But if you are seriously considering buying workout equipment for the home, there are some questions you should ask yourself.
1- What piece of equipment is right for me?
Home gym equipment is more affordable these days, but it’s still an investment. You wouldn’t want to buy something on a whim, or a piece of equipment your friend suggested just in case it’s not right for you. You should always test out a piece of equipment in the gym or at a friends house before making the big purchase.
2- Where am I going to keep it?
There is nothing worse than keeping a treadmill in your bedroom and it becomes a clothes hanger more than a workout tool. You should have a plan on where to keep the equipment. And remember it has to be handy for your to use it. You wouldn’t to store it in the attic, if you have to go up there every time you want to use it. These days, you can find a lot of workout equipment for the home that will fold up and go under your bed or in a closet pretty easily.
3- What will motivate me to workout?
This is a question I always ask myself. Is there a piece of equipment that will actually motivate me to workout? I need motivation and if it’s not convenient I will make every excuse in the book not to do it. So having a treadmill in front of the TV during the Today Show might actually get me to use it.
4- Is this the best deal I can find?
I’m a firm believer that you should never pay full price for anything (unless you are desperate for it.) There are always ways to save on home equipment. Whether you get 20% off at Academy or just look for a deal right here on Sports Mom, there are always deals on equipment. Lately I have noticed that Groupon has been having great discounts on home workout equipment and the deal usually includes free shipping. That is worth the wait.
So if you are going to take the leap and purchase home gym equipment, ask yourself some of these questions and then go for it!
Here are some deals that might help lead you in the right direction:
– Proform Hybrid Cycle/Elliptical Trainer $299.99 (Retail $799)
Combines elliptical and exercise bike
Perform low-impact cardio workouts
Oversized, adjustable pedals
Enables total-body elliptical training
Lasts through daily use
350lb. weight capacity
This elliptical is perfect for areas with limited space
Low-impact upper and lower body workout
Maximum weight capacity: 260 lbs.
Elliptical motion eliminates stress on joints
Convenient dial tension adjusts challenge of workout
Wheels make machine easy to move and store
Dual action workout arms system works with elliptical
LCD screen displays distance, calories burned, elapsed time, and speed
Larger pedal construction designed with ridges to prevent feet from slipping