How to move exercise equipment

So you’ve come to the resolution of getting more exercise in the new year. Congratulations! Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. We would know, we move every day!

However, moving your new equipment around can be difficult. Here are some tips to get your exercise equipment moved so you can get moving.

Moving a treadmillTreadmills are difficult to move due to the size and weight

Treadmills are a great tool to help you reach your goal, but they’re challenging to move. Due to their size and weight, you’ll want to start by recruiting at least one helper.

Next, consult your manual (or research the model you own) to learn how to break it down. If you can’t find a manual, use these general steps to make the process easier.

  1. Unplug your treadmill
  2. Fold the walking service up toward the main console until it locks into place
  3. Wrap the entire device in blankets and secure it with plastic wrap
  4. Strap or tie it down to a flat service in your moving vehicle

Keep in mind some treadmills require disassembly. If this is the case, make sure to keep all tools and parts centralized.

A plastic bag is a perfect place for screws and other small pieces. This is essential, as losing pieces can be catastrophic.

Moving an elliptical

The best practice for moving an elliptical is to break it down into easier-to-move pieces. Due to the awkward shape and size, this is a necessity.

Remove the pedals and handlebars from the body, and remove the console from the body if possible. Package each unit carefully, and keep nuts and bolts with the pieces they belong to.

If you choose to leave your elliptical intact during your move, there are several crucial steps:

  1. Secure the handlebars and the pedals tightly so they don’t shift. Rope or packing tape is the best option for this.
  2. Wrap the elliptical in blankets and plastic wrap to ensure safety both for the machine, your house, and your vehicle.
  3. Have at least one (two if possible) helpers assist in carrying the machine. The strongest mover should be carrying the front of the machine due to the increased weight.

Moving a stationary bike

Stationary bikes are among the most popular pieces of home gym equipment. They are simple to move compared to treadmills and ellipticals.

If your bike has any electric components, be sure to unplug it and keep cords nearby. If it folds up, this will make moving even easier.

Wrap it in blankets and plastic wrap to again protect your home. Depending on the model, you’ll also need a helper to help protect yourself as you lift it into your vehicle.

Freeweights and a weight bar can be challenging to moveMoving free weights and weight plates

This is bound to be a workout of its own, so make sure you’re ready for some heavy lifting. Smaller weights can be combined into several boxes to save time.

Wrap each in bubble wrap or packing paper, and pay attention to how much you’re packing. Too many small weights will make the box impossible to move. Not to mention, the box could break under such weight.

Make sure to stack on top of these boxes when you load your vehicle. If you put weights on top of your other items, you risk damages.

Heavier weights should not be combined. Wrap each individual dumbbell, barbell, and weight plate separately. Combining them will put unnecessary stress on your body.

When loading your vehicle, place them directly on the floor and secure them with rope or straps. Since they’re individually packed, they may roll around if not properly fastened.

Moving an exercise bench
Treat your exercise bench like you would most furniture. Wrap it in blankets and plastic wrap to ensure it stays secure and doesn’t cause any damage.

Overall tips

Always practice safety when it comes to moving any home exercise equipment. This includes using gloves to protect your hands and improve your grip, and lifting with proper lifting techniques. After all, you want to be able to use your equipment, not be injured by it.

Another great tip is to keep tape, rope, and plastic bags on hand. Tape and rope are essential to securing mobile parts.

Plastic bags are useful for containing the smaller pieces you remove while breaking down equipment. Bag the pieces from only one machine together, and tape the bag to that machine. This will ensure you don’t mix or lose pieces.

Call the professionals

If all of this sounds like too much work or heavy lifting, it may be time to call in the professionals. They have specific training in techniques to move heavy exercise equipment, and come equipped with the tools to take them apart if necessary. They will also have more space in their vehicles. Exercise equipment takes up a great deal of space, something moving trucks have plenty of.


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