Looking to purchase piece of home fitness equipment? You’re not alone. The convenience of being able to work out at home causes many people purchase a variety of products for their home gym, whether it’s one treadmill or an entire line of strength machines. If you have never bought fitness equipment before, it can be overwhelming to walk into a sporting goods store and purchase the right product. What you choose to purchase for your home should reflect you and your needs. Use the handy F.I.L.E. acronym when considering what to look for in a piece of fitness equipment.
F – Family or Friends. Is the product just for you, or do you have family or friends that might be using it? You'll want a machine with more durable components if a family of five will be using it compared to a single user.
I – Injuries. Do you have any pre-existing injuries? A treadmill may not be the best choice for someone rehabilitating from knee surgery, but perfect for someone looking to lose postpartum weight. Elliptical trainers and exercise bikes are the best for low impact exercise. If you decide to purchase a treadmill, be sure to look for one with good deck cushioning.
L – Limitations. What are your limitations? Maybe it’s space, budget, or timing. A non-folding treadmill may not be best for someone living in an apartment, but perfect for new home owners looking to build a home gym.
E – Exercises. What exercises do you like to do? This is important to know because the best piece to buy is the one you’re going to use. If you primarily run outdoors, an indoor cycle could be the perfect complement to help you achieve that personal best.
Keep this acronym in mind when you go shopping to make sure you buy something you'll be satisfied with for years to come. Check out some additional tips on choosing fitness equipment.
Have you recently purchased an item for your home gym? What was your shopping experience like?