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Maintain your gym equipment

health-and-fitness Updated: Aug 20, 2011 00:39 IST

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Here's a check-list of things you must do before buying gym equipment:



1

Brand matters:

Go for a brand that provides technical support after sale. Test each machine every couple of months to ensure it works correctly.



2

Regular cleaning:

Wipe the equipment every week with a slightly damp cloth or duster to remove dust and residue that may build up on the surface.



3

Sound check:

Regularly listen to your equipment for irregular sounds, such as whistling, screeching, whining or creaking. Check the manual to for possible causes.



4

Check the cables:

It’s very important to check the cables on home gym equipment every few weeks to a month. When a cable is visibly worn or stretched, it should be adjusted or replaced before using the equipment again. Inspect the bolts and nuts on the


equipment.



5

Quality lubricants:

Always use an approved lubricant. Apply a few drops to each of the springs on the brakes, being careful not to get any oil on the brake pads because it would impede the brakes’ stopping power. Vacuum clean all areas of the equipment, including the base and electronics console, if present.



(With inputs from Pankaj Arora, Technogym India)