Bowflex Treadmill Maintenance


Bowflex manufactures a line of treadmills with numerous features to enhance your workout. A sampling of models produced by Bowflex includes the Series 3, Series 5 and Series 7 treadmills. Some standard features you can expect include continuous-duty motor, fan controls, large running surface and multiple customizable exercise programs. To ensure that your Boxflex treadmill lasts a long time, you need to maintain the unit.

Cleaning a Bowflex Treadmill

  • It is important to keep your Bowflex treadmill free of dust and debris. The mat will likely collect the most dirt and should be cleaned at least once a week. Scrub the mat with a mixture of a mild cleaning solution and moistened cloth. Follow the track lines of the belt to get rid of the most buildup. Rotate the belt by spinning underneath of the Bowflex treadmill to expose the different areas of the mat. Once you have cleaned the entire surface area, allow to air dry. All other surface areas of the Bowflex treadmill can be dusted with a clean and dry cloth.

    Every month, you should perform a deeper cleaning of your Bowflex treadmill. Unplug the unit prior to cleaning. Unscrew the cover to the motor and vacuum out the inside areas of the compartment with a handheld attachment. Replace the cover and then repeat a cleaning of the mat, display and handrails.

Adjust the Belt of the Bowflex Treadmill

  • Over the course of use, you may need to adjust the belt to keep the tension tight. A loose belt can lead to injury and adversely affect your stride. Check the belt tension every couple of weeks to make sure it remains tight. Find the belt adjustment at the base of the unit. Use an Allen wrench to pull the screws of the belt adjustment tighter. Only turn the belt adjustment a ¼ to ½ inch tighter. This should be sufficient enough to keep enough tension while running. Test the belt at a low speed when finished to make sure the adjustment worked.


  • Every 250 miles or so, you will see a message appear on the electronic screen that tells you the Bowflex treadmill requires lubrication. First, purchase a silicone spray from any hardware store. Then, lift each side of the machine's belt and apply a moderate amount of silicone spray directly onto the belt while the treadmill is unplugged from the wall. Plug the treadmill back in and allow it to run for 15 to 30 seconds on the lowest speed level. Turn it off and unplug it once again to repeat the process. After two to three applications, the Bowflex treadmill will be well lubricated.

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