An elliptical machine can cost a lot and as an investment, you should see to it that it is properly maintained. Before purchasing a unit, make sure that it can handle your weight and the frequency of use you are planning for it.
Choose the Right Model
An elliptical machine cannot be compared to a treadmill in terms of load capacity. They are less bulky and are not as durable as treadmills. In fact, most models cannot handle weights beyond 300 pounds. Even if a product’s brochure claims that a unit can withstand this much, it is not advisable to even come close to this figure.
A dead giveaway to a product’s real weight capacity is its price. If you come across an eliptical machine that is sold for less than $500, it is most likely made of flimsy materials and there’s a big chance that the frame is not built to withstand frequent use.
One of the best ways to know whether an elliptical machine can do the job is to test-ride a unit before buying it. A poor elliptical machine would heave under your weight and become unstable, despite your being within the weight capacity.
So as not to end up with a dud, you could choose the more expensive model which we’ll assume is made from more durable materials. You can even search for a “commercial class” model – those that are used in gyms and are built to endure years of use.
Give it Good Care
Before using your machine the first time, make sure you place a rubber floor mat under it. This would not only reduce impact but would also protect your floor, especially if it’s made of wood. In addition, this will keep dust from your floor off the mechanism of your elliptical machine.
You should also find a cover for your machine to keep dust off it and to deter children who might play with it and possibly injure themselves. If you can’t find one or have one custom-made, you can probably make do with a large cover for outdoor grills.
No matter how smoothly your elliptical machine may be running, you should regularly give it a maintenance check, just to ascertain that all screws are snug and all parts are in tiptop condition. Listen to anything that may give off squeaks or grating sounds. Loose screws can easily be tightened with a screwdriver while squeaky parts can be treated with grease.
Your elliptical machine may have come with a tube of grease. Apply liberally on squeaky foot rail and handrail joints. If necessary, unbolt parts before application. Alternatively, you could use WD40 if the grease wears out over time.
When replacing worn-out or snapped joints, ensure that you’re purchasing parts from the manufacturer. Not doing so would mean running the risk of installing a part that’s not as tough or that doesn’t fit and may jeopardize the way your elliptical machine functions.
Over time, you will be able to discern when to do things yourself and when to call a professional in for help. The important thing is for you to nip problems about your elliptical machine in the bud.