Having your own elliptical at home is a great option for achieving a regular cardiovascular fitness routine without having to worry about inclement weather or traveling anywhere to get your workout in for the day! When you have your own elliptical, taking proper care of your machine by performing routine maintenance is critical to ensure your elliptical machine will remain in top condition for years to come.
Why Elliptical Maintenance is Important
Completing regular cleaning and maintenance checks on your elliptical will keep everything running smoothly, to ensure your workout is safe and effective. It will also allow you to stay in tune with your machine, to both prevent avoidable wear and tear on parts and be aware well in advance if any parts are needing replacement.
Regular Cleaning Schedule
Make a habit of wiping down your machine daily after each use. This will prevent the buildup of sweat, dust, and dirt which can inhibit the performance of your machine. You can clean your elliptical with a clean and damp, soft cloth. Make sure to not use abrasives or solvents on plastic parts. Also, be careful not to get excessive moisture on the digital monitor as this can lead to electrical hazard to monitor failure.
Regular Maintenance Checks
Completing regular maintenance checks on your elliptical will ensure that it’s in tip-top shape. We recommend inspecting your machine frequently to ensure everything is in check, lubricating and tightening parts when needed so everything is functioning optimally.
Inspecting Your Machine
Regularly inspecting your machine will ensure everything is in check, and ready to go for your next workout. Inspecting your machine is super quick, you’re basically just checking to make sure all bolts are screwed tightly into place and listening for any sounds that may mean your machine needs to be lubricated, or loose parts need to be tightened.
We recommend taking time once a month to check the machine's hardware for loose screws or bolts and tightening them as needed. Remember that regular machine use can cause vibration which can loosen parts over time and tightening parts should be done regularly to keep your machine in tip-top shape.
Your machine should be lubricated every 6 months. We recommend lubricating both the elliptical arms and the pedal support tubes with PTFE lubricant. To complete the lubrication, you will need to remove bolt caps and bolts, lubricate, and then reattach as shown in the video below. Lubrication will help parts from rubbing together so abrasively which can cause friction and result in a squeaking sound over time. If you’re hearing any squeaking from your elliptical, odds are you need to either lubricate or tighten the hardware on your machine.
During your regular inspection, if you notice any wear and tear on your machine that may need replacing be sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help. Staying on top of maintenance and care for your elliptical will keep your fitness routine running smoothly!