Many individuals and businesses who purchase fitness equipment wonder whether maintenance is that important. Most of us who buy things nowadays tend to just use it until it stops working, and then call someone to fix it. But there are a couple of good reasons why it’s important to keep fitness equipment in good condition-extending its life and avoiding injuries. Let’s look closer at both reasons, and some basic tips to keep your equipment in good working order.
Extending the Life of Your Equipment
Fitness equipment is expensive. Why waste money on expensive service calls when 5-10 minutes a day can keep your equipment running smoothly for years? For business such as fitness centres, this is even more important. If you constantly suffer from malfunctioning equipment due to poor maintenance, it gives your business a bad reputation. If you just don’t have the time to spare, you can have a professional come in and service all your machines on a periodic basis.
Avoiding Strain and Injury
Even worse than costly repairs is the possibility that someone may be injured as a result of an equipment malfunction. If a cable breaks or something else stops working, someone can pull a muscle, strain their back, or worse. If you’re the owner of a fitness centre, that can mean a law suit which can cost you dearly.
Basic Tips on Maintenance
Here are a few basic rules that apply to almost any piece of equipment:
– Equipment generally comes with an instruction manual that includes maintenance tips. You should go through and familiarize yourself with the guidelines for your machine. If necessary, make a chart so you can keep up with the maintenance schedule.
– Wipe sweat and dirt from the machine daily to slow down the damage to upholstery and keep the gears from wearing down due to excess friction. Avoid using harsh chemicals.
– Check all nuts, bolts, and screws and ensure they are secure. Make sure cables and belts aren’t showing signs of wear.
When it’s finally time to replace a worn out machine, consider buying a brand name product which often offers higher quality and a better warranty.
If you just bought a shiny new car, wouldn’t you take the time to keep it in mint condition for as long as possible? The same care given to fitness equipment can help it last a lot longer, too.