Fitness Equipment Maintenance Procedures
Essentially all exercise equipment requires some form of maintenance to ensure a long period of problem-free operation.
Regular, planned maintenance is strongly advised as it affects not only how long your equipment lasts but also how long it stays visually presentable.
Another reason for keeping exercise equipment well maintained is that regular servicing and maintenance minimises the risk of injury to the person using the equipment.
Animal hair, dust and humidity will quickly destroy your exercise equipment if maintenance is not completed.
Always use & store exercise equipment in a dry environment to prevent corrosion and damage to electronic parts.
Preventative maintenance is an area that most users can look after themselves, providing they allocate the necessary resources and time to do so properly.
Maintenance should be pre-planned and checked off to ensure each piece of equipment is inspected visually and physically then cleaned and adjusted if necessary in order to ensure problem-free operation.
This form of maintenance involves isolating problems before they occur, which minimises any down time of equipment for the user.
In performing preventative maintenance there are some general areas to look out for.
Treadmills need to be kept clean, especially where the belt meets the running deck and under the motor cavity.
The area between the belt and side rails can be wiped for dust and the motor cavity should be vacuumed (with the power disconnected) every two to three months to stop dust and debris building up on the motor and control board.
Along with this the belt may need periodic alignment and the deck will need lubrication as per manufactures instruction.
These steps can be performed by you or by a professional technicians; the key aspect here is to ensure that they get done regularly.
If in doubt, ask us about an in-house service call.
It is important to remember that the treadmill belt is a wearing part and overly worn belts affect not only the performance of the machine, but also pose a safety risk to the user.
Exercise bikes are relatively low-maintenance machines as they are usually sealed units, with the braking systems and tensioning mechanisms being located inside the machines housing; however the crank and pedal attachments may need occasional tightening along with any adjustment bolts that are subject to loosening.
These include the handle bar stem, the handle bars and the seat.
Spin bikes will require similar maintenance to exercise bikes, along with an occasional visual inspection of the braking mechanism. This is usually a leather or felt pad, and is a wearing part that will require occasional replacement.
As spin bikes tend to get fairly heavy use, frequent tightening of pedals and adjustment knobs may be required and careful wiping down of the frame will also be required to prevent premature rust build-up in the machine's welds and gussets.
Elliptical trainers have many moving parts and pivot points, which means they will require a little more attention than exercise bikes to keep them running smoothly.
Areas to look at are: where the machine's arms and pedals attach to each other and the machine's frame.
Also, most will require cleaning of the track where their roller mechanisms operate as this area is prone to carpet dust build-up. You will know when this is dirty as it will feel like you are rolling over rocks when in use.
Wipe down the frame and slide with a household cleaner - dust can impair the smooth function of a rower.
Look out for loose screws, wires (i.e. console connections, seat) and support legs.
Check the handle is connected securely to the chain/cord and lubricate the chain as per manufactures’ instruction.
Check for wear and tear on all moveable parts - replace any that look worn or damaged.
Strength equipment - weight benches and machines require a periodic visual and physical inspection of all moving parts, cabling, pulleys and pretty much anywhere else that has the propensity to become loose. Areas to concentrate on include lock nut and bolt joins on benches and frames, the sheathing and crimping of cables and their attachments to multi gyms and also dumbbells that have spinlock nuts holding the plates on as these are notorious for coming unwound when dropped.
A weekly inspection should ensure that these pieces remain safe to use and as with the cardio pieces a regular wipe down will keep them looking newer for longer. Areas that aren't in contact with sweat can be cleaned via simple dusting.
These maintenance steps aren't too difficult and can be performed by the majority of users, however, if in any doubt Albany Fitness can do an in-house service call to ensure trouble free exercise for many years.