Gym Equipment Maintenance: How to Keep Your Equipment Running Smoothly

Gym Equipment Maintenance: How to Keep Your Equipment Running Smoothly

What’s a gym without great equipment? Whether you have a professional gym or a home setup, you want to select the best equipment so you can get the most benefit out of them. However, is this investment worth it if your gym equipment quickly wears down?If you want to invest in an exercise machine that you can use for a number of workouts, there’s nothing better than cycling machines. Cycling machine workouts are a great way to achieve a full body burn and improve cardiovascular fitness.

Just like machines need oiling and regular cleanup, gym equipment also needs maintenance to keep it running smoothly. It even increases the life of the equipment, allowing you to get the most out of your investment.

So, whether your equipment belongs to a gym where hundreds of people visit, or at home where it’s only in your family’s use, it needs proper maintenance. Here are some tips that can help you increase the life of your gym equipment:

1. Read the Instruction Manual

All gym equipment comes with an instruction manual. Some machines that run electronically have detailed instructions on the machine’s use, care, and maintenance. For instance, you need to lower treadmill inclination to zero before you try folding it up. The instruction manual would also include the steps that you should follow and the precautions you must take before you fold up the treadmill.

2. Establish a Maintenance Schedule

It is important that you create a maintenance and cleaning schedule for your gym equipment depending on the equipment’s needs and usage frequency. If your equipment is used by a family of 4-5 people, you might want to clean it up after every week. If the equipment belongs to a gym facility where there are dozens of people using it every day, the cleaning schedule should be more frequent.

Maintenance for gym equipment including cleaning belts, pads, and any moving parts every few weeks. But during this activity make sure that you are aware of and follow the manufacturer guidelines for cleaning solutions to avoid damaging sensitive components.

3. Lubrication

Gym equipment that has moving parts like belts and wheels need lubrication to reduce friction and wear. The instruction manual often comes with the recommended intervals between this activity and the type of lubricant to be used.

4. Inspect for Wear and Tear

Even if you have scheduled regular maintenance and cleaning for your gym equipment, it is still necessary to keep a close eye on any signs of damage. Some signs of damage that indicate trouble are:

  • Frayed cables
  • Lose bolts or screws
  • Worn belts
  • Squeaking sound
  • Beeping sound

5. Adjust and Calibrate

For equipment with adjustable settings (e.g., resistance on recumbent bikes), you must ensure that settings are accurate and consistent. If not, you might tire yourself out by working out on a resistance that your body isn’t ready for.  You can calibrate the equipment’s sensors according to manufacturer guidelines or have a professional come in and check the calibrations at regular intervals.

6. Check Power Sources

Electric powered gym equipment is more likely to get damaged than manual equipment. The reason is electricity fluctuations. Electric fluctuations, especially in a country like Pakistan, can cause issues for equipment like treadmills and ellipticals.

For gyms, it is recommended to use stabilizers to safeguard against power surges. If you have a gym at home, make sure that the power is stable before turning on the equipment. Also, we advise that you don’t keep the equipment plugged in when it’s not in use.

7. User Education

To get the best value out of your gym equipment, it is important to educate gym members or the family about proper equipment usage and care. In a gym, you should also encourage members to report any issues they notice so the gym management can take care of it. If family members report a concern, don’t use the equipment till you have it tested or identify and resolve the issue.

Final Words

Despite this care, low quality gym equipment often deteriorates quickly. Always invest in high quality gym equipment from Fitness Depot if you want to really benefit from your investment.

Quality gym equipment is expensive but can yield high value if taken care of properly. At Fitness Depot we have a solid warranty policy for gym equipment which users can avail. Our experts also guide you and your staff or family members on the equipment’s maintenance when you make the purchase.

Kamil Riaz

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