ASTM-F2571 Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Fitness Equipment

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Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Fitness Equipment



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1.1 These test methods specify procedures and apparatus used for testing and evaluating fitness equipment for compliance to Specification F2276. Both design and operational parameters will be evaluated. Where possible and applicable, accepted test methods from other recognized bodies will be used and referenced.

1.2 It is the intent of this standard to specify test methods for fitness products for use by individuals age 13 and above.

1.3 RequirementsFitness Equipment is to be tested for all of the following parameters:

1.3.1 Stability.

1.3.2 Edge and Corner Sharpness.

1.3.3 Tube Ends and Holes.

1.3.4 Function of Adjustments and Locking Mechanisms.

1.3.5 Handgrip Design and Retention.

1.3.6 Foot Supports.

1.3.7 Load Development and Transmitting Systems.

1.3.8 Chain and Gear Drive Design.

1.3.9 Entrapment Zones and Guarding.

1.3.10 Loading: Intrinsic Loading. Extrinsic Loading. Handlebar Loading. Endurance Loading.

(1) Seat frame endurance loading.

1.3.11 Switch and switch actuation mechanism endurance.

1.3.12 Electrical Guarding.

1.3.13 Maximum Surface Temperature.

1.3.14 Documentation and Warnings Verification.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Significance and Use

The purpose of these tests are to provide valid and repeatable methods for the evaluation of fitness equipment assembled and maintained according to the manufacturers specifications. Use of these test methods in conjunction with Specification F2276 is intended to maximize the reliability of fitness equipment design and reduce the risk of serious injury resulting from design deficiencies.


fitness equipment; ICS Number Code 97.220.30 (Indoor sports equipment)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

15.07 (Sports Equipment and Facilities; Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear; Amusement Rides and Devices; Snow Skiing)

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97.220.30 (Indoor sports equipment Including equipment for gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, handball, home sports trainers, etc.)

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2015 R20 EDITION



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Publication Date

Jan. 29, 2021

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Test Method

Page Count

9 pages

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