SHOULD GYM CABLES BE GREASED?
Modern home gym cables and commercial gym cables come
with a protective vinyl sheath that completely encases the steel fibers of
the cable. Any grease that would be applied to the exterior of the gym cable
would remain on the outside of the protective wrap.
As the gym cables pass over, under and
around the gym pulleys, the pulleys roll on their axles and if the gym pulleys
are functioning properly, they offer almost no friction to the surface of
the gym cables, so any grease would offer no significant benefit to reducing
friction. Grease on the cables can come off on the gym user's hands and get
transferred to the gym's upholstery and the handles of the gym attachment,
making them sloppy and slippery. Also, eventually, some of the grease is
likely to be transferred the carpets and walls. Furthermore, a coating of
grease on the gym cables can mask defects in the cables that might otherwise
If you have vintage gym cables that have
no protective vinyl coating, those bare cables do require grease to keep
the cables from rusting. However, a better course of action would be to replace
those aged cables with the modern vinyl coated gym cables. The repetitive
bending of the cables as they rolled over the gym pulleys over the years
has probably degraded them anyway, whether the defects are obvious or not.
When dealing with gym cables, it is always better to be on the safe side.