How to Protect Your Gym Equipment
This entry was posted on March 18, 2020.
Before we say anything, you should know that if you’re buying fitness equipment in Louisiana, where several of our Fitness Expo Stores are located, you may want to hold off on putting your fitness equipment outside due to the high humidity and rain that we get.
If you don’t have any space inside for your home gym, maybe consider putting it in your garage.
But if none of these options seem like a good option for you, then read ahead.
After paying for a high-quality set of fitness equipment for your home, you’d most likely want to keep your equipment always acting and looking like new.
That may seem like a tall order.
But it isn’t: all it takes is regular maintenance and careful selection to ensure that your equipment is maintained for as long as possible.
One of the first things you should take into consideration is whether the fitness equipment was designed with outdoor use in mind.
If the manufacturer made sure that it was rust and other elemental force proof, then they would most likely include that information in the description of their product.
Make sure to check the information and descriptions of the machines you’re buying.
This next part should apply to you whether you bought a machine for outdoor use, but it’d be especially good for those who didn’t for whatever reason.
Let’s say that you’re scared about your outdoor cardio equipment, say, a treadmill for now.
Now, you’re scared that your treadmill will start showing signs of rust because the morning news showed a 10-day forecast of rain.
What you could do is spray the metal of your treadmill with something called silicone spray.
Silicone spray is a powerful lubricant that is noncorrosive and non-reactant.
It’s something that can protect the metal from the natural elements, and a little bit of physical damage too.
Now, if you’re scared about your workout equipment getting rust or other damage, this is a surefire way to go.
There are many, many people who’ve had good results with spraying silicone spray on their exercise equipment. Try it out!
The Saltwater You Didn’t Think About
In general, one of the biggest and fastest causes of metal rusting has got to be seawater.
And you might be asking, “what does this have to do with keeping my equipment rust-free? I don’t exercise near a beach.”
But you’re forgetting something quite significant- the fact that sweat is technically saltwater.
Just like tears, sweat contains the two elements Na and Cl- Sodium and chlorine.
So, what should you do about all the “saltwater” that constantly smears and drops on your metal-free weights?
Well, the answer is quite clear. Maintain them just like you would with everything else in your house. Here are some ways that you can do so:
- You should try to repaint your equipment at least once every year since it creates a small defense from the metal bars hiding within.
- Clean it about once or twice a week. Dirt, dust, leaves, grass, and other small particles that can float in the air and land on your equipment and make it look ugly and reduce grip in some cases. If you don’t have any sort of exercise equipment cleaner, you could try a mix of 50/50 vinegar/water. Carry it in a small spray bottle and spray it onto your equipment or on your rag/paper towel. Check your local grocers and online to see if you can find any official spray cleaning solutions designed with exercise equipment.
- Every now and then, once every one or two months, rub an even amount of bar oil on your bars. Make sure that the coat is nice and even, otherwise, some parts of your bars may have more grip than others. And that is something that is not desirable.
- In the case that you want to start using a piece of indoor gym equipment, something like the Life Fitness Strength Smith Machine outside, make sure to drill holes in the bottom of the bars and plug the top of the posts with caps to keep the water out. If you can, for your bolts, use galvanized steel.
Now, this isn’t everything you could do to avoid your gym equipment from losing their fresh look, but these tips are definitely some of the best out there.
Be sure to do more research, the easiest of which is to visit Fitness Expo and discuss your options with the staff.
We have stores in Metairie, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Kenner, as well as Jackson in the Mississippi area.