Big Box Stores vs. Speciality Fitness Equipment Stores

Ellipticals or treadmills - what’s better for your aerobic workouts?Time to check out a premium fitness equipment store

While we all want to save money, there is that old adage “You get what you pay for.” No more is that true than in the fitness equipment industry where uniformed customers think that buying a $250 treadmill from one of the big box store is a great deal compared to buying a $2500 treadmill from a stand-alone high-end fitness equipment store like Fitness 4 Home Superstore in the Phoenix valley area.

You get what you pay for

If you are truly trying to get an optimal workout experience than you need to spend a little bit of money on yourself when it comes to the type of fitness equipment you purchase for your home. What customers fail to realize when purchasing a fitness product that costs thousands of dollars vs. hundreds of dollars is that usually many times the warranty on the more expensive brand is quite a bit longer (we are talking years vs. days, sometimes). For example, if you purchase many ellipticals under $300 you may get a 90-day parts and labor warranty. When you purchase, for example, a Precor EFX 222 Elliptical, which is a top high-end brand of fitness equipment and costs around $2500, the warranty you’ll receive is lifetime on frame and welds, 5 years parts and wear items and 1 year labor! What a difference.

And if we delve deeper into the construction elements of a $200-$500 piece of cardio equipment versus a $2000-$5000 the differences are immeasurable. Most higher-end treadmills and elliptical can have a max user weight of 300-350 lbs, while a lower-end machine might have a max user weight of 250 lbs, this is due to the overall construction and materials used to build each machine.

Customer Service and Salesperson Knowledge

Then what of customer service? Do you think a person at one of the big box stores really knows a thing about why one piece of fitness equipment is better for you than another? If you go to a specific specialty fitness equipment store you should be able to find salespeople who are truly fitness equipment professionals. These individuals should be people not trying to sell you the most expensive piece of equipment, but are actually trying to find the best fit for your budget, fitness goals and circumstances. You may actually have a certain brand model in mind before you walk into the store, but because the salesperson is listening to you and asking pertinent questions revolved around your fitness goals, may actually suggest a different piece of equipment for you – not because it may or may not be more expensive of a product, but because it makes more sense.

For more information about buying you next piece of fitness equipment at a specialty fitness store like Fitness 4 Home Superstore, please contact us today and we’ll be able to match you up with the perfect piece of exercise apparatus – cardio, strength, core or flexibility.

For more information about buying  an elliptical, like the Precor EFX 222 Elliptical, or any other type of fitness equipment for your Phoenix area home, contact Fitness 4 Home Superstore today and we’ll be happy to match you up with the perfect piece of exercise apparatus – cardio, strength, core or flexibility.

Bob Lachniet

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Bob Lachniet is the owner of Fitness 4 Home Superstore. He has been in the fitness equipment commercial and retail sales industry for over 25 years and has been owner of Fitness 4 Home Superstore since 2005. Bob truly cares about his customers and wishes to educate them on what is the right piece of fitness equipment for their particular circumstance.
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