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5 Top Tips for Buying Commercial Fitness Equipment

Beyond the Basics Fitness knows there’s more to creating and maintaining a successful fitness centre than equipment, but equipment is usually the core element.

Treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and other fitness machines are also the costliest elements, but contrary to what many believe, spending more money isn’t just about the ‘bells and whistles’, it’s about buying quality equipment that provides stability, durability and comfort for the user.   

Here are some basic tips to follow when purchasing fitness equipment.

Tip #1: Buy a reputable brand. If you don’t see it in other fitness centres, there’s probably a reason. Companies change products every year, and it’s best to do your research before making a big decision on equipment that hasn’t been around long or doesn’t provide access to parts or service easily. Also, buy from a reputable company. Check the company's reviews and references and whether their technicians are have been factory-certified to maintain and repair the equipment.

Tip #2: Look for a good warranty, and access to parts and labour. Make sure the company selling you the equipment is certified and fully capable of maintaining and servicing it. Does the company stock basic parts to minimize downtime if your machine has any issues? Do they stand behind their work?

Tip #3: Cost versus quality. Just as is the case with cars, there is no way to compare equipment costs as every manufacturer has different models and options. Research the costs of service and parts carefully before making choices. Even if the equipment looks good or the salesperson says it’s the best, parts and service can be quite expensive, especially if your purchase doesn’t live up to the hype.

Tip #4: Low-end product problems. The cost of very low-end machines can be enticing but beware, they don’t usually stand up to the rigours of a commercial fitness facility. What you may save in initial, up-front costs you’ll probably end up spending in parts and repair. In addition, they don’t feel like “real” machines and people get discouraged more easily when using them.

Tip #5: You get what you pay for. The long and short of purchasing equipment is that like almost everything else, you get what you pay for. Every brand of equipment has different features and provides a different user experience. Make sure you like how it feels, its movements, and whether it has the features you want. Most importantly, buying a higher end machine with a longer warranty, ease of access to parts and to certified technicians are a must.

Beyond the Basics Fitness has been selling, maintaining and servicing commercial fitness equipment for over 16 years. BTB are experts in fitness facility design and layout, in addition to offering quality accessories, flooring, storage and cleaning solutions. We are your one-stop-shop and would love to help you create, equip and maintain your fitness facility.

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