1) Find out what you like. If you know someone with home gym
equipment, ask to try it out. Another option try out different machines at a health club
with a short-term membership. Be sure to take your time and try a wide variety of
2) Know yourself. Have a specific workout plan in mind and be
committed to accomplishing it. If possible, work with a trainer to develop an appropriate
program and set realistic goals.
3) Analyze your space availability. The area should be spacious as
well as pleasant, with good lighting and ventilation. If you prefer a stereo or television
nearby during a workout, make sure you have enough room.
4) Identify other family members who may use the equipment. Remember,
this is an investment. Consider whether other household members may also use the equipment
and make sure it will accommodate them. Quality, as well as versatility are important
issues if the product is going to be used by several members of the household with
5) Test the equipment first. Before you buy any equipment be sure to
try it out at specialty retail fitness stores wearing your sweats and workout shoes.
Dont be afraid to attempt a serious workout on different models at different stores.
6) Consider the noise level of the unit. Many people enjoy listening
to the radio or viewing television during a workout. Make sure the sound of the unit does
not interfere with these entertainment habits for yourself or other members of the
family. To help minimize the noise level, we recommend using an equipment
mat under your treadmill, stepper, etc. These mats will not only help minimize the sound,
but will also help protect your carpeting and equipment.
7) Buy from a knowledgeable retailer. It is best to buy from a
store/retailer that specializes in exercise equipment. There your chances are greater of
finding trained salespeople who can assist you with your purchase, as well as advise you
about your exercise program. Ask lots of questions about features and models from various
8) Research the manufacturer. Make sure the product has a warranty and
that there is a customer service telephone number and a staff to answer any questions you
may have. Also, compare warranties among companies...they are not all the same.
9) Expect the pay for quality. Consider you purchase a long-term
investment. Consumers often experience sticker shock when they learn the price of
high-quality equipment. Remember, you get what you pay for.
10) Use care when opening the equipment packaging. You
want to be able to save the packaging material in case the product needs to be returned