Getting the best deal on exercise equipment -

How to get the best deal on exercise equipment

Working out at home might be the answer to a busy schedule, but before you pay for pricey exercise equipment, weigh these tips carefully - they could help you trim the cost.

The last thing you want to do is spend several hundred dollars - or more - on a whim, so before you buy an expensive machine, make sure you like the exercise. If you haven't tried an elliptical, for example, make sure you do before you buy one. Maybe you could borrow a friends machine or use a guest pass to try one out at a gym.

Also, make sure you have enough room at home. Elliptical's and treadmills take up a lot of space. And if the salesman tells you the machine folds, have them demonstrate it and make sure you can do it easily as well.

You can drop $2,000 on a treadmill, but if all you're going to do is walk on it, will you really need a top-of-the-line models with lots of gadgets on it?

Once you know what you want and what you can afford, make sure you do plenty of comparison shopping. And make sure you check out used sporting goods stores as well.

One more important thing - make sure the store you buy it from has a clear return policy and you know who to call to fix it should it break.

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