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2014 Seasonal Flu is on the Rise

Gym Wipes, Disinfecting Wipes & Antibacterial Wipes

People who care about fitness should care about influenza. Seasonal flu is a serious problem every winter, and the current trends for the 2014 flu season show influenza on the rise. It can spread quickly anywhere a crowd gathers.

Even a light case of the flu can make life miserable for more than a week, spoiling work, workouts, and play. Yet it is possible to fight the spread of flu.

Protect your members from:

•Flu complications
•Flu downtime
•Lasting lethargy and sub-par performance

Health clubs and fitness centers are especially vulnerable to the flu, because the members all share the same equipment, and often everyone grabs it in the same place. Nobody wants to take the time to worry about germs, but they appear each flu season, and a swipe with a personal terrycloth towel will not wipe them away

The Problem

Germs spread easily where people spend time close together, and people can spread the flu and many other illnesses before they even feel sick. As the CDC says, “Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.” Flu virus survives on surfaces too, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control. Yet a few simple precautions will keep your gym from being “Where I got the flu.”

How do you fight influenza? Fitness helps people stay well, but so does hygiene. Providing wipes and towelettes shows athletes that you are looking after their health and safety, and protecting everyone from a disease that can spread like wildfire. Clean and sanitize all the surfaces your athletes touch, to look out for the members of your fitness facility.

The Solution

The three sanitation concerns for fitness facilities are exposed skin, hard surfaces, and soft surfaces. Sportsmith provides solutions for all three.

1.  Anti-Bacterial wipes contain a gentle effective sanitizer especially formulated for use on the body. It smells effective but not strong, and dries quickly, leaving skin feeling fresh. Making wipes available is one easy way to prevent the spread of influenza and other infections among your members:

• Use on hands, arms and legs, wherever you touch equipment
• Safe and effective on facial skin

2. Disinfecting towelettes clean hard surfaces. They kill viruses, fungus and bacteria, including staph. This product is gentle enough to use without gloves, yet highly effective. Use on:

• Metal
• Plastics
• Laminates
• Rubber
• Plexiglass

Flu complications can include pneumonia, meningitis, and encephalitis. These are all rare. However, downtime from the flu is common. Influenza takes its victims out of action for up to ten days, and sometimes longer.

Even when someone gets over the flu, they may still not feel completely back to normal. It can take months before an athlete functions at peak again. Influenza and other viruses can really put a dent in performance.

Protect your members from the flu and many other contagious diseases, and keep your facility sparkling. Take care of your members, with economical body wipes, towelettes, and cleaning wipes from Sportsmith. Your members will know you care.

Additional Resources:

CDC Seasonal Flu Information


New TRIO QR® and the TRIO® Pedals!

TRIOQR PedalSportsmith is proud to now carry the TRIO QR® and the TRIO® Pedals!

TRIO QR®’s “Quick Release” design makes it that much easier to quick change between riding with
everyday shoes, LOOK® or SPD® cleat connections. With a push of a button riders are able switch which pedal style they need. Both TRIO QR® and the TRIO® Pedals come in threadless (Morse Taper) or standard thread…. Yes, that means they fit on any indoor cycling bike! Spinning has truly out done themselves with these designs. Whether you choose the “Quick Release” or not your members will enjoy the benefits that both TRIO® Pedals provide. With the over-sized commercial grade pedal spindles
and sealed bearings you will love these pedals just as much as your club members!

Spinning recommends the following threads for specific bikes:

  • Threadless (Morse Taper) pedals recommended for Spinner® Blade, NXT, NXT-SR, and steel frameeSpinner
  • Threadless pedal only fits 2012 (or later) model year Spinner bikes manufactured by Star Trac
  • Standard Thread pedals recommended for Spinner® Pro and non-Spinner brand indoor cycling bikes

So what makes these new pedals so special?

  • They easily accommodate other non-cycling shoes with their snap-in pedal platforms.
  • They can easily be removed from a platform due to the patented quick release levers.
  • They also adapt to SPD® and Look® Delta cleats.
  • Added durability means over-sized commercial grade pedal spindles and sealed bearings to keep you logging miles.

New Sportsmith Spring Catalog 70 and Training Catalog

Sportsmith Catalog 70Hot off the press is the new Sportsmith Fitness Parts & Products Catalog along with the Sportsmith Fitness Training & Conditioning Catalog and we have the inside scoop on what’s new! First off you have to check out the Smart Phone App Tag Feature! Throughout the catalog we have tags for videos, tutorials, error code messages, and articles to help make maintenance just a bit easier!!!
Find newly featured replacement parts for the LifeFitness Seated Leg Curl model FZSLC and model PSSLC. Also new to the Sportsmith catalog are replacement parts for CYBEX bikes 625R & 625C.

Here's a list of some of the new products we're excited about and featured in the new catalog!!

Can't find a part or product you need in our catalog? Don’t forget to check out or call 800-713-2880 for a complete list of parts and products offered by Sportsmith.



Star Trac: StairMill – How to check Battery Drain and Adjust Chain Tension

Having a problem with you Star Trac StairMill battery draining and the unit not powering up? It’s possible that you have too much tension in the chain system.

Below is a summary of the video above, "Star Trac: E-SM - Battery Drain and Chain Tension" by Star Trac.

  • Perform weight test. This will allow you to verify if there is too much tension.
  • Check chain tension. There should be a 25mm-32mm gap between the Idler Pulley and the chain.
    • If the gap is less then 1 inch you will need to Adjust the Idler Pulley Gap.
    • Loosen both right and left side pillow blocks.
    • Make an adjustment on the set screws using an Allen key. The brackets on the right and left side should be the same. Tight pillow blocks back.
  • Measure chain sag.
    • Place a straight edge across the top and bottom bearing.
    • Measuring the amount of sag from the bottom of the straight edge to the top of the chain there should be ¾”(19mm).
  • Adjusting the Chain Tension for the Correct Amount of Sag.
    • Loosen pillow blocks on both the right and left side of the bottom pulleys.
    • Back out set screws. (Equal amount on both sides).
    •  Before checking sag tighten pillow blocks on both sides.
    •  Should have a ¾”(19mm) gap on both right and left sides.
  • Perform weight test again. Double check the sag measurements and make corrections if the steps still do not move.
  • Test the StairMill before putting the shrouds back on the machine.

For Star Trac Replacement Parts click here.


Best of IHRSA 2013

IHRSA 2013


IHRSA 2013

What could be more exciting than getting a sneak peak on what’s to come in the Fitness World?!! This year at IHRSA all the fitness products and equipment were nothing short of amazing! The only bad thing is we wish we could have stayed longer!

First we got to start off our trip at the Stairmaster 30th and Schwinn 10th Anniversary party. It was great to mingle with some wonderful people in the fitness community! It was great listening to the speakers and having some alumni there to check out how far the Stairmaster has come after 30 years! Did you know that Sportsmith is Stairmaster and Schwinn’s authorized product support center? Yup! So give us a call if you have any questions!

We started our morning off right with an early morning workout by Xerciselab. We checked out the Build Lab class. This is a workout that uses your body weight as resistance. My thighs are still burning from all the squats!

Then we were off to the trade show floor. Oh the smell of new equipment… Ok, maybe it was the Chobani Greek Yogurt we were smelling... Still amazing! We were in awe of all the new technology that has come out for the new equipment. A hot new product we loved? The Grid Mini by Trigger Point- we may not leave home without one now. I was dying to lie down and try it out along with the ColdRoller. Unfortunately the Grip Mini is not available until April. We were also able to hop onto Star Trac’s new TreadClimber®- love it! Some popular items this year seem to be surf board workouts (SURFSET Fitness, FreeMotion Fitness, and StrongBoard Balance), Suspension training (TRX, Jungle Gym XT) and different functional training stations (SYNRGY 360T by LifeFitness and CT8 Fitness Training System by Tuff Stuff Fitness).

We had a wonderful time checking out the new equipment and can’t wait to get some new stuff in stock!

Click on the links below for video from the show.

MT EverClimb



Bowflex Parts

bowflex xtremeFor all of you Bowflex lovers out there we have some great news for you!!

Sportsmith is proud to announce that we are now carrying Bowflex Replacement Parts. Did you think Sportsmith would let you get away with not working out because a rod cable was broken on your Bowflex? We don’t think so!! Dust off those machines because we have some great new parts in stock for Bowflex. They are at a great low price too! The parts we have in stock are for the following models:

We have several different ways to help you get the right Bowflex parts you need. You can check out the manual or parts diagram for your specific Bowflex home gym by clicking the links above. Call us directly at 888-713-2880 for customer support and we would love to help you find your part!


CrossFit Open 2013

crossfit equipmentIn spirit of the CrossFit Open kicking off this past Wednesday we thought we would join the excitement! Want to be in the know about CrossFit?  We hope to share a bit of our knowledge and love for the sport with you!!

What is it?

We are so glad you asked! The Open is a worldwide CrossFit event that takes place this year from March 6 - April 7. Each Wednesday a new Open workout is posted and they have until that Sunday to complete the workout.  Participants are able to complete the workout at a participating affiliate gym or videotape their performance and submit it to the Games website (We will touch base on the Games later). CrossFitters are able to participate in the Open as an individual or a team of 3 men & 3 women.  At the end of the 5 weeks the Open’s top athlete individuals and teams in each region will move on to the Regionals.

The regionals are a three day event where the top athletes from each region have to compete in a series of brutal workouts to hopefully secure an individual or team spot in final event, The Games.  At the end of each Regional only 3 men, 3 women and 3 teams will advance to the CrossFit Games.

On July 22-28 The Reebok CrossFit Games will take place in California where the Fittest on Earth™ will battle their way to the top!  To find out more about the Games check out

The popularity of CrossFit over the past few years has blown up. The 2011 CrossFit Open had 26,000 participants which is nothing compared to the 2013 Open which has over 130,000 participants! Every year the competition of the Games becomes fiercer with the wide-spread growth and popularity.

What equipment do they use?

CrossFit workouts include a variety of different products for their workouts. However, you will not find the large equipment you see in everyday gyms such as weight machines, ellipticals or treadmills. Once you walk into a CrossFit gym you will understand that it is not your average gym. It is filled with kettlebells, dumbbells, Olympic bars and bumper plates, soft medicine balls, jump robes (You thought they got rid of those after middle school right?!), Plyo boxes, gymnastic rings and rowers.  CrossFit doesn’t use machines – They make them. You can check out some great CrossFit packages or individual products mentioned above here,

Want to join the craze?

You can find any local CrossFit affiliate on the CrossFit Community site, At any of these locations they should have all the appropriate equipment for your WODs (Workout of the Day) and to train you properly to get you ready for the Open 2014!

If joining an affiliate isn’t exactly your thing training from home isn’t farfetched! On the community site you can learn all the ins and outs of CrossFit. On the training page you are able to learn about different certifications you can receive in CrossFit to become an instructor, they provide a list of exercises with videos and demonstrations and even give you several different WODs to try it out on your own.  We defiantly encourage you to take some courses if you are going out on your own so you know to properly do the exercise movements.

Love it yet?

We are giving you fair warning here… CrossFit is humbling, addictive and intense. If you join a gym the athletes will mostly likely be a second family. The atmosphere at any CrossFit event is more intense and energetic then anything previously experienced. Fellow athletes and spectators cheer on people they have never seen or heard of like it’s their favorite football team about to win in overtime.  Even though CrossFit can be very competitive the comradery within CrossFit athletes is what demonstrates what this culture is all about.


How to Replace the Magnet-Standoff on a Life Fitness 95Xi CrossTrainer

About This Video

Replacing the Magnet and Standoff Assembly on a LifeFitness 95Xi Crosstrainer

  • This video demonstrates how to replace the magnet and standoff assembly on your 95Xi Crosstrainer by LifeFitness

Tools necessary:

  • Philips Screwdriver
  • T25 Driver
  • T50 Driver
  • 2MM Allen Wrench
  • 5/32” Allen Wrench
  1. Remove the main shrouds as seen in Sportsmith’s main shroud removal video
  2. Remove the outer link cover as seen in the Outer Link Cover removal video
  3. Remove the Left Pedal Lever Assembly as seen in Sportsmith’s pedal lever replacement video
  4. Remove the two bolts holding the crank arm cover in place, and remove the crank arm cover
  5. Remove the screw securing the magnet and standoff assembly to the drive pulley and remove the assembly from the unit
  6. Install the new magnet and standoff assembly in reverse order

This concludes today’s repair demonstration.


First Class Fitness Products

Sportsmith SoftMed Ball P191014

With 2012 coming to an end, Sportsmith is looking to gear up for the new year. As a leading provider of innovative strength and personal training products we are constantly expanding our line of quality fitness equipment. Listed below is some new gear to help kick start those resolutions.

SPORTSMITH Soft Medicine Ball

We can't help make wall balls easier, but we can supply you with a better ball. Tired of a lopsided wall balls with center weights that don't stay in the center?? We were too. Our new Sportsmith Soft Medicine Balls are made with a perfect-grip, cushioned cover featuring 14 raised panels that create added grip and softness at the seams.The larger 14” uniform diameter is easier to throw, track, and catch for safe handling during the most intense workouts. Superior reinforcement and higher quality filling material ensure better shape retention and consistent weight displacement than lower-quality traditional balls. Long-lasting seams reinforced with threads that won’t stretch or wear out. View all Sportsmith Soft Medicine balls


Sportsmith Strength Wraps8750_133405892_oSportsmith Wrist Wraps, Pair, Grey

It's time to grip it and rip it with our Sportsmith Strength Wraps. Whether you are setting WODs on fire or smashing OLY PRs these wraps are for you. Strength Wraps tighten down to provide stability for your wrist joints yet allow for full range of motion of movements. Our light weight fabric is made of 100% cotton. Designed with an exclusive liner to provide maximum joint support with minimum bulk. Cloth wrist wraps designed to tighten down on themselves, functioning as a tightening mechanism for wrist support with full range of motion. Sportsmith wrist wraps are specifically designed for CrossFit, strength training, power lifting, and Olympic weight lifting. View Wrist Wraps


Sportsmith Gymnastic Grips Leather Hand Grips, Large, Black, Pair

I've never heard of anyone bragging about how great washing their hair felt after shredding their hands on pull ups. So train smart and train for tomorrow with Sportsmith Gymnastic Grips.
Our grips come in 3 sizes and have adjustable velcro straps. View All Leather Gymnastic grips


Sportsmith Programmable Interval timer Programmable Interval Timer

Get a variety of functions with our new Programmable Interval Timer.

  • Programmable Timer can be programmed with specific count up to and down from times
  • Completely programmable interval timer
    • Number of rounds, length of rest and length of work can all be set up by the user for total custom intervals
    • Timer can save up to 8 custom programs
  • Dynamic display shows time in red while displaying the number of rounds in electric blue, 4 3/8" tall numbers
  • Timer Functions:
    • Stop Watch to hundredths of a second
    • Several preprogrammed intervals(Fight Gone Bad!)
    • Clock display

View Programmable Interval Timer.


When You Need a lot of Athletic Trainers Tape with Conformability and Excellent Tackiness, Get a Case of MTAPE in 15 Yard Rolls.

  • The white MTAPE® features high tensile strength with excellent tackiness and conformability
    • 100% cotton backcloth, zinc oxide athletic trainers tape
  • Tape is easy to handle and easy to unwind to the core
  • Case contains:
    • 32 rolls of tape
  • Roll measurements:
    • Length: 15 yards
    • Width: 1.5"
  • 100% Cotton backcloth
  • Color: White or black
  • Zinc Oxide

View all Athletic Tape.

competition bumper platesOlympic Competition Bumper Plates

No more busting out inserts and cracked out plates. Our new competition plates are as tough as they are pretty. Weight and dimensions calibrated to meet the specs of IWF. So go heavy.

  • Insert type: Steel disc, chrome coated
  • Collar opening: 50.40mm +/- 0.1mm
  • Weight tolerance: +/- 5 grams
  • Diameter: 450mm
  • Thickness: 2"

View all Competition Bumper Plates.


Replacing a Treadmill Running Belt and Deck

Following is a basic guideline of removing and replacing the running belt and deck on a treadmill. Due to different brands and designs of treadmills, the following should only be used as a guideline. If any of the information is not exact to the treadmill being serviced, refer to the service manual or call Sportsmith for further help.

Tools Needed: Phillips Screwdriver, Set of Allen Wrenches, Set of Box End or Open Face Wrenches (Tools needed may vary depending on treadmill. )

  1. Switch the Power off on the unit.
  2. Next, unplug the unit from the wall.
  3. Remove the finger guard retaining screws and carefully remove the finger guards from the deck at each end of the rear roller.
  4. Loosen each rear roller bolt by 10 full turns. Then count the remaining turns necessary to remove the rear roller bolts. Remember to write down the number of turns needed to remove the bolts in each side for future reference.
  5. Carefully remove the rear roller from the unit. Clean any wax or debris buildup from the roller and place it aside.
  6. Raise the shroud and secure it with a bungee cord.
  7. Work the drive belt off the motor pulley by hand turning the flywheel while pushing the belt aside.
  8. Now remove the front roller retaining bolts.
  9. Carefully remove the front roller from the unit. Clean off any wax or debris buildup and set it aside.
  10. Loosen and remove the deck mounting hardware.
  11. Move the deck toward the left side of the frame to free the deck from the right side. The deck will move down once the frame has been cleared.
  12. Remove the deck and belt by raising the right side edge of the deck over the frame rail and sliding it to the right to remove.
  13. When installing a new belt or deck it is important to note that a new belt and deck surface should always be installed together. Failure to adhere to this guideline will severely shorten the life of the newly installed parts. Some decks can be used on both sides. However, be sure that each side is only used once. Be sure to install the belt in the proper direction on the unit.
  14. Install the belt and deck by first putting the belt on the deck, and then installing them from the right side as a unit.
  15. Be sure the deck is lined up with the frame and push the deck to the left side.
  16. Now carefully lower the right side of the deck to insert it into the frame rail and then push the deck to the right as far as possible.
  17. Re-install deck mounting hardware. (Check with mfr. for proper torque during install process.)
  18. Carefully place the front roller on the deck under the belt and push it forward into place, while placing the drive belt on the inside of the drive pulley.
  19. Replace the front roller bolts. (Check with mfr. for proper torque during install process.)
  20. Now spin the roller by hand while pushing the drive belt onto the pulley. Be sure to spin the roller several times to insure complete installation of the drive belt on the pulley.
  21. Install the rear roller into unit. Carefully start each bolt and turn one to two threads to ensure no cross-threading has occurred.
  22. Tighten each rear roller bolt the number of turns you kept earlier for reference.
  23. Now, Plug in and power on the unit.
  24. Carefully remove the bungee cord from the shroud and lower it back into place.
  25. Start the unit at a very slow speed and check for proper belt alignment. Remember to start at the slowest speed possible and be ready to stop the unit quickly if needed.
  26. If the belt is moving to right side of unit tighten the right roller bolt, If the belt is moving to the left side of the unit tighten the left roller bolt until the belt is tracking properly.
  27. Caution: make very small adjustments such as ¼ turns and then watch the belt for several moments before making another adjustment.
  28. Once the belt is tracking properly walk on the unit at a slow speed and check for belt slippage on foot fall. If this is happening tighten each of the rear roller bolts equal turns until the slippage is no longer occurring. Caution: make very small adjustments such as ¼ turns and then watch the belt for several moments before making another adjustment.
  29. Now use the unit at a jogging speed to check for belt travel or slippage.
  30. If slippage still occurs make small equal adjustments (1/4 turns) to both sides of rear roller and re-test.
  31. Install the finger guards once you have enough clearance from the rear roller.
  32. Some manufacturers require wax or lube during the install process, please consult your owner’s or service manual for further information regarding this.