Commercial Fitness Equipment for Your Home Gym. What You Need To Know First.

Considerations Before Purchasing Commercial Exercise Equipment for Home

Purchasing commercial fitness equipment for your home can be a very daunting task.  Weather it is new, a demo unit, remanufactured, refurbished, serviced, or used a piece of commercial exercise equipment it will give you years of service and a “feel” like you are in a health club.  Commercial Fitness Equipment is designed for use in some of the most unforgiving exercise environments around.  Hardcore body building gyms, University weight rooms and fitness centers, professional sports teams, high usage health clubs, etc all require equipment that is going to handle the heavy usage with minimal maintenance and down time.  In order to create these behemoths manufacturers have to reinforce the frames of the fitness equipment and make the wear and tear parts more durable.  Not only does all of this add to the overall cost of the units, but it also adds to the physical dimensions as well.

Points to Consider when Purchasing Commercial Exercise Equipment for Your Home

  1. Where are you going to put the unit ?  Health clubs and other commercial facilities have doorways wider than 36″, they have long and wide hallways, high ceilings, and many times they have large elevators.  You have to make sure these units will fit through the hallways, doorways, and fit under the ceiling of the final destination of the fitness equipment.  For the most part, pieces of full commercial fitness equipment, be it strength equipment or cardiovascular equipment, most have either fully welded or partially welded frames that do not break down very small.  To make matters worse, they are also extremely heavy.  The average commercial treadmill weighs over 400 pounds.
  2. Do you have enough ceiling clearance?  This goes hand in hand with the above topic, but really needs to be emphasized.  Most commercial fitness treadmills and elliptical cross trainers have step up heights of 10″ to 15″.  This height has to be added to the height of the tallest user of the exercise equipment.  This also has to be considered if a user likes to use the incline on a treadmill.  This can add to the height clearance needs as well.  For weight lifting equipment, such as power cages, smith machines, chin-up stations, functional trainers, lat pull-down machines, multi-station units, etc range anywhere from 88″ to 100″ tall.  This can become a tremendous problem considering the average basement after the installation of a drop ceiling is 84″ or 7 feet tall.  Also, pay attention to positioning of light fixtures, speakers, sprinkler heads and other fixtures that are embedded in the ceiling tiles.  This can make for difficulty in assembling the units or performing repairs on the ceiling fixture.
  3. How are you going to get the piece of exercise equipment into your home?  Depending on if you purchase from a local retailer or from an Internet company, be prepared for a hefty shipping charge.  Again, it comes back to the fact that these units are extremely big and heavy.  They take up a lot of floor space in a truck and they many times require more that two or three people to deliver the units.  This in turn adds to the shipping charges.  If purchasing on the Internet, make sure that a 58′ semi can reach the driveway of your home in order to make the delivery.  If not, be sure to tell a sales representative ahead of time so arrangements can be made with the shipping company to switch to a smaller truck at the local terminal for an easier delivery.  Granted, there will be an extra charge for this service, but it will not be as much as if the unit has to be re-delivered or returned.
  4. Do you have the proper power requirements?  For exercise bikes, elliptical cross-trainers, and stair-steppers this really isn’t too much of an issue.  All you have to make sure on these units is if your home is set up for 110v, which most homes in North America are, or 220v, which is more of what countries outside of the United States are set up with.  Most commercial treadmills are set up to run off of 110v, but occasionally you will find some that are 220v.  Make sure you know what voltage the unit runs off of first.  In the case of treadmills, it is recommended for commercial units to be on an 18amp or 20amp dedicated circuit with a NEMA 5-20R outlet .  If you do not have this, an electrician can install one for you. 
  5. How are you going to get the unit to your workout location in your home?  If purchasing from a local retailer they will have either their own delivery people or a delivery service that can bring the unit out to your home and put it in the workout location, provided it will fit through the doorways, hallways, and clear the ceiling.  If purchasing from an Internet merchant, find out if their delivery service is able to bring the unit into the home or if they have a separate servicers that they can recommend.

In conclusion, there are many benefits to having a piece of commercial fitness equipment in your home, but there are many factors to consider before purchasing.  Doorways, hallways, ceilings, and method of delivery all play a pivotal roll in if a piece of commercial fitness equipment in your home will be feasible.

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