Basic Troubleshooting

Treadmill Troubleshooting

Treadmills use a high-efficient, low-friction deck, so the deck and belt must be kept clean and lubricated. If the deck stops running smoothly, unplug the machine and use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the belt edge and frame. Then spray a towel with silicone lubricant and wipe it down to reduce friction. You should also vacuum underneath and in the motor housing of the treadmill to get any dirt, dust and hair, which can block air inlets and get stuck in the inner workings.

If the belt isn’t running straight, adjust it back to the center. If it continues to pull to the side, a Specialty Fitness Equipment technician may be needed to replace it.

Elliptical and Stepper Troubleshooting

To help prevent problems, tighten all the nuts and screws periodically and lubricate squeaky joints. You should also examine the elliptical or stepper for broken parts, loose nuts and bolts, or unsecured pieces.

Sometimes a minor adjustment can fix your elliptical and stepper. If it’s a major problem, however, call a Specialty Fitness Equipment Expert for help.

Exercise Bikes

There are many types of exercise bikes, and they use different mechanics to function. You can usually fix a broken belt at home by removing the plastic casing, pulling off the old belt and threading a new one over the drive belt wheel and around the pulleys.

If the resistance on the bike is jerky or stalled, it may need a new flywheel, or an adjustment of the magnetic field or other mechanical elements that create resistance. These fixes are best done by a certified Specialty Fitness Equipment technician.

Weight Machine

Safety is key when fixing a weight strength gym system. If any part of the frame support structure breaks, it needs to be replaced. If the padded part of the bench, known as the slat, is broken but not warped, you can keep the bench structure but should replace the slat by unbolting it and attaching a new one.

After you make any necessary repairs, test the bench for stability under weight. If it wobbles or pieces are loose, tighten any bolts, and consider again whether it’s safe to use.

Final Thoughts

If your exercise equipment machine display stops working, first and foremost make sure it’s properly plugged in, that the outlet is powered, and that any safety keys or switches are in the correct position. If it still doesn’t turn on, unplug the machine and check the console for loose connections. This will save a lot of headaches from the start of your troubleshooting journey.

These days it’s hard enough to squeeze in a workout, much less find time to trying to fix a broken exercise equipment. The Good news: Repairing fitness equipment is one of our strengths. No matter where you bought your elliptical, stair stepper, treadmill, exercise bike or home gym, Specialty Fitness Equipment can repair it.

Pro Tip!

Keep your fitness room exciting!

Consider rejuvenating your space by trading in one or a few old, tired pieces of equipment for a new state-of-the art commercial piece of cardio or strength equipment. Subtle changes in your equipment offerings break up the “monotony” and keep your clients feeling refreshed. We promise you, your members will thank you!

Not every fitness room is the same.

It is important to design a fitness amenity based on it’s users. Student Housing facilities are much different than Senior Living and County Clubs are much different than Fire Stations fitness rooms. Let us help you design your space towards your population.

Are you covered in case of liability?

Make sure you have commercial equipment in a commercial fitness amenity. If a fitness room has home grade fitness equipment and a user gets injured, the facility is responsible for improper equipment placed in an inappropriate setting.

Different types of equipment.

Fitness equipment is broken down into a few categories: Full commercial, light commercial, specialty home fitness and sporting good fitness. Ask us which one best suits your needs.

Invest in the product, not the technology.

Several fitness companies are selling you on their programming. Every month today’s technology outdates itself. Look for quality manufactures with machines that fit your fitness needs. The classes available in cyberspace nowadays are endless, don’t limit yourself to just one virtual fitness company.

Consider Your Needs.

The equipment should satisfy your interests and needs. The activities you can do with this fitness equipment should be challenging and enjoyable. Just buying an equipment piece does not mean that you will really use it, especially since it is something new, which makes it harder to use. Make sure you already know the equipment and that it is something that you have already tried in a gym. Start by buying small sets of equipment that match your interests.

Consider The Space.

Before buying fitness equipment, make sure you know where you can put it and how much space can be spared for it. Try to think where to place a treadmill before buying it. Measure to see if your space can accommodate the equipment. Plan ahead and ensure that the equipment can be brought into your home without creating problems. Is it safe for you? If you have pre-existing health issues, consult with your to ensure that the equipment is suitable for you. Some fitness equipment may not be easy to use and can cause injury to your body.

Consider The Price.

Don’t be fooled by the thought that you will gain more satisfaction from the fitness equipment because you spent too much money on them. Always consider how much you are willing to pay for a certain fitness equipment. Also, ask yourself if it is worth so much. Just because an equipment is expensive it does not mean the quality is great. Always check the quality or consult with an expert before you buy the fitness equipment.

If it was easy, everybody would be doing it!

Ignore claims that an exercise machine or device can provide long-lasting, easy, “no-sweat” results in a short time. These claims are false: You can’t get the benefits of exercise unless you exercise with right piece of equipment.

Put the Work In and Get the Results!

Question claims that a product can burn fat off a particular part of the body — for example, the buttocks, hips or stomach. Achieving a major change in your appearance requires sensible eating and regular exercise that works the whole body.