Sportsmith Blog
27Aug/100

AIREX® Exercise Mats

SPORTSMITH™ is proud to partner with AIREX®. We are currently carrying a wide variety of AIREX® sports and yoga mats. While we have long carried several of Airex’s balance pads, wedges, and beams, we now carry several in their Yoga and Pilate’s line of foam mats. Below is a sampling of what mats SPORTSMITH offers.

Airex Fitline Exercise Mat

Exercise mat provides superb cushioning with a non-slip surface and mat is soft, warm and comfortable to the touch.

Uses:

  • Balance and stability programs
  • Agility gymnastics
  • Gymnastics
  • Aerobics
  • Exercise
  • Training
  • Fitness
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

Airex Coronella Exercise Mat

Buoyancy of this mat is sufficient to keep an adult safely afloat while still maintaining contact with the water. Mat will remain flexible with body movements but prevents the patient from slipping off into the pool.

In water, this mat provides a safe and stable platform to enable a variety of physical activities in the hydrotherapy pool.

Exercise mat provides superb cushioning with a non-slip surface and mat is soft, warm and comfortable to the touch.

Use mat for exercise, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, training, balance and stability programs.

  • CE-approved (93/42/EC)

Airex Corona Exercise Mat

Buoyancy of this mat is sufficient to keep an adult safely afloat while still maintaining contact with the water. Mat will remain flexible with body movements but prevents the patient from slipping off into the pool.

In water, this mat provides a safe and stable platform to enable a variety of physical activities in the hydrotherapy pool.

Exercise mat provides superb cushioning with a non-slip surface and mat is soft, warm and comfortable to the touch.

Uses:

  • Balance and stability programs
  • Antenatal exercises
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Exercise
  • Training

Airex Piloga Yoga Mat

Exercise mat provides superb cushioning with a non-slip surface and mat is soft, warm and comfortable to the touch.

Uses:

  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

Airex Hercules Exercise Mat

Buoyancy of this mat is sufficient to keep an adult safely afloat while still maintaining contact with the water. Mat will remain flexible with body movements but prevents the patient from slipping off into the pool.

In water, this mat provides a safe and stable platform to enable a variety of physical activities in the hydrotherapy pool.

Exercise mat provides superb cushioning with a non-slip surface and mat is soft, warm and comfortable to the touch.

Uses:

  • Balance and stability programs
  • Inlay in Bobath tables
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Exercise
  • Training

AIREX® mats are for indoor and outdoor use.

  • Rolls up for easy storage or transportation
  • Closed-cell structure, impervious to water
  • Hygienic through “Sanitized” treatment
  • Hard wearing and long lasting
  • Flat, non-slip surface
  • Easy to clean
11Aug/100

StairMaster Stepper Resistance Troubleshooting

About This Video

This video covers general resistance troubleshooting for the Stairmaster 4400CL, 4600CL, and SC916 Steppers

Tools Needed: Volt Meter, Jumper Wire

Resistance problems could be either mechanical or electrical in nature.

Mechanical problems are easily identified by noise. If a grinding noise is heard while pedaling, this is an indicator the drive hub assembly is having a problem. If a ratcheting sound is heard while pedaling, this is an indicator of a loose belt or a belt that could be coming off.

Once you’ve eliminated the possible mechanical causes for resistance problems, then it is time to investigate the electrical system.

The easiest test of the electrical system when investigating a resistance problem is to step onto the pedals and access Diagnostics. This is done by pressing Level ^, 6, ENTER. (DIAGNOSTICS will appear in the upper display window.) Press Level Down twice to get to the alternator test. (ALT TEST will appear in the upper display window.) Press ENTER to begin the test. As the video shows, resistance drops out when the test begins. So, if this occurs, press the Level ^ one time. This will turn the field ON. This verifies that voltage is passing from the display through the display cable to the lower control board. This confirms there is good communication between the console and the lower control board and that the voltage is being supplied to the alternator. If resistance is lost during this portion of the test, inspecting the cable should be the first step of action. Look for bent pins, loose connection or crimped wire.

Other components of the electrical system to inspect for resistance problems are the battery, load resistor, speed sensor and alternator.

We’ll discuss the battery first. In order to get a proper reading, testing the battery should be done with the pedals in motion. There are 3 different battery readings a person may encounter. A reading of 6 VDC or greater indicates a good battery. A reading below 6 VDC but higher than 4.8 VDC indicates the battery needs charged for 24 hours. A reading below 4.8 VDC indicates your battery is bad and needs replaced. For more information, watch our battery testing video.

If your battery is good, the next item to check is the speed sensor. The speed sensor should be spaced a business card thickness away from the speed disc. If the speed sensor is spaced properly, the function of the speed sensor can be verified by confirming that proper voltage is present. For more speed sensor troubleshooting, watch our video on speed sensor testing and adjustment.

Next to inspect is the load resistor. Load resistor testing is pretty simple. Load resistors are ohm rated, and you want to verify the proper ohms for the load resistor being tested. Load resistors can cause the resistance to come and go. This means you may pedal a few steps and then the pedals will drop or loose resistance. Then, as the load resistor cools down a bit, you may get resistance again for a few steps. If the resistance goes back and forth like this, the load resistor likely needs replaced. For more information, see our load resistor testing video.

The last electrical component to inspect when investigating a resistance problem is the alternator. The alternator can be easily tested by performing the B+ to Field jumper test. For details on how to perform this test, watch our alternator testing video.

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5Aug/100

QUALITY OF SPORTSMITH™ RUNNING BELTS

There is one component of every treadmill that is considered the most important for its smooth operation. That is the running belt. It sees the most wear and tear of any component by far, and needs to be tough and sturdy to resist all the rough treatment it receives. Belts come in all sizes, just like treadmills do, but the one thing you universally want is a high quality belt. Anything else is inefficient and could potentially damage your expensive treadmill!

SPORTSMITH™ GoPro belts are tough, period. They are tested for over 12,000 hours of use and upwards of 30,000 miles of walking. That is the equivalent of walking across China almost 10 times! SPORTSMITH™ GoPro belts feature a carbon fiber underside. This reduces static build up (a major problem with treadmills), and ensures less friction resulting in smoother operation. This will save you hundreds of dollars in costly repairs, and who doesn’t like to save money?

They are manufactured with high quality Class 10 materials or higher, which greatly increase the belt’s overall strength, tractability, and durability. This has the effect of reducing stress and strain on the other components of your treadmill, increasing its overall lifespan as well. With many of today’s products designed with built-in obsolescence, it can be nice to know that some things are still built with quality and longevity in mind. Our belts also come with a 120-day warranty. Who else can offer that?

Here’s a quick comparison of belts currently available.

Attribute SPORTSMITH™ GoPro Belts Other Belts
Anti-Static metallized fiber finish YES Questionable
Seam splice at 100 PSI (the industry’s strongest seam) YES NO
Unique multi-filament thread designed for superior strength YES Questionable
Material class used in manufacture Class 10 Materials Class 5 Materials
Material consistency for reduced motor amp draw, roller shaft load, noise level, and roller bearing stress YES Questionable
Overall lower maintenance costs YES NO

As you can see, SPORTSMITH™ GoPro belts are some of the highest quality available in the market today. Here is what one of our long time customers had to say:

“Your belts were half the price of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) belts, so I gave them a try. Yours were a lot better! The belt seam is of far greater quality than the original OEM belt. I have ordered parts for other units and found the same high quality of work in all of your parts. SPORTSMITH™ should have a slogan like ‘Double the quality at half the price’ or something similar. I thank you for the quality of your treadmill belts and better yet the low price.”

Reginald L. Jones, CBET – Marshall Medical Center, North Guntersville, Alabama

The bottom line is that SPORTSMITH™ GoPro treadmill running belts are simply better made than almost anything else. They save you money, time, and trouble when it comes to repairs and replacement parts. In today’s world, everyone could stand to have more money, more time, and less headache!