ASTM F3104 - 14

    Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Externally Loaded Strength Training Equipment, Strength Training Benches and External Weight Storage Equipment

    Active Standard ASTM F3104 | Developed by Subcommittee: F08.30

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.07


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The purpose of this document is to provide valid and repeatable test methods for the evaluation of Externally Loaded Strength Training Equipment, Strength Training Benches and External Weight Storage Equipment assembled and maintained according to the manufacturer's specifications. Use of these test methods in conjunction with Specification F3105 is intended to maximize the reliability of the equipment’s design and reduce the risk of serious injury resulting from design deficiencies.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods specify procedures and apparatus used for testing and evaluating Externally Loaded Strength Training Equipment, Strength Training Benches and External Weight Storage Equipment for compliance to Specification F3105. 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 Requirements—This equipment is to be tested in accordance with this test method or Test Methods F2571 for all of the following parameters:

    1.2.1 Stability,

    1.2.2 Edge and corner sharpness,

    1.2.3 Tube ends,

    1.2.4 Entrapment and pinch points,

    1.2.5 Weight disc retention,

    1.2.6 Function of adjustments and locking mechanisms,

    1.2.7 Training weight post loading,

    1.2.8 Storage weight post loading,

    1.2.9 Stop height verification,

    1.2.10 Stop load drop test,

    1.2.11 Barbell hook dimensions,

    1.2.12 Catch hook load drop test,

    1.2.13 Barbell support/frame impact test,

    1.2.14 Intrinsic loading,

    1.2.15 Extrinsic loading,

    1.2.16 Endurance loading, and

    1.2.17 Documentation and warnings verification.

    1.3 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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1749 Specification for Fitness Equipment and Fitness Facility Safety Signage and Labels

    F2216 Specification for Selectorized Strength Equipment

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

    European Standards

    EN 957–1 Stationary Training Equipment--Part 1: General Safety Requirements and Test Methods

    EN 957–2 Stationary Training Equipment--Part 2: Strength Training Equipment, Additional Specific Safety Requirements and Test Methods


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.220.30 (Indoor sports equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 49201600(Weight and resistance training equipment)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F3104-14

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3104-14, Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Externally Loaded Strength Training Equipment, Strength Training Benches and External Weight Storage Equipment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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