4th of July Fitness Sales
Fitness fanatics, the summer’s biggest sale is here! The 4th of July weekend 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. The prices that manufacturers advertise in their 4th of July fitness sales often include free shipping in the lower 48 states, further sweetening the deal. Many of the fitness deals kick in before July 4, so it’s best if you start checking the websites of your favorite brands before the holiday officially begins.
Fitness Sales Questions and Answers
Getting a good deal is great, but what really matters is that you make an informed decision about your purchase. Not to worry, that’s why we’re here; providing insight on how to choose the right machine that suits your lifestyle (and budget) is what we do best. With that in mind, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about buying cardio trainers and home gyms. Shop the 4th of July fitness sales as an informed consumer!
1) Buying Strategy: Should you 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. Although some stores out there have great staff that can be knowledgable about the different machines offered within their stores, they won’t necessarily be able to size things up against the competition that they don’t offer as well as we can. In addition, unless a brick and mortar store is having a giant blow-out sale, or trying to get rid of older outdated machines for significant discounts, generally the best prices you’ll find will come directly from fitness equipment manufacturers or other online retail portals‚ and that’s including the usual additions like shipping, assembly, warranty, and the like. 4th of July fitness sales online will very often throw in things like free delivery, making the deals that much sweeter. You also don’t need to wait until checkout to know the total price, nor do you have to consider lugging the machine home to save yourself from a steep delivery fee.
2) Should I spend more on a higher model?
As a steadfast rule, we consistently say that it’s best to avoid super-cheap fitness machines. Instead, we recommend choosing the best that you can can comfortably afford from our recommended selections of entry-level, mid-tier, and club quality exercise machines. Bargain basement fitness machines across the board just aren’t good values; they’re prone to being poorly constructed, noisy, uncomfortable, and generally unreliable when compared to other offerings on the market. When you’re talking about a machine that you intend to spend upwards of several hours a week on, you want something that you’re eager to work out on rather than a piece of equipment that you view as sub-par.
As prices increase within a product line, both performance specification and overall features tend to increase. These include overall weight capacity, durability, resistance or motor power, ergonomics, volume of workout programming, as well as the length and type of warranty coverage included. Depending on what you’re looking to get out of a machine, it’s pretty easy to see the value in going for a mid-tier machine over an entry-level one.
3) What should I know about heart rate monitoring?
Heart rate plays a significant role in tracking fitness performance, and when compared to the grip type heart rate monitoring available on many pieces of fitness equipment, a wireless monitor is both more accurate and more practical. Wireless receivers are included with many of the midrange and top tier machines in this year’s 4th of July 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.
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. On higher end treadmills you’ll also occasionally see lifetime warranties on their commercial grade motors, but that varies from one brand to the next.
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.
Really, your best bet is to examine the warranty of each machine, as well as our review notes that pertain to these warranties—it often plays a role in the overall scoring of all types of fitness equipment!
Some fitness machines are smart buys any time. If you missed the 4th of July fitness sales, check out the reviews for our regular favorites in your price range.