WARNING ABOUT GYM SNAP LINKS
Almost all brands and models of home gyms
and commercial gyms are equipped with snap links (sometimes
called spring snap links) attached to the ends of the gyms
cables to facilitate the easy changing of gym attachments,
like 48 inch lat bars, triceps ropes, ab straps or ankle straps.
They are very convenient, but are often neglected and overlooked
and the failure of a snap link could result in significant
injury to the user, if a gym attachment becomes disconnected
from a cable during use.
Before using a position a
home gym or a commercial gym, insure that the spring of the
associated snap link is functioning and is strong enough to
completely close the locking tab and that the locking tab seats
correctly. If you notice any defect in one of the gym's snap
links, replace it before using that position. A test of all
of the snap links on a gym should also be done as part of a
routine preventive maintenance program done by the gym's service
When you consider the type
of injuries that could occur as the result of a failed snap
link on a gym, like a lat bar slamming into a person's head,
the cost of replacing the defective link is an inexpensive,
wise investment in safety. Some snap links have been replaced
by S-hooks, which are extremely dangerous and should be replaced
immediately. The S-hooks should not be used on gym's to connect
lat bars or other removable gym attachments, because they do
not lock closed and allow the gym attachment to come off the
end of the gym cable without warning.
If you are an athletic director
or fitness director, who is responsible for a school weight
room, we suggest that you keep several on hand to encourage
prompt replacement as soon as a defective snap link is reported.