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The issue here is shipping—large items are typically very heavy, meaning online auctions might not be the best way to buy. Check out the classified ads in your local newspaper or local online bulletin board to find deals (including garage sales) within driving distance. If you have a pickup truck, or know someone with one you can borrow, you can save hundreds on shipping charges. sells both new and used videos and fitness equipment (small and large). Don't forget about (check for local pick-up on big ticket items) and, which connects you with local people who are trying to sell their stuff. Also check out your local Play It Again Sports store, which sells both new and gently-used fitness and sports equipment. 

Shop Online and Save
If you’re not sure what equipment is right for you, use a search engine to find a reputable exercise equipment review site.  These sites typically go through all the pros and cons of the major brands. You can then either search for a certain type of used equipment or buy new without a high-pressure sales representative pushing you to buy the most expensive piece of equipment in the store. 

If you know what you want, buying online can save you up to 45% off retail prices. Online retailers can offer these dramatically lower prices because they don’t have the overhead (rent, sales commissions, electrical fees, etc.) that brick and mortar stores do.

Be sure to check the length of the manufacturer’s warranty—the longer the better. The length of the warranty is a reflection on the quality of the equipment and the commitment of the seller or manufacturer to stand behind their products. Because no piece of equipment can last forever, make sure your online store offers repair services and a flexible return policy.

See? Getting fit doesn’t have to mean going broke if you take the time to find the best deal before you open your wallet. With a little research and a little flexibility, you can find the equipment and services you need without breaking the bank.
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  • The Y here claims to have lower fees for low income, but they don't. When I applied there I was getting less than $800/month and they were going to charge more than the private companies around here. I was able to get a low cost membership at the Parks and Recreation centers. The Y is a joke here. - 2/3/2015 1:07:24 PM
  • I am moving into a Sr Living apartment complex next week and was very excited to see they have a treadmill and exercise bike available in the community dining room. The director stated they do belong to tenants that let everyone use them as long as they are not held responsible for any accident or injury. Can't beat free!! - 12/2/2013 9:03:13 PM
  • Actually, walking and running just cost the amount for a pair of shoes. If you can do those consistently, you're really on your way. Glenn - 10/5/2013 7:05:47 AM
    where I live the YMCA is the most expensive 'health club' and the only place besides the university that has both workout equipment and a reasonable pool for swimming laps. Planet Fitness is only $30 a month or even less if you get a deal, but no pool. So we pay way more, but also feel like we're giving back to the community because of all the programming the Y offers to low income folks. etc. - 4/27/2013 8:27:11 PM
  • For the multi-page comments--if you guys don't care about getting the sparkpoints for the article just click on the print icon to the left. You'll be able to read the whole article on one page. - 7/28/2012 6:05:38 AM
    I agree with WALKZWDOGZ. Two pages are too many! I do not understand all these mutlipage articles. You must be getting paid by the page. - 7/3/2012 9:43:50 AM
  • Great tips, but having to click through SIX pages for about as many paragraphs? - 4/15/2012 5:58:36 PM
  • Great tips on machines, exercises eqiutment and where to look to buy hat you need. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 4/15/2012 6:45:21 AM
    Great tips! - 10/31/2011 2:22:45 PM
  • Don't forget about freecycle either. Post what you want, since it's all free lots of folks have this stuff sitting around and want to get rid of it as long as you pick it up. Happy New Years everyone. Donna - 1/1/2011 1:47:58 PM
  • great tips... it can cost very little at home too
    I was just thinking I have no "proper" running attire other than shoes.... I wear yoga pants I got on clearance for $6, i do wear a dri fit shirt I got at NIke for $10 on clearance, and thats it!... regular hoodies, coats and socks.... bargain shopping love it - it may not always be the colour you want but it WORKS
    SPark on friends! - 1/1/2011 11:53:39 AM
  • Here's a good tip for people on a tight budget:

    pushups and squats and core exercises at home in front of the TV. Zero cost, great workout! - 11/8/2010 5:02:16 AM
  • I guess I am pretty lucky because my gym membership is just 20 dollars a month. There are no fancy swimming pools or workout classes, but I use the treadmill, bikes and machines. My gym is called YouFit (formerly Planet Fitness). I recently decided I wanted to take aerobic dance classes and so signed up for Jazzercise, which was more expensive, but since I had to pay ahead of time, it motivates me to go. - 9/6/2010 8:54:49 PM
    The gym I'm considering costs less than $1 a day. I think it's worth it, I'M WORTH IT, even if I'm/you're on a tight budget. Try to give up a weekly/daily visit to the coffee shop for that fancy latte or something that's less important than a workout. Like the article says--negotiate for your best price. You can also join for a period of time, learn some routines and do them at home on your own mat or rent or tape a fitness video. There is a Fitness Channel on Comcast and I'm sure on the others, as well. Goes back to...No Excuses i.e. I can't afford it, it's too far from my house, I'm too tired. NO EXCUSES - 7/22/2010 2:54:52 AM
  • None of these "tips" are very good for a person on a very tight budget. What about freecycle or craigslist for free items or going for a walk? I can't afford a gym membership even at the Y. I have gotten a recumbent bike and some 2 lb weights free from craigslist. - 7/12/2010 9:20:24 AM

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