Finding Used Dumbbells and other cheap stuff for a home gym

by Kilo on November 17, 2010

used dumbbellsWell well well. I had heard of it happening to other people, but had never had the pleasure myself. But two weeks ago my wife checked the classified ads looking for something entirely non-cool, and then she asked, “Is $300 a good price for this and this and this?” What we were talking about was a pair of old used dumbbells, a power rack, two decent barbells, about 450 pounds of plates, and a bench.

I don’t want to presume too much, dear reader, so let me say that $300 for that mess of stuff is indeed a good price. So good in fact that when I went out to look at the equipment I actually asked Carlos, the seller, if he knew how much more he could be charging. It was obvious he wasn’t going to be using it anyways from the way he moved (like someone in a lot of bodily pain) so I doubted he would suddenly raise the price. It wasn’t even his equipment, as it turned out, but the previous owner had left it there two years earlier.

He also said that it was a 9 foot power rack over the phone. My eyes actually are at the level of the pullup bar, but he was about 5 feet tall, so I understood the mistake. I’m horrible at estimating things that are shorter than I am, but do okay with things that are within my reach.

Anyways, if you are interested in setting up a home gym, I’ve got a few suggestions for places to look. These probably won’t be news to you, but the local classified ads (not Craiglist, but the online classifieds in the local paper) were new to me for the purposes of gathering up weights.

  • ebay
  • craigslist
  • local classified ads
  • used sporting goods stores

I find that, when I’m hunting for used equipment, I think the stores mark things up way too much. $2.50 a pound for plates? No. I don’t like paying shipping if I buy used stuff online. The local classifieds seem to be the best.

Adam Glass has also mentioned up hitting up acquaintances and take their weights away for cash after they’ve given up on their year’s fitness resolutions, and then he offers to let them come use the equipment if they ever get the urge.

That is one I haven’t tried yet, but it makes sense.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, and if you like to train alone, like I do, few things will make you happier than having a story like this to tell. My power rack and weights are old and ugly. I’m getting older and I’ve never been too pretty to look at, so we’re getting along fine.

Happy hunting!


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Amy November 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Don’t forget FreeCycle! Our local group has weights and other fitness equipment posted on there several times a year. I’ve even seen several working treadmills posted on there.


Kilo November 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I’ve never heard of FreeCycle. Where do I find it?


Amy November 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

There is a search function so you can look for your local chapters. Usually run through a yahoo group.


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