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Finally, you have decided to build your free weight home gym to build muscle. You do a few searches online, and you realize that weights are pretty expensive. If you buy some home gym equipment, and your monthly budget is gone.
Well, I was in your shoes. I carefully planned everything. I included only home gym essentials such a barbell with weights, a power rack, dumbbells, and an adjustable weight bench. Nothing fancy. But, I’m a perfectionist who likes buying the best thing that I trust. My plan would have cost me almost 5000 dollars. When I told my wife, she said, “You’d better go back to the local gym. For that money, you can lift there for years.” And there is truth in it what she said.
But, I did not give up, and I was searching for the best places to buy weights. To make the story short, in the end, I could get everything for less than 2000 dollars. I had to compromise a bit here and there, but I can have quality and safe strength training at home whenever I want. My investment paid off in 1.5 years.
How to save money on home gym equipment
1. You do not always need “trendy” things
If you have ever been looking for home workout equipment at big online stores, always the latest, trendy products come up. They are promoted as the “ultimate device.” We have a feeling as if they were the only solution for strength training, and nothing else would work.
For example, there are adjustable dumbbells with pins or dials for quick weight changing, such as Bowflex or Powerblock. There is no question that they are easy to use, but costs hundreds of dollars. While a pair of regular dumbbells with weight plates and collars cost less than half. Almost the same workout experience for a fraction of the price.
But, the same is valid for everything else. That is why I do not have trendy and fancy gym stuff at home.
2. Choose weight lifting equipment for your needs
Not everyone wants to be the new Schwarzenegger lifting hundreds of pounds. Somebody just wants to be a little bit stronger and put on a bit of muscle mass. For them, there is no need to invest into a hundred pounds of weights and most robust workout bench or rack. It is enough to get home gym equipment with lower capacity that costs far less. Maybe for them, a pair of cheap dumbbells will do, which are perfect for a full body workout.
On the other hand, big lifters, people who have been lifting weights for years must be careful with what they opt for. There are so many rubbish products out there that will break in your hands sooner or later. Even worse, they may cause you injury during your workout. Go with the best.
3. Buy used weights
Maybe I’m undemanding, but I do not really care about if the painting chips or there are scratches or a bit of rust on the weights or the machine. I use them for strength training and not for showing the world what a perfect gym I have. The only thing that is important for me is how well and safely the unit functions. Iron is iron.
I’d instead buy a used Rogue power rack than a new one made by a no-name Chinese manufacturer. The price is the same, but you will never be disappointed with a Rouge cage even if it is rusty and dirty.
To sum up, quality weight plates, barbells, benches, and racks are not such things that can easily go wrong. And, used items cost far less than new.
What are the best places to buy weights?
1. Amazon Strength Training Department for new equipment
I list Amazon on the first place for many reasons.
- Firstly, they have a huge collection of weights and other home gym equipment we can choose from. Hence, from beginners to advanced, people can find weights for their level and workout goals
- Moreover, Amazon prices are pretty good compared to other online stores. And, it is not rare when the products are on sale to save even more money. Besides, because of the large number of offers, the price range is also wide. Therefore, anyone can find products for their budget.
- Amazon is a trusted online seller who cares about its customers so if you have any problem you will get help.
- Because of being so popular you can read a lot of real customer reviews about fitness equipment before buying it.
- Last but not least, you can get your order almost always with free shipping which is not negligible when you buy weights.
2. eBay & Craigslist to find used gym equipment
Both are excellent places to buy used weights. If you are lucky, you can bump into sellers who are close to you so you can check out the workout equipment. It may take some time to find the best offer, but you can save a lot of money on these sites.
However, recently, I experienced on eBay that a lot of new products are promoted maybe by the manufacturer or a reseller. And, in most of the cases, those products cost more on eBay than at Amazon.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Just like Craigslist, the Facebook marketplace is useful to find local listings for exercise equipment with pictures. Hence, you can check out the item before buying and do not have to worry about shipping.
4. Garage sales
Yard sales are excellent opportunities to buy useful stuff at a low price. And, maybe you can stumble upon some weights you can use at your home gym. Just be tricky and visit the sales as early possible before they get picked over.
5. Muscle building forums
There are thousands of bodybuilding forums online, and almost each of them has a section for people selling second-hand things. I know, it takes time to find and research these forums and boards, but you can find great deals there as well.
6. Going out of business or gym equipment upgrade sales
These are the best options to put your hands on commercial grade gym quality equipment at a much lower price. In most of the cases, such places hold auctions.
Well, this website is dedicated to selling used gym equipment for commercial gym owners, but that does not mean individuals cannot buy there. Behind the site, there is a trusted company, so the quality of the used item is not a question. Maybe you even get a warranty on the products.
I hope I could help you a bit with my tips and the best places to buy weights to save money on your home gym building project. If you are watchful, you can set a workout room even if you are on a low budget.
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