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Learn to fix it yourself.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

A few years ago, my wife and I decided to invest in a higher-end Precor for our home. We were kind of sick of the whole gym scene and thought it would be cool to get our cardio in at home. It’s proven to be a wise investment as we’ve easily put close to 1500 miles on it since purchasing the floor model unit.

Taylor Biggest Loser Scale

As the machine has been used more and more, I’ve noticed the belt slowly shifting to the left. It’s only about a quarter inch off, but off none the less. I’ve also noticed, in recent months, that the belt has started to make more noise than normal.

I recall reading either in the owners manual, or online, that Precor recommends having their treadmills serviced by a professional. Reading that stuck in my head and sent me on a search for a suitable service technician in my area to come out and service my unit. The only problem is, Precor doesn’t recommend who’s best to service their products and it’s been difficult to find a service company that’s not vague in the descriptions of the services they provide.

The whole process made me lag on getting my treadmill serviced, and at the same time, made me feel like my machine is in dire straights because it’s taken me so long to get some one out to give her the once over.

Today I decided to break out my manual again and re-read the maintenance section and I discovered how easy it was to adjust the alignment. I figured since it hadn’t been serviced yet, the least I could do is give that a shot.

So I broke out my tools and followed the instructions and attempted to recenter the running belt. After a few attempts, I got the belt to line up exactly in the center. Right on! Not only did it feel good to look down and see my treadmill was back in perfect alignment, I noticed the belt noise reduced significantly, which made me feel much better about the condition of the machine.

My point is, don’t accept what you’ve got in your head as what you need to do in order to move forward. Revisit other potential solutions, try something else, learn how to do it yourself to see if you can cross that thing off your list that’s been on your mind for far too long.

Not only did I learn some basic maintenance for my home exercise unit, I fell in love with Precor 9.35 again because instead of waiting to find someone else more qualified than I to do the work, I accomplished it. All it took was teaching myself how to do it. » Bryan

If you don’t stink, you’re not doing it right.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Sometimes the thought of getting all sweating and stinky just isn’t all that appealing. You gotta take a shower and change your clothes let alone bust your ass in order to work up all that sweat in the first place. It’s hard work.

More often than not we tend to avoid the ritual of working out all together in favor of the road more traveled. I’m referring to doing nothing. Oh we might go shopping or work on our computer, we might walk the dog or clean the garage but if you think about it, how often does all that kind of stuff make you sweat? I mean really sweat. The kind of sweat that requires a towel to the brow about ten or twenty times in a row.

The problem with doing nothing is a lot. When we fool ourselves into thinking we don’t need to workout or we consistently stay in the habit of avoiding healthy physical activity we inadvertently cause ourselves more inconvenience than if we’d of just worked out in the first place.

When we don’t regularly get our sweat on, we slow down and stiffen up, which causes us to move less and less. We pack on extra pounds and feel uncomfortable in our clothes and sometimes we get depressed or just downright feel rotten. This is all a side effect of avoiding the ritual of getting sweaty.

I’ve found if you welcome the act of getting sweaty and stinky, you start to get used to it. You start to enjoy pushing yourself and the way a bath or shower feels after accomplishing a workout. I guess it’s like anytime you do something a lot, you get good at it, it becomes second nature.

As you embrace your inner stinky-ness you can start logging what you eat to make sure you’re not over eating (due to all that expended energy). When you strike a balance between regularly working out and managing food portions, your energy level will shoot up and you’ll crave more and more challenging activities. It’s a good viscous cycle.

Make a commitment to be active at least four or more days a week (you want to be active more days of the week than not). On workout day, if you really don’t feel like getting sweaty, go super easy on yourself (just don’t skip your workout). On days you’re into it, push harder and challenge yourself. You can do it.

Number of workout days.

For me it took committing to getting sweaty everyday which removed my having to keep track of days off (which always backfired for me because I’d tend to look forward to off days than workout days). Now I have good workouts and easy workouts instead of no workouts and I feel great, sweaty and stinky, but great. » Bryan