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Independence Day Fitness Sales

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Fitness fanatics, the summer’s biggest sale yet is here! Independence Day is a great time to score deals on treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes and home gyms. You can shop without the hassles of crowds and pushy salespeople; the best deals on fitness equipment are almost always online at the manufacturers’ websites. Prices that manufacturers advertise for Independence Day fitness sales typically include free shipping in the lower 48 states. Many of the fitness deals kick in before July 4, so check the websites for your favorite brands before the holiday officially begins.

Fitness Sales Questions and Answers

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about buying cardio trainers and home gyms. Shop the Independence Day fitness sales as an informed consumer!

1) Is it best to buy fitness machines online or in person?

In most cases it’s best to buy treadmills, elliptical trainers and other large fitness-related items online. One reason is that the total cost is usually lowest on the web. That’s accounting for the machine price, shipping charges and a standard warranty. Another reason to shop the Independence Day fitness sales online is that delivery is included. You don’t need to wait until checkout to know the total price, and you don’t need to consider lugging the machine home yourself to save money.

2) Should I spend more on a higher model?

It’s best to avoid super-cheap fitness machines and instead choose the best that you can can comfortably afford from low priced, moderately priced and club-quality trainers. Generally the ultra-low-priced fitness machines just aren’t good values. They tend to break down before a year has passed. You’d need to buy more than one to get the same amount of training that a better machine would provide.

As prices increase within a product line, these are some factors that also tend to increase or improve: weight capacity; overall durability; resistance or motor power; ergonomics; workout programming; and special features for entertainment.

3) What should I know about heart rate monitoring?

Heart health is obviously a main objective of using a “cardio trainer” and wireless monitoring is the most convenient and accurate method of pulse measurement. Wireless receivers are included on many of the mid-priced and high-end machines in this year’s Independence Day fitness sale ads. They’re featured on the better treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes as well as on unique equipment such as TreadClimbers and Max Trainers. Wireless receivers aren’t so common on some top indoor cycle trainers though; this style of exercise bike tends to be highly streamlined.

Cardio machines in all price categories include contact heart rate monitors. A common complaint in customer reviews though is that the readouts aren’t accurate.

4) What’s a good fitness machine warranty?

Each fitness machine reviewed on our website is sold with a residential warranty, a light commercial warranty and/or a commercial warranty. Industry standards for light commercial warranties assume a maximum of three hours of use per day, and for full commercial warranties they assume up to six hours of use. For all three types of warranties it’s typical to see lifetime protection for the frame. Frames for most fitness machines we have reviewed are made primarily or entirely of steel.

The greatest variation is seen in the parts warranties. On very cheap fitness machines the parts warranties are for 90 days to a year. On machines that provide better value the parts warranties are usually for two years or more, and some club-quality trainers have 10 years of parts protection if they’re only used in home settings.

Other sections of cardio trainer warranties cover labor and electronics. These warranties are usually only for a few years or less, even on the better quality machines.

Fitness Reviews

Some fitness machines are smart buys any time. If you missed the Independence Day fitness sales, check out the reviews for our regular favorites in your price range.