable and least expensive condition is as-is, which means you buy the machine just as it is right out of the warehouse. If you’re just looking to keep a simple healthy lifestyle without all of the bells and whistles, this condition is definitely a good choice for you. But if you’re looking for something a little more, then you can opt to have a machine serviced and cleaned. Used equipment may tend to have some parts that more worn and used than others, which may cause potential issues if they fail or break down. This option allows you to have all heavily worn and used parts replaced to ensure a longer shelf-life for your machine. But let’s say you want a machine that will operate and run with you for the long term, you can choose to get it remanufactured. A “remanufactured” machine means that its basically re-built to look and feel just like brand new – from the mechanical parts to even the powder coating on the outside. But depending on the type of dealer, the quality of work can vary greatly.

Fitness Equipment Professionals has been buying and selling used gym equipment for over 40 years. All of our as-is models are properly tested by our service technicians for working functionality. We are experts at Remanufacturing equipment and have received rave reviews for our quality of work. We only use OEM replacement parts for all of our remanufactured machines and our technicians are certified and have decades of experience bringing old gym equipment back to life.

2. Familiarize yourself with the different types of machines, features, and brands available

Knowing all of the different types of exercise equipment available out there will definitely help you decide whats best for you. Here’s a list of the main types of machines that you should know: treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes (upright, recumbent), and strength equipment (freeweight, plate-loaded, selectorized).

What about some of the important features on a machine? What are they and why should I know or care about them? Good question. There’s a variety of standard features in cardio machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes are will help you – such as Heart Rate Monitoring, multiple levels of resistance for more choices in your level of intensity, incline/decline capability, and so forth. This is also important when you just happen to be testing out an as-is machine, check to see if the basic features are working and functional. Find out what some of the most popular fitness brands are so that you can get quality, name-backed equipment.

3. Have a set budget in mind and what needs you require in a machine

If you’re just starting out and looking for some advice and guidance, it definitely helps to have a clear set budget in mind and what you’re looking for in a machine. This helps the selection process greatly by narrowing yourself down to specific machines and models that will not only fit your budget, but also your needs. For instance, here at Fitness Equipment Professionals, we’ll work with you personally and directly to help you get a machine that’s just right for you. When you do business with us, our representatives ensure that you’ll get a fitness machine that meets or is below your budget, and is able to perform all of the things that you need it to do. That’s the FEP promise.

4. Buying used equipment will save you lots of time and money

We know buying anything “used” comes with a bit of skepticism, but we’re here to debunk it, at least for gym equipment anyway. To buy any piece of fitness equipment brand new is very, very, very expensive and can run anywhere into the thousands at the bare minimum. One of the main benefits of buying gym equipment used is the huge financial savings. Even if you did decide to Remanufacture a machine, the end cost on your end would still be far from what you would have paid if you bought it brand new. With money a little tighter than ever before, we want you to be get the most out of every dollar.

5. Ensure that the equipment dealer is highly trustworthy and reputable

With so many different people and companies selling used gym equipment, how do you go about choosing one to partner with? How do you know what you’re being told is what you’re gonna get? How do you prevent yourself from spending a lot of hard earned money for a machine that is “supposed” to last for a pretty long time? Take a few extra steps of precaution to make sure that the organization or individual you’re dealing with is legitimate. At, we personally welcome all of our clients into our warehouse and let you personally browse, select, and test all of the machines for yourself. We’ll even walk you through every single step of the process of servicing and cleaning, or Remanufacturing your machine if you wish to know. We’ve been doing this for over 40 years, we’re pretty confident in our knowledge and expertise, now let us show you.

Now that you’re officially fitness equipment knowledgeable and looking to make the first leap into your first purchase, let us know how we can help! Head on over to our website and browse our wide selection of used treadmills, used ellipticals, used bikes, and much, much more. But just in case we missed something here that you wanted to know more about, why don’t you give us a call? We’re here to help! 1-765-460-6FIT (348)


Life Fitness Equipment

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In 1968, the Brunswick Corporation purchased a new division called LifeCycle, which was later changed to Life Fitness. Mastermind Keene P. Dimck was the person that created the Life Fitness Company. Now, it the most trusted name in treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes and strength equipment manufacturer in the world. The name Life Fitness stands for strong, heavy duty, durable and low maintenance home and commercial fitness equipment.

Later, Life Fitness was purchased by Bally Manufacturing Corporation. Very soon after that, Life Fitness rose to the top of the fitness equipment industry. Life Fitness has over 1,700 employees with 12 international subsidiaries and manufacturing warehouses worldwide.

They also have over 186 dealers and distributors in over 120 countries. To date, they have more than 300 different cardio and strength fitness products for both the home and commercial line. Life Fitness also holds 50 patents in the United States, making them one of the world leaders in fitness equipment manufacturing.


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Acquired by Life Fitness in 1990, there are over 80 different commercial exercise machines in the Hammer Strength product line up, designed for the user to load and unload weight plates. This gives the user more control and safety which is lessened with free weights. Proper form is not always correct with free weights limiting results. Hammer Strength equipment insures proper form and makes the exercise more comfortable.

A few years later Life Fitness extended the same motion technology of its revolutionary plate loaded machines to its “Motion Technology Selectorized Equipment Line”, called Hammer Strength MTS.

Hammer Strength MTS incorporates the same biomechanical integrity of the plate loaded products, but with the ease and convenience of selectorized weight stacks.

Top Selling Life Fitness Equipment

Cardio Equipment:
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Life Fitness 95Ti Treadmill – Also known as the Silver Bullet, the Life Fitness 95Ti Treadmill has become one of our best sellers ever. Whether you purchase the Life Fitness 95Ti Treadmill used, serviced or remanufactured, you will not be disappointed with its style, quality, performance or features.



Life Fitness 95X Elliptical Crosstrainer – The Life Fitness 95x Elliptical cross trainer comes in three different models, the Life Fitness Achieve, Inspire, and the Engage. Its natural fluid motion and stability makes the Life Fitness 95X Elliptical deliver excellent comfort for the best exercise experience possible.



Life Fitness 95Ri Recumbent Bike
Life Fitness 95Ri Lifecycle – Loaded with great features like LifePulse Heart Rate Monitoring and 29 workout programs, it has become one of the most popular exercise bikes in gyms today. The Life Fitness 95Ri Recumbent LifeCycle is designed and has the same technology as the Life Fitness 95Ci upright bike.


Strength Equipment:


Life Fitness Pro Series – The Life Fitness strength Pro Series is an advanced, ergonomically superior selectorized strength-training system available today. Unparalleled in its ease of use and total body effectiveness. It accommodates nearly everyone in your facility safely and efficiently.
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Life Fitness Pro2 Series – To meet the high demand for a full commercial gym, Life Fitness designed the Pro2 Strength Series. Gym members and trainers will value how tough the Life Fitness Pro2 Equipment is and appreciate the smart biomechanics and reliable features of the Pro2 Series.
Life Fitness Signature Series – For the high end gyms, Life Fitness designed the Life Fitness Signature Series equipment.  Users of all fitness levels will benefit from the 20 years of building fitness equipment experience that Life Fitness put into the Signature Series. It will add as much revenue to your business as it will benefit your members.

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