When it comes to fitness equipment, the average consumer doesn’t think about the construction of the machinery, or what’s inside. When they’re running on a treadmill, most people are focused on their workout—getting the most out of it, or possibly just getting through it.
Of course, that’s what makes good equipment; you don’t have to think about the manufacturing process behind it, only that it’s doing what it should.
But those who manufacture it know that a lot of time and effort go into the process, and when you’re making fitness equipment, there are a number of factors: quality, safety, comfort, ease of use, and longevity, to name a few.
For treadmills and elliptical machines, one of the most important aspects is shock absorption. When a runner steps down on a treadmill, the impact force on the machine is more than twice the user’s body weight. Without proper shock absorption, that force is transferred back up to the user’s leg, causing fatigue, stress, and possibly even injury. Proper absorption, however, soaks up that energy and makes for a smoother, more comfortable, safer experience.
At Miner Elastomer, we produce shock absorbing products that are made for the best treadmills and elliptical machines out there. This is why all of the major fitness equipment companies in the country come to us, and consider us the go-to manufacturer of shock absorption pads.
One of our most relied upon products for this is the GBR-1 bumper, designed for applications in which long, soft energy absorption is required. The bumper is easily installed into the equipment and results in minimum end load with maximum stroke.
Another favorite is our patented TecsPak® E-Springs, which offer numerous advantages over conventional rubber, polyurethane, and coiled steel springs. They provide significantly greater energy absorption per weight and volume, along with superior endurance and resilience. Our E-Springs are also 1/3 the weight of steel springs and are as cost-effective as they are reliable.
For manufacturers of these machines, shock absorption is critical to their overall quality. For runners, it’s critical to their entire workout experience—even if they don’t know it.
Visit our website for information on the GBR-1 Bumper and TecsPak® E-Springs, and please feel free to contact us with any questions.