Not everyone enjoys going to the gym for a daily exercise routine. Owning personal exercise equipment, such as a rowing machine, gives users the ability to stay healthy and fit without leaving home. Rowing machines use a form of resistance training to build muscle and maintain cardiovascular health. However, much like any exercise machine with moving parts, rowers require routine maintenance in order to work properly.
Clean Out the Dirt
Whether owners recently purchased used rowing machines or they have used their own machines for a while, dirt, dust, and debris build up and cause problems with the moving parts of the machines. Users should regularly wipe down the equipment with dry rags and then damp rags. They should not use a damp rag on monitors, however. Monitors may require special cleaning products, depending on the manufacturer's instructions. The owner's manual generally contains this information. Compressed air is great for removing dirt and dust from cracks and crevices. Opening machine compartments such as the flywheel housing and blowing dust out is also a good idea.
Tighten Up Loose Parts
After consistently using these machines, users may notice that the constant motion causes screws and bolts to loosen. Creaking noises and excessive movement of the machine during workouts are usually signs of loose hardware. A screwdriver easily tightens everything back up. If screws are missing, they may have fallen on the floor around the rowing machine.
Check the Flywheel
The flywheel controls the resistance of the machine. If resistance is not present when pushing back on the seat, users can place machines on their sides to open the flywheel compartments to see if the resistance straps slipped off the wheels. If that is the problem, the straps easily slip back on. However, if belts completely break, users must order new belts for replacement. If resistance is present but the drag strips seem to catch on something when the wheel is in motion, a folded piece of fine sandpaper placed in between the flywheel and the drag strips often helps. This removes any debris build-up for smooth rowing. It is important to remember to remove sandpaper grit from the compartment after using this method.
Clean the Drag Strip
Equipment that does not function at all may have problems with the drag strips. Users can try removing the strips and thoroughly cleaning them. They can sometimes flip them over to extend the life of the strips before replacing them, but if that does not work, new drag strips are necessary for the rowing machine.