Treadmill Basics

Treadmill Belt and Maintenance

The treadmill is an excellent type of exercise equipment. It has a motorized operation and is very easy to use. All you have to do is to press a button and start exercising.

There are certain things that you should know about the machine. The treadmill belt is one of the most important parts of the machine. You should ensure the following things about the belt, before you buy a treadmill.

The first thing is the dimensions. The belt must measure 18”X50” or should be 18 inches wide and 50 inches long.

The second thing about the belt that you need to pay attention to are the construction quality and the warranty. The belt must be covered by  a warranty of at least two years. It is the part that undergoes a very rigorous workout.  A home treadmill should have a two-ply belt, whereas a commercial grade treadmill should have a four-ply belt.

The belt is a very important part of the treadmill. It is designed for rough handling. Even then, it has to be taken care of properly.

Many fitness stores provide you with a treadmill kit for looking after the belt. Such a kit contains such as a belt cleaner, lubricant, replacement keys, cleaning cloths and other equipment necessary for the maintenance of the belt.

The kit also contains a surge protector that helps to prevent disturbances in the power supply from damaging the treadmill. The lubricant is required to reduce friction when the belt is moving. This helps to reduce wear and tear.

All of the major brands in the market such as Proform, Weslo and Reebok provide you with a treadmill kit to help you keep your treadmill in good working condition. The kits are also available as accessory items from the manufacturer in case the items in your kit are finished and need to be replaced.