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5 Signs Your Gym’s Treadmill Belt is Finished 

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SPORTSMITH.

On top of the list of things that annoy health club members is encountering an unoccupied machine with a sign saying, “Out of Order.” One popular article from Men’s Fitness magazine called “10 Reasons to Dump Your Gym” listed “broken equipment not getting fixed on time” at number one. 

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Problem Solved: Meet the Unsung Health Club Heroes 

This is a Club Business Exchange featured post, brought to you by SPORTSMITH

Health clubs are a place for maximizing human potential, where men and women engage in challenging workouts to achieve their health and fitness goals. Sounds like a happy place. 

But there is the occasional unhappy event, things you don’t want to see in a health club, such as:  

  • Sweaty brutes without towels to clean up after themselves;
  • People on smartphones hogging equipment;
  • Screaming weightlifters who yell on every lift, then drop the weights;
  • Signs on equipment that read, “Out of Order”;
  • A personal training area lacking essential fitness tools.  

The first three on the list above would be classified as “people problems” that call for finesse and clearly stated policies. But the other two require a partner in the background who can save the day with quick solutions, expert service, and a fast response. Kind of like a superhero. 

Who does a health club manager or owner turn to when that treadmill belt slips or those Kevlar Belting and fitness equipment wipes are dangerously low? 

The good news is that you don’t need a bat signal to summon the go-to company for support—you just need a phone or Internet connection to reach SPORTSMITH. The premier service provider of parts and accessories for health clubs, SPORTSMITH has been the hero in the background for 21 years, keeping gyms supplied with high-quality fitness gear and equipment parts. But SPORTSMITH’s inventory of over 100,000 parts for major equipment brands isn’t what sets it apart: It’s their dedication to making sure the job is done well and quickly, and your sad “out of order” sign is returned to a drawer ASAP. 

A Quick Diagnosis, A Fast Fix 

SPORTSMITH can help you solve your equipment and gear problems in a number of ways. They have a large collection of repair and maintenance articles and videos to help service technicians diagnose and fix problems quickly. And their in-house technical staff is OEM certified with over 10 years of field service experience, so you get knowledgeable assistance from real pros. 

SPORTSMITH knows your problem may be urgent, which is why they offer same-day shipping, and they back up their parts with a 120-day guarantee, so you get immediate satisfaction and peace of mind at the same time. 

You’ll find that SPORTSMITH services almost every brand of equipment imaginable, including Life Fitness, Star Trac, Cybex, Precor, Nautilus, Stairmaster, Bottom Brackets and more. And they can supply just about anything you can think of: belts, pulleys, pedals, medicine balls, mats, foam rollers, even training packages. And their extensive inventory allows them to offer a “best price” guarantee. 

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if it is broke, SPORTSMITH is the easy name to remember when you need a quick fix with high-quality products. For more information on their products and services, see