Susan asks, “What is better, a treadmill or an elliptical?” Great question Susan! As with most things, there is no clear answer, it is dependent on the user of the machine.
Before I proceed, I do want to mention that none of us here are personal trainers nor medical professionals. However, we do know a few. Kevin Deeth, one of our Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) friends at builtlean.com wrote a phenomenal article about the pros and cons of both. Check out the full article at the link above, we’ve also included Kevin’s list of the benefits of each below:
Before writing this article, I had a difficult time deciding what the more important topic would be, treadmill lubrication or keeping your treadmill (or any other machine) clean and free of dust and debris. While both are at the top of this list I decided to focus on treadmill lubrication first. My reason for doing so is due to my belief that treadmill lubrication is widely misunderstood while machine cleanliness is a much more intuitive concept. We’ll focus on machine cleaning next month.
Dave S. from Frankfurt asks, “during my service your tech was using a meter that he plugged my treadmill into. He explained everything as he was working on it, but could you go over it again?”
Certainly, Dave, we’d be happy to. Treadmill amp draws are a very important part of our preventive maintenance service as they are an indicator of overall treadmill health. I find it to be an extremely valuable tool because it involves the precision of math and data, there is absolutely no guesswork. Sure, anybody can come out and slap some lube on your machine or vacuum it out. They may even offer a tip or two about how to extend the longevity of your machine. What separates the professionals from the amateurs are performing an amp draw, and, even more importantly, knowing what to do with that information and how to interpret it.