Gym equipment maintenance and safety is as important as using the equipment to stay fit. Whether used at home or at the gym, all fitness equipment should adhere to industry and government safety standards. Regular maintenance of the equipment will help to ensure its safe use. A good workout routine will include safe equipment practices and the ability to recognize when a piece of equipment is in need of maintenance or unsafe.
Product Safety & Government Regulations
All consumer products, including gym equipment, are subject to
regulation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Whenever a product becomes a known hazard, the CPSC will take action, such as product recalls, news releases or, in extreme cases, legal action. If you regularly use gym equipment, whether at home or in the gym, you should remain alert to CPSC news releases regarding gym equipment safety issues. The CPSC also maintains a database of its news releases online that you can search to determine if there has been any safety issue with gym equipment you are considering to purchase or use at your gym.
Industry Safety Standards
A gym equipment manufacturer concerned with product safety will not only follow government regula- tions, but adhere to the best standards recognized in its industry. Non-governmental, private organizations are devoted to overseeing the safety, reliability and quality of consumer products, such as the Industrial Organization for Standardization, known internationally as ISO. If you are looking to purchase gym equipment for home use, you should inquire about whether the equipment manufacturer is certified by the ISO as using the best standards for design and manufacture of the equipment. This information should be readily available from the equipment’s packaging, or from the distributor or retailer of the equipment.
To ensure the continuing safety, efficiency and decreasing the need for future fitness equipment repair, preventative maintenance of your gym equipment is necessary. At a minimum, this includes a regular inspection of the equipment for worn parts and, depending on the type of equipment, will also include regular lubrication of moving parts and calibration of equipment settings. The manufacturer’s guide included with the equipment should indicate the type and regular intervals when preventative maintenance should be performed. If you are unsure how to perform maintenance, contact Gym Tech, and we will gladly help!
Safe Equipment Use
As part of your safe use of gym equipment, always look to see that the equipment is secure before using it. This applies to home equipment and gym equipment. If you find the equipment is unstable, rattles in an un- usual manner or has loose parts, you should not use it. Call an exercise equipment repair company such as Gym Tech, and repair your fitness equipment before using it again. Also, you should know the proper tech- nique for using the equipment before using it to avoid injury. If you plan on purchasing the equipment for home use, you should try it first to ensure it is right for your needs.
Do not overlook the condition of the workout area before attempting to use gym equipment. In particular, inspect the flooring to note whether it is free from spills, tripping hazards or damaged surfaces. Also, inspect the area to determine that you have sufficient area to perform your exercises using the equipment so that you are free from obstruction by other objects or persons.
Gym Tech’s Preventative Maintenance Program is the most comprehensive maintenance program in the industry. It is designed to keep your equipment working safely and efficiently and to reduce the frequency of repairs through regular maintenance.
Contact Gym Tech today for more information.
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