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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 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.