Best places to get cheap exercise equipment and a cheap dumbbells set
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Anytime you’re looking for a new home gym set you probably turn to Craigslist, LetGo, or Facebook Marketplace, but more and more retailers are now offering fitness equipment, both in-store and online.
And I know you’re thinking that eBay is purely pier-to-pier selling, however, there are also a number of legitimate, highly-rated sellers on eBay that offer steep discounts on home workout equipment. Their business is selling on eBay and they really do focus on customer service and satisfaction.
Of course, you don’t have the luxury of seeing the equipment in person, but if you know generally what you’re looking for, eBay is a great place to look for some of the cheapest cheapest gym equipment out there.
And the one thing with fitness equipment is that beyond Rogue Fitness, Again Faster, Bowflex, Nautilus, and a few other brands, the equipment seems to be largely the same and of the same quality. So, if the benefit of lifting weights is the activity itself, why pay more for the same quality equipment?
All I’m trying to say here is that if getting discount fitness equipment is the goal, eBay is a good place…you just have to be open to lesser-known brands.
Additionally, we find that Walmart has some surprisingly good home workout equipment from brands that you may actually know of like Gold’s Gym, CAP, and Weider.
Walmart likes to do some funky stuff with pricing so they don’t always have a deal, even though they act like it’s the deal of the century. If you check back here and there you’ll start to get an idea of pricing for sporting goods at Walmart.
And one word of advice, if you’re looking for cheap weight lifting equipment in particular like dumbbells or kettlebells make sure to pay attention to the price per pound.
If you can get the weights at or around $1 per pound, that’s generally a good deal [Walmart Exercise & Fitness Deals].
Pricing for weights will depend on whether you’re looking at bare weights or rubber-coated weights, which tend to be more expensive, but are (in my opinion) the way to go.
Also, one really nice thing that Walmart has started to implement is a policy of offering additional discounts for in-store pickup. You can purchase an item online, opt for in-store pick-up, and save a few bucks as a result. These discounts add up and can be an insider hack for saving money at Walmart.
On the downside, however, sometimes you have to wait a little longer than you’d like for shipping.
Fitness deals at the largest online retailer
Amazon also has surprisingly cheap fitness equipment, despite the fact that whatever you purchase has to be shipped. If you have Amazon Prime, the deals are even better because you can get a lot of items shipped for free that will arrive in 2 to 3 days to your doorstep. That is really hard to beat.
Like Walmart, however, you have to pay close attention to pricing over a week or so before you purchase because pricing changes so quickly. That’s mostly for dumbbell deals and kettlebell deals, but just remember the $1 per pound benchmark and you’ll be good.
The one thing that Amazon is amazing at is offering auxiliary fitness equipment on the cheap. You can get unbeatable prices on resistance bands, foam rollers, ab workout equipment, knee braces, weight belts, etc. [Amazon Exercise & Fitness Deals].
I’ve even seen recently that Amazon is starting to sell equipment from premium brands like Concept2 Rowers, Bowflex, and NordiTrack using Prime (i.e. you can get an erg machine shipped to your house for free and it will only take 2-3 days). Amazon is taking over.
They even seem to price match (almost immediately) whenever another retailer discounts a particular item.
As an example, we’ve seen the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells [see on Amazon] caught in the middle of a one-day price war between Walmart, Sears, and Amazon, where we, as consumers, won big time.
An overlooked retailer for deals on home gym equipment
The last major retailer that dabbles pretty heavily in cheap fitness equipment is Groupon. They often times have off-brands, but usually they’re cheap…and ship free. The one thing with Groupon is you have to be weary of really outdated products.
If something is too cheap or seams like too good of a deal, that’s probably because it’s old or has been discontinued by the manufacturer. With that said, we’ve see some outdated cheap Bowflex equipment pop up that was good enough last year, so I would imagine that it’s fine this year.
Same story with weight vests, ab wheels, resistance training system, etc. Also, if you want the most bang for your buck at Groupon, you may want to wait for weekly or monthly flash sales where certain items will be further discounted for a day or two.
We’ve seen some unbeatable prices during these flash sales. [Groupon Exercise & fitness Deals] Groupon doesn’t really announce these sales anywhere, but if you check back here and there you may see a sweet deal that’s hard to pass on.
Retailers with the best treadmill sale and cheap exercise bike deals
Not surprisingly, Sears is one of the best places to get treadmill deals and exercise bike deals. You sort of have to watch prices to understand if something is a deal, but Sears has a large selection and regularly discounts treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes.
They also have a lot of name brands, including NordiTrack, ProForm, and Schwinn. If you check the Sears Hot Deals Section, that’s where you’ll typically find their best discounts. The one thing with Sears is, you should expect to pick up the item in-store, no matter how expensive it is.
Walmart is another place where you can sometimes find a cheap treadmill, only Walmart usually carries slightly suspect treadmills that don’t have the extra bells and whistles that you’ll see on higher end units.
Woot, which is a flash sale site owned by Amazon, will occasionally post deals on treadmills and exercise bikes also. They last 24 hours and usually are legitimate deals on name brands. As I’m writing this post, Woot has a deal on a ProForm treadmill.
Amazon is also starting to seriously get into selling cardio equipment. I haven’t seen that Amazon has much better prices, but they typically have better shipping terms than other retailers.
On top of that, Amazon now offers free assembly on select treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes [check here for supported products].
You have to read the fine print, but for the most part, only specific zip codes are eligible and only products sold and shipped by Amazon. Still, Amazon is starting to take some real marketshare from the other retailers.
Time of year for getting home gym equipment and building a gym at home
The best time to get work out equipment is typically November through March. You can look out for Walmart Black Friday Specials, Sears Black Friday Specials, and Amazon Cyber Monday Deals for some serious discounts. You probably knew that.
Outside of November and December, however, Q1 is pretty ripe with awesome home exercise equipment deals. People are looking to get fit and retailers obviously know that. If you’re looking to outfit your house or apartment, this is a great time to go shopping.
Can you always find a treadmill on sale or a cheap weights set
The short answer is yes, you can always find deals on this stuff, whether it’s on Craigslist or Amazon. As previously mentioned, however, November through March tends to have the best deals.
For the rest of the year, you just have to be diligent about checking prices and know what you want. You can also download our mobile app (iOS / Android) to stay on top of deals in the sports and fitness space.
We look for and post the best deals every day on treadmills, exercise bikes, weightlifting equipment, and more. Alternatively, you can sign up for the newsletters at these retailers to receive alerts when they discount a particular item.