Tips for Moving Fitness Equipment From Moving and Storage ExpertsPosted on: Friday, June 7th, 2019
Moving and Storage Experts Share Tips for Moving Fitness Equipment
If you own a home gym and are preparing for an upcoming move, then you’ll need to pay extra attention to the disassembly, packing, and transport of your equipment. Exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, free weights – they’re all expensive gear. As such, they need to be handled extra carefully to ensure they’re not damaged upon arrival. Certainly, it can be challenging to safely move your home gym. But, with the following advice from our moving and storage professionals at Reliable Van, your fitness equipment will make it to its new destination without a hitch!
Free Weights, Hand Weights, and Dumbbells
First things first, make sure to use quality industrial-grade cardboard boxes when preparing heavy equipment for transportation. For added safety, utilize new boxes as you’re assured proper structural integrity that can handle the extra weight. Additionally, plastic containers can be used as well. Their handles make transporting equipment a lot easier.
The following tips will help you when you’re wrapping hand weights:
- Use newsprint or bubble wrap to protect the surface of your weights.
- Add towels or blankets to the container, wrapping the weights to prevent them from shifting around and banging into each other.
- Limit the number of hand weights per box – ideally, about four in total – to keep the container from being too heavy.
Stationary Bike, Elliptical, and Treadmill
Since stationary bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills are very heavy, you’ll need to plan ahead before loading them onto the truck. Of course, you’ll want to avoid any damage, so plan this step carefully. Stick to the following tips when packing and relocating larger equipment. However, it’s best to consult the owner’s manual for your individual equipment models as they may have specific directions for moving and storage.
- Wrap your bike with a thick, padded blanket to protect it during transport. If the bike is electric, unplug it and store the cords in a clearly labeled container.
- Keep another equally protective blanket under the bike to prevent it from scratching your floors.
- Unplug your elliptical, then unscrew the main pieces like the console, base, pedals, and handlebars for transportation.
- Use thick, protective blankets to wrap these pieces separately. Pack these sections into sturdy boxes, labeling each one clearly. If you still have the original packaging, it’s best to use it.
- Turn the machine on, select zero incline.
- Then, turn it off, remove the safety key, and unplug it.
- If it is foldable, raise the deck to meet the console and secure it in place.
- Make sure the locking mechanism is engaged.
- Wrap the treadmill with blankets to protect it.
The Professionals at Reliable Van
To ensure your valuable equipment arrives undamaged and to lessen the likelihood of breakage, it’s best to hire professional movers. For helpful moving and storage guidance, trust the pros at Reliable Van. Call us today if you need help with your move.