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Cardio Exercise Equipment Buying Guide

Strength training with weights is critical for building muscle, but a little cardio goes a long way to burning calories and toning. The best way to help you get your workout when you want it is with in-home exercise equipment. Cardio exercise equipment is one of the biggest and most important purchases you can make for your home gym.

Fortunately, there’s an amazing array of Precor equipment available for you to choose from. Whether you’re interested in a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, or other cardio product, read through these tips from our Precor fitness experts before you purchase.

Know Before You Go

Before purchasing and installing a large piece of cardio exercise equipment in your home, ensure that you have a good space already allocated. Each type of equipment will have a different space requirement based on its size and range of motion, so it’s important to plan and measure accurately. Be sure to give yourself enough space for easy maintenance and room for storage nearby to prevent clutter. It’s not all about floor space; measure your ceiling height too. If you have low ceilings, that will affect what type of equipment you can bring into your home.

To help you visualize where your new cardio exercise equipment will fit in your home, visit the Precor Space Planner tool.

Try Before You Buy

When you compare different brands of equipment types—treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio exercise equipment—each one will have a completely different feel and offer unique features. It is a good idea to “road test” any type of equipment in your gym or specialty exercise fitness store before you bring one home. Check the product for a stable and sturdy feel. Look at the welds and space where sweat will drip on. This reflects quality and longevity. Try out the ergonomics, such as seat design, back support, and handrails, to make sure you are comfortable on the machine. Make sure you ask the fitness specialty expert to show you how to make easy adjustments to fit your needs. There is no one-adjustment-fits-all setting, and that’s by design.

To get try out the different brands of equipment, visit our authorized Precor dealer locator to find a store near you.

Check the Warranty, Delivery Options, and Set-up Charge

If you want peace of mind when buying your cardio exercise equipment, make sure it is built to last and has a warranty that stands behind that quality. Rest assured, Precor warranties are the best in the business:

  • Lifetime guarantee on frame and welds
  • 10-year parts and wear items
  • 3-year for the consoles
  • 1-year for labor

In addition to best-in-class warranties, you need to consider delivery and installation for your cardio exercise equipment purchase. While some products can be self-installed, we recommend that premium cardio equipment models in the treadmill, elliptical, and AMT categories be properly installed by a trained service professional.

All Precor authorized dealers offer delivery and professional setup. When you order online at Precor At Home, your exercise equipment delivery will include professional setup and installation in your home when it is convenient for you.

Click the following link to review delivery and installation considerations.

Protect Your Floor

Large cardio equipment should have a non-slip cardio mat under it to:

  • Protect carpet and flooring
  • Reduce vibration and muffle noise
  • Resist moisture absorption
  • Maintain stability and safety
  • Prolong equipment life

View Precor accessories here, that includes mats, tablet mounts, and more.

No matter what type of cardio exercise equipment you’re considering for your home gym, Precor offers the quality, features, and service that will serve you well for years to come.

Our team of online experts are happy to chat with you about the options, or you are welcome to contact your local Precor authorized dealer. Together we are confident you’ll find the cardio equipment that best fits your needs.