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Outdoor Fitness Equipment Maintenance Guide: Tips for Longevity

Outdoor fitness equipment from TriActive USA is designed to stand up to anything nature throws at it, including direct sunlight and rain. As tough as our outdoor gym equipment is, you still need to maintain it if you want it to last a long time. Keeping gym equipment clean and taking care of the protective coating can help you get the most bang for your buck. Fortunately, maintaining our outdoor gym equipment is simple and easy. If you have an outdoor gym or you’re thinking about setting one up, check out these basic maintenance tips to make sure your equipment lasts as long as possible.

 

Keeping Equipment Clean

 

Dirt, dust, and sweat can wear down the protective coating on outdoor fitness equipment over time, so cleaning your equipment is crucial. If you provide towels for your outdoor gym, encourage people to wipe down equipment when they’re finished using it. At the end of each day, take a moment to wipe the equipment down and clean everything up a bit. Keeping your outdoor gym clean is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep everything in good shape.

Lubrication

If you have any outdoor gym equipment that has moving parts, like our multi-gym, those moving parts need to be properly lubricated. Make sure you’re choosing a lubricant that’s safe to use on gym equipment, and make sure you’re lubricating everything about once a month. Lubrication helps prevent metal-on-metal contact, which causes premature wear and tear that leads to early equipment failure.

 

If you’re not sure what type of lubricant you should use for our outdoor fitness equipment, give us a call. An expert at TriActive USA can help you choose the right lubricant and offer additional tips to help you maintain your fitness equipment.

Routine Inspections

Once every month or couple of weeks, you should perform a thorough inspection of all your gym equipment. Check to make sure everything’s working properly and no protective coatings are damaged. You can also try to loosen nuts and bolts with your fingers; if anything is loose enough to turn by hand, it needs to be tightened.

 

If you run into a problem you don’t know how to fix during an inspection, you can always give us a call to get some help. We know our equipment inside and out, so we can help you diagnose and fix problems in no time.

Timely Repairs

When you notice a problem during an inspection or someone reports a problem, get it fixed as soon as possible. Outdoor fitness equipment doesn’t fix itself, and most problems get significantly worse with time. Timely repairs help you avoid expensive repair bills and premature equipment replacement, so you can save money and keep your outdoor gym up and running for as long as possible.

Refinishing Equipment

The protective coating on our outdoor fitness equipment is specially designed to protect the equipment from UV rays, rain, and everything else nature has to throw at it. Unfortunately, this protective coating can start to chip and peel after several years of heavy use. When you inspect your outdoor gym, take a close look at the coating on each machine. If you notice the protective coating on anything starting to crack or peel, you need to apply a fresh coat. Since all of our outdoor fitness equipment is powder coated, you might want to hire someone to refinish your outdoor gym.

Leveling Dirt or Concrete

After years of heavy foot traffic, inclement weather, and other wear and tear, the dirt or concrete underneath your outdoor fitness equipment can wear down and become uneven. If the dirt or concrete gets bad enough, it can be tough to get larger equipment like benches and multi-gyms to sit flat on the ground.

 

Whether your outdoor gym is on top of dirt, concrete, or gravel, you’ll probably need to level it out once in a while. Concrete is the most durable option, but it can still crack and warp with time. When your gym starts to look off-kilter, it’s time for a little maintenance.

Replacing Dirt or Concrete

 

You can usually get away with leveling the dirt, gravel, or concrete around your outdoor gym, but you might need to replace it altogether. Large divots and cracks aren’t easy to repair, and you need proper support to house heavy outdoor gym equipment. Plus, replacing a concrete slab may be just as cost-effective as leveling it out with fresh concrete.

 

If you have dirt or gravel around your outdoor gym, you can use a leveling rake to level it up on your own. If your outdoor gym sits on a concrete slab, you might want to consider hiring a concrete company.

Sprinkler Head Positioning

Outdoor fitness equipment is designed to stand up to inclement weather, but dirt and moisture can still be a problem over time. If your outdoor gym is surrounded by grass or bushes, you probably have sprinklers set up on a timer. Make sure these sprinklers are pointed away from your fitness equipment so you’re not watering it. Our powder-coated outdoor fitness equipment is designed to stand up to moisture, but a constant stream of water can wear that coating down. When you set your sprinklers up or install a new horizontal bar or balance beam, double-check your sprinkler head positioning.

Get the Most Out of Your Outdoor Gym

Outdoor gym equipment is a great way to stay fit physically and mentally, but you need to stay on top of routine maintenance. Keeping equipment clean and lubricated helps you extend the life of your outdoor fitness equipment.

 

Thanks to TriActive USA, taking care of your outdoor fitness equipment has never been easier. With a 6-8 mil powder coating, all of our gym equipment is designed to stand up to everything from direct sunlight to heavy rain. If you need help choosing the right outdoor gym equipment or taking care of your outdoor fitness equipment, call TriActive USA at (800) 509-0597.

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