Fitness Equipment: Bells, Whistles and Reviews


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It’s the gifting time of the year.  Costco and other big box stores have loads of toys, trinkets, and goodies for sale.  It’s also the time of year the stores bring out on display the big ticket items, like fitness equipment and free weights sets.  As the new year approaches, many of us are setting our sights on fitness goals that make those big ticket items so tempting to buy for ourselves or loved ones.

It’s fascinating to observe people seriously contemplating buying fitness equipment.  You can almost hear what they’re thinking.  Here’s what I often see.

As they walk around that elliptical on display, they grab the handle and rattle it.  Seems stable. They step on and give it a try.  Hmm, they think it feels okay.  They study the dashboard with all of its buttons and numbers.  There’s got to be a manual setting button somewhere! As they step off and stare from a distance, they wonder about its quality and relative cost.

Research before you buy

Buying this equipment is an investment, and needs some serious research before making a decision.  When faced with such a task, look to to help you make an informed decision. contacted us a while ago to share with us their review on Elliptical Machines.  I was very impressed with the thoroughness of their research and clarity of reviews.  They offer reviews on a number of items and services, from 4G to Yoga Mats.  They regularly update their reviews so you know you are getting the latest information.

If you’re in the market for fitness related items, here are a few reviews you should read before you buy:

Create your fitness plan first

A final piece of advice.  Before you buy any fitness equipment, please be sure to have a realistic and well-thought out fitness plan.  How does this equipment fit into the plan? How often will you use the equipment?  Does it make sense to buy?

If you need advice on a fitness plan, contact Lia for a personalized consultation.

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We are sisters who share a passion for healthy living! Each of us brings different knowledge and skills to this project, some similar experiences and a whole lot of shared passion for mindful, fit and nutritious living. This blog is our way of spreading our knowledge and passion about motivation, fitness and nutrition for everyday living. It is also our forum for finding like-minded people from whom we can learn. To learn more about us, please see our "About" page.
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