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All good ideas here. A good elliptical, treadmill etc. can take one into the thousands if bought new and it is true, they make good cloths hangers. So I would really checkout sites where you can take someones "clothes hanger" off their hands at a very reduced rate. Just be sure you check out at sports stores and such to understand what you are getting. If you go into it without proper info, you may buy a cheap item at the same price or just a bit lower than a good item.
I've gotten some dumbells and things at Target. I also keep an eye out at Ross, TJMaxx, etc. and picked up a medicine ball, yoga mat and weight lifting gloves there. Got my kettlebells from Sports Authority. They frequently send coupons for $10 off of $50 or $25 off of $75 and have good sales, too.
It depends a bit on the item of equipment you are talking about.
Resistance bands wear out over time, and they are cheap enough that they are worth buying new. $10-15 at Walmart, although better quality bands may cost more.
2nd hand exercise mats can get a little icky, and who knows where they have been. Definitely another purchase new item.
Free weights don't really wear out, so it is definitely worth considering freecycle or craigslist.
Machines like ellipticals, treadmills and the like can often end up becoming very expensive clothes hangers. So it may be worthwhile getting a second-hand one until you are sure you are going to use it regularly. craigslist freecycle, or maybe just a local yard sale.
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