If you’ve got a home gym with several pieces of gym equipment, there’s a high likelihood you’ve got an elliptical machine for everyday cardiovascular workouts. Depending on amount of usage, machine quality, age, and the factors, you may have encountered mechanical problems at some time in your ownership. And unless you want to hire a local elliptical machine repair shop, or if you have a lengthy extended warranty, you’re going to need to know how to maintain the machine for getting the best use out of it, and extending it’s life.
Here are smoke key maintenance suggestions:
Don’t buy the cheapest machine – This is just asking for trouble. Obviously the fitness machine market is a big one, so companies are doing everything they can to capture market share, including production of very cheap machines that have inferior quality. Take a hard look at the models above between $1,000 and $3,000 for the most bang for your buck. If the machine you buy requires assembly, it’s recommended that you hire a professional.
Regular Greasing Sessions – Most likely you were given a small tube of grease with your elliptical machine out of the box. Don’t just dismiss this essential ingredient to assembly. Use the grease liberally – you can always pick up some more from your local auto or hardware store if you run out. It’s not suggested that you use WD40 since it tends to attract dust and debris over time, resulting in the opposite of what you intend. It can be used occasionally for eliminating small squeaks, but don’t rely on it in place of grease.
Insist on a Manufacturers Warranty – Your elliptical is likely to be one of the most expensive items in your home, so don’t dismiss the importance of a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Most brands offer a limited warranty, and sometimes you can even purchase extended warranties. I mainly want to make sure whatever I buy outlasts the 1 or 2 year point, and after that, I don’t feel like I need to spend anymore money on extended warranties.
Buy a Cover – If your machine doesn’t come with a cover like some of the top of the line models, buy one separately. If nothing fits your machine, or you don’t want to spend so much, outdoor grill covers will do just fine.
If required, hire a pro – There are many fitness equipment maintenance and repair companies that will help you out when the going gets too tough for you to handle. You most likely won’t be able to fix a problem if it originates from inside the machine, and you’ll want to refer to your warranty, or hire a local fitness machine repairman.
If you take this advice and maintain your elliptical machine regularly, making sure to cover it, grease it when needed, etc, the lifespan of your machine should be extended for quite awhile. The most important thing to do is educate yourself prior to making a purchase decision, and when the time comes, invest in a well-designed, durable elliptical machine that will give you with many years of trouble free use.