How to Avoid Stress and Strain When Moving Your Home Gym
A home gym provides everything you need to improve your fitness and reduce your stress levels, all from the comfort of a familiar space. However, moving your personal gym to a new home can be a daunting task to even the most accomplished athletes.
In this blog, we walk you through the process of transferring your gym from your current house to your new home.
Check Your Owner’s Manuals
One to two months before you plan to move, start looking for the owner’s manuals of the gym equipment you own. If you no longer have the manual for a specific machine, you may be able to find a scanned copy available online.
Check the guidelines for disassembling and reassembling each machine. Take particular note of any instructions that seem unclear.
Once you have an idea of how useful the manuals will be, take pictures of the setup for each workout machine. These images can help you remember the configuration of multi-use machines and the settings for other equipment.
If you noticed any gaps in a machine’s manual, document that portion of the disassembly process so that you can work backward when you set up your gym in its new location.
Choose a Reputable Mover
If you’re moving with gym equipment, you will most likely need the help of a professional moving team. Not only are gym accoutrements heavy, but this gear tends to be oddly shaped. A moving team will have the knowledge and experience necessary to move your equipment with minimal risk of property damage or injury.
As you consider prospective movers, check that your chosen moving company handles large equipment like lifting machines and ellipticals. Your mover may have specific guidelines about these items, so be sure to communicate clearly with the team.
Disassemble Large Machines
Start preparing your gym for the moving team by taking apart the larger machines. Remember to keep track of all the steps in this process, as we discussed in the first section.
Ideally, you want to pare down each machine until it’s just a frame or portions of a frame. This process makes it easier to bring workout equipment through doors and to load the moving truck efficiently.
As you take each machine apart, place any loose components together in a single box. For example, you would put your treadmill safety key, power cord, and any other components together so that you can easily reassemble the machine.
Once you remove all loose components, use tape or industrial plastic wrap to secure any moving parts. You don’t want anything to shift while movers are carrying the equipment, as this movement could result in injury or damage.
Don’t forget to put your owner’s manuals, your disassembly notes, and pictures with the loose components and parts to keep everything together.
Pack Small Parts Into Reinforced Boxes
Your home gym likely has medicine balls, free weights, yoga mats, jump ropes, and other equipment that isn’t as unwieldy as a gym machine. To pack up and move these items, choose reinforced containers to accommodate the full weight of this gear.
Deflate any blow-up items, like exercise balls. Package each item as neatly as you can so that it will be easy to find and pull out of the box once you arrive. For example, you may want to roll up and secure your yoga mat and wind up your jump rope for simpler shipping.
Pack each of these smaller pieces of equipment tightly together to minimize movement while your belongings are in transit. Shifting can compromise the structural integrity of the boxes and leave dents or scratches on other items in your moving truck.
Use these guidelines to ensure that you’re ready to restart your workout routine as soon as you set up your new gym space.