Rent Exercise Equipment to Try Before You Buy

by Jodee on April 4, 2011

If you are interested in getting in shape at home but are unsure about buying a piece of exercise equipment for heart health, why don’t you consider renting instead? This option allows you to try before you buy to make sure that you will be happy with the one you are considering.

Getting exercise equipment for home use is a good strategy. Unfortunately, far too many people start off with the best intentions, only to lose their motivation within the first couple of months. In some cases, the motivation is gone before the new workout clothes and shoes have been broken in!

Choosing to rent exercise equipment allows you to find the right type of equipment. You can make sure that a particular model is a good fit for your abilities and preferred method of working out before committing to buying it.

Renting exercise equipment also works when you know that you will only need the items for a certain time. This can be a choice that makes sense to people who prefer to exercise outside when warmer weather comes, but who want a convenient way to stay fit during the winter.

Another situation where choosing to rent exercise equipment can be a good choice is if you know you will be moving soon. Rather than having to factor in the cost of moving your exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer, stairstepper or stairstep machine to your new home or putting it up for sale, renting one (or more) of these items means you can stay fit without having to commit to ownership.

Repairs Covered

Renting your exercise equipment means that you are not personally responsible for the cost of repairs. When the item needs to be maintained or breaks down, the rental company looks after arranging for a technician to come to your home to do the work required to get it running again.

Cost Savings

If you want to stay fit but find it difficult to justify the cost of buying your own exercise equipment, consider renting instead. Be sure to find out whether the cost of renting includes delivery and set up. The exercise equipment rental company may offer better rates for long-term rentals, too, so you will want to ask how much you will be charged if you are prepared to commit to renting for three, six or 12 months at a time.

Another detail you will want to clarify before choosing to rent exercise equipment is whether the company you are dealing with will allow you to buy it outright if you choose. You may be able to get a good deal on rented equipment that has been returned, so if you have decided to set up your own home gym, don’t hesitate to ask about your options.

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