Buying second hand sporting equipment can save a lot of money and allow you to enjoy your favorite sport. Football pads, free weights and baseball bats are easy to evaluate for their durability and fit.
However, it becomes more complicated with other items. Consider exercise machines which have moving parts, like those made by Nordic Track or Bowflex. Always inspect the equipment carefully and never use any equipment which might endanger your safety or that of others.
- Mistake 1: Buying the Wrong Type of Equipment
You may think “Hey, what I really need is Product X” but in reality you do not realize you need Product Y. For example, the market is flooded with used treadmills which people have bought and left lying there after using for just a few hours. All their imagined enthusiasm and 5am wake up calls to jog have flown out the window. Well, don’t make the same mistake.Decide if you want to do more aerobic activity to burn fat or if you want to build muscle. A treadmill is a great machine to raise your heart rate and can even make you jog ‘uphill.’ However, you have other options you should not overlook. Would an low-impact elliptical machine, a stair climber or an exercise bike suit you better?If you want to build muscle then you need a weight training machine or free weights. There are many devices available that allow you to quickly change the weight for each exercise.
- Mistake 2: Spending Too Much
In your enthusiasm to start on your exercise program, you are sure you need the latest and most expensive equipment, right? Wrong! If you are just a casual jogger/walker then you do not need a treadmill that costs $3,500. Go instead for a model at half the price that doesn’t have all the fancy functions you’ll never use anyway. You can often save 25-50% off the original price by buying from a local private seller.Weight training machines also come in a range of prices. Look carefully and think realistically about what you will use and need.
- Mistake 3: Miscalculating Size
Always measure the available home space you have for the equipment, whatever it is. Take these measurements with you when you go to view the item. You should always view the item first and try it out to make sure it works. What you want to avoid is buying in haste and getting it home only to find it doesn’t fit the allocated space.
- Mistake 4: It Doesn’t Work or It’s Unsafe
Again, if you view the item and try it out you will cut the risk of buying something that is not working or has been used so many times it is now unsafe. It’s a good idea to take someone knowledgeable along with you if you are inexperienced with that type of equipment. This person will be able to advise you on the quality of the item and if it is usable.If you take sensible precautions, you can avoid costly mistakes and save some real money. There are many pieces of second-hand, good-quality equipment out there that have been barely used a few times before the owner gave up.
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