You finally have a home gym in that garage, looking exactly as you desired it to be. But are you taking proper care of it? Do you look after your equipments and give them a regular maintenance check?
You have to take harsh with mild. Where a home gym provides you so many benefits a commercial gym doesn’t, it also asks for something you never had to bat an eye about in the gym i.e. look after the machines.
If you neglect it, the machines may wear out sooner than their lifeline and may even be a safety risk. Thus it’s essential that you keep your equipments in a proper shape and maintained.
Here are a few tips to keep your equipments running:
Key to Healthy Equipments: Cleanliness
The best way to preserve your machinery is to keep it clean. Dust is a very deadly and subtle enemy. It settles quickly and is not easily visible, therefore it easily gets ignored. Wipe the machines with a wet towel and detergent, thoroughly so that it doesn’t get accumulated.
There is a steel rod in weight lifting machines that pass through the weight plates, known as the guide rod. It assists you in lifting weight while using the machine.
If it is not lubricated regularly, it may cause resistance to your exercise. Lifting weight becomes harder and requires more strength. It is not because of the weight itself but because of the friction offered by the rod.
Using silicon spray or lithium grease twice a year can keeps it lubricated and in a good shape.
Run a Cable Check
Every once a month, run a cable check. Examine closely if the cables are worn out, stretched or damaged. A threadbare cable can be very dangerous in many ways. Hence you must amend them or replace them as per instructed in the manual of the equipment. It may vary for different machines.
Bolts are the core elements of machinery as they are responsible for keeping the machine together. If they are not screwed properly the machine can fall apart. Loose bolts can hazardous.
You can check them regularly by holding the bolts between your thumb and index finger and applying slight finger. If the bolt moves with this minor pressure, then you need to get it fixed with the required tool. Otherwise part of machine will fall down and can cause injury.
Do not Experiment
Exercise equipments are tough for the exercises they are designed for but may prove to be rather frail for other exercises. They may not be able to handle if they are used the unapproved ways.
It is important that you use them exactly how they are supposed to be used according to the manual. You might have an amazing mind but the machine might not have the tolerance for it. Using them otherwise or experimenting on them with different exercises can cause them to break. This may also cause you an injury.
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