All equipment’s need maintenance if they’re to keep performing at their peak capacities.
Your car, for example, requires regular servicing if it is to remain sound. Even your body, which is some type of machine, requires maintenance in the form of healthy diets and constant exercise. You will probably also have regular checkups scheduled with your doctor to make sure everything is okay. That you’re healthy.
The best gym equipment you have, therefore also need periodic checkups. That is if you want them to last long.
It’s actually better for you to have scheduled maintenance for your equipment, as opposed to you waiting for them to stop working, for the following reasons;
1. Gym products, especially cardio machines tend to look their best within the first five years you purchase them. Lack of proper care can cut a machine’s peak visual appearance years in half. If you own a gym, you’re probably familiar with the least used gym accessories kits simply because people think they’ll fall apart at any moment, so avoid them even if the old looking equipment works just fine.
Most times, you can exchange worn-out machines for newer models. It just doesn’t make financial sense to keep changing your machines every year or so, when careful maintenance can move that upgrade time up to five years.
2. The second, and most often neglected, reason for constant maintenance is so that people using the machines don’t injure themselves. Sure, accidents happen, you just can’t claim it’s an accident when the cause is an unchecked equipment (a loose bolt here, an unchanged lubricant there).
Maintenance of gym equipment is either restorative or preventive. You’ll be seeing more of preventive care as restorative maintenance is a domain for professionals.
Preventive maintenance requires you to follow a very rigid pre-planned list format, which you will tick as each task is performed. This way, you would have physically verified that everything is in order before moving on.
It’s always better to perform preventive care as you’ll be able to detect specific problematic areas way before they cause trouble. If you don’t do preventive maintenance, when a problem arises with that equipment, you’ll likely call in an expert to look after it. Meanwhile, you’ll be losing revenue from the downtime of that Gym equipment. Here are some areas to focus on when doing maintenance checks.
Preventive Maintenance of Exercise Bikes
These don’t usually require a lot of maintenance as most of their units are sealed so that their tension and braking systems are in the sealed compartment. All you’ll need to do is tighten the cranks and pedals as well as adjust other parts that have bolts which loosen often (like handlebars).
Spin bikes need very similar care to exercise bikes. You’ll need to check the brakes (since they aren’t sealed), tighten a few knobs and pedals, and wipe down the frame so rust doesn’t build up.
Preventive Maintenance of Treadmills
Treadmills usually require a lot of care. Make sure the belts (most important maintenance) are regularly wiped clean to prevent dust build up. Vacuum the control and motor board every two to three months. You’ll also need to check that the belts are properly aligned, and depending on the model you have, you’ll need to lubricate moving parts. You can do this yourself bi-monthly or quarterly, or you can contact professionals who handle gym accessories kits and equipments.
Preventive Maintenance of Strength Equipment’s
Strength training equipment’s like weight benches need all their moving parts to be visually inspected to make sure they are not loose (you can’t afford to have accidents with strength training equipment’s). Check the sheathing of cables, nuts, and bolts on the frames and benches. Check even the bolts on small equipment’s like dumbbells as their plates are notorious for falling off.
Unlike cardio equipment’s which you can afford to check up once every quarter, you’ll need to do weekly checks for your strength equipment. Don’t throw away the user guides which usually come with all the best gym equipment’s. Go through the maintenance guides and try to follow their instructions for gym accessories kits.
Preventive care might seem like a lot of unnecessary work at first, but it will save you in the long run in terms of gym replacement costs, equipment downtime and accidents. Just pencil it into your schedule, and it’ll become a part of your routine in no time.