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How to maintain your treadmill

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

How to Maintain Your Treadmill
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MATT DAVIDSON

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How to Maintain Your Treadmill

A key component to creating quality workouts long term is ensuring that general cleaning and maintenance is regularly performed. In just a few minutes you can have your treadmill tuned up and ready for more miles. This guide will show you how to ensure optimal working condition.

1. TIGHTEN YOUR BOLTS AND SCREWS

Overtime, your treadmill bolts and screws may become loose from the impact vibrations of your treadmill workouts. To ensure safety and proper working condition of your treadmill, it is important to inspect the bolts and screws to see if they have become loose. Perform this check about once a month or sooner if you are a high mileage user. If a bolt or screw is loose, simply use the tools provided for the initial treadmill assembly.

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2. MAINTAIN YOUR RUNNING DECK

After every workout, wipe down your running belt with a damp cloth to remove any dust or sweat that could have accumulated during your workout. This will prevent any sticky residue from meeting any of the treadmill’s movable parts.

Make sure that your belt is aligned properly on your treadmill. Unaligned belts can be subject to uneven wear and even tearing if they rub against the frame of your treadmill improperly. Treadmills can have unique alignment adjustment processes, so it’s best to refer to your user manual on how maintain proper alignment. However, many treadmills have adjustments that can easily be modified with an Allen wrench. You can make alignment adjustments by turning your Allen wrench clockwise and counterclockwise to get your desired adjustment.

3. LUBRICATE YOUR TREADMILL

Properly lubricating the running deck is necessary to prevent treadmill failure. Treadmills are designed to support movable parts. But constant movement can cause unnecessary friction, which can damage parts. Most treadmills require to be lubricated every six months or 150 miles, whichever comes first.

You can lubricate your treadmill by raising the running belt on one side and wiping the exposed portion of the running deck with cloth and applied lubricant. Silicone-based sprays often work as the best lubricant for treadmill.

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4. REST YOUR MOTOR

If you are running so that belt in your wardrobe can fit, you may need to give the running belt on your treadmill a break. The treadmill belt is constantly in motion, and that can be a heavy mechanical task for any motor. We recommend powering your treadmill off for at least 10 minutes for every 2 hours of use to prolong the life of your motor.

Exposed to dust, sweat drops, and bacteria, your treadmill needs regular maintenance. Regular maintenance of your equipment optimizes its performance and longevity.

It is not easy to transport a treadmill in-store since it is heavy and bulky. That’s why different home services for repairs and maintenance are available to many clients. So that it works well and remains in good condition, follow from time to time some quick and simple gestures.

Why take care of your treadmill?

Your treadmill is within reach of many external agents such as dust. This exposes the motor of the equipment to overheat, thus reducing its life. Take the time to unplug the carpet, especially if you are going to clean under the engine hood. Optimized maintenance also involves daily cleaning of the environment close to your equipment to avoid accumulating dust. Also, because the treadmill involves all the muscles of your body, it is apparent that you will sweat during your physical exercises. However, in the face of moisture generated by sweat drops, bacteria proliferate, causing rusting of metal parts. To make the most of its benefits, you need to know the exercises to do on a treadmill

Proper placement of your equipment to facilitate cleaning

Requiring a minimum of stain, treadmill maintenance is easy. Before you begin cleaning, make sure that your equipment is placed on a firm, level surface. If your floor has some flaws, compensate for them by choosing a certain level and adjusting the feet. This is also beneficial for the treadmill belt and motor. To make it easier for you, consider placing a rug under your equipment that will be used to collect some of the impacts of your cleaning job.

Effectively clean your sports equipment

Take a cloth moistened with water to clean the different parts of your machine. To minimize friction under the belt, reduce engine wear, and extend the life of your treadmill, it is essential to lubricate it every 2 to 3 months. This straightforward task is necessary for the optimal operation of your equipment. It should be noted that some models are already pre-lubricated, but the treatment will only be active during the first year of use. It will then be necessary to carry out a lubrication work afterward. Silicone lubricants are recommended for efficient maintenance of your equipment.

Avoid premature wear and any friction on one side of the belt, making sure it is straight and centered. The race belt must also be checked because it can be worn. To take better care of your treadmill, you must wear suitable shoes, check that they are clean and that there is no pebble on the tread.

It should be noted that some maintenance tasks can be carried out with complete peace of mind by you. By implementing all the necessary preventive care, you will rarely need to use a maintenance service. However, for a full review of your treadmill, it is recommended to call a professional from time to time.

Follow the instructions on your device manual exactly

Once you have received your treadmill, be sure to read the instructions in the manual that came with it. The first thing to always be reminded is that your equipment must be powered on a 220 V single phase grounded.

Aggressive detergents such as acetone, window washer, or alcohol are prohibited. Only mild detergents used on a lint-free cloth are recommended. Also, at the slightest suspicious game or mechanical noise, you must check the fasteners and tighten. Any traces of sweat should be removed after each exercise to avoid dulling the paint, rusting metals or degrading the upholstery quickly.

Monitor the tension and lubrication of the tread

If the tread of your equipment is still new, it is recommended to monitor its centering and pressure for nearly 20 hours closely. After that, you have to clean, grease, and check the tape regularly. It should be remembered that a well-tensioned band and lubricant helps you save about 2 to 4 amperes per hour. Thus, with a tight band, you do not feel jerky during your exercises. On the other hand, when it is not tight enough, the front roller skates. Moreover, when it is too tight, it leads to excessive electrical consumption, tear tape, or the premature wear of the rollers.

Tension and lubrication of the tread

In the case where the tread is not sufficiently tight, both adjustment bolts should be rotated clockwise simultaneously. However, if it is too tight, both of these bolts must be turned counterclockwise at the same time.

Optimizing the operation of your treadmill is also checking that the tread is centered. When eccentric to the right, turn the adjustment bolt on the left side counterclockwise. On the other hand, if it is eccentric to the left, it is always recommended to set the adjustment bolt, but this time in a clockwise direction. It is also essential to know that the treadmill works before using it.

CAUTION: Turn off and disconnect AC cord before cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential to keep your treadmill running at peak performance. Sweat left on a machine can result in rusting of framework and ultimately compromises frame strength. It can also seep into the internal areas of the treadmill resulting in problems with belt rollers and electronic components. By cleaning away sweat after each use your machine will provide you with much greater reliability. Damage caused through poor maintenance will not be covered by warranty.

To clean the plastic parts of your treadmill, use a mild detergent and make sure the unit is completely dry before operating. On the running deck use a clean cloth and approved silicon spray (see application procedures below). On the mat, use a soft nylon scrubbing brush. DO NOT USE WATER TO CLEAN THE BELT OR RUNNING DECK, OR TO CLEAN THE ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS. Should water come in contact with the electronics, immediately blow dry the area and contact a service technician prior to operating the unit.

It is recommended that you keep all liquids away from the unit during operation. Spillage of liquids onto or into the machine will void warranty.

Matt demonstrates a poorly maintained treadmill. Watch the Video below>>

Belt and Deck Maintenance

Lubricating the deck of your treadmill will reduce the wear of the deck and running belt. We recommend the use of a Silicon Lubricant applied through a liquid or aerosol form to the deck directly UNDERNEATH the belt. Before applying the lubricant make sure your treadmill is turned off and the belt has stopped moving entirely. Frequency of application is determined by use. Review the deck once a week to note whether additional lubrication is required. It is important to note that only a small film of silicon is required to prevent premature wear. Avoid over applying silicon.

Each month ensure that you wipe the entire deck surface with a clean lint free cloth. Remove all traces of silicon lubricant and dust. Reapply a fresh application of silicon once this process has been completed.

Please ensure that no silicon residue touches the top of the running belt as this may cause the user to lose traction and slip off the belt.

Adjusting the Running Belt

The belt is properly aligned at the factory. However during shipping and handling or by use the belt may move off centre, it is important that you check the belts alignment before using the treadmill. In some instances belt movement can be attributed to running style as well as uneven surfaces.

CAUTION: DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO WALK ON THE TREADMILL DURING THIS PROCEDURE.

Failure to realign the belt could result in tearing or fraying of the belt, which is not covered under warranty. Please follow the correct procedure listed below.

* Start the treadmill at a slow speed of approximately 2-3 km per hour.

* Observe the mat for approximately 30 seconds checking that the mat is running straight and is running at right angles to the motor cover.

* If the belt is not running correctly it needs immediate adjustment.

* If the belt is too far left, turn the left belt-tensioning bolt, located at the rear of the treadmill, clockwise ¼ turn at a time. Turn the right adjustment bolt counter clockwise ¼ turn and let the treadmill run for at least 30 seconds. Repeat if necessary. However do not turn adjusting bolt more than a ¼ turn at one time.

* Conversely, if the belt is too far right, turn the right adjusting bolt clockwise ¼ turn and the left

* adjusting bolt counter clockwise ¼ turn. Then b let the treadmill run for at least 30 seconds and then check the position of the belt.

* When the belt is back in the proper position slowly increase the speed of the treadmill and let it run for at least 45 seconds. Try using the treadmill, if you feel a pause in the belt with each foot step, the belt is too loose. Stop the machine, then adjust both rear roller bolts clockwise ½ turn at a time. Try the machine again and check the result. If more adjusting is required, give both adjusting bolts another slight turn. Do not adjust more than two full turns.

* Be careful not to over tighten the belt, as it will adversely affect the life of the unit. There should be about 15mm give in the belt.

Belt Slippage

Belt slippage occurs occasionally on new machines and in some cases on older models. It results from the belt itself stretching slightly when friction causes the belt to stretch. In most cases this is quite normal especially with heavier users or runners. To rectify this situation simply adjust both left and right sides of the roller using the allen key when the machine has stopped fully. As with the aligning procedure, only make ¼ turns on each side until the problem has ceased. Never make any more than 3-4 full turns. If the problem persists after making the adjustments it may require additional adjustments in the front roller under the treadmill hood, which should only be performed by a trained technician. Contact your support hotline to organise this service.

ALWAYS TAKE CARE WHEN TESTING FOR SLIPPAGE AND WHEN USING YOUR MACHINE IN GENERAL, PARTICULARLY AT HIGH SPEEDS. SUDDEN STOPPING CAUSED BY BELT SLIPPAGE CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY.

CAUTION

To avoid injury, special care must be taken when adjusting the running belt or working near the rear roller. Remove any loose clothing or shoelaces and tie back your hair. Be careful to keep your fingers or any other object clear of the belt and rollers. Treadmills are designed to carry specific weights at specific speeds. The treadmill will not stop immediately if any object becomes caught in the belt or rollers. Over tightening causes damage and premature failure of the precision bearings in the front and rear rollers.

Other precautionary measures:

  • Many manufacturers recommend the use of spike or surge protectors which you insert into the power points in your house. The treadmill outlet cord simply plugs into this device protecting the electronics in your machine from surges. While circuit breakers are useful for safety they will not necessarily protect your valuable product from power surges. These products are available for around $20 in most electronic outlets such as Tandy or Dick Smith. Unplugging the machine when not in use also reduces the likelihood of electrical surge related problems.
  • When starting your workout, NEVER begin by standing on the belt. Allow the treadmill to build up speed before mounting the machine- the belt should be moving for approximately 20 seconds before entry. This process helps reduce static workload on the motor. It is suggested that heavier users allow for slightly higher speed ranges if they are physically able to do so, to further reduce workload.
  • As with any fitness product, we recommend that children and elderly users take extreme caution during use and should be under close supervision when using these products.
  • When folding and/or moving treadmills, ensure all electrical cords are unplugged from the machine.

Wendy Bumgardner is a freelance writer covering walking and other health and fitness topics and has competed in more than 1,000 walking events.

A home treadmill is a big investment that can help you maintain a regular fitness routine with ease and convenience. As such, it pays to do the simple maintenance to keep it running well for years to come. In this article, Dan Thompson of Huff-n-Puff Fitness Repair in the Chicago area shares tips to keep your home treadmill running efficiently for years to come.

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

Top 5 Things to Do to Maintain Your Treadmill

Maintaining your treadmill can be tedious, but it truly is the key to making sure you get the most out of your machine with as little trouble as possible. By regularly performing the following tasks, you can make sure your fitness routine remains consistent and uninterrupted.

Lubricate Your Treadmill

Your treadmill manufacturer will likely provide instructions for how to do this in the instruction manual for your specific machine. The process generally involves applying a silicone- or paraffin-based lubricant to the underside of the treadmill belt, especially in the area where your feet make the most contact. You’ll want to be sure you don’t apply it to the walking surface of the belt.

You may also have to loosen the belt before applying the lubricant and then retighten it after you’re finished.   Thompson recommends doing this once a year at a minimum. Depending on the frequency, amount of use, and the type of lubricant used, your treadmill may need to be lubed more often. Thompson warns against using WD-40 to lubricate your treadmill, as it can destroy a belt very quickly.

Vacuum Inside

Before removing the motor cover to vacuum inside the motor compartment, be sure to turn off and unplug the machine. Be very careful around all the delicate electrical components, making sure not to touch them with your vacuum nozzle. Thompson recommends doing this at least once a year.

Wipe Down the Treadmill After Every Use

Provided you are working up a sweat, this step is even more important. As moisture begins to build on the machine, it will promote rusting of its metal parts and will harbor bacterial and fungal growth. While a wet cloth can typically get the job done, you may want to purchase a home treadmill cleaning kit as well.

Keep the Walking Belt Centered and Aligned

Keeping the belt centered will help to ensure your treadmill is working efficiently. If you notice your treadmill is moving slowly and slowing down without you adjusting the speed, or you feel like you’re slipping, a misaligned belt is likely the culprit. A crooked belt can also quickly become frayed and damaged, breaking down much faster than it otherwise should.  

Install a Treadmill Mat Underneath the Machine

Using a mat under your machine is more to protect your treadmill’s surroundings than the treadmill itself. A treadmill mat will keep your flooring from becoming damaged and help keep any noise at bay if your treadmill setup is in a second-story room. Having a mat in place can also help keep pet hair and excess dust from accumulating on your machine, as well as make it easier to vacuum the floor around it.

Regular Treadmill Maintenance

Pay attention to your treadmill with each use. If the machine is running rough or something is rubbing or scraping, discontinue use until you determine the problem. Each week, perform these simple maintenance checks:

  • Check the walking belt and deck. Check the walking belt and deck for signs of wear, along with making sure it’s centered and straight. It does not need to be aligned perfectly, but this will ensure it is not scraping or rubbing on the sides. Be sure to also replace the belt once it is overly worn and rough to increase the lifespan of the treadmill as a whole.
  • Vacuum the area around the machine and underneath if possible. If you use your treadmill regularly, dust and debris will begin to accumulate at the rear of the machine. A small portion of it is from the walking belt, but the majority of it is from the soles of your shoes.

Try to keep the area around the machine as free of pet hair as possible. Treadmill mats are a great way to minimize the amount of pet hair, carpet fibers, dirt, and dust that get into the motor compartment. All that foreign debris can wreak havoc on your motor and motor control board, resulting in costly repairs.

About once a month, you should check the frame nuts and bolts to ensure they are tightened and that the uprights attaching the console to the frame are secure. According to Thompson, it is not uncommon for them to vibrate loose with regular use. A walking belt adjustment wrench should have been provided with your machine when it was purchased; otherwise, your owner’s manual should list the size required.

You’ll also want to regularly keep an eye out for any electrical problems. If you ever notice a burning smell while using your treadmill, you should stop using it immediately and unplug it from the wall before investigating what’s causing it (dust under the motor, an object lodged under the belt, etc.). You should never ignore a burning smell, as it could quickly become a fire hazard.

You can also protect your treadmill’s electronic components by plugging it into a surge protector, keeping your treadmill safe during power surges and outages. Check the machine’s power cords regularly as well, observing for any damage or signs that they need to be replaced.

When to Call a Professional

Your treadmill user’s manual likely covers common treadmill issues, along with troubleshooting solutions. Depending on your mechanical and electrical comfort levels, you can attempt maintenance yourself and get help with the calibration from your manufacturer’s customer support line, Thompson says. TreadmillDoctor.com also has a comprehensive list of certified service providers around the U.S. and Canada.

If you remove your machine’s motor cover and immediately think you are in too deep, it is probably best to call a professional. As with any other specialty piece of equipment, a professional repair technician will be able to spot problems that may not be immediately apparent. Treadmill repairs, diagnostic services, and replacement parts can be costly, so it’s always best to try to resolve an issue before it evolves into a bigger problem.

If It Doesn’t Challenge You It Doesn’t Change You

How to Maintain Your TreadmillAs health club owners we have a maintenance staff that is certified and trained in exercise equipment repair at our facility to fix all of our treadmill problems, but this is not an option for the home exerciser. Owning a health club has taught us a lot about maintaining treadmills over the last 30 years and we thought we would pass along to you some helpful tips for maintaining your home treadmill.

When purchasing a treadmill for home use, do you think about the importance of proper maintenance? When you purchase a treadmill, you must be willing to take the time to maintain your treadmill just as you would any other major investment like your car or house. Consider this prior to your purchase – not afterward. If you are proactive in the maintenance of your treadmill, you can add years to the life of your investment and will enjoy using it a lot more.

Proper cleaning for the exterior of the treadmill is always recommended, due to the fact that sweat is highly corrosive. This can be accomplished by merely wiping down the unit after each workout. Also, wiping down the belt with a damp cloth will clean any debris that may affect the performance of the treadmill.

The most important external component of a treadmill is the running belt followed closely by the running deck. The belt is what you run and walk on and takes most of the abuse. A malfunctioning belt can cause many problems internally that can damage the motor, control board, belt or other major operating parts. And worst of all if your belt and deck are not maintained properly your workout will suffer. The good news is there are really just a few rules to follow in maintaining your treadmill and ensuring the longest life of your running belt and deck.

1. The most important maintenance item we suggest is adding supplemental lube when recommended (see your owner’s manual). Proper Lubrication will considerably extend the life of any treadmill running/walking belt and deck. We have a lot of treadmills at our health club and we use a product made by Glide. This product really helps to prevent the belt from sticking and greatly increases the life of both the belt and deck of a treadmill. This one product has probably doubled the life of our belts and decks at our health club and greatly reduced our maintenance costs. You can get the Glide effect on your home treadmill too. Glide is health club proven to prolong the life of belts and decks and reduces amp draw on your treadmill motor which should prolong its life too. Here is a link to where you can order Glide for your home treadmill, but make sure the product will work for your type of treadmill: http://www.treadmillwax.com/home_products.htm

2. Keep the treadmill clean, and remove any debris on or around the treadmill. Make sure to vacuum under your treadmill regularly.

3. Do not place your treadmill in any extreme conditions. Treadmills should always be in a climate controlled room.

4. Keeping proper belt tension and tracking (belt should run parallel to the treadmill frame). This will maintain the belt in good working order.

5. Keep your treadmill on a level surface. Some treadmills have level adjustments on the rear supports. A treadmill will not track if not on a level surface.

When Should You Change a Walking Belt?

It is never too soon to change a walking belt, but it is often too late.
Although the exterior or walking surface of the belt may not be aesthetically pleasing, the part of the belt that is not visible is the most important.

If your treadmill belt is torn, curled up or bare you are in need of a new belt. Also, any problems with speed change when you begin walking are sure signs of belt wear. Regardless, the belt should be changed every 2 to 3 years with regular home usage.

Many times you can change a treadmill belt yourself. If you are not comfortable with this procedure, call a local treadmill repair company.

While changing the belt, you may notice that the deck of the treadmill also has major wear (bare areas, or ruts). Many times you can turn over the used deck and use the other side (again, see your owner’s manual). If this is not an option, you may need to completely replace the deck. Your belt will not run smoothly over a worn deck and you will experience “sticking” when you try to run on it if it is worn. You can go directly to the manufacturer or any well-rated treadmill replacement parts website like http://www.treadmilldoctor.com/.

All of the things listed will greatly extend the life of your treadmill, treadmill belt, and your ability to utilize and enjoy your treadmill to its fullest capacity.

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How to Maintain Your Treadmill
Your NordicTrack treadmill is an investment in your overall health and wellness. As it is a machine with various moving parts, there is a certain amount of maintenance you should do if you want to keep it in good order.

Lucky for you, NordicTrack Coupon is here with all the tips you need to maintain your NordicTrack treadmill!

How To Lubricate Your NordicTrack Treadmill

When it comes to modern NordicTrack treadmills, you are in luck. They are manufactured with a pre-lubricated belt and should not need you to lubricate them. Also, if you do think that your treadmill belt may need lubricant, NordicTrack recommends you contact them so that a technician can come out and perform your warranty-covered service.

So, if you have recently purchased a NordicTrack treadmill—using one of our promo codes to buy your treadmill also counts—you are in the clear when it comes to treadmill belt lubrication.

However, if you have an older NordicTrack treadmill that isn’t covered by a warranty, you may need to lubricate your treadmill belt. If this circumstance applies to you, here are the steps you should follow to lubricate your NordicTrack treadmill belt.

  1. Gather your supplies. You will need to loosen the treadmill belt, and it may take some work to find an Allen wrench key that will fit into the end of your treadmill. Also, do not use silicone lubricant on your treadmill belt! NordicTrack carries a lubricant kit, and that lubricant won’t shred the treadmill belt like a silicone lube.
  2. Loosen the treadmill belt. On the end of your treadmill, there should be two holes on either side of the treadmill belt. By inserting your tool into these holes, you should be able to loosen the treadmill belt. Try to keep count of how many turns you loosen the belt so that tightening it is easier once you’re done.
  3. Clean under the belt. With the belt loosened enough to reach under, take the opportunity to clean under it. By removing any dust or debris that may have gotten lodged underneath the belt, you can protect your treadmill belt from some wear and tear.
  4. Add the lubricant under the treadmill belt. Once the surface below the belt is clean, you can add the lubricant under the belt. Apply the lubricant around the top quarter of the treadmill deck in a zig-zag shape and be sure to use the entire packet of the lubricant.
  5. Tighten the treadmill belt. After you have finished with the lubricant, tighten the treadmill belt up again. Alternate sides when tightening to help create an even distribution of pressure.
  6. Walk slowly on your treadmill. With this step, you will be accomplishing two things—checking the belt tightness and spreading the lubricant. If you feel any slipping or notice that your belt isn’t aligned, stop and correct it. Be sure to walk slowly (1-2 MPH) and walk from side-to-side on the treadmill belt to help spread the lubricant.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully lubricate your NordicTrack treadmill.

Basic NordicTrack Treadmill Maintenance

There is more to taking care of your NordicTrack treadmill than just lubricating the treadmill belt. We have broken down the maintenance you should be doing to help you keep your treadmill in good shape.

Daily Treadmill Care

  • Wipe down – Every time after you finish using your treadmill, you should be wiping down the console, arms, handles, and display. If it was a particularly tough workout, you may want to use a gentle disinfectant, though be careful not to short out your NordicTrack touchscreen with excessive cleaner.
  • Remove key – To ensure that no one accidentally turns on the treadmill, be sure to remove the safety key after use. Children are curious about everything, and it is safer to have no key available.
  • Be aware – As you exercise and are enjoying your workout entertainment, stay aware of how your treadmill feels. Is the belt hitching? Is there a snag or worn spot on the belt, or is there a rattling sound? By staying aware of your treadmill, you can catch issues before they become serious problems.

Weekly Treadmill Maintenance

  • Vacuum treadmill area – Dust and other debris can clog up your treadmill, particularly if you have pets like dogs and cats. So, you will want to vacuum around your treadmill and under it at least once a week—maybe more if one of your pets sheds frequently.
  • Check treadmill belt and deck – Give a quick once-over to the treadmill belt and deck to check for cracks in the deck, wear and tear on the belt or side rails, or any other issues. That way, you can catch issues early on.

Monthly Treadmill Tasks

  • Treadmill bolts – The constant jarring motion of running and walking on a treadmill can slowly loosen your treadmill bolts. So, once a month, go around and gently tighten the bolts to ensure none slip out.
  • Motor care – While you should not touch the motor itself, you can open up the case and vacuum out any debris and dust from inside the motor area to prevent clogging.
  • Check power cord – To prevent electrical issues, be sure to check the treadmill power cord for any fraying or issues with the outlet it is plugged into.

Long Term Treadmill Care Tips

  • Consider treadmill belt replacement – Depending on how much you use your treadmill, you may need to replace the treadmill belt every couple of years. If you notice fraying or worn areas on your treadmill belt, you can keep yourself safer by replacing the belt.
  • Lubricate treadmill belt – With the older NordicTrack treadmills—or those without a warranty—you may need to lubricate the treadmill belt once a year.

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In our previous blog, we offered some guidelines to follow when purchasing a treadmill. Now, let’s talk about what to do to keep a new treadmill in tip top condition.

Tidiness

The most basic task you should perform with your treadmill is to keep it as clean as possible. Wipe down the handles and centre console before and after each use, especially if you share the machine with others. Also, be sure to vacuum the floor underneath the treadmill once a week. If your treadmill has a fixed track or does not fold away, do your best to move the treadmill out of the way and put it back into position when finished.

Wear and tear

A well constructed running track and its parts (like the belts and deck) should be able to withstand lengthy or heavy use. Over time, these parts will become run down. Since these parts face the most pressure, coming into contact with your feet, take heed if you notice an odd sound or sensation (e.g. if the running track is crooked or is rubbing off the sides). Contact your manufacturer if a problem with your track occurs within warranty if you cannot attend to the problem yourself. Otherwise, monitoring the track weekly should be sufficient.

Every month, it is a wise idea to tighten the bolts around the treadmill with a hand tool. Follow the guidelines in the user manual to find out how tight the bolts should be. The requirements for bolts on the console may vary compared to the belt, for example.

Lubrication

The treadmill motor normally only needs a check-up once annually, but it deserves your absolute attention. A neglected motor could break down and cause a major repair or replacement job. Do purchase a specialist container of treadmill lubricant, which can be applied to avoid excessive friction. If the areas around the motor have become dusty or dirty, plug out the treadmill and use your vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt. Be careful not to make contact with the delicate wiring, though!

Obeying these ground rules will increase your satisfaction of treadmill ownership, and should add years to the shelf life of your machine. The staff at Network Fitness are just a call or an e-mail away on the chance you want to ask us a question.

Last Updated on January 2, 2020

Treadmills. Whether you bought them at an affordable or expensive price, they’re still your investment and you still spent money. And one way to take care of it is to maintain it so it could last as long or even longer than its life expectancy. How will you do that? Read these tips and find out. By the way if you’re looking to buy a new treadmill we’ve compiled the top treadmill picks for you to see.

Tip #1 Regularly check your treadmill.

Before and after you use your machine, examine it first. If there’s anything wrong, try to fix it immediately. Neglecting this tip is crucial because there may be times when your treadmill is faulty, and you wouldn’t want to get injured during your workout. What will you examine? The following:

The frame – its bolts must be tight

The running deck – it should be dry

The running belt – it shouldn’t show signs of wear and tear and shouldn’t be frayed around its edges

Other bolts and screws – they should be tightened just right; not loose and not too tight

Ensure that you’re cleaning it after every use. Leftover sweat can cause the treadmill to rust over time and rust will stop the treadmill from performing well and looking good. You can clean it using a slightly moist or dry towel/rag. You need to clean the handrails, frame, and the console. All metal should be dry.

The walking deck’s perimeter, which attracts debris and dust, should also be cleaned once or twice per week. The treadmill’s deck is one expensive treadmill part so make sure you attend and take good care of it. If the deck needs to be waxed, you can either apply it or apply it from an internal reservoir. Keep that reservoir full. Check your model to know what option you should follow for this part. Also, wipe down the surface of the deck with a soft cloth once or twice a week.

Clean the area beneath the belt as well, since dirt coming from shoes or the poor air circulation can cause contaminants to stay there. When that happens, the belt will wear faster.

It’s essential to clean the area underneath the treadmill too. Make sure you always remove the dust because it can get stuck in the walking belt and reach the inside of the motor bonnet. You can use a vacuum with an extender want to get rid of the debris and dust under the treadmill.

Do ensure that the power cord is kept away from the base of the unit and the incline mechanism. Doing so will prevent the cord from breaking and the need to be replaced.

You can purchase maintenance kits for treadmills too. They are available on the market so you could clean the deck, motor, and belt. A kit includes:

Cloth – this absorbent cotton cloth is for the removal of dirt, dust, and debris from the treadmill

Surge Protector – this keeps your treadmill’s monitor and electronics protected. It prevents them from spikes in current and voltage.

Belt Cleaner – this keeps the treadmill’s belt clean. It also helps the belt look pleasant. The belt cleaner can also be used on treadmill surfaces.

A Replacement Key – this one replaces keys that were broken or lost. It comes with a clothing clip and a safety tether as well.

Tip #3: Regularly check the tension of the running belt.

You can do this by lifting the mid part of the belt on the machine’s side. It would then be lifted about 10cm off the deck of your treadmill. Always set the tension of the belt. If it’s too loose, it would seem that the belt is slipping under your feet. Adjust it by using the back roller bolts placed on the rear end of the machine. Check your manufacturer’s recommended level and follow it.

Tip #4 Keep your treadmill belt lubricated.

To do this, you need to spread the belt lubricant under the belt. This essential tip is for the smooth movement of the belt even after a long term use. Be careful about the lubricant you’ll use. If you use the wrong type, it could make the belt too greasy, making it lose its grip. Check if your manufacturer offers a maintenance kit for your treadmill and purchase that just to be sure. Don’t take the risk of guessing what lubricant you could use.

Tip #5 Conduct a Routine Maintenance

To keep your treadmill in its peak condition, perform a routine maintenance. That includes making sure the power cord is disconnected from power after every use and before you clean it. Otherwise you might get electrocuted. Also, the motor should be checked once a month to ensure that the dust particles have not accumulated on it.

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So, you’ve spent the weeks you needed to research, try out, choose and purchase your brand new treadmill. You’ve gotten it assembled and begun your daily workouts…so what now? Well, even the highest end commercial treadmills need a bit of love and affection to keep them purring like a kitten. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to keep your treadmill in tip top shape.

Tip #1
The first thing you are going to want to do is get a good treadmill mat to go underneath your unit. Despite what you think, a treadmill mat isn’t as much for protecting your floor as for protecting your treadmill. You see, a treadmill’s motor builds up a huge static charge as you work out. The charge will suck dust, lint and debris into your motor, causing it to clog and run inefficiently. The more gunk in your motor the worse it will run and the shorter its lifespan will be. Sliding a nice treadmill mat underneath your equipment will help reduce that static and the amount of stuff getting sucked up in it. As a bonus, you’ll also be protecting your floor and carpet. Watch out for cheap mats, tho. If you pick up a budget treadmill mat you run the risk of having it stain your hardwood floor or stick to your carpet. Supermat is a great brand of treadmill mat and can be purchased for as low as $35.

Tip #2
Sticking with dust and dirt, make sure to dust/clean your treadmill once every other week. Take special care with the belt area as any build up should be cleaned off right away or you’ll risk reduced performance.

Tip #3
I know it’s going to sound over obvious, but make sure to keep your power cord well away from the base of the unit and the incline mechanism. You have no idea how many cords we end up replacing on our service calls.

Tip #4
If you find your belt slipping, it may be because the belt tracking is off. You can adjust your tracking the same way you make sure the belt is properly aligned, with the alignment screws at the rear of your treadmill. An allen wrench is all you need. A quick quarter clockwise turn should tighten everything back up. Make sure never to turn either side more than a quarter turn at any given time because you the adjustments levels are very fine. Keeping your belt aligned will reduce the load on you treadbelt and belt guides. Check out your owner’s manual for more information.

Tip #5
A lot of times the cause of miss aligned on a treadbelt is from the unit not being level. Make sure to get your treadmill level.

Tip #6
Unless specifically isntructed by your owner’s manual, do not use silicone or oils to lubricate your treadmill’s deck. A clean, dry, dust-free bed and belt combination is ideal for a long-lasting treadmill. If your manual recommends the use of a silicone spray for lubrication, make sure to precisely follow application and scheduling instructions. Some treadmill decks may require initial waxing to help reduce friction with the belt. Do not wax a deck unless recommended by the manufacturer. Lubrication to pretreated wax decks may interfere with the wax.

Tip #7
The lowest level of friction between your belt and deck is desired. If the amount of friction is too high, you’ll end up with damage and wear to both your motor and your year. The best way to judge a low friction belt is that it will slide when the power is off and you can manually walk the belt when the treadmill is powered down. Improper lubrication can lead to overworking your motor.

Tip #8
One of the main problems on most treadmills (home and commercial) is in the control board. As with any computer, the treadmill’s control board is subject to power surges, improper grounding and so on. The best way to protect your treadmill’s computer brain is to unplug it when not in use and use a grounded plug when powered on.

Tip #9
Read your user’s manual. I know, I know…”who really reads those darn things?” Well, you should. Just about everything you need to know will be found in that little book that came with your treadmill. Pop it open while you’re in the bathroom for a good read.

Tip #10
Never operate your treadmill while wet. Bad idea for so many reasons.

Tip #11
Last but not least, if you are having trouble with your treadmill and need it fixed…then call the Treadmill Sensei! That’s what we do! (Ok, so it’s a shameless plug…but it’s my website so nyah).

Anyway, a few simple steps and you’ll be able to take care of your treadmill so it can continue to help take care of you for years to come.

How to Maintain Your TreadmillSpirit treadmill is one of the popular treadmills in the fitness equipment market which has a space saver folding feature. It specifies a 20×55 running surface with a 3.0 HP motor that speeds up to 12 mph; it also has the ability to incline up to 15 degrees angle. Other features include speed, distance, calorie information meter, and some workouts and heart rate control programs. It is inevitable that there will be problems with your treadmill, but there are some step-by-step procedures that you can follow in order to sustain a spirit treadmill before asking assistance from a repairman.

If the display does not light up on the treadmill, ensure that the safety tether is in place. See to it that the circuit breaker on the front grill is not jaunt. If it does, a reset is needed. Also, keep power switch on and scrutinize home electrical panel for jaunt circuit breakers as well as gusted fuses. Again, reset is necessary for the breakers and fuse replacement is advisable.

If the motor is not operating yet the display is light on, regulate the treadmill by taking out the safety key first. Afterwards, press and hold down the START and FAST buttons and replacing the safety key simultaneously. Upon seeing Factory Settings on display push the Enter Key. Next, choose the Metric/ English Settings by pressing UP or DOWN key and then pressing Enter Key. Keep in mind that wheel size diameter should be 2.810 before pressing again the Enter Key. Set the preferred maximum and minimum velocity and elevation, and then push the Start button for calibration.

Regulate the treadmill belt if it does not stay on axis and limit the belt speed for about 2-3 mph. Moving on, modify the bolt about ¼ turn when the treadmill is centered on the deck by placing the Allen Wrench in the left side bolt located at the rear base of the treadmill. Rotate it clockwise in order to steer the belt towards the right corner of the equipment. Rotate Allen wrench counter-clockwise if you wish to steer the belt on the left side.

If the belt impedes abruptly when the safety tether cord is being hauled, lubricate its deck. Use again your Allen wrench to slacken off the 2 rear adjustment bolts about 10x turns, until you can reach the belt using your hand. Use a clean cloth for cleaning the treadmill’s deck and squeeze the insides of the lubrication tube in one area adjacent to motor cover. Lastly, tauten the rear bolts and dash the treadmill at 6 mph without walking on the treadmill for up to 2 minutes.

In the end, it is easier and more convenient on your part to be equipped with information related to sustaining your spirit treadmill in order to prevent some additional costs necessary for repairing your treadmill.

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We get this question asked daily, so here is a little insight:

All treadmills need regular maintenance. To everyone’s surprise, this is what most salesmen never tell you at the time of purchase. There are many reasons. One is that manufacturers don’t want you to play with your treadmill because of risk of injury and lawsuits. Another is you’re most likely to buy a machine that is advertised as maintenance free instead of one that requires periodic maintenance. Finally, a lot of salespeople just don’t know any better.

Like any other machine with moving components all treadmills need periodic maintenance. The frequency depends on the amount of use and quality of the treadmill.

In general you get what you pay for. Therefore, assuming the amount of usage were the same, a better quality treadmill will need less maintenance than a cheap one because the overall components are more heavy duty.

Dirt, dust and sweat are the enemies. If not cleaned regularly, these elements work their way inside the treadmill’s components and cause premature wear and failure.

  • Dirt gets under the walking belt and causes excess friction between the belt and deck, therefore putting more stress on the electronics.
  • Dust gets inside the motor area and covers the motor and circuit boards like a blanket trapping heat and causes the electronics to run hot.
  • Sweat, which is essentially salt water gets onto surfaces and into any crevice and begins corroding anything it can.

Preventive maintenance (aka: “PM”) on a treadmill involves 3 steps:

  1. A proper cleaning inside and out.
  2. Lubricating and adjustment of walk belt and drive belt.
  3. Test run, and re-calibration if necessary.

Please note: there are mainly two types of lubricants used for walking belt lubrication: Silicone lube or Paraffin wax. Make sure you know which lubricant your treadmill uses before application.

Additionally treadmills that are advertised as having a “maintenance-free belt & deck” can still be cleaned and lubricated to extend their lives.

The following intervals should be used as a guideline only. Please refer to your owner’s manual for factory recommended service intervals.

For residential use: (with residential grade treadmills) If used daily, perform “PM” once a year. On cheaper treadmills (under $1000) you will need to lube the belt more often – at least every 6 months.

For commercial use: (with commercial grade treadmills)

  • If used up to 3 hours a day, perform PM once every 6 months.
  • If used up to 6 hours a day, perform PM once every 3 months.
  • If used up to 9 hours a day or more, perform PM once a month.

The best preventive maintenance is a daily wipe down with a damp cloth (just water, no cleaning agents or chemicals). This alone can add a few years to the life of your treadmill.

Finally, for the more technical aspect of the PM service, if you’re not mechanically inclined, please leave this work to a professional.

How To Maintain Your Treadmill Operating

SOLE Treadmills are constructed to satisfy and have solely the best parts. Preserving your body in a straight line from head to heels, place your arms on the treadmill band and stroll your hands ahead in the course of the exercise. Mainly, excessive friction belts may cause the motor to stall – a state of affairs which you don’t want to happen as that is one positive-fireplace method of damaging your treadmill’s motor.

For those who love group classes (particularly those who mix running and energy-training) and for those who crave the management a treadmill presents, you won’t find a slicker, extra sophisticated system than Peloton Tread. The benefit of the mounted model is that it is simple, convenient and available everytime you need to use it. Nevertheless in case you go for a small mounted treadmill, be certain that the operating deck is large sufficient.

The treadmill, arguably the most famous one ever constructed, would be the second put in aboard the house station. A treadmill’s main motor moves the workout belt ahead. Hugging the front of the treadmill limits your arm drive and may preserve you from running in your pure stride.

Moreover, be sure you keep the belt operating at a low velocity of around three mph when adjusting the belt tracking. Maintenance: To move easily, cheap treadmill belts require occasional lubricating or waxing. Exercise your right to search out the perfect treadmill.

From 9am on Friday 25 until 9am on Saturday 26 Could 2018, the 24 Hour Treadmill Problem will carry over 1,000 participants together to maintain our treadmills in continuous movement for 24 hours. Selecting a lightweight commercial or full business treadmill, you can count on that the belt will likely be upkeep-free for a lot of thousands of miles.

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

You’ve made a commitment to treat yourself well and keep yourself in shape, and one of the ways you do this is with your treadmill. But if you’re not treating the treadmill well, it may not be able to keep up with the pace you’ve set for yourself. Just like a regular exercise routine works for keeping you at your best, a regular maintenance routine for your treadmill is the best way to keep it working at its peak performance level.

Before each use check for loose, damaged or worn parts. Don’t use the treadmill if any damage or worn parts exist–replace the part instead. Doing so not only will extend the life of your treadmill; it can protect you from getting hurt.

After each use, wipe down the treadmill with a clean, damp cloth to remove sweat and dirt. Avoid excessive moisture around and on the console. Cleaning the treadmill after each use will help keep dirt and bacteria from building up on the machine.

Once a week check the rollers for smooth operation. Sweep or vacuum under and around the treadmill to prevent dirt and dust from entering the machine at the base, the belt and around the platform. Thoroughly clean the machine with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dirt or dust.

Once a month, check the screws and bolts and tighten if needed. Look at the belt’s alignment and tension. If you see any problems, follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for aligning and tensioning the belt.

Once every three months or after every 25 hours of use, lubricate the walking belt with a silicone-based lubricant. Even if you don’t use the treadmill frequently, it’s important to keep the belt from drying out. Check your owner’s manual for detailed instructions.

For more ways to keep your treadmill performing at its best, check out our treadmill DIY repair help section.

Treadmill maintenance is very important and helps the user to maintain their home treadmill in good condition. A home treadmill should be a high quality machine; built to higher specifications using better components and more likely to last longer, enduring overuse. Avoid buying cheap machines, which will require additional repairs.

Every treadmill is designed differently, with different features and frame structures. They come with built-in moving parts, such as the belt, and therefore, poor maintenance would cause more damage than there appears to be. How well the machine is maintained will determine how frequently it needs repairs. A quality treadmill should not require multiple repairs. Always refer back to the manual of the machine, and make sure you follow the instructions, word by word.

Treadmill Maintenance Tips

Treadmill Mat – using one is good practice. Put it underneath your home treadmill; it will protect your carpet or floor, as well as your treadmill and the motor of the treadmill.

Belt – regularly check if the belt is properly aligned, or if you suspect the belt is slipping. For more information about your treadmill’s belt, refer back to your manual.

Dusting – there are a few things you need to be aware of when taking care of your treadmill. They are usually heavy units, with lots of features and programs, which are part of computer consoles. These susceptible to dust, since all of the buttons have edges and small spaces around them. Dust accumulation can effect smooth movement of the conveyor, so when dusting, pay special attention to areas under the belt.

Power Cord – make sure to keep the power cords away from the base of the unit and the incline mechanism; if you don’t, the cord will break and require to be replaced, not to mention it is safety a hazard if not taken care properly.

Treadmill Maintenance Kits

There are multiple maintenance kits available on the market that can be used after dusting the belt, deck and the motor. The maintenance kit usually consists of:

Belt Cleaner – which keeps the belt clean and looking great. It can be safely used on all treadmill surfaces.

Surge Protector – protects your home treadmill electronics and monitor, guarding against spikes in voltage and current.

A Replacement Key – replaces lost or broken keys; includes the safety tether and clothing clip.

Cleaning Cloth – is an absorbent cotton cloth, ideal for removing dust, dirt and debris from your treadmill

Belt Lubricant – spread it under the treadmill belt to keep your belt lubricated and running smoothly over long term use. It is advisable to use maintenance kits which the manufacturer recommends; refer back to your manual for these. Using the wrong type of lubrication may make the belt too slippery and make it lose its grip. Normally, treadmill manufacturers also manufacture their own treadmill maintenance kits; so, rather than using commercial kits, it is best to follow the manufacturers instructions and avoid the risk.

Final Word

As much as it is important to workout on your home treadmill, it is also important to maintain it properly. Maintaining the quality of the treadmill and making sure it is clean, dust free and lubricated will enhance the quality of the machine, making it last longer. To keep your treadmill running properly and for treadmill maintenance advice, always refer back to your treadmill manual.

What is the Best Treadmill Workout Program?

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

Training by yourself on a treadmill can be hard and challenging to say the least especially if you are a beginner, and this is one of the reasons why many people get bored after a few weeks of using a treadmill.

Treadmill trainer is a great Mp3 / Ipod workout program that every treadmill user should have, it is like having your own personal trainer motivating, encouraging and helping you every step of the way.

Treadmill trainer workout program will not only motivate you but will also increase your chances of getting fitter than you’ve ever been and lose weight faster than you ever thought is possible on the treadmill.

Simple Ways to Maintain Your Treadmill

When setting up a commercial gym, a treadmill is the most basic fitness equipment to invest in. For beginners who are embarking on their fitness journey, treadmills are the best exercise machines because they are easy to use and put less stress on the body than most types of workouts. Simple gym equipment maintenance goes a long way to keep your treadmill running well for years to come. Here is how you can maintain your treadmill

Daily Treadmill Maintenance:

Check off these daily treadmill maintenance tasks

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

Walking or running on the treadmill means working up sweat, making it even more important to wipe the machine after a workout. Once moisture begins to build on the machine, it will be followed by bacterial and fungal growth and promote rusting of its metal parts.

  • Look for Developing Problems

Pay more attention to the treadmill with every use. If problems of the machine running rough or something is rubbing or scraping arise, discontinue use until you determine the problem. Ignoring these issues will only make shorten the treadmills life span.

Weekly Treadmill Maintenance:

Each week, perform these simple maintenance checks

Check the walking belt and deck: Check the walking belt and deck and look for signs of wear. Also, ensure that the walking belt is relatively centered and straight. The walking belt does not need to be aligned but make sure it is not scraping or rubbing on anything on the sides.

Make it a habit to vacuum the area around the machine and underneath if possible. In commercial gyms the treadmill is in use regularly, therefore dust and debris are bound to accumulate at the rear of the machine. Most of it is from the soles of the user’s shoes while the other is from the walking belt. Such things are perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about.

Monthly Treadmill Maintenance:

Every month, check the frame nuts and bolts to make sure they are tightened and the uprights attaching the console to the frame are secure as well. On regular usage, it could vibrate loose.

Yearly Treadmill Maintenance:

Once a year, the following maintenance tasks are recommended

Do a thorough vacuum inside the motor compartment and underneath the machine. Be sure to turn off and unplug the machine first before removing the motor cover to vacuum. Be extra careful with the fragile electrical components; make sure you move the vacuum nozzle without touching those parts.

Depending on the frequency of its usage and the type of lubricant used, it may need to be lubed more often. Lubricate once yearly at a minimum. Depending on the frequency, amount of use and the type of lubricant used it may need to be lubed more often.

Having a treadmill at home allows you to avoid a costly gym membership. It is also more convenient because you do not have to travel to get to the treadmill, wait your turn to use it, or worry about remaining on the machine for an unreasonable amount of time. However, when you have a treadmill at home, you have to maintain it in order to keep it operating effectively. Below are several tips you can follow to keep your treadmill in the best possible shape.

Reasons for Maintenance

Cleaning and maintaining treadmills for home is not a fun job. However, even you have one of the best rated treadmills for home, it won’t function properly if you don’t take good care of it. Treadmills for home are expensive, and your workouts put a great deal of stress on the machine’s components. If you don’t spend at least a minimum amount of time taking care of it, the machine will break down and you will find yourself looking for a new one.

Cleaning Treadmills for Home

One of the most common causes of premature deck and belt wear is the accumulation of dirt and debris. For this reason, even the best treadmills for home need regular cleanings. If you have a treadmill at home, you should clean the deck and belt one time each month. You should also clean the areas on either side of the belt, as well as the deck’s exposed areas. Wipe down the other portions of the machine using a damp cloth or sponge every week, and clean the treadmill’s motor area at least three times each year. When you clean the motor, follow the instructions in your owner’s manual.

Lubricating the Treadmill

Some of the best rated treadmills for home can lubricate themselves. These treadmills come with a special wax on their components that continues to lubricate the treadmill over time. Read your owner’s manual to determine if your treadmill needs lubrication. If you lubricate the machine unnecessarily, you may ruin the wax and damage the treadmill’s components. If you find that your treadmill does require lubrication, follow the instructions detailed in the owner’s manual.

Aligning the Belt

Even the best rated treadmills for home can require belt alignment from time to time. A treadmill’s belt should run straight down the deck’s center. If the belt does not follow this path, it needs to be aligned. To align the belt, adjust the bolts on each side of the rear of the machine. Make small adjustments and check your progress. If you are having trouble aligning the belt, consult your owner’s manual.

Maintaining Belt Tension

Most good treadmills come with preadjusted belt tension. However, as you use the machine, the belt will stretch out. If your belt becomes too loose, it will begin slipping, which causes excessive wear to the deck and the belt. If the belt becomes too tight, it will cause damage to the motor and rollers. The belt’s tensions should always be just enough to keep it from slipping. To determine whether the belt is slipping, turn the treadmill on at a slow pace and stomp your foot down and forward forcefully. If the belt slips, you need to tighten the bolts. Always consult your owner’s manual before making any adjustments.

Replacing the Belt

Whether you have purchased a great treadmills for home or a lesser quality model, the belt will eventually wear out. You should check your belt for signs of wear at least once every three months. To check for wear, run your hand along the belt’s underside. If the belt feels worn and rough, you may need to replace it with a new one. If you continue to use a belt that should be replaced, the roughness of the belt will cause the deck to wear out more quickly. All decks wear out eventually and need to be replaced, but replacing your belt regularly will increase the deck’s lifespan.

Electrical System Protection

The majority of home treadmills manufactured today use electronic consoles controlled by computers. Just like a desktop computer, these consoles may be damaged by power surges. To protect your machine from damage, connect it to an AC outlet that is properly grounded. If at all possible, use a dedicated circuit for your treadmill.

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Any machine that has moving parts will require maintenance at some point. Although that brand new out-of-the-box treadmill may look like it’s made to endure the ages, it will come to a stuttering halt if some basic maintenance is not administered.

Starting from day one, always make sure your treadmill is plugged in safely. If the outlets installed in your treadmills’ new abode do not have a ground access, extension devices are cheap and often come with a surge protector. Using one of these will ensure the screen and other electrical components will not be damaged in a power outage or other event.

Next is dusting which should be an everyday task but everyone knows that’s not going to happen. So really this is best to be done before every use, or at least once a week, whichever comes first. Dust and other flak that has collected underneath and on the treadmill can be sucked in through air intake vents and gum up the motor.

This will cause the motor to overheat and wear much quicker than if it was clean. To dust, wipe down the deck, console, and front step plate with a damp rag. Water is the only cleaner you’ll need because other products may interfere with the belt lubrication.

The third task is occasionally lubricating the belt. Consult the owner’s manual for model-specific instructions, and also to see which products are recommended. Some models don’t even require lubrication.

Getting a mechanic to come into your home can be expensive, not to mention how unpredictable their schedule and assumed “Date of Maintenance” can be. These simple tasks won’t abate every mechanical issue, but are guaranteed to prolong the life of the investment you’ve made in improving yourself by ensuring your treadmill will be functional for a very long time.

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How to Maintain Your Treadmill

A NordicTrack treadmill can be a significant financial investment. As of September 2010, the treadmills listed on the NordicTrack website range from $600 to $3000. You will get longer life out of your treadmill if you perform some basic maintenance tasks. The tasks required will vary depending on the age and model of your treadmill. For example, many of the newer NordicTrack treadmills don’t require any belt lubrication. Always consult your owner’s manual for specific maintenance and care instructions.

Things You’ll Need

Step 1

Clean the treadmill after every workout. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the treadmill belt, side rails, console and handles.

Step 2

Lubricate the treadmill belt. Check to make sure your model requires lubrication. NordicTrack recommends lubricating the belt after every 12 to 15 hours of use. Use only lubricant obtained through or approved by NordicTrack. Wipe the treadmill deck under the walking belt with a dry, clean cloth. Lift the treadmill belt on one side and apply the lubricant along the length of the deck. Follow the directions on the package for the amount of lubricant to apply. Repeat on the other side. Walk on the treadmill for a few minutes to spread the lubricant.

Step 3

Check the tension of the walking belt. Lift the middle of the belt on one side of the machine. The belt should raise 3 to 4 inches off the deck. If the belt requires tightening, use an Allen wrench to turn the rear roller adjustment bolts–located at the end of the treadmill–clockwise 1/4 of a turn. Depending on the model of your NordicTrack treadmill, you will either turn both bolts or just the right bolt to adjust the belt tension.

Step 4

Inspect the nuts and bolts. Walk around your treadmill regularly and check for any loose hardware. Tighten as needed.

Warning

Do not attempt to service the treadmill motor yourself. Contact your NordicTrack dealer for professional service.

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

It has many names: “maximal oxygen consumption,” “maximal oxygen uptake,” “peak oxygen uptake,” “maximal aerobic capacity.” Simply put, your VO2 represents your body’s ability to use oxygen, which defines how aerobically fit you are. That means your VO2 max is the absolute highest amount of oxygen your body can use in a set amount of time.

–> Your VO2 depends on a number of factors: how many red blood cells you have, how adapted you are to endurance activities, and how much blood your heart can pump. In short, your VO2 max is a measure of how fit you are. And improving that number? Well, it’ll make you more efficient and economical in your sport whether you’re a marathoner, cyclist, or CrossFitter.

“While genetics is a huge factor in max potential, most of us can improve our current VO2 max through training,” says NYC-based running coach Elizabeth Corkum. “The better you are at using oxygen, the faster and/or longer you’ll be able to run.”

To get an accurate measure, you’ve got to get on a treadmill or bike in a lab. “The ‘simple equations’ floating around out there are usually really vague, but many physical therapy centers or performance centers are equipped to test athletes,” Corkum adds. Basically, you’ll get on a treadmill and run while the speed and incline are methodically intensified, all while you’re wearing a mask that measures your exhaled breath.

–> To improve your VO2 max, Corkum says, you can do two things: train to improve it, and lose weight—VO2 is scored relative to body weight. (Check out all our nutrition and fitness tips, and recipes for weight loss here.)

Below, Corkum has mapped out two workouts that will increase your VO2 max. There’s one you can do on hills and another meant for the track. Note that you can do either on a treadmill so long as you adjust the incline as indicated.

The workouts

Be sure to warm up and cool down at a very easy pace for 10 minutes each before and after any of the below workouts. You can start with these warmup tips for using static and dynamic stretching, and this model dynamic warmup.

“These three routines can be modified and adjusted to keep things fresh; just remember the sweet spot for improving VO2 max is to work for 2-6 minutes per interval with close to equal work and recovery ratios,” Corkum says. “Sometimes the recoveries will need to be 2:1,” she adds. This will depend on your heart rate and breath—if the workout isn’t making your breathing ragged and heart rate difficult to control, the rest period should be quicker. Just make sure you don’t cut that recovery short (go into every interval sufficiently recovered)—or extend it. Keep the recommended numbers consistent.

Workout 1: On the track

4×1,000 meters (or 3 to 4 minutes) @ vVO2max* (about 1-mile race pace) with 2-3 minutes recovery

–> *Your vVO2max is the slowest sustained running pace at which you reach your VO2 max; it’s intense.

Fit fact: Research published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that runners who completed a workout similar to this one boosted their VO2 max by 10 percent. Their time to exhaustion, vein and artery function, blood volume, and calculated stroke volume levels (the amount of blood pumped out of the heart) were measured before and after the training period all improved positively.

Treadmill Tip: If the weather is crappy or you don’t have a track nearby, get on a ‘mill and set the incline at 1%, which most accurately simulates running outdoors.

Workout 2: On a hill or treadmill

Workout 2: Run hard uphill for 2 minutes (you’ll need to find a decent hill!), jog back down to your starting point and repeat.

If that sounds way too difficult, start with a workout of four two-minute runs. As you get accustomed to it, gradually work up to 10 two-minute runs. “Pace yourself so you don’t burn out at the top of the first hill, but make sure you finish the workout feeling like you couldn’t do more,” Corkum says.

Treadmill tip: The pace and incline should be hard work, but sustainable for 2-6 minutes. “If the hill/speed combo can only be held for 1 minute, that’s ineffective for improving VO2,” she adds. Start with a 2% incline on the treadmill. If that feels too easy, work your way up.

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How to Maintain Your Treadmill

A spick-and-span treadmill and workout ambiance hinders wear and tear along with wallet-ripping repair-costs. Cleanliness also extends the treadmill’s lifespan for unmatched durability and reliability over the long haul.

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Combing out dust or grime from the conveyor belt delivers a well-tuned machine that runs like a stink-free from injuries on-board.

Readjusting the conveyor belt, frequent lubrication, and other maintenance demands keep it hitting on all cylinders. Most of all, it helps you reach your full potential.

8 Things To Consider About How To Clean A Treadmill:

1. Materials Needed & User Manual

Tools & Materials

  • Clean, dry cloth to weed out any sweat embedded on the deck or handrails to inhibit corrosion
  • Water to spruce up and mop off
  • Vacuum attachment
  • Soft nylon scrub brush

User Manual

  • The secret to neatening your training machine lies in the owner’s manual. General procedures from informative blogs paint it with a broad brush without specific details.
  • They contain troves of information such as lubrication and motor maintenance. Manufacturers recommend you clean every week and inspect the motor monthly.
  • You’ll need to lubricate the running deck once in a blue moon to ensure optimal performance.

2. Daily (After Each Use)

  1. Turn off the machine and then unplug from the wall outlet. Mount it on a completely leveled surface to maintain the motor and belt on an even keel.
  2. Use a clean, dry fabric to spruce up all exposed parts like the console, motor shroud, footrests. It wipes down sweat, debris and body oils. Avoid an overly damp cloth.
  3. For ineradicable spots, dunk the cloth in a mild solution of dishwasher’s detergent, wring it painstakingly and slick down repeatedly with another piece.
  4. To spring clean the running belt, brush away with a soft nylon scrub brush or vacuum any grime particles.

3. Weekly Gym Nook Clean Up

Go the extra mile beyond neatening gym equipment by tidying up the surrounding areas. Do this to weed out dust and debris from mats along with other surfaces in your running ambiance. Foreign particles and sweat can degrade the floor’s finish or make it slippery.

Disinfecting training gear annihilates germs to curb contagious diseases. For instance, if you want rubber surfaces so clean that you could eat off the floor, try steam. Slough off or vacuum dust particles or other materials that may have buildup under the treadmill.

It also prevents dust or debris from seeping into the conveyor belt zone or other components of the apparatus.

4. Resuscitate the Motor Monthly

The motor is like the soul of your treadmill and keeping it in mint condition prevents overheating as well as downtime. Flip through the user manual to know how to pop out the motor. Get the motor cover out of the way.

Tidy up the motor and lower board region to eliminate any lint or dust particles that may have adhered. Failure to do so throws a spanner in the works due to the malfunction of key electromechanical parts. Use a soft, dry fabric or vacuum attachment bearing in mind manufacturer instructions.

Maintenance enhancing features make operations a breeze and cuts back maintenance costs. It improves structural strength, reduces sound or vibration for a steady and continuous workout routine.

5. Conveyor or Running Belt

To wipe down the running belt, scrub it with a soft nylon brush and vacuum any grime particles because any dirt residue makes the surface slippery. It also becomes a magnet for dust or grime. Give hard-to-reach areas a clean sweep for fluid motion.

Neaten up the conveyor belt thoroughly by flipping it 180° with mopping up operation for the vacuuming or cleaning procedure.

Re-tighten and realign the belt if it has loosened due to wear. Identify the screws that position the conveyor belt securely in place and use the manufacturer for directions. Rotate the screws a quarter clockwise with a wrench to tighten the belt mechanism.

6. Benefits of Cleaning Gym Equipment

  • Improves the mechanical structure of the device for improved performance and longevity of the components
  • Minimizes the frictional contact between the running belt and the deck
  • Do-it-yourself maintenance kit eliminates the need for a skilled service technician
  • Improves the maintainability, serviceability and diminishes the costs of repair or servicing
  • Eliminates germs from the home gym area to keep you hale and hearty
  • Revved-up performance and better wear-resistance of the deck
  • Removes particulates from hand grips or heart rate sensors for accurate pulsation readings
  • Squeaky clean deck and belt surfaces minimize the effects of friction that foreign particles create
  • Prevents motor problems caused by dirt and dust

7. Lubricating the Unit

Top-of-the-rage gym equipment comes with a self-lubricating system. They include a unique wax on their parts that continues to oil the unit over time. Pay heed to the user manual on how to lubricate as overkill wax may eat away electrical components.

The general rule is to lubricate the running deck every six months or 150 miles for peak performance. Some machines display a reminder on the display and come to a halt if the message remains there. Apply the lubricant as recommended by the manufacturer.

Lubricate the air shocks with Teflon-like spray. Remember to reset the console to activate the device.

8. Maintenance & Care Tips

  • Belt misalignment causes excessive wear and damage to the motor or rollers
  • Wash your hands to minimize liquid spills and perspiration from the handrails or painted parts
  • Unplug the device to avoid any electrical issues while cleaning
  • Prevents dust or dirt from being wedged in-between the deck and belt which causes wear
  • Avoid transferring contaminants to the heart rate sensors for accurate sensitivity
  • Use rubbing alcohol to eliminate lotions and body oil from areas such as the console
  • Consult the owner’s manual maintenance section as it gives a detailed description of the procedures
  • Replace parts such as the belt and deck when worn out for superior durability
  • How to pick Best Treadmill Under $200
  • Read our How To Use Treadmill For Beginners

Final Verdict

Knowing a thing or two on how to clean a treadmill delivers optimal up-time with a routine maintenance program. Cardio equipment usually bears the brunt of repetitive use as the victims of incessant pounding.

DIY servicing is a no brainier and a modicum of your efforts extends the life expectancy of your running machine. Dirt off exposed surfaces after use, lubricate regularly, slick down the motor, and follow owner manual guidelines.

Premature wear and tear mainly flow from the buildup of dirt and grime. They lead to motor failure and degradation of the running deck or belt. Regular cleanings eliminate the expensive maintenance and repair costs associated with a battered treadmill.

If you’re new to treadmill running, it can be tricky knowing treadmill speeds. Knowing what speed to set, when to vary your speed and how to keep yourself safe on the treadmill are all important things to consider when jumping on, especially if you are a novice treadmill runner!

Tips for Treadmill Running

If you’re new to treadmill running, there are some basics to getting started. First, get to know the treadmill. If it’s your own, that’s pretty easy. Read the owners manual. You probably asked some questions prior to purchasing. Familiarize yourself with the buttons, bells and whistles. If you have newly joined a gym, ask someone to assist you. The last thing you should be doing is trying to navigate button controls while running at full speed.

Just like when running outside, it is sound practice to warm up. You don’t just jump into spadework without some type of warm up, do you? You should not try to move too quickly on a treadmill either without getting your body ready.

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You should also understand how miles per hour on the treadmill equates in regards to how many minutes per mile you average on the street. If you are just running, you will probably find a comfortable setting for your “average run.” If you’re doing spadework, you may have to do some track math prior to jumping on. Another option is to print a treadmill speed table for quick reference.

If you are hoping to replicate running outside, you should put your treadmill on an incline. Since the belt moves to assist you in moving along, you need at least some incline. Also, indoor running lacks hills, wind and the elements. For this reason, you need incline to compensate.

You should never hold the sides when running on the treadmill. Instead, have your arms moving by your sides as they naturally do when running. If you have to hang on to the sides to feel safe, you are running too fast!

Next, pay attention to your stride. Some people find themselves running differently on a treadmill than they do outside. Try to replicate your normal running style.

Wire Cutter

If you want to be running properly, make sure you aren’t limiting or crunching up your stride. Many people find themselves bumping up against the bars in front of the treadmill. Using the whole belt is a good way to maintain proper form while running inside.

It is also a good practice not to get off or on the treadmill when it is running. My personal practice if I need to jump off quickly is to put my feet on the side rails, which are stationary. This enables me to stop the track from moving before getting off.

Treadmill Speeds

Treadmill speeds calculators will help you determine where to set your treadmill. If you are consistently running outside, you should have a ballpark number in your head on where to start. However, when choosing a pace you should certainly consider the goal of the workout. Are you just trying to get time in?

Run To The Finish

If you’re just trying to sneak in 30 minutes of cardio, think about what that would look like if you were running outside. If you race a 5K in twenty-six minutes, and an easy run around your neighborhood takes about twenty-eight minutes for the same distance, try setting your treadmill to bring you to hit 9-minute miles. If you look at the pace calculator, that is roughly a 6.6 with a 1% incline.

If you find yourself struggling to acclimate to the treadmill, just slow it down a little (.1 or .2 on the treadmill may not translate to much difference in speed, but it may help you with perceived effort).

Vary Your Treadmill Workout

One downfall of the treadmill is it can be mind-numbing. While many people agree that a treadmill is an excellent tool for completing a workout in extreme temperatures, extreme weather or when personal lives might otherwise get in the way, others find the toughest part is simply staying on the treadmill.

If you choose to run a three-mile loop once you are halfway there, you have to keep running to get home. Not so when running on a treadmill. If you’re on a treadmill you can step off at any time.

Pinterest

One way to keep yourself engaged is to vary your workouts. First of all, running at a constant pace day after day leads to few gains. Switching up your workouts, on the other hand, is likely to help you reap multiple benefits as an athlete.

Pinterest

Pinterest offers many ways to vary your workout. Searching through them may not find the exact treadmill speeds you would want to run, but you can modify the numbers. The point is that it gets you thinking about varying your speed to engage yourself in some interval training. When I choose one of these, I often rewrite the workout, changing the numbers to more accurately reflect my abilities. You can take personalize any workout to meet your own needs.

Pinterest

Take the above workout, for example. It does not set any particular speed. You could set your sprint at 7.0, 8.0 or 9.0. Your active recovery could be walking at 4.0, jogging at 5.5 or running at 6.5. It all depends on your individual needs.

Nike Running Club App

One of my favorite ways to run intervals is with the help of the Nike Running Club App. This particular workout (pictured below) is one intended to be done on a treadmill, based on your perceived effort. As you can see, it does not give paces. It simply guides you through easy or hard intervals throughout the 29 minutes.

Nike Running Club App

The next workout, Treadmills, is set based on pace. You will see that it asks you to run 10K pace, 5K pace and mile pace, all at different inclines. You will have to break out your pace chart to determine what your speed setting should be as you hammer through the sets of this workout.

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You’re Ready To Roll

The long and short of it is that there aren’t simple “one size fits all” answers saying what treadmill speeds your treadmill should be set to. There are a lot of factors coming into play ranging from your experience and comfort on a treadmill to the goal of your workout.

One thing is certain, if you are turning to a treadmill as a tool to building for maintaining fitness, there are plenty of resources out there! Don’t be afraid to ask for help as you transition into this new part of your fitness journey!

Whether you are just starting out with C25K (couch to 5K), training for a 5K, or working your way through miles in preparation for a marathon, you may find having a treadmill at your disposal gives you an edge.

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

There’s nothing better than owning your own treadmill. You get to exercise at home and it doesn’t matter what the weather is you can get some good miles done indoors. In time though, as the treadmill ages, you may start to notice some noises developing when you run. These can be annoying and they get louder and louder. Here I tell you how to reduce and maybe stop any squeaking noises you hear.

Why it squeaks

As treadmills age they start to develop noises and this can be a sign that something is wrong. The nuts and bolts that hold the treadmill together may have loosened very slightly. There are points where the screws meet that need lubrication. They recommend you do this with the belt regularly. There is special lubrication designed for this purpose.

Some research is needed on your part to get the right lubrication for the specific treadmill. Some manufacturers have their own so you would need to buy them. Amazon also sells treadmill lube* which doesn’t cost too much and would be ideal to lubricate the points and rollers of the treadmill belt and may solve the problem.

All treadmills require some regular maintenance and doing that will help prevent any squeaking noises occurring. If you’re not sure of how to do any of this you can pay a professional to maintain the treadmill for you. The following video shows someone with a common home treadmill dealing with the squeaking problem. It shows him lubricating the pivot points with grease and may help you deal with your’s.

Meet The Author

I’m Simon Gould. I’ve been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept’s of national stores. I’ve run outside and I’ve run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.

By Lorra Garrick | Last updated 08/04/2020

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

Learning how to balance while using a treadmill desk is easier than you think.

As an avid user of a treadmill desk, I’ve read of other peoples’ concerns with this device, and actually came across a posting in which the user was asking how to keep their balance.

The purpose of a treadmill desk is to alleviate the body from the harmful effects of prolonged sitting.

You will not burn a lot of calories walking 3 mph on a treadmill desk while holding onto the machine.

Save the calorie burning for the gym or a regular treadmill (don’t hold on), and reserve the desk device for the purpose of avoiding lots of sitting.

How do you balance on a treadmill desk?

Start out at the slowest speed. Don’t feel you must go 2 mph if you’re new to this instrument.

My treadmill desk starts at 0.4 mph. This is unbelievably slow, but if you have issues with balance, start this slowly.

Then gradually, as your body’s balancing mechanism adapts, increase the speed — say, to 0.6 mph, and see how you do.

If you get in the habit of holding onto the rails, your balance will always remain compromised because it won’t have a chance to adapt.

The only time you should hold on when using a treadmill desk is when you’re using the mouse or keyboard, in which case, there will be natural arm and hand contact with the machine.

But if you’re simply reading some e-mail, the latest news or watching a video, there’s no reason to hold on.

If balance is an issue, this isn’t inherent in the treadmill desk; it’s inherent in your body’s lack of adaptation to a moving tread.

The only way to adapt is to walk with a natural arm swing, to promote a natural gait and good posture: the way you’d walk anywhere from point A to point B.

If you’re doing a lot of scrolling, the scrolling arm/hand will be making contact with the machine’s desk portion.

I advise placing the other hand in a similar position on the desk portion to even things out.

But when there’s NO mouse or keyboard use, keep both arms at your sides and swing in correlation to the speed you’re walking. This is the natural way for the body to move.

If you feel like you’re going to fall off or lose your balance, lower the speed.

If you have a balance issue at the slowest speed, then resist the temptation to cling onto the machine. The best way to walk on a moving platform is naturally.

If you feel like you must struggle to maintain your balance at the slowest speed on your treadmill desk, keep struggling, because struggling makes the body more efficient by forcing it to adapt.

by Julie D. Andrews

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

Treadmill workouts can reduce overall body fat thereby slimming your calves.

Scads of women want to shrink their calf muscles. But is this possible via the treadmill? Well, here’s the deal. While spot reductions are not possible, if you work out regularly on a treadmill over an extended period of time, you will start trimming your overall body fat, which, in turn, will lead to slimming an inch or two of fat from around your calves. Plus, treadmill walking or jogging revs your heart rate as your heart pumps more oxygen-rich blood, and even walking at a slow, 3.5-mph pace burns between 314 and 391 calories an hour depending on your weight.

Warm-up

Before you start any workout, stretch and warm up for five to 10 minutes. The best warm-up involves dynamic stretching, which gets blood flowing to your muscles. This typically involves continuous gentle arm and leg swings but can include marching in place, swinging your arms across the body or reaching your ear to your shoulder or your chin to chest. Try a walking/jogging stretch. Place your left leg straight behind you and your right leg in front with your knee slightly bent. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat. Step on the treadmill, set it to a slow pace and walk for three to five minutes before starting your workout.

Calf-shaping Moves

The best way to tone your calves on the treadmill may be the easiest — walk briskly, says Jennifer Burke, a New York certified trainer and fitness manager. Picking up the pace and intensity to a jog can yield slightly faster results. Set the treadmill speed to 5 mph and jog at this pace for at least 30 minutes. You must first start shedding body fat overall to start slimming your calves. So to see results, you’ll need to clock 30 to 40 minutes of treadmill time at least four days weekly. Be patient — results can take at least one month to appear.

Intervals

Make your treadmill workouts more interesting on your journey to sleeker calves with intervals. This involves setting the treadmill to a faster pace of at least 5 mph, completing a short burst of higher-intensity jogging or walking and then setting the machine to a slow pace and walking. Start by sprinting or going as fast as is comfortable with your fitness level for about 20 seconds. Then slow your pace for one minute. Repeat this throughout a 30-minute workout, increasing the speed by 1.5 to 2.5 mph from your slow speed at each interval and keeping the incline around 1 percent. Hills are another more intense treadmill workout. You can set the machine to either hills or intervals and then modify your speed and your intensity to what is comfortable.

Cooldown

Cool down by walking at a slow pace for three to five minutes. To avoid injury after a treadmill workout, especially overuse injury, spend five to 10 minutes using a foam roll on the muscles you worked the most — in this case, focus on the calves. The so-called self-myofascial release that the rolling provides steamrolls any knots in your muscles and eases tension in your connective tissues. Always stop if you feel sharp pain. When you identify a sore spot, stop there and hold this area over the roller or 30 to 60 seconds.

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

As a personal trainer and wellness coach for over a decade, one of the most basic exercises I encourage my clients to do is walk. Whether you were gifted a fitness tracker for the holidays (and aren’t quite sure what to do with it) or you’re just getting back on the fitness bandwagon and are intimidated by the gym equipment, walking outside or on a treadmill is a great place to start.

That’s why we’ve devised a one-month treadmill plan for January that will get you off your couch and help you establish a workout routine. Plus, since walking is a great way to increase circulation, improve mobility and burn calories, you’ll feel your body growing stronger with each workout and set yourself up to attack your fitness goals this year.

The foundation for our treadmill workouts will be interval training. We’ll change up the speed and incline throughout each workout so that your heart rate will stay elevated and you’ll keep your muscles guessing what’s coming next. Research shows that interval training is best for fat loss, so while our main goal isn’t necessarily to shed pounds, but instead make consistent exercise a habit, that may be an extra bonus!

To start, let’s go over the treadmill basics.

Wear gym shoes or tennis shoes for this walking workout (and any gym workout!) to support your feet and ankles. I always recommend stepping on the treadmill before pressing START. This is because you can start walking very slowly without being caught off guard and having to hop on without knowing the pace.

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Once you’re walking, you can press the button to increase the pace. For a slow walk, I recommend somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5. You may find that this is too fast or too slow, so adjust it as needed to find your own comfortable, slow-walking pace. This will be your baseline. (Whenever I refer to “baseline” in the workout, you will return to this speed!).

Now that we have the basics down. I’ve developed four different workouts that we will rotate between all month long. Familiarize yourself with each one, and then follow the calendar below to know which workout to perform each day of the month.

The Slow Walk

Establish your own baseline for your slow walk. This walk should be a casual stroll at a consistent pace that you could maintain for 15 minutes. Try out a baseline of somewhere between 2.5 to 3.5 depending on how long your legs are, how often you’re used to walking, and what feels comfortable for you. You could do this slow walk for 15 minutes and that would be considered your workout! On the other hand, if you are a runner, this could be your jog speed, which may be faster. Pick the slow speed that works for you – and keep in mind that this could vary day to day based on how energetic or how tired you may be that day!

The Need for Speed

Once you’re comfortable with your walk pace, it’s now time to find your “sprint” pace. If you’re a runner, this would be your fast run speed. If you’re walking, this is the speed that’s difficult to maintain for more than 1 minute. Pump your arms and walk briskly, making sure to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.

This workout will be the following:

3 minutes at The Slow Walk speed

1 minute at this sprint speed

1 minute at the Slow Walk speed

And continue alternating every other minute at the sprint speed.

Continue with this workout for a total of 15 minutes!

The Climb

At your slow walk pace, we’ll start playing around with walking uphill! The increase in level can really work your quads, glutes and hamstrings and serve as a strength training exercise as well as cardio. Simply press the up button on the treadmill and notice how the elevation number increases. Go up to a number that feels like a tough climb that you can maintain for 1 minute. Press down through your heels so that you work the back of your legs as well as the front of your legs. You’ll keep your speed number the same as you work harder to walk because you’re walking uphill.

This workout will be the following:

3 minutes at the Slow Walk speed

1 minute at this climb level

1 minute at the Slow Walk speed

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And continue alternating every other minute at the climb level

Continue with this workout for a total of 15 minutes!

The Recovery

Every strong body needs a day to rest! On this day, do some stretching, foam rolling, yoga, or something else that feels relaxing to your body.

Your One-Month Treadmill Plan

Download your printable calendar here. Hang the calendar on your fridge, or keep it in your purse or car, for easy reference. Fill in the bubble as you complete the workout each day.

January 1: The Slow Walk

January 2: The Need for Speed

January 3: The Slow Walk

January 4: The Recovery

January 5: The Climb

January 6: The Slow Walk

January 7: The Recovery

January 8: The Slow Walk

January 9: The Need for Speed

January 10: The Climb

January 11: Recovery

January 12: The Need for Speed

January 13: The Slow Walk

January 14: The Recovery

January 15: The Slow Walk

January 16: The Climb

January 17: The Need for Speed

January 18: The Slow Walk

January 19: The Recovery

January 20: The Climb

January 21: The Recovery

January 22: The Slow Walk

January 23: The Need for Speed

January 24: The Climb

January 25: The Slow Walk

January 26: Recovery

January 27: The Climb

January 28: The Need for Speed

January 29: The Slow Walk

January 30: Recovery

January 31: The Slow Walk

This treadmill plan is designed to boost your confidence in your commitment to your health for the whole year. You can repeat this every month, and notice how your slow walk, speed, and climb numbers change as you become more fit.

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If your treadmill is not working properly, you might have a problem with the motor 1. You can test the motor yourself to narrow the list of potential problems. Testing a treadmill motor is a relatively simple process 1.

Unplug the treadmill from its electrical outlet.

Remove the treadmill’s plastic housing to expose the motor 1. Remove the screws on each side of the housing and pull the housing off the frame of the treadmill. Refer to your treadmill’s manual for instructions regarding the location of the motor and any special requirements for removal of the housing 1.

Detach the motor’s lead wires from the power supply. Although the lead wires usually consist of one red and one black wire, they are different colors on some makes of treadmill. You can locate the lead wires by determining where the motor attaches to the power supply. The power supply is the place where the external power cord connects to the inner components of the treadmill; the lead wires are the two wires connecting the motor to the power supply 1. Loosen the screws connecting the lead wires to the power supply and pull the ends of the lead wires off the connection points.

Press the tip of each lead wire to the positive and negative connectors on a fully charged cordless drill battery, car battery or lantern battery. If the motor is in working condition, it will cause the belt to turn at a low speed as long as the lead wires stay connected to the battery. It does not matter if you connect the positive and negative lead wires to the battery in reverse order; this will simply cause the motor to run backwards, moving the belt in reverse. If the lead wires are connected to a fully charged battery and the motor still does not run, your motor is defective and must be replaced.

Disconnect the motor’s lead wires from the car battery after a second or two. Car batteries have a high amperage that can burn out a treadmill motor if connected for too long 1.

Warnings

Stand clear of the walking belt when testing the motor. If your motor is good, the belt will move suddenly when you connect the lead wires to a battery. Car batteries can leak battery acid, especially if they are old. Do not bring a car battery into your house to test the treadmill motor; move the treadmill into your garage to avoid acid damage to your floor or furniture. Wear gloves and safety goggles when handling a car battery, as leaking battery acid can cause serious injury.

How to Maintain Your Treadmill

Introduction

Are you planning to transport or move your NordicTrack treadmill to a different location? If yes, then you probably know that you first need to fold it for easy transportation. Disassembling this great machine is quite easy. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to go about it and often end up damaging their expensive treadmills. So, are looking for an easy and effective way to fold your NordicTrack workout machine. If yes case then you have landed in the right place. In this post, I am to give you tips on how to disassemble NordicTrack treadmill for moving.

Before we start, it is important to note that there are several NordicTrack treadmill models. However, the folding procedure for nearly all NordicTrack treadmill is the same. There are also several ways of disassembling a NordicTrack treadmill. Below I am going to give you the simplest method that will only take you a few minutes to complete.

Step one: Disconnect the power source

The first important thing that you need to do is unplug the machine from the power source. This process is important because it helps to protect you from possible electrocution. Removing the machine from the plug will also help you to remove and fold all critical parts safely without damaging them.

Step two: Detach the console

Once you have disconnected this workout machine from the power source, the next step is removing the console wire. This two piece wire is located on the back, near the handrail. Find this important wire then gently pull it apart to disconnect it.

Step three: Locate and disconnect the grounding wire

The grounding wire is a very thin wire that extends from a hole in the middle of the console on the backside. Find this wire and disconnect it from the treadmill.

Step four: Detach console clamps

Once you have disconnected all wires that power the treadmill, you can now start to fold the treadmill. Start by removing the console clamps at the top of the unit. The only way to detach the clamps safely is by using a 9-inch rod. Ensure that you remove all the four screws that hold the clamp in place.

Step five: Detach the console from the treadmill

This is a very simple step. All that you need to do is remove the six crews that hold the console and treadmill. This machine has two screws on the right, two on the left and two screws in the middle. Ensure that you remove all the six screws using a Philips head screwdriver. Once you are done, gently lift the console off the frame and store it in a safe place.

Step six: Fold the treadmill

Once you have successfully detached the console from the treadmill and stored it in a safe place, then you are almost 70% done. The next process now is disassembling the machine for easy moving or transportation. Start the process by first removing the two wires that you disconnected from the console. Once you are done, remove the bolts that hold, the machine upright. This machine has around eight bolts. Use your Philips head screwdriver to remove all the eight bolts. Upon completion, you will only remain with the base, which cannot be disassembled. Fold all the loosened parts gently, preferably with a blanket to protect the treadmill from damage.

Moving the treadmill

Once you have dissembled your treadmill, the next critical step is transporting it safely to your desired location. Ensure that all parts stored securely to protect them against damage when they are being transported.

Hold the handrail with your hands then slowly pull the treadmill. All NordicTrack treadmills have wheels so moving it shouldn’t be a problem. If you are moving the treadmill from one room of the house to another, drag it slowly until you reach your destination. On the other hand, if you are transporting it to another location via track, then ensure that the track is big enough to accommodate all parts that you have dissembled.

In conclusion, NordicTrack treadmills are arguably the Best Treadmills on the market. They are suitable for both home and commercial use. It is, therefore, crucial to know to fold and move them safely. If you follow the tips given above, then disassembling your machine will not give you a headache again.