Exercise equipment is a wonderful addition to your home. It allows you to work out in the comfort of your living room and saves you from paying gym membership costs. If you’re moving soon, now’s the time to consider how to move exercise equipment. This guide should make the process easy.
How to Move a Treadmill
Your treadmill probably weighs over one hundred pounds, so moving it requires you to plan carefully. Follow these general instructions for packing and moving a treadmill, and always refer to your owner’s manual for clarification:
- Set the incline to zero and remove the safety key.
- Turn off the treadmill and unplug it from the wall.
- Raise the walking deck so it folds up against the console and clicks into place.
- Tighten the locking knob or insert the locking pin, depending on your treadmill’s design, to secure the walking deck in place.
- Wrap moving blankets around the machine to protect it.
- With help from a second person, tilt the treadmill backward, slide a dolly beneath it, and secure the treadmill with ropes.
- Wheel the treadmill outside, load it into the moving truck, and secure it with ropes or ratchet straps to preventing shifting during transit.
How to Move an Elliptical Machine
The unique shape of an elliptical machine makes it difficult to move. Follow these steps for the best results:
- If you can, take the machine apart. Start by unplugging the exercise equipment. Then, unscrew and unbolt the handlebars, pedals, base, and console from one another. Wrap these parts separately with moving blankets and pack them in the original packaging, if possible. Otherwise, moving boxes will do.
- If you can’t disassemble your elliptical, secure the pedals and handlebars with packing tape or rope, wrap the entire machine in a moving blanket, and carry it out to the moving truck with help from at least one other person.
How to Move Weights
Dumbbells, barbells, and weight plates are standard parts of any home gym. Pack this equipment with these pointers in mind:
- Pack no more than four hand weights per small box to prevent any from becoming too heavy. Fill the remaining space with towels, resistance bands, workout clothes, or other lightweight objects.
- Wrap heavy weights and barbells with packing paper and place them on the floor of the moving truck. Secure them with rope to prevent shifting during transit.
Additional Tips for Moving Exercise Equipment
To ensure the best results on moving day, follow these extra tips while packing and moving exercise equipment:
- Take pictures of anything you disassemble from multiple angles to help you put it back together.
- Wear work gloves to protect your hands.
- Place the treadmill safety key and any screws, bolts, and other small parts in a plastic bag. Label the bag and tape it to the equipment to prevent losing it in the chaos of moving day.
- Tape power cords to the equipment to prevent them from dragging and causing a safety hazard.
- Always work with another person when handling large, heavy equipment.
- After reassembling your exercise machines, test each one to ensure they work properly.
Georgetown Moving and Storage Company Can Help Transport Your Exercise Equipment
Your home gym is full of expensive equipment that requires great care when moving. If you find it difficult to maneuver your treadmill, elliptical machine, weights, and other equipment, hire Georgetown Moving and Storage Company for help. We assist our customers in moving to and from the DC, VA, and MD areas with the goal of making moving day as painless as possible.
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