Regular maintenance is a smart way to prolong the life of your machine. And it’s easy, once you know how! Our super simple gym equipment maintenance checklist gives you top tips to get you started.
For most machines, all you need to do is complete four simple tasks, regularly. Wipe down, vacuum, lubricate, and tighten bolts. Read on to find out more.
When you work out hard, you’re bound to sweat. This sweat can drip down onto the frame of your gym equipment. And, over time, sweat can cause the frame to corrode. This is particularly true on indoor training bikes.
All machines need a regular wipe down, to keep them in top working order. Wipe your machine down after each workout with a non-corrosive, alcohol-free cleaner. Antibacterial wipes are a smart choice. Or a weak alkaline cleaner and soft cloth.
Here’s a quick video guide to the key parts of an indoor training bike that need wiping down:
If you own a treadmill, vacuuming around and underneath it is important. Dust and dirt can get under the motor cover and affect performance.
Keeping your treadmill dust and dirt free will ensure the motor keeps running smoothly. So, don’t forget to include your treadmill next time you’re doing the rounds with the vacuum cleaner.
Lubricant helps chains, pedals, brake pads and belts on fitness equipment to run smoothly. Let’s explore what you need to lubricate, and how often, depending on what machine you have:
If you have a treadmill, you need to lubricate the running belt regularly. Apply silicone oil, underneath the running belt. Use 10 - 15 ml every 2 - 3 months. (We used to advise using the whole bottle of treadmill lubricant, but then we made our bottles bigger! So just stick to 10 - 15 ml.)
This video guides you through the treadmill belt lubrication process:
Rowing machines often have a chain attached to the handles. This needs regular lubrication to keep the rowing motion smooth. To do this, you can use normal bike chain oil.
Indoor training bikes also need regular lubrication in two places. Firstly, the pedals need lubricating 6 - 12 months to keep them spinning smoothly.
Our next video shows you how to lubricate your indoor bike pedals:
If your indoor bike has leather brake pads, these need lubricating too. After a while, without lubrication, the brake pad can stick, making it hard to pedal.
Keeping your brake pads lubricated every 6 - 12 months will ensure a smooth cycle, with consistent resistance. Please note, if you have a bike with felt brake pads (like the JTX Cyclo 3), these should not be lubricated.
This video shows you how to lubricate leather break pads:
Most pieces of gym equipment have multiple moving parts. Often these are kept in place by bolts. Giving those bolts a quick tighten on a regular basis is important, as they can work loose over time.
This maintenance tip is particularly important if you own a cross trainer. With multiple planes of motion, keeping bolts tightened is key.
Tight bolts ensure a smooth, quiet stride and arm motion. If you can hear clunks and clicks, loose bolts are often the cause.
This video shows you key places on a cross trainer where you might need to tighten bolts:
If you own an exercise bike, keeping the bolts on the seat adjuster tight is important. This will keep your seat secure, ensuring a stable ride, day in day out.
This video guides you through the exercise bike bolt tightening process:
Regular maintenance keeps your machine running smoothly and prolongs its life. Maintenance isn’t too much of a chore, if you do the most crucial tasks regularly.
Remember our quick gym equipment maintenance checklist: wipe down, vacuum, lubricate, tighten bolts. Do these four key tasks at regular intervals, and your machine will be in tip top condition.
For more maintenance tips, check our fitness equipment maintenance, servicing and repairs guide.