STRETCHED GYM CABLES
Many people believe that a cable on their
home gym has stretched. If a gym cable (or a gym wire as some
people call them) has stretched, that indicates that the individual
strands have begun to break and the cable itself is approaching
the point of catastrophic failure and should be replaced immediately.
If this is the nature of the gym cable failure, a close inspection
of the entire length of the cable will reveal an unusually
thin segment or a bumpy or wavy section at the failure point.
If this is the case, inspect the other cables on the gym for
More often, a "stretched" cable
is reported after a home gym has been disassembled and reassembled
when a gym is relocated. In most cases, what has been reported
as a stretched cable is really a gym cable that has not been
correctly routed through the gym's pulley system, not adjusted
correctly, not anchored correctly or there is a mechanical
obstruction that is not allowing one of the weight selector
rods to fully descend into its weight stack, which allows slack
in the cable.
Sound gym cables only stretch
about 1/8th of an inch over a ten foot length of cable. Anything
more than that indicates the presence of a serious problem
with a cable or some other part of the gym. This irregularity
should be addressed before the strength equipment is used in
order to prevent injury to the user.
When using a commercial strength
equipment or a home gym, safety should be the first concern.
If a gym cable has stretched, has rust showing near the fittings,
has thin spots, bulges, damaged sheathing, missing sheathing,
is in any way misshapened, kinked, cut or has any defect, don't
take a chance on injuring yourself or someone else by ignoring
it; replace the cable.