Gym equipment can get pretty pricey, and finding a treadmill or elliptical machine under $500 is a challenge. Even barbells can cost a pretty penny after you've added a rack, bench and various weight plates.
But you don't need to abandon your dream home gym completely! Instead of committing to a costly purchase, why not rent high-end gym equipment from a company online. Or take a peek at your local gym's social media page and see what type of short-term rental opportunities they offer.
While exercise equipment availability will vary depending on where you're located, browse these popular rental companies to find out if they deliver in your area.
1. A.E.S Fitness
Based in New Jersey, A.E.S Fitness offers a variety of fitness equipment. Those who prefer cardio can rent a treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper or bike. Or if you're a gym junkie, you can rent free weights, smith machines or rope climbers.
A.E.S Fitness also installs temporary floor mats to protect your home's hardwood floors. You could also install rubber flooring if you want to turn your basement or spare room into the ultimate home gym.
To read customer feedback on A.E.S Fitness, browse the company's testimonials.
2. Rebirth Fitness
Rebirth Fitness offers gym equipment rentals and repairs as well as parts for purchase for different machines. Considering that both repairing and renting gym equipment can be costly, this company also offers third-party financing.
The company rents cardio and strength equipment from brands like Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Procor and Body Solid. (Chances are, you've seen a few of these high-end brands at your local gym.)
Want to buy your own equipment but can't afford a brand-new machine? You can purchase remanufactured machines or browse their clearance section for discounted prices.
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FlexShopper offers a unique lease-to-own program for brands across industries, including technology, furniture and — yep, you guessed it — gym equipment.
While most rental companies exclusively offer large, high-tech pieces of equipment, you can find the smaller, space-saving home gym essentials at FlexShopper. If you need kettlebells, medicine balls and even speakers (because every top-notch home gym needs a bumping sound system), you can find them here.
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FitDel rents classic cardio machines, like treadmills and ellipticals, and even some unique equipment, like assault bikes and rowing machines. This company also offers space-saving weights, including adjustable dumbbells.
Unlike other fitness rental companies, FitDel allows you to rent equipment packages. With this option, you can select several machines at once with a discounted price, allowing you to build a complete home gym.
If you experience difficulty with a treadmill you rent from FitDel, the company provides maintenance and service calls for free. Or, if you want to switch machines, you can swap at any point — just pay a pickup or delivery fee.
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5. Local Gyms and Studios
If your local gym or favorite fitness studio are temporarily shut down, the facility may offer equipment rental in the meantime. During nation-wide closures or extended holidays, this is a strategy plenty of smaller fitness studios use to stay afloat and maintain contact with their clientele.
One example is Hexbox, a fitness facility franchise in Monterey, CA, that offers small group classes, CrossFit workouts and 24-hour access to the gym. The franchise also offers temporary rental program that allows you to rent equipment from a location near you.
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Cleaning Your Rented Equipment
If you're renting gym equipment, it's always wise to give the machines an extra clean, even if the company already preps them for you. (Pro tip: Always double-check that your rental company is providing a preliminary clean for the machine you receive.)
Even during shipping and delivery, the equipment can come into contact with unwanted germs, so it's better to play it safe. Clean or wipe down the entire machine with soap and water or disinfectant, recommend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Make sure to wear plastic gloves as you clean and wash your hands before and after you finish wiping down the machine. As you clean, pay extra attention to high-touch areas, like handlebars, keypads or touch screens, recommend the CDC.
If you don't have disinfectant available, you can make your own by mixing 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water (or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water). Always select a disinfectant that's at least 70 percent alcohol, if possible.