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I can't tell you how many times we got to the end of a demonstration and had a customer love a piece, then at the last moment say, "I have to take some measurements first!" Don't be that person! Figure out your space BEFORE you embark on your cardio or strength hunt. That way you won't waste time or money.
Below are specific space (or related) considerations, or shall I say, “constraints” we come across almost daily:
These are the top things to consider.
Sometimes we see people so fixated on a budget, they focus in on a product that fits a dollar requirement. They then proceed to completely abandon all logic when it comes to the users of the machine. We wrote a great blog article, at least we think it's great, about "the best fitness equipment" you can buy. We get the question almost daily, "what's the best piece of equipment out there?" Our answer to that every time: The one you use the most! It all comes back to who is using the machine, then trying some out or at least talking to our staff about what's recommended.
Examples of things to consider:
These are just a handful of considerations to make. Everyone's situation is a bit different, but this will send your brain down the right path when selecting.
This is one of the most popular reasons people use to "get out of" buying a machine when they get really close to purchasing; they often quote, “I need to do more research.” Though people really need to educate themselves on equipment, it's actually best to talk to someone who can suss out all the bologna that’s out there, such as "paid for" reviews and fictitious "product pumping." We suggest using reviews as a general guideline for your purchasing since the "review business" is a multibillion-dollar industry! If you love the one that scored a 75 on consumer reports and it's the same price as the one you didn't like that scored an 85....don't buy the one that scored 85, that's a bad decision. We wrote a great blog article on "the best fitness equipment." We highly recommend checking it out!
This all may sound like common sense, but think about it, how often have you purchased exercise equipment before? We venture to guess 0 or 1 at best. So, you have nothing to go on except the $9000 pieces you see and use in the gym. Yes, that's how much some of those units cost.
Below is a list of a few free review services that don't take money as far as we know. These are not consumer reports.
This consideration is more about selecting features that line up with helping you reach your fitness goals. Let’s get straight to the point, here's a list of common fitness goals and some features/guidelines to consider:
Everyone has a different aim. Take this one seriously as most people laugh it off as "I don't have a goal, hehe?" Just pause. You do have one.
Every so often we come across someone who wants to buy a $3000 treadmill for $2000. Here are two scenarios with the same prices:
Negotiates hard, loves the $3000 Precor treadmill to the point of tears, and tries to get it for $2000. But this is impossible from a business standpoint. Person X values the durability, features, and aesthetics, but alas, they have a budget of only $2000. Therefore, he or she must consider the best treadmill at $2000, NOT be going around town trying to achieve this $2000 purchase for a treadmill valued at $3000. The bottom line is Person X loves and values the Precor treadmill, but has to consider his or her budget.
Has all the money in the world and comes in to look at the same Precor treadmill as Person X. While doing so, Person Y realizes they need fitness more than anything (Per the doctor’s instruction). But for some reason, Person Y thinks it's a foregone conclusion that they’re "never going to use it" and it is a “waste of money.” For this person, if it were possible to discount the same product from $3000 to $2000, which it’s not, they still wouldn't buy it because "it's a waste of money." Really, this person shouldn't buy anything at all. Instead, Person Y should recalibrate his or her attitude, then come back once the value to life extension has been realized. Usually what happens is Person Y is "scared" into the decision and ends up looking at $600 units because of the "dust collector" mentality; Person Y goes cheaper (both on quality and price) because of a wrong perspective.
So you see, this is what we mean by value vs budget. Sometimes budget limitations can be overcome by 0% financing options. For people like Person X, we can get them into the Precor treadmill option by simply financing the difference.
Where discounting comes in is when a person just needs a little nudge since they are oh so close to the price. Not cratering prices to the point where it's no longer mutually beneficial.