Hiring Fitness Equipment - is it worth it?

So you’ve decided you want to get fit and that you need some fitness equipment. Is buying really worth the investment or would hiring fitness equipment be a more sensible option? This article looks at the pros and cons of the two and which option might best suite you.

If you’re already the type of person who regular exercises anyway but needs something to take you to the next level, buying fitness equipment is often well worth the investment. Often people will start small, buying just one or two pieces of fitness equipment and gradually building up home gyms.

For the majority of people, however, weight loss is the primary goal, opposed to getting in top shape. So often people will purchase equipment only to use them for a month and then leave them to gather dust in the spare room. If this sounds like you, hiring fitness equipment could well be the solution.

Whilst it is important to keep active once you’ve lost weight, hiring fitness equipment can help you reach weight loss goals. At the end of the rental period, you could still go on to purchase the kit or join a gym. People who have never exercised regularly may well find hiring fitness equipment is a great way to ease them into maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

Rentals can also be ideal for people on a budget or with limited space. One way to decide whether or not to hire is to set yourself a goal and work out how long it is likely going to take to achieve.

For example, say you wanted to lose 2 stone, if you truly believe it is achievable within 6 months, it may well be worthwhile hiring the relevant equipment for that period. The other option is buying and simply not using a piece of kit once your goal has been achieved.

On the other hand, if it is a long term goal, for example, to achieve and maintain an active lifestyle, buying a piece of fitness equipment could well be the option for you. Long term renting is eventually going to cost you more and you’ll never actually own the equipment.

In addition, renting equipment means you’re using older machinery although this doesn’t necessarily mean poorer quality. As you’re only renting, you’re likely to be able to get a better model of equipment for the same budget compared to if you were buying.

Essentially, you know yourself whether you are the type of person to stick to an exercise plan or regime for a long period of time. If you’ve never tried before, renting is often a great way of testing the water without a large upfront investment. Short term goals can certainly be achieved at a much cheaper price by renting but those with long term goals that they are certain to maintain, investing in fitness equipment is almost always the better option.