Cardio Equipment Care


Every Box has its own set of cardio equipment. And with those pieces comes great responsibility. So, Box Pro caught up with Trenton Campbell, the Affiliate of CrossFit Ballwin, and asked him about caring for cardio equipment in his gym.


Box Pro: What cardio equipment do you have and why?

Trenton Campbell: First, Concept 2 Rowers offer a multitude of ways to measure different metabolic pathways. The PM3 and PM4 monitors are very accurate, which creates consistency in retesting benchmarks. Rowing is a great way for a Coach to introduce body mechanics, pulling movements and core stability to beginning athletes. I often use the rower to screen beginners for hamstring tightness and compensation, and then use it to correct the issues. Oh yeah, not to mention the Fish & Dart game keep many of our kids entertained (and myself).

Second, jump ropes are probably the cheapest cardio equipment around. These bad boys work five additional fitness domains: speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

These allow for great scalability with new athlete and challenges for your advanced groups. You have the single under, the double under and now the fancy triple under.


BP: How did you go about finding those pieces of equipment? What was your buying process like?

TC: We always scour the Internet for great deals. Craigslist is a great source, but it only allows you to search one specific area at a time. We found a sight called where you can search regional areas on different selling domains at one time. The only problem is if you are OCD like me, they won’t always match. For rowers, some other leads we have found are schools, rowing clubs and recreational centers.

Here’s a good rule of thumb for buying:

  1. If meeting off the Internet, bring someone with you.
  2. Always try the equipment out.
  3. Don’t be scared to respectively haggle for the price you want.
  4. Be prepared to walk away and keep looking.


BP: What do you do to maintain your cardio equipment? Is there a process that you go through in terms of cleaning and/or maintenance?

TC: If you take care of your equipment, it will take care of you. Take time to read the manuals and manufacturer’s website for scheduled maintenance. Keep the equipment wiped down weekly, especially any moving parts (i.e. seat roller, chains, etc.). Once a month check screws, straps, bearings and fans. Also, think about how the cardio equipment is stored daily. Create a process for Coaches and athletes to store the equipment properly.


BP: How do you instruct your members in terms of caring for you cardio equipment? Do you address it in any specific ways?

TC: Our members are great about wiping down and storing the equipment after use. They understand this equipment was bought with their membership and care about what they have contributed to in our growth.


BP: What lessons have you learned in terms of cardio equipment care over the years?

TC: A lesson learned about equipment in general is buy for quality not quantity. Hold off a little longer if you need to save up some more cash. These babies are going to be used all day long, so don’t get something intended for home use.


BP: Do you have any final tips or advice on caring for cardio equipment?

TC: Read the manual and create a maintenance log. Preventative maintenance will save you money in the long run, not to mention your members deserve to have properly functioning equipment.

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