Taking good care of a rowing machine is important if you don’t want it to wear out after a few months. Rowing is a wonderful exercise for strength and fitness, but body weight and force can take a toll on the machine because there are so many nuts, bolts, and moving parts. Every machine is different and if you have the original set of instructions, you’ll know what to do to keep the machine in excellent condition. If that’s not the case, here are some tips to protect any type of rowing machine so it will last for years.
The most important maintenance tasks are usually the easiest ones. Dust and dirt can build up over time and damage the joints and electronic monitors, so take care to remove debris from the frame and the crevices with non-hazardous cleaners. The chemicals in sweat can eat away at paint and rust the frame. After each workout, give the machine a thorough cleaning with a soft rag. Be careful not to use a wet towel on the display screen – water and circuitry don’t mix!
Lots of screws and bolts come with a rowing machine. They keep the whole thing together, and they must be tightened every once in a while. If you’re working out and hear a creaking noise that you didn’t notice before, check to see if every nut and bolt is secure. This kind of maintenance is only necessary once or twice a month. If any parts look as if they need to be replaced, stop using the machine until the new parts are installed. It can be dangerous to use the machine when one of the weaker components is close to the breaking point, such as the wire or rowing string. Remember the days when you rode a bike? You can likely recall oiling the chain when it began to rust. The chain of a rowing machine also needs oil for a smooth workout but use a lubricant recommended by the manufacturer.
There are simple practices that will ensure your rowing machine stays in great shape. For example, it makes sense to place the machine on a flat surface. If not, the machine will shake and will come apart a lot quicker. It goes without saying that you should place the rowing machine in a dry location: the laundry room is the least desirable place in the home for such an expensive piece of equipment.
Finally, if somebody wants to use your rowing machine only give the green light if the person isn’t overweight. How would you feel if the machine ends up broken and the warranty is invalid after the manufacturer finds out? Rowing machines are sturdy but not indestructible. If you need to move the machine to a more suitable room in the house with more space, such as a bedroom, get somebody to help you. Dropping the machine will cause damage. Besides, you might injure yourself by pulling a muscle!