Home Gym Equipment: 5 Sick and Costly Mistakes of Buying a Home Gym
In all my years of fitness consulting and personal training I’ve witnessed some “silly” moves when it comes to buying home gym equipment. Here’s my list of top 5 sick mistakes:
1 – Bought impulsively after seeing flashy infomercial
There’s nothing wackier than a professional couch potato picking up the phone while watching a dazzling, beautifully scripted and edited home gym infomercial and buying yet another piece of equipment based on emotional impulse. Talk about buyer’s remorse? Forget about ’sending it back’ because of the hassles – most of these purchases end up as “garage sale inventory”.
2 – Picked up at a garage sale
So, you go to a local garage sale and boom! – the professional couch potato is selling his home gym impulse purchase for less than half the original price. You think “wow, this is a steal”. And without even considering if that gym is for you or not – you hand over the cash and now you own the contraption. Three months later you call Goodwill to ask if they can come pick it up – and you settle for a measly tax deduction. Don’t be a garage sale home gym buyer – save yourself the grief.
3 – You let the sales rep tell you what to buy
You go to a local fitness equipment retailer without doing your homework.
You walk in and say “I’m looking for a home gym package, I want to be able to do everything at home. I don’t want to go to a gym.”
When you do this – be ready to get taken for a ride, without you even suspecting it – because the rep has many years of myths and misinformation working in his favor to sell you a massive heap of steel, cables, weights and whatever else he can “fit” onto your credit card.
You MUST be fully informed before you go shopping for your home gym equipment – or you’ll get taken to the cleaners. Trust me, I’ve witnessed this many times during my career.
4 – You buy the things you used in college
In college you did 11 variations of bench presses, 9 variations of bicep exercises and bunch of other ‘machine & weight’ based exercises.
So now, 15 years later you think you should do the same stuff, right?
Let it be known, you were most likely doing some damage back then – and now, in your beer-gut-middle-age state of being, you’re going to do some serious damage by going back to your old methods of “fitness”.
Trust me on this – I’ve picked up the pieces many times after daddy or mommy tried “lifting weights” to get back in shape – only to end up in physical therapy before being advised to hire a “good” trainer to help design an appropriate exercise program. (and even that backfires more than people would suspect.)
5 – You buy something that’s not even in line with your goals
You’re a woman and you want to ‘tone-up’, lift and firm-up while dropping a couple of pounds. So, you buy a multi-gym station with all sorts of clips, adjustments, moving pulleys, etc… Guess what, honey? Wrong move.
Or, you’re a man and you want to unleash the athletic physique under that pasty layer of flabbiness. So, you buy a multi-bench and a squat rack along with 300 lbs of weights. Guess what, Arnold? Wrong move.
So, how do you avoid this snafu?
First, clearly define your goals. Then research, THOROUGHLY, which home fitness equipment options are best suited to your specific goals. At this point you can start to focus on the choices that make the most sense for your fitness needs – both short term and long term.
These 5 sick mistakes are real and they can lead to some serious problems. Avoid them as best you can when buying a home gym.
Sure it may take a little more time, effort and forethought at the start of your home gym journey – but the results, piece of mind and safety you get in return is priceless.