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Tips to Maintain your Fitness Equipment

March 2nd, 2012

Now that you’ve ditched your pricey gym membership and invested in some home work out equipment, let’s make sure you get the maximum amount of use out of it. Here are some quick and easy tips that will lengthen the life of your treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes and home gyms.

Disinfect
You probably thought that you only needed to wipe down that elliptical after using it at the gym, but that’s not the case. Regularly wiping down your home equipment with a diluted bleach solution or commercial equipment disinfectant will hinder growth and kill any harmful bacteria taking refuge on your handle bars. Of course disease and bacteria will not grow as fast as in a gym, but it’s nice to keep things clean.

Dust Removal
Dust is not your friend. Over time, dust can damage the gears in your machine. Regularly wiping down your machine with a damp cloth and vacuuming under it will prevent dust from accumulating on the surface and on gears. An equipment mat may also help reduce the dust that may become trapped in your equipment as well.

 
Listen
That funny sound that you didn’t hear when your machine first arrived shouldn’t be ignored. If you hear something unusual, take a minute to pinpoint where it’s coming from. Check your manual or search around online to troubleshoot the problem. However, please do not get elbow deep in repairs that you cannot handle. When in doubt, call a professional.

Tighten things up
On a monthly basis, check for loose parts like screws, nuts, bolts, etc. Doing this could save you from a potential disaster while running full speed on your treadmill.

Test
Put your machine through a test every couple months to know if all of the functions are working properly. Test speeds, inclines, resistance levels and programs to ensure optimal performance

Read your manual
Last, but definitely not least, read your manual. It may seem like the most daunting task in the world because you are machine aficionado, but it could save you some money and potential injuries. The manual will tell you what specific maintenance your machine requires, especially the type and usage frequency lubrication it may require.

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