Tips when purchasing exercise equipment

Let’s talk for a moment about the amazing infomercial exercise equipment. You know the expression, if it’s too good to be true it probably is.  Your intentions are good when you see the commercial.  I can buy this piece of equipment, workout 20 min a day, 3 times a week like they tell me and look like the person demonstrating it on TV in mere 6 weeks.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. You pay a lot of money, it gets delivered, it takes a couple of frustrating days to put together, you use it a couple of times, then it becomes a clothes rack, collecting dust and finally moves into a corner of the garage.

It does not have to be that way.  If you are just starting out you can begin with little to no equipment.  If you want to buy a few pieces of equipment, start with some dumbbells or resistance bands.  There is no need to buy new if you are on a budget. Check craigslist.  You will be surprised that if you look for a few weeks, you will find some really good deals on equipment that many times has been hardly used. On the weekends, check out neighborhood garage sales. Remember, you do not need to go out and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on exercise equipment.  Buy slowly and save money.

The key is to start a workout routine and stick with it.

If you are looking for a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, you want to do your research.  You want to make sure that it will serve your needs.  Make sure you check the specs carefully before purchasing. You should not shop price alone.  You need to ask some questions like is the motor large enough for your needs.  Check the weight capacity, are you going to be using it for running or just walking.  How many people will be using it and how often, etc.

A great resource for information is:, I would highly recommend doing some research here first.