Expert Fitness Equipment Repair

I wouldn’t exactly characterize myself as a health nut, but I do try to exercise somewhat regularly. I found out long ago that a gym membership doesn’t work for me, as I usually generated excuse after excuse not to drag my butt out of the house. Buying a treadmill, an elliptical trainer, and some free weights for my basement was a much better move. After all, how many excuses could I possibly come up with for not going downstairs? I created a workout schedule and was able to stick to it fairly well, resulting in a loss of 10 pounds.

But disaster struck when one of the handles on my elliptical started making an awful grinding noise whenever it moved. I tried putting a little WD-40 on it, but to no avail. I didn’t want my $800 machine to just sit there taking up space, so I decided to call someone who could do fitness equipment repair for a reasonable price. It took some time to find a local repairman with decent rates, but it happened, and I was able to salvage my machine for less than a hundred bucks.

I know there are some folks out there that don’t believe in paying for fitness equipment repair. I can certainly understand where they’re coming from, but think the decision needs to be made on a case-by-case basis. First of all, if I had bought a cheap-o elliptical that cost only $300 or something, then I probably would not have paid $100 for repairs. In that situation, buying a whole new machine likely would have been a better idea. But if you have top-of-the-line machines to begin with, then you definitely do need to spring for expert fitness equipment repair. I don’t know about you, but I would never be able to afford to replace an entire $1500 treadmill every time a belt wears out!

If you’re handy with tools, you could try to perform your own fitness equipment repair work. You can easily order elliptical or treadmill replacement parts online, and then make the necessary adjustments yourself. But because there are so many moving parts, safety is obviously a major concern. If you’re not absolutely sure you know what you’re doing, I’d just go ahead and hire an expert for your fitness equipment repair jobs. You can probably find independent contractors, freelancers, or general handymen to do the work, and should be able to negotiate prices if you think the person charges too much.

The fact that you have exercise machines in your home shows that you’re serious about getting fit and living a healthier lifestyle. If those machines break down, that doesn’t mean your new regimen has to end. Sometimes it’s worth paying for expert fitness equipment repair so you can salvage your machines and get on with your workouts.