Home Exercise Equipment Buying Tips

Fitness equipment at home

Looking to burn off those extra pounds and getting into shape? Are you thinking of using home exercise equipment?

If you're considering buying home exercise equipment, make sure you make an informed decision as to the kinds of home exercise equipment you plan on using.

There's nothing worse than exercising on a piece of exercise equipment that doesn't stand up to it's promises. Worse yet is finding out the equipment company doesn't want nothing to do with you after the purchase.

Here are some tips you may want to consider before you buy home exercise equipment:

• Ignore claims that an exercise machine or device can provide long lasting, easy, no sweat results in a short time. These claims are false: You can't get the benefits of exercise unless you exercise.

• Don't fall for claims that a product can burn fat off a particular part of the body- for example, the hips, stomach, or butt. Achieving a major change in your appearance requires sensible eating and regular exercise that works the whole body.

• Read the ad's fine print. The advertised results may be based on more than just using a machine; they more than likely will require a reduction of calories.

• Be sceptical of testimonials and before and after pictures from "satisfied" customers. Their experiences may not be typical. Just because one person has success with the exercise equipment doesn't mean you will, too.

• Do the calculations when you read statements like "4 easy payments of..." or "only $59.95 a month." The advertised cost may not include shipping and handling fees, sales tax, and delivery and set up fees. Find out the details before you order.

• Get details on warranties, guarantees and return policies. A "30 day money back guarantee" may not sound as good if you have to pay shipping on a bulky piece of equipment you want to "return to sender."

Restocking fees can also be expensive so read the small print on “20% restocking fee”. If a piece of equipment cost 750$, a restocking fee will cost you $150 plus and return shipping and handling.

Always remember this when you are buying fitness equipment

Strong warranties have strong fitness equipment, weak warranties have weak fitness equipment

so always go with a company with strong warranties.

• Check out the company's customer and support services. Call the advertised toll free numbers to get an idea of how easy it is to reach a company representative and how helpful he of she is.

These are just some points to remember when buying home exercise equipment. Don't get ripped off, make sure you understand what you are buying and make sure it's what you want.

Shopping online is a great way to get quality exercise equipment. Just make sure the company is a well established company with a track record of quality products and service.

Here are a few exercise equipment companies who have a strong, reputable presence on the internet. The service is great as is their prices.

Mega Fitness

Founded in 1997, MegaFitness is a fitness equipment superstore offering everything from exercise bikes to ab exercise equipment. If you are looking for a particular piece of home fitness equipment, chances are you'll find it at MegaFitness. MegaFitness is your "one stop" shop for fitness equipment.

Contact info

P.O. Box 33536
Indialantic, Florida. 32903 USA
Toll Free 800-925-2772 or 321-674-3866
Fax: 321-674-9914


Founded in 1984, SmoothFitness has become the the #1 seller and manufacturer of fitness equipment on the internet. SmoothFitness specializes in treadmills, elliptical trainers and home gyms. They are the only manufacturer of quality fitness equipment to primarily sell over the Internet.

By selling directly over the internet, they can offer factory direct pricing. In other words, they cut out the retail price. The great thing about SmoothFitness is that you can have the convenience of shopping online combined with factory direct pricing.

Contact info

Corporate Headquarters
717 Fellowship Rd.
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Toll Free: 888-800-1167 Fax: 856-802-3882

Remember, if in doubt, save your money. Make an informed choice and find what your looking for.

All the best,


As the owner of Building Muscle 101, I am committed to providing you the best practical weight training advice. I've been training for over 24 years (and still train to this day!) and the advice and guidance I provide comes directly from my experience and knowledge.

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