BBB: View Claims For Exercise Equipment With Skepticism

The BBB advises consumers to be skeptical of claims for athletic equipment and to read the fine print on costs.

Most people would like to be fit, but sticking to a healthy diet or exercise program is hard work. When an ad comes along that promises to make it easier if we buy a piece of exercise equipment, we may be tempted to buy.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to be skeptical of such claims, especially those that say you can improve muscle tone or lose fat with little or no effort. Today's release has five things you should consider before buying athletic equipment:

  1. Avoid products that claim to focus on one certain area. Some products claim that they can burn off belly fat or tone legs. Be skeptical of these types of workout items. Experts advise that results can be achieved only with a consistent routine that works the whole body.
  2. Buy what you will use. While the “newest and trendiest” workout machine may seem like a necessity, if it is not practical for everyday use, it is probably not worth the investment. Make sure that buying decisions fit with your personal daily routines and help you reach the results you want.
  3. Read the fine print. Do the math before purchasing workout equipment. What do “three easy payments” really add up to? Pay attention to deadlines for cancellation when trying an item under a “free trial.” Watch out for hidden fees that may not be included in the cost like shipping and handling or restocking fees.
  4. Don’t be fooled by the fit models in the advertisements. The “satisfied” customer in the advertisement may be a result of using the product in conjunction with a good exercise routine and healthy eating habits. The “before” and “after” results may not be proof that the item works.
  5. Check every business out with the BBB. For a BBB Business Review, check with the BBB at stlouis.bbb.org or by calling 314-645-3300.

Find more news and consumer tips from the BBB at our website, or follow the BBB on Facebook or on Twitter @stlouisbbbeditor.

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