According to a Finder.com survey conducted in 2019, an astonishing 5.1 million Americans sign up for gym memberships they don’t actually use. That’s an astounding $1.8 billion dollars a year without breaking a sweat! Good news for gym owners but not for consumers.
With the threat and uncertainty brought by the coronavirus, more people are now choosing to invest in their own equipment and forgo gym memberships altogether. Exercising at home and on your own is agreed to be much safer and might even turn out to be a better investment for the future. If you are looking to build your personal gym, here are a couple of tips for you.
Know What You Need
It can be a challenge to know what exercises to do without the usual trainer to lead you. But with the availability of fitness media online now, you can easily gather as much info as you need to help you right away.
When purchasing equipment, it is best to choose the ones that you know you definitely will use. What’s basic for others may not be for everyone, so you are the best judge of your own needs. If you had a gym membership before, you can try to recall which ones you used a lot, or if you find yourself in a different shape now, you can reflect on the physical aspects that you want to work on.
Quality Over Price
When it comes to fitness gear, you do have to think long-term and consider resale value. As much as possible you should go for options that offer a lifetime warranty while also looking forward to the likelihood of shifting your exercise strategy later on. Keeping to a budget might constrain your options, but never buy just because it’s cheap. Buy because it will be worth every dollar in health returns and in years of use.
Try to think about how much you personally spend on gym memberships and health supplements in at least a three-year period, and try to use this number as a starting point of how much to spend on your training paraphernalia.
Watch Out for Deals
Since most of us are now homebound because of COVID-19, more people are shopping online for everything, from popcorn to glow-in-the-dark lizard’s eye bowling balls! Gym equipment is no exception.
And just like any other item you can now buy online, you should always take your time canvassing for the top prices different stores can offer you. It’s not enough to enter a single Power Systems coupon, but you should also know when the ideal time to buy is. What’s great about shopping online, that is also true for fitness materials, is that sales are always just around the corner.
Keeping yourself fit and healthy is undoubtedly a good strategy in staying out of harm’s way right now. It’s a misconception that having your own gym is an unnecessary expense. In the long run, it is a great investment in yourself, your health, and all the things we can look forward to when this pandemic is over.