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2 : The Big Factor - How Much to Pay :
The number one rule here is that you generally get what you pay for. Keep in mind that high quality equipment that works reliably after several years of heavy use can't be manufactured cheaply.
Remember if you're on a budget, a skipping rope, resistance band and exercise mat, may set you back about £20.00. This and a little knowledge is all that you will need to get in shape, plus this gym is portable.
Used equipment can be a good option, as long as you know what to look for, as some people will try and sell damaged equipment as good. My advice here is to ask somebody who knows, to go along with you when you buy, or purchase from a dealer who can give you some kind of guarantee.
Look around, as for most things you buy, somebody, somewhere will be selling what you want at the price you want to pay.
Take into consideration when buying, if a product is cheap, there is normally a reason, find out what it is.
It could be that it is discontinued, so if it breaks, can you get parts? Updated model coming out, this can lead to some good bargains. It's cheap, because it's mass-produced, normally in a third world country. Its cheap because its crap! TRY AND AVOID.
3 : Where will you put the equipment?
Many areas need to be looked out; it is not just a case of sticking the equipment all in one room. The main area is your safety, make sure the room is safe.
- No low ceilings, or obstacles, which can be hit if lifting weights.
- The floor is secure if having heavy weights, especially free weights. Avoid having weights in an upstairs room.
- There should be good lighting and a fresh airflow.
- Keep electrical cables and pipes tidy.
- The floor should be non-slip, and clean at all times.
- Aim to have a power supply, so you have music or air conditioning fan working when you require them.
- Plan for at least as much open space as equipment space.
Use the following guidelines to determine how much room you'll need:
- Exercise bikes - 10 sq. feet
- Treadmill 25 sq. feet
- Rowers 15 sq. feet
- Free weights 35 sq. feet
- Resistance bands 12 sq. feet
- Ski machine 20 sq. feet
- Climber / Stepper 15 FEET
- Weight machine 25 sq. feet
- Multi-station 50+ sq. feet
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