Do you want to feel the burn from your exercise routines without burning a hole in your wallet? Skip the trip to the gym where you spend hundreds of dollars to work out on unsanitary, outdated exercise machines. Statistics presented by USA Today show that 67 percent of gym memberships go unused¹, so even if you like the idea of heading to the gym, you are almost certainly not getting your money’s worth. Instead, it’s better to invest in quality gym equipment for your home. Gym equipment that you own is cleaner, more convenient, better cared for, and will save you money over time because it lasts for years. In other words, investing in home gym equipment will help you maintain your figure and your finances.
Gym Memberships are Obsolete
The truth is that the equipment and facilities are often out of date at fitness centers, meaning that all of the money you are putting in to your membership is probably not being put to the best use. It’s also very expensive to have a gym membership, although gyms often try to deceive their clients in a number of ways. One method they use to keep your mind off the price is to break up their pricey annual fee into what appear to be small monthly or bi-weekly payments. They also often offer trial periods where the first few months of your gym membership are at a reasonable, low price. Then, once your trial period is over, they like to hike up the price to an exorbitant amount. Gym membership prices also tend to rise every couple of years, so you should keep an eye on your bill.
There are also other causes for concern at gyms besides the price. Hygiene, for example, is a big problem at gyms. Gym facilities are germ magnets. As stated in a Business Insider article, 70 percent of the bacteria found on exercise bikes, treadmills, and free weights in gyms are harmful.2 Besides, gyms at popular locations tend to be overcrowded at certain times of the day. When you work out on your own gym equipment at home, you don’t have to waste your time waiting to use a particular exercise machine, and you’ll know exactly and who used your equipment last and when it was properly cleaned.
Now it’s easy to track your exercise progress and physical parameters using a personalized app on your smartphone. Personal trainers are no longer needed to achieve the best workout results. So why bother with a gym membership if you can do everything from the ease and comfort of your own home?
Gym Equipment has Never Been Cheaper
It’s easy to find affordable quality exercise equipment online. Prices range from a little over $200 for a strength-training machine to $500 for a treadmill. But you can also opt for a branded workout bench that costs a bit over $100 and provides hundreds of workout options. Home gym equipment can last a long time, so you can safely forgo your annual gym membership and invest in some quality gear. With the proper maintenance, your gym equipment can have a lifespan of over seven years, even with regular use.
In addition to saving money on your gym membership fee, you will also save valuable time and money. Rather than work up the motivation to travel the distance to your local gym facilities, all you have to do is motivate yourself to get to your living room. Exercising at home is more convenient and allows you to plan your workout schedule more efficiently. In case you lack the space to store large gym equipment, you can always buy a set of free weights that can be easily stored in any closet or corner of your apartment.
Research conducted by Livestrong shows that many stores offer the lowest prices of exercise gear in the spring and at the start of summer.³
Look Into Used Gym Equipment
You don’t always have to buy new. If you want to get your money’s worth and invest in expensive gym machines, it is best to consider purchasing used equipment. We recommend skipping garage sales. Your safest bet is to buy your gear online from a reliable vendor. Items sold online usually have issued warranties. Always remember to inspect the condition of the equipment before making a purchase.
Summing it up
Gym memberships are not the key to staying fit. Investing in home gym equipment can motivate you to work out more often and develop a healthy routine. Evaluate your options by looking into reviews and choosing the best bang for your buck.
 Alyssa Oursler. “Is your gym membership a good investment?” USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/04/27/your-gym-membership-good-investment/82758866/
 Rosie Fitzmaurice. “Some gym equipment harbours more germs than a toilet seat, a study has found — here are the worst offenders.” Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-hygienic-is-communal-gym-equipment-2017-11
 Kay Ireland. “The Best Times to Buy Exercise Equipment.” Livestrong. https://www.livestrong.com/article/395568-when-is-best-time-to-buy-exercise-equipment/