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How to maintain your elliptical machine

Splashing cash on a piece of home fitness equipment isn’t an easy decision. That’s why it’s important to know how to keep your elliptical trainer in top condition. There are some things that can’t be fixed, that happens with wear and tear and day to day use over a prolonged period of time.

To ensure you give yourself the best chance of making your machine last a long time, we have listed a few pointers below.

Remove dust, dirt, and sweat on regular basis

Take a moment to wipe down the handles, framework, peddles, and movable areas. You want to prevent the build up of dust, and other contaminants to stop it from getting into the flywheel area, where it could cause problems over time.

Timescale: Weekly task

Battery replacements

Not all ellipticals operate on batteries. In fact, many run on power outlets these days. However, some brands require batteries to power the console. If that’s the case for you, be sure to either stock up on the correctly sized batteries, or replace them every so often. What you don’t want to happen is have your tracking system and data shut down on you half way through your workout.

Timescale: Monthly task

Eliminating squeaking noises

One of the most common complaints with elliptical trainers, especially low budget models and older products, is the amount of noise they make whilst striding. This is often a creaking or squeaking noise. Most of the time, the moving parts need greasing up to ensure a more fluid motion takes place. You still have to be careful with what type of grease you use and how much you apply, and that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. To find information on your particular machine, read the owners manual!

Timescale: As and when

User weight capacity

You will almost always find a user weight limit recommendation on any trainer you buy. This should be strictly adhered to. Putting too much weight on the machine can put stress on the frame and working parts and is a fast track way to break something. If you’re not sure where to find information regarding this limit, have a read of the instruction manual. We recommend weighing 50 pounds less than the stated amount for improved performance and longevity.

Timescale: N/A ongoing

Be wary of loose parts

When you first step on the cross trainer, make yourself aware of anything that is loose or wobbly. With more focus on the movable arms and foot plates. This can be something simple like bolts that need tightening, but it’s still dangerous and can cause injury if not taken care of.

Timescale: Weekly

Look for external hazards

Before you begin your workout, you will want to ensure that you look for things that may be a danger to you and the elliptical. This should include taking into account ceiling height and how close you are to it at the top of the movement, as well as anything that you could trip on as you get on and off the machine. Those of you who have limited space to work with should view our compact elliptical guide.

You may also want to look for a non slip mat to not only protect your flooring from scratches, but also stop it from moving whilst exercising. Any sudden jolts or movements can be an injury waiting to happen.

Timescale: Daily

Perhaps the most important step of them all is to look inside the product manual that usually comes with the elliptical. They usually contain specific instructions about what can and can’t be done when carrying out maintenance.