The hotter the weather the better we all want to look! For many people, this means it’s time to focus on fitness. They hit the gym hard or work out at home because, especially in the southern coastal states, you can’t hide in your clothes like you can in the cooler months. Besides, who doesn’t want to spend more time outdoors in beautiful sunny weather?
Fitness Machine Technicians’ Palm Beach & Broward County location has been noticing a common theme while on the job—many people enjoy having a dedicated workout space in their homes. They’ve seen it all: from personal gyms in mansions overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in West Palm Beach or the intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale, to beautiful fitness sanctuaries in condos in Boca Raton and townhouses near the beach in Jupiter. In fact, many fitness enthusiasts have outgrown the space inside of their home and have set up a gym in their garage, sunroom or enclosed patio instead.
To all these enthusiasts we say, “Kudos to you! It's awesome that you're taking care of yourself!”
Unfortunately, we can't say the same about your fitness equipment. In southern Florida and other similarly steamy states, temperatures in a garage, sunroom or patio can be in the high 80s and 90s in the winter and easily reach to well over 100 degrees in the summer! This is without considering the humidity that is ever present in the tropics. Machines like treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes and steppers are not constructed to be housed or used in that kind of heat.
When the temperature spikes, the components of your machine must work harder and can wear out more quickly. So what can you do?
Dirty machinery can lead to expensive fitness repairs, which is why it is so important to have professional preventive maintenance performed on your fitness machines on a regular basis. Being in a high-heat enclosed space will cause your exercise equipment to accumulate more dust and grime on both the interior and exterior. This will diminish their performance and lifespan.
A regular visit from our technicians will give your treadmill, elliptical or spin bike some much needed TLC—including cleaning, tuning up, testing for issues and repairing any malfunctions that come up.
Many manufacturers discourage using their equipment in hot temperatures and may not honor the machine’s warranty if they understand your equipment is not being used as directed. Be sure to check the paperwork that came with your machine to determine if this is the case.
However, if your garage or patio is the only spare space that you have, don’t be disheartened. We recommend working with a licensed HVAC professional and investing in a portable air conditioner or cooling system. This will ensure that you are using the appropriate unit for your space to avoid any safety concerns. They can help you select a solution, install it and advise you on whether or not you can keep the area at the optimal temperature based on the fitness equipment manufacturer’s guidelines.
We’re happy to service your personal gym no matter how big or small and answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with our expert techs through our request a tech form so your equipment can be as fit as you are!
Fitness Machine Technicians Palm Beach & Broward County is run by Helayne Klier-Konugkis and Ted Konugkis and services the greater Palm Beach and Broward County area, including Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Wellington.