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What is the cause for static on my treadmill?

Winter is the time of year we receive calls regarding static electricity primarily on treadmills.In fact, many of the OEMs state they expect a certain amount of static, especially during this time of year.
Listed below are some of the sources which may be responsible for the static problems:
Items that gyms have control over:

  1. Worn motor brushes
  2. Worn belt/deck
  3. Lubrication maintenance
  4. Lack of humidity in air
  5. Dusty climate
  6. Bad ground
  7. Unit should not be on carpet
Suggested Solutions:
  1. If motor brushes are worn, replace
  2. If belt/deck are worn, replace
  3. Always keep belt/deck lubricated
  4. Run humidifiers in gym
  5. Keep equipment as clean and dust free as possible
  6. Check ground of machine (power outlet, power cord, drive motor)
  7. Install a rubber treadmill mat
Items that gyms have NO control over:
  1. Dehydration of user
  2. Dry skin of user
  3. Wool or synthetic materials (nylon, spandex, polyester)
  4. Run pattern of user (shuffling feet vs. smooth stride)
  5. Shoes
Suggested Solutions:
  1. Encourage users to drink more water to avoid dehydration (which results in dry skin)
  2. Encourage users to use lotion and drink more water (less friction with hydrated skin)
  3. Suggest users to wear clothing of natural fibers (cotton)
  4. Suggest change in run pattern
  5. Encourage wearing good fitting shoes (old shoes may be too worn causing friction) and shoes without nylon mesh
It has also been recommended users spray themselves with a product such as Static Guard or mist themselves with a mixture of water and fabric softener to avoid static buildup. Allow for sprayed areas to thoroughly dry before using treadmill.

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Treadmill causing shocks


What is the cause for static on my treadmill? Winter is the time of year we receive calls regarding static electricity primarily on treadmills.In fact, many of the OEMs state they expect a certain amount of static, especially during this time of year.
Listed below are some of the sources which may be responsible for the static problems:
Items that gyms have control over:
  1. Worn motor brushes
  2. Worn belt/deck
  3. Lubrication maintenance
  4. Lack of humidity in air
  5. Dusty climate
  6. Bad ground
  7. Unit should not be on carpet
Suggested Solutions:
  1. If motor brushes are worn, replace
  2. If belt/deck are worn, replace
  3. Always keep belt/deck lubricated
  4. Run humidifiers in gym
  5. Keep equipment as clean and dust free as possible
  6. Check ground of machine (power outlet, power cord, drive motor)
  7. Install a rubber treadmill mat
Items that gyms have NO control over:
  1. Dehydration of user
  2. Dry skin of user
  3. Wool or synthetic materials (nylon, spandex, polyester)
  4. Run pattern of user (shuffling feet vs. smooth stride)
  5. Shoes
Suggested Solutions:
  1. Encourage users to drink more water to avoid dehydration (which results in dry skin)
  2. Encourage users to use lotion and drink more water (less friction with hydrated skin)
  3. Suggest users to wear clothing of natural fibers (cotton)
  4. Suggest change in run pattern
  5. Encourage wearing good fitting shoes (old shoes may be too worn causing friction) and shoes without nylon mesh
It has also been recommended users spray themselves with a product such as Static Guard or mist themselves with a mixture of water and fabric softener to avoid static buildup. Allow for sprayed areas to thoroughly dry before using treadmill.
What is the cause for static on my treadmill

Feb 20, 2013 | Life Fitness 9500HR Treadmill Next...

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tread shocks while using it


What is the cause for static on my treadmill? Winter is the time of year we receive calls regarding static electricity primarily on treadmills.In fact, many of the OEMs state they expect a certain amount of static, especially during this time of year.
Listed below are some of the sources which may be responsible for the static problems:
Items that gyms have control over:
  1. Worn motor brushes
  2. Worn belt/deck
  3. Lubrication maintenance
  4. Lack of humidity in air
  5. Dusty climate
  6. Bad ground
  7. Unit should not be on carpet
Suggested Solutions:
  1. If motor brushes are worn, replace
  2. If belt/deck are worn, replace
  3. Always keep belt/deck lubricated
  4. Run humidifiers in gym
  5. Keep equipment as clean and dust free as possible
  6. Check ground of machine (power outlet, power cord, drive motor)
  7. Install a rubber treadmill mat
Items that gyms have NO control over:
  1. Dehydration of user
  2. Dry skin of user
  3. Wool or synthetic materials (nylon, spandex, polyester)
  4. Run pattern of user (shuffling feet vs. smooth stride)
  5. Shoes
Suggested Solutions:
  1. Encourage users to drink more water to avoid dehydration (which results in dry skin)
  2. Encourage users to use lotion and drink more water (less friction with hydrated skin)
  3. Suggest users to wear clothing of natural fibers (cotton)
  4. Suggest change in run pattern
  5. Encourage wearing good fitting shoes (old shoes may be too worn causing friction) and shoes without nylon mesh
It has also been recommended users spray themselves with a product such as Static Guard or mist themselves with a mixture of water and fabric softener to avoid static buildup. Allow for sprayed areas to thoroughly dry before using treadmill.
What is the cause for static on my treadmill

Feb 12, 2013 | Precor C964i Treadmill

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Hyperextension will not start


Good contact with the grip is essential. Before taking pulse, stop walking and step on side rails and place hands on contacts.

Try gripping the handlebar contacts over the top, with your thumb next to your index finger instead of gripping it with your thumb under the handlebars.
Contact heart rate grips are not intended for continuous reading. Rather, try holding the grips for 10-20 seconds at a time for an accurate reading.
Static electricity can damage the heart rate grip receiver and/or grips and cause either an "HR" or no reading at all.


If you have doubt read your owner manual, and in short call to customer service from the manufactury of your treadmill. sincerely

Dec 09, 2011 | Exercise & Fitness

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I have a bodyguard t260 treadmill and when I run on it there is a great deal of static electricity that shocks me when I touch the treadmill handles


The shock is a build up of static electricity on your body called Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). Friction between the walking board and belt can generate static electricity.

If experienced, the shock is not harmful or dangerous.

Nov 11, 2011 | Exercise & Fitness

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treadmill won't turn on, I get a slight shock when I click the on/off switch.


Dear Sir:

Thank you by you request, I will help you inmediately.

Please do this with very Carefully!!

The shock is a build upof static electricity on your body called Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).Friction between the walking board and belt can generate static electricity.

If experienced, the shock is not harmful ordangerous.

Thank you in advance, sincerely. God bless you.

IF YOU NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT ME

E.CUADRA
MANAGUA, NICARAGUA. C.A.

Sep 27, 2011 | Precor 9.21 Treadmill

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