we feel that our customers are typically not as satisfied with their purchase in the long run when buying a lower quality residential piece of fitness equipment
Arlington, Texas (PRWEB) September 13, 2011
Discount Online Fitness has officially announced its decision to only sell new and used commercial fitness exercise equipment.
When shopping for fitness training equipment consumers will be confronted with a great deal of technical specifications, features and warranty statements. It can be overwhelming. Many products are advertised as commercial grade and some as residential/home grade. Many people find themselves asking the question, “what type of fitness equipment is going to best meet my needs?” The following is a general overview of the major differences between the two grades of products and will hopefully give people the information needed to make a decision.
The president of Discount Online Fitness says, “the difference between commercial and residential fitness equipment lies mainly in the construction, the durability and the price.” Generally speaking, commercial grade fitness equipment is manufactured using stronger materials than residential grade products and can accept heavier weight and more aggressive use. This normally means a significantly higher price tag for commercial items. The adage "you get what you pay for" is as true in the exercise equipment market as anywhere else. This is the main reason that Discount Online Fitness has chosen to only sell commercial grade fitness equipment because, “we feel that our customers are typically not as satisfied with their purchase in the long run when buying a lower quality residential piece of fitness equipment,” says the president of Discount Online Fitness. “While we know that the price of commercial grade fitness machines will be a deterrent to many consumers out there, we know that the ones who do choose to make the investment in a higher quality piece of exercise fitness equipment will be much happier with the purchase in the long run and it will make for a much better relationship with our customers.”
Benefits and Drawbacks
In researching the construction of commercial grade fitness exercise equipment versus residential grade fitness equipment, commercial grade will generally contain more steel and heavier grade plastic, bolts, connectors, and welding than residential grade items. To be considered commercial, steel parts are generally made of 12 gauge or stronger material. End users of commercial grade equipment will also see a difference in other parts, such as levers, pedals, upholstery, cables and the like and will find in the end that commercial fitness equipment will be heavier and more durable. As an example, a typical home treadmill may weigh only 150 lbs, while a commercial treadmill will weigh over 300 lbs., which as one might expect, will make a big difference in the feel and the durability of the machine. Commercial exercise equipment is designed for 6 or more hours a day of constant use in an institutional and/or commercial environment (public gyms, hospitals, universities, for example). Products designed for up to 6 hours of daily use are termed Light Commercial or Light Institutional. Products designed for over 6 hours of daily use are termed Full Commercial. For weight lifting products you will generally see weight limit ranges in the 1,000 lbs. plus range (this also includes the user).
As one might expect, the sturdiness and higher quality of commercial equipment is one of its major benefits. The manufacturers build these products to last, and consumers can feel confident that commercial fitness equipment will withstand use in line with its intended purpose. In addition, commercial equipment tends to be on the forefront of fitness technology -- like treadmills and elliptical machines with personal TVs, MP3 docks and USB ports. These additional features are not necessarily needed, but they can pique the interest of potential members and make working out more enjoyable for the end user whether at home or in the gym. With commercial equipment, purchasers can also purchase a variety of fitness equipment in variable conformations that meet the needs of a gym facility or for someone’s personal use. For example, if a customer has a smaller fitness facility, he or she could purchase a multi-station gym that offers six or eight cable pulleys in a compact form. Many find that a big drawback to commercial fitness equipment is the cost, but because commercial fitness equipment is built so well and offers many fancy features, most consumers feel it is well worth the additional cost. Plus, companies like Discount Online Fitness offer refurbished and used fitness equipment for those customers who want commercial quality equipment but may have a smaller budget.
While commercial fitness equipment is mainly designed for a commercial fitness setting, like a gym or recreation center, apartment complex, hotel or any other facility that will have equipment that receives high frequency usage, the president of Discount Online Fitness says, “we are finding more and more individuals who are making the decision to purchase the higher end quality commercial machines for their own personal use because they are recognizing the long term benefits of having a higher quality machine and find that with this type of quality machine, it is like having their own gym right at home.” The manufacturers know many people will be using the equipment, and it needs to stand up to the wear and tear. Generally, manufacturers make commercial fitness equipment with sturdiness and quality in mind. Most offer a 3 to 5 year warranty, and as such, have to stand behind their product and feel confident it can handle use by hundreds of people each day.
Residential exercise equipment is designed for constant use for up to 3 hours a day in a home environment by individuals under 275 lbs. Note that there is a wide range of quality for residential products, from entry level to high end. For weight lifting products you will normally see weight limit ranges in the 400-700 lb range (this typically includes the user).
Residential equipment is designed for use in your home. Manufacturers create a range of qualities to meet a range of budgets. Because it doesn't have to stand up to abuse from as many users, it is usually built with lower-quality materials. It is for this reason that many individual purchasers are now choosing to purchase commercial fitness equipment for their home versus the lower quality residential fitness equipment. Residential exercise equipment generally does not last as well under heavy use, is typically made of lesser quality materials and it doesn't always offer the features or the flexibility of commercial fitness equipment. However, as one would expect, it costs a lot less.
As one can see, purchasing the higher end light commercial or full commercial exercise machines will really provide the consumer with a better quality piece of equipment that will last them a very long time and prevent the need for purchasing a new unit for a long time to come. In addition, the maintenance required to keep it in top shape will be greatly reduced as well.
Generally speaking, the more you are willing to pay the higher the quality will be. Because higher quality materials are used in manufacturing commercial products, consumers should expect to pay more. As a rule of thumb, commercial products can be priced 2-3 times higher (or more) than their average quality residential counterparts.
One way to fight the added cost that comes with commercial fitness equipment is to offer used commercial fitness equipment. Companies like Discount Online Fitness offer refurbished or used fitness equipment which allows many consumers who cannot afford the higher price tag placed on new fitness equipment a chance to have top quality exercise equipment at a greatly reduced price.
In addition, when buying commercial new or used exercise equipment, consumers generally have to call a sales consultant from the company, and that sales consultant will provide you with a quote for the equipment. The advantage of dealing with companies like Discount Online Fitness, is that the store is online and you can purchase the new or used fitness equipment that you are looking for by simply clicking on the fitness equipment, adding it to your cart and paying for it with your credit card. Companies like this are really making the purchase of commercial fitness equipment much more streamlined and, as such, allowing the cost of commercial fitness equipment being offered by companies like Discount Online Fitness to be greatly reduced and much more like the process of purchasing residential fitness equipment.