You may not think about it when you’re running on a treadmill or pedaling on an exercise bike, but sweat has a big effect on the fitness equipment you use. Whether it’s a personal machine at home or a shared machine at a gym, you may not know how sweat is wreaking havoc until it’s too late.
Luckily, Fitness Machine Technicians offers preventive maintenance services to prevent long term sweat damage so your equipment lasts for many years to come.
Sweat vs. Your Exercise Equipment
So what does sweat actually do to your equipment? Sweat contains lactic acid, uric acid and salt. As you work out, your sweat rubs off on your fitness equipment and coagulates on parts you don’t see. Over time, this can cause a machine breakdown.
Dried sweat that is not removed will continue to hang out in the nooks and crannies of these machines. This allows dirt, dust and rust to build up and cake onto components slowly—rusting bolts, collecting on moving parts and drying up lubricated parts.
Check out some photos from preventive maintenance jobs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to see first-hand how damaging sweat can be:
Regular Maintenance for a Long Lifespan
Many types of fitness equipment can last for years, as long as you keep up with regular maintenance. Spin bikes can last up to 7 to 10 years. Strength equipment similarly can continue working for 10 years. Cardio equipment can even hold up for 10 to 15 years with the proper care.
What Does Fitness Machine Technicians Do?
On preventive maintenance jobs, our technicians make sure to clean off equipment properly. That means lubricating all moving components that need it, taking off covers and cleaning out dust found and trapped on equipment. We wipe down all exterior surfaces, put everything back together properly, and then test the equipment to make sure all functions—including sensors, resistance and calibration—are working properly. If any of those things are an issue, we make sure to track down where the issue is coming from. We then order parts appropriately and review everything with you before purchase.