Stressful as it is, moving becomes even more complicated and scary when you have to move heavy and awkwardly-shaped things. Not only that you need muscles of a strongman, but you also need to be clever enough to come up with the best way to bring this adventure to an end. Moving gym equipment is definitely a demanding type of moving. However, don’t be intimidated by it. Plan carefully each step of gym equipment relocation and minimize the unexpected situations. In order to cope with moving anxiety and save time when moving, you need to be well prepared for what is expecting you. Here are a few useful steps to follow.
Step 1 – Cleaning your gym equipment before moving
This is a necessary step before you start moving your workout equipment because there is no need to take bacteria and germs with you to your new location. Another reason for cleaning the gym equipment thoroughly is to keep it in a good shape after the move. What you use for cleaning is your choice, but the options are numerous – from homemade disinfectants, over special gym cleaners to all-purpose cleaners. You will also need some paper towels and wet wipes to clean your gym equipment before moving.
Step 2 – Packing your gym equipment before moving
Since gym equipment comes in various sizes and shapes, the packing technique will differ from one item to another. If you apply some easy packing tips, this phase of relocating your workout equipment shouldn’t cause any serious problems to you. Take a deep breath and start.
Packing yoga mats and accessories
These items are the easiest to pack, so you should deal with them first. All you need is an appropriate box to put them in and then move on. The job here is done.
Packing hand weights, dumbbells, barbells, and weight plates
These items are easy to pack, too. Besides the cardboard or plastic boxes that can handle their weight, you will also need a bubble wrap, some newspapers, towels, and blankets to wrap these items in. In this way, you keep your gym equipment safe and sound and you avoid causing any damages to it. Use as many boxes as you need instead of stuffing everything into one box. Otherwise, you will end up with a box whose bottom has fallen out and all the contents scattered around the floor. Plus, some of these items might end up on somebody’s feet and that will definitely hurt!
Packing treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and weightlifting machines
Ok, now you need some patience and concentration here. This is a real adventure. Before you even start packing these items, prepare their manuals. You will need them for both disassembling the items before moving and reassembling them when the relocation is over. If you have somehow lost these manuals, taking some pictures and making notes might help as well.
When disassembling your gym equipment before moving, carefully label all the parts and keep them together. All screws, nuts and bolts should be put into plastic bags and secured with a tape. When moving electric gym equipment, don’t even think about doing anything until you unplug the machine. Then, secure the wires well. When all removable parts have been removed, protect the bases by wrapping them into a blanket or any soft cloth. Bases are usually too big to fit into boxes, so you might try and prepare a few crates. There shouldn’t be much space left inside the boxes or the crates. Stuffing them with some blankets, newspapers, bubble wraps or towels is advisable. These pieces of gym equipment are very expensive, and you certainly don’t want to end up with damaged equipment on a new location.
Step 3 – Packing gym equipment into a moving truck
All the boxes have been labeled, the bases of gym equipment secured and now they have to be packed into a moving truck. You will definitely need some reliable and trustworthy helpers here to do the lifting with you. Ask the friends you trust and family members you can rely on to help you. You’ll turn moving gym equipment into a moving day adventure. Don’t forget to protect the floors in your old place if you don’t want to make some awful scratches. Pieces of cardboard or towels will do, although furniture sliders are maybe the best choice. Also, it might be a good idea to rent a hand truck or a big dolly to help you carry all the items to the truck. Prepare some ropes and ratchet straps to fix your gym equipment and prevent it from shifting during transport.
Step 4 – Reassembling after moving gym equipment on the new location
Once you have arrived at your destination, you have to repeat all the steps but in reverse order. When your gym equipment is at the new location, reassemble it and don’t forget to test it. To know that you have done the job well, you need to make sure that all your workout gear works properly.
Hiring professionals for moving gym equipment
If all these steps seem too much for you, there is always an alternative. You can always hire professionals to relocate gym equipment for you. Although it will cost you some money, bear in mind that affordable movers save your money as well. Plus, you will save your nerves, energy and time. However, think twice when moving long-distance, since a lot of moving companies charge by the weight of your items. It might be a better idea to sell some heavy items and buy new ones when moving is complete.
Final pieces of advice on moving gym equipment
Pay attention to the following:
- Always wear protective gloves when you work.
- When you do the lifting, it is very important to lift with your legs. If you lift with your back, you might seriously hurt yourself.
- Make a list of pros and cons and decide what the best option is for you when moving gym equipment. Plan everything in advance to avoid common moving mistakes.