You want to stay healthy and maintain your physique, which is why you splurged and turned your spare bedroom or garage into a home gym. Now that it is time to relocate, you are dreading the idea of lifting all that heavy equipment onto the truck. However, with a little help and some preparation, you will be surprised at how effortless it will actually be to get all your equipment to the new house. Here are a few simple tips to help you safely relocate your gym equipment:
Start by Cleaning the Equipment
Before you pack up a single piece of gym equipment, it is important to give each a proper cleaning. This will help ensure that any germs that are on the equipment don't come with you to your new home. According to Spright, the easiest way to eliminate any stray viruses and bacteria is to create your own simple disinfectant with a mixture of white vinegar, baking soda and water.
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and begin wiping down every inch of your equipment, including your dumbbells, barbells, yoga mats, and the bigger pieces. After you clean the pieces, allow them to dry completely before attempting to place anything in boxes or moving the larger pieces.
Moving Your Treadmill
The first step in removing your treadmill is to ensure it is unplugged from the wall, if applicable. Next, fold the treadmill by lifting the base and pushing it toward the instrument panel. Locate the lock and make sure the treadmill is secure before removing it. If you're not sure how to lock the treadmill, refer to the owner's manual. In many cases, there is a knob or a locking pin that will keep the treadmill secure.
The next step is to locate any cords and cables. If the cables can be removed, carefully take them off the treadmill and place them into a zippered plastic bag. For cables and cords that cannot be removed, such as the power cord, secure it to the treadmill with a piece of packing tape.
Finally, tilt the treadmill and carefully slide a dolly underneath it. Wrap the treadmill in a moving blanket, or cover with a spare sheet or blanket, before placing it onto the moving van.
Moving Your Weights and Dumbbells
You might assume the best way to relocate your hand weights, dumbbells, and barbells is to simply place them inside the truck. However, it only takes one steep hill or huge bump in the road to cause the weights to roll right into your other boxes, or breakables.
Instead, the most effective way to move your weights is to either wrap them individually or place them into sturdy cardboard boxes or plastic totes. It is best to pack them individually, or in the case of smaller weights, groups that are small enough for the tote or box to handle. Just like with any items, packing boxes too heavy or full will mean you won't be able to lift and move them at all. They could also damage the boxes and come loose.
When it comes to the larger weights that won't fit into a small cardboard box or tote, or are simply too heavy, the best solution is to wrap them individually with moving pads or blankets. Secure the blankets with moving tape and carefully place them in the back of the moving van.
Moving Your Stationary Bike
Relocating your stationary bike won't be too much trouble. The most important thing is to ensure that any cords and cable are secured or removed and that you secure any moving parts, such as the tire and pedals. If the pedals can be taken off, take the time to remove them. Pack the pedals in a box and fill the empty space with packing peanuts or newspaper. If you cannot remove the pedals, it is important to keep them stationary. This is best accomplished with small bungee cords, or you can secure the pedals to the frame with packing tape.
Next, carefully slide a flattened cardboard box under the bike and slowly pull it out to the moving van. Do not attempt to lift the bike by yourself; instead, ask for the moving company or a friend for some assistance.
Moving your exercise equipment can work up quite a sweat, especially if you don't take the time to prepare and pack up each piece. Luckily, with a little extra work, it is possible to safely move your equipment to your new home. Contact a company like Midwest Moving & Storage, Inc. for more information on moving practices.Share