Everybody tells us the MVP is a pretty durable piece of equipment. However, from time to time, some things need to be replaced. Most often, it seems to be the elasticords.
So, here are some tips for getting the most out of your MVP elasticords:
1) Always disengage your elasticords whenever the Shuttle MVP is not in use. This helps them retain their resistance and increase their longevity. If elasticords are left attached to the hook-up plate (as shown in the picture above) for extended periods they will stretch prematurely and their original full resistance load will be diminished.
2) Lubricate the ends of the elasticords with silicone gel periodically, especially if the elasticords appear checked, or if you hear a squeaking noise when using the machine (this squeaking occurs when un-lubricated elasticords rub against metal parts). When the elasticords become checked, air enters the small openings, which causes oxidization and decreases their normal life span. A thin coat of silicone gel seals these openings and helps preserve the elasticords. You don't need to lubricate the complete elasticord with silicone gel, only those areas that come in contact with other parts.
Finally, do not use silicone that contains petroleum-based thinners or extenders on the elasticords
as these will deteriorate the latex. We recommend the type included with your machine.
Exposure to sunlight, fluorescent light and chlorine found in swimming pools or hot tubs will
also accelerate the deterioration process.