Ok, so you have just come back from your physical, and your Doctor has told you, no ordered you to get into shape or else. You don't want to know the "or else" so you agree, and go home and now research a way to get cheap exercise equipment for your home.

You have checked out the local gyms, and the fees are just too high, and you are not sure you would find the motivation to get in the car and go there. So, you decide that you want to set up your very own gym in your home, so that you can set up your own schedule and workout at your own pace.

So, you survey your basement or spare room, and clear it out, and now your have to fill it with some fitness exercise equipment. You have decided on a couple of things you want, and one of them is a treadmill and the other a elliptical trainer machine. Those are the most expensive pieces to buy new, the rest you can pick up as you need, such as a stand of free weights and maybe a skipping rope or some other things.

But for now, you want those two bigger pieces. You go to the fitness equipment store, and you are shown shiny new treadmills and elliptical trainers, with all the latest gadgets and it feels like a new car showroom, and are excited until you see the price tag! OUCH! They even offer you payment plans! But you just wanted a simple but good quality treadmill and elliptical machine right?

So, home you go, and now you need to go to Plan B, but what is that? Check this out.

Cheap Exercise Equipment - This does not mean cheap in quality. One great way to find great fitness equipment on the cheap, is to first start with the newspaper. Take a look for any in your area, and read the ads carefully. There are two things you are looking for when purchasing used exercise equipment.

1. Why Are You Selling? - If the answer to this question, is that they are upgrading to a more powerful, or better machine, then chances are this one may be pretty well used. You can go and look at it, and check the belts and electronics, and ask to actually use it for a trial. (Make sure you show up in comfy workout clothes and not your high heels!). If they don't want you on it for very long, or not at all, then walk away.

If they are selling it because it has become a dust collector, and they seem to be using it for a hanger for shirts, then this could be that diamond you have been looking for. If you go to their house and they have to rip apart the closet or basement to get it out, don't let that scare you, it means it has hardly been used! Clean off the dust and check it out. Chances are this would be a great buy. The perfect cheap exercise equipment!

Make sure you come prepared with the amount of cash you are willing to pay and some tools for taking it apart and getting it home. Or perhaps they can deliver it for you. You should try and come up with a way to get it home before you go and look at it. If you have to come back later or go home for a think, and get some tools, it may get sold before you get there. So, try and plan your purchase and how to get it home. This may include bringing a friend to help carry it. As the sellers may be giving you a good deal as long as they don't have to heave it up the stairs or down the driveway!

2. Price - Make sure you are up on the prices of some of the brands of treadmills and ellipticals. There can be quite the price spread depending on the make and model. So, try and educate yourself. If you are looking in the paper then see if they list the brand, or ask them the brand. Now you can tell if you are getting a good deal or not.

Cheap Exercise Equipment at Garage Sales - This can be a great place to buy. Many people are literally cleaning out their garage and basement, and may give you a good deal. Ask them how often they used it or why they are selling it. Chances are they bought it with the intentions of using it and just stopped, or overdid it in the beginning and were too sore to use it again, and have been put off exercise for good! (work slow on these machines in the beginning!).

Estate Sales - Check your local paper for estate sales. Many families that are trying to sell off a older relatives house and belongings, will have an estate sale. Many people, no matter what the age, will have exercise equipment in the house. They want to get rid of these things and may offer them at a good price.

It is better to go to an estate sale, rather than an auction as people get too fired up at auctions, and you may end up paying too much, so go to a estate sale where you can take the time and really look at the equipment.

Online - A good trusted online store can also be a great place to buy cheap exercise equipment. Amazon is one such site. Or you can use the internet to compare prices and get familiar with what a good price is. You may find good prices for discount exercise equipment or end of season sale, and if there is a good price for delivery, that is also something to consider.

Cheap Exercise Equipment - If you do your homework and shop well, you could end up with a well equipped home gym for a fraction of the cost of that shiny showroom store. Now that you have done all that, and are set up, now you actually have to use it!

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