Having your very own rowing machine at home is a convenient and incredibly effective option for getting a robust cardio workout whenever you want. But did you know rowing machines require regular maintenance? Just like any exercise machine with moving parts, general care can extend the life of parts and pieces that experience wear and tear with regular use. Keeping up with routine rowing machine maintenance is critical to ensure your rower will remain in top condition for years to come.
Completing regular cleaning and maintenance checks on your rowing machine 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. Check the video and the steps below for more details on regular maintenance for your rowing machine at home.
1. Clean & Inspect Slide Rail
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. Pay extra attention to the slide rail ensuring it remains clean and is running smoothly.
You can clean your rowing machine 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.
2. Inspect Pedal Straps
Check pedals and pedal straps for any frays or damage. This visual inspection is quick but checking damage early will ensure you are able to order replacement pedals or straps if they are wearing out in a timely manner. Staying on top of the small details like pedals and pedal straps will ensure you’re able to stick to your fitness routine, without needing to pause to order parts or make repairs last minute.
3. Inspect Belt Drive Stitching & Handlebar
Similar to inspecting the pedals and pedal straps, take a moment to check the belt drive stitching and handlebar for any damages. General wear and tear may cause the stitching to unravel or the handlebar to become damaged over time. If this becomes a hindrance to your rowing experience, it’s time for replacement parts.
4. Check & Tighten Hardware as Needed
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.
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 rowing machine will keep your fitness routine running smoothly!