Before moving onto where to buy cheap exercise equipment, first consider if you really need to buy any exercise equipment at all. If you are really frugal or on a tight budget you can make or repurpose items at home for exercise. Free weights can be made by simply using buckets and other containers filled with sand, water, or lead shot (from sporting goods stores used to reload shotgun shells). Virtually any item with weight can also be used to add resistance to your exercise routine. Hold a small amount of weight while doing sit ups, walking or jogging to increase your workout.
If you decide that you do indeed need to buy exercise equipment here are a few sources that you will want to check out:
Ebay is of course the place to start any search for used items simply due to their large presence in the market. With exercise equipment, shipping costs can be high so look for local pickup items and keep an eye on shipping costs for those that are too far away to be picked up. Also make certain that the equipment comes with instruction manuals or that the manuals can be purchased from the manufacturer. Other reputable and reliable websites offer similar services, but eBay's size makes it the place to start when looking for cheap exercise equipment. Also check out Overstock.com and Amazon.com for deals. A search on froogle.com is also useful anytime you are looking to get a good deal. Visiting each exercise equipment maker's website might also turn up a closeout or other deal.
Dealing locally allows you to give the equipment a try as well as avoiding shipping costs and possible shipping damage when looking to buy cheap exercise equipment. Play It Again Sports is a retail chain that sells used exercise equipment. Other similar retailers exist and all make a good place to check out. One weakness compared against traditional retailers is that the store staff selling a variety of brands of used merchandise can't be knowledgeable about every piece of equipment made so be certain that you are getting the manuals and ask about returns. Thrift stores and yard sales might also turn up great deals on cheap exercise equipment.
If you are looking to buy cheap exercise equipment a little time and effort shopping around can save you a lot of money.
Published by J. Motes
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