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How to Find Used Commercial Gym Equipment for Sale (Local, Nationwide)

How to Find Used Commercial Gym Equipment for Sale (Local, Nationwide)

Posted by Tyler Spraul, Certified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistĀ® (CSCSĀ®) on July 16, 2021 ā€” Updated on August 24, 2023

Buying used commercial gym equipment can be a great way to save money. Check out this guide to learn more about finding and buying used equipment for gyms.

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  • The easiest way to find used commercial gym equipment on a national scale is by turning to the internet.
  • Buying used commercial gym equipment locally may take a little more creativity.
  • Remember the phrase “buyer beware” when purchasing used commercial gym equipment.

Let’s be real — it can take a lot of money to run a gym. Whether you’re just starting a new gym or looking to expand the equipment offerings in your existing gym, buying used commercial gym equipment (along with taking advantage of efficiency tools like the best gym business management software) can be a great way to save a little cash. Wondering how to find used commercial gym equipment for sale? Then keep reading.

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How To Find Used Commercial Gym Equipment For Sale Nationwide

By far, the easiest way to find used commercial gym equipment on a national scale is by turning to the internet. Sites like GlobalFitness.com and FitnessEquipmentEmpire.com specialize in selling used, refurbished, and wholesale commercial gym equipment. Additionally, they often have large inventories to choose from, which can be handy if you’re looking for something specific.

Alternatively, eBay and other general auction sites sometimes have used commercial gym equipment, but you may need a bit of luck to find what you need.

How To Find Used Commercial Gym Equipment For Sale Locally

Buying used commercial gym equipment locally may take a little more creativity. Local gyms are a good place to start. You can ask them to let you know if they ever have any equipment they’d like to sell. Understandably, they might be hesitant to sell to a competitor, but if you’re polite with your inquiry, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Next, you can check out any exercise equipment repair companies in your area. They sometimes have used items in their inventory that they’d be willing to sell. Should any local gyms go out of business, you may be able to get a great deal on used commercial gym equipment by contacting the business owners directly or by going to a closure auction.

Finally, sites like Craigslist and Facebook marketplace can connect you with local sellers. You’ll have to do a lot of searching to find what you want, but you may just get lucky.

What To Know Before Buying Used Commercial Gym Equipment

If there’s one thing to keep in mind when buying used commercial gym equipment, it’s the phrase “buyer beware.” While it can be tempting to go for the cheapest item, trying to pinch pennies on used commercial gym equipment may cost you more money in the long run. Poorly maintained or broken equipment can cause serious injury to the person using it, and that kind of liability is not something you want in your fitness business; even with quality gym insurance.

Companies that deal in used or refurbished commercial gym equipment should back their products with a warranty or other kind of guarantee. If they don’t, it should be a red flag to any potential buyers. If you’ve purchased your used gym equipment from a more informal source, such as Craigslist or eBay, it would be wise to have the equipment evaluated and serviced before allowing anyone to use it.

Read More: What is a commercial gym?

The Bottom Line: How to Find Used Commercial Gym Equipment for Sale

If you’re in the market for used commercial gym equipment, the good news is there are many ways for you to get what you need while saving a little money. However, do your homework to make sure that what you buy won’t be a waste of money or pose a hazard to your gym members.

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Tyler Spraul is the director of UX and the head trainer for Exercise.com. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and is an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistĀ® (CSCSĀ®). He is a former All-American soccer player and still coaches soccer today. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning, and living the dad life.
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