It's probably happened to you, too — you
bring home a piece of home exercise equipment with great expectations,
only to have it wind up taking up closet space or collecting dust in
Why? Probably because you committed one of these "cardinal sins":
You didn't determine your goals, so you bought a piece of equipment that wasn't designed to produce the results you wanted.
You didn't consider which activities you enjoy or dislike.
You bought a machine by direct mail or infomercial without testing it in person.
You forgot to ask about warranties, repairs, maintenance and return policies.
You brought home a product that's too big or too loud for your dwelling.
To avoid making the same mistake again, you can
follow several recommendations of IDEA-the international association of
Set your goals.
Are you trying to get stronger? Lose fat? Tone muscles? Be leery of
machines that claim to give a strength and cardiovascular workout
simultaneously, since most do one or the other well, but not both.
Think about you! Determine which activities you enjoy most and purchase equipment that provides them.
Try before you buy. While sophisticated marketing techniques may make a machine sound terrific, nothing beats a hands-on test drive.
Be a smart consumer. Ask about warranty, repair and return policies in case you don't like the equipment or it breaks down.
Don't be a "space case." Make sure your equipment will fit in the space you intend for it, isn't too noisy and stores away easily.
For a free copy of "Gearing Up: How to Evaluate
and Purchase Quality Home Exercise Equipment," send a self-addressed,
stamped, business-sized envelope to IDEA, 6190 Cornerstone Court East,
Suite 204, San Diego, CA 92121; (619) 535-8979.