Don't Flex Your Muscles: Tips To Safely Move Your Hand Weights And Treadmill

Posted on: 24 August 2017

It is amazing just how much stuff you find in your house when it is time to pack up and move. Unfortunately, not everything you own fits neatly into standard sized moving boxes, and this is certainly the case when it comes to your home exercise equipment. However, this doesn't mean you need to leave your things behind, but it does require preparation before the removals team arrives at your home. Use this checklist as a guide to make sure your gear gets to its new abode undamaged.


Hand weights fit nicely into boxes, but the problem is their weight also causes them to fall straight out the bottom. The solution to this issue is to use plastic storage bins to move your hand weights. The use of solid containers ensures everybody's safety as there is little chance of the bottom falling out and the weight landing on someone's foot.

Buy plenty of storage bins and distribute the hand weights as evenly as you can among them. Don't pile all the heavy weights into one bin and put all the lighter ones in another. Additionally, wrap each hand weight in bubble wrap or a bathroom towel to stop them rubbing together in transit. You don't want to damage the paint or chip the metal while moving the weights.


Several days before the movers arrive, you will need to dismantle your treadmill into its original pieces. Most treadmills come in two pieces, which are the frame containing the electronic console and the moving belt you walk on. Look for the Allen key that came with the treadmill so you can remove the bolts joining the two pieces. If you cannot find the original Allen key, you can purchase a replacement at the hardware store.

Once the treadmill pieces are separated, wrap each one in a moving blanket and use packing tape to secure the blankets in place. The blankets give the moving parts of your treadmill protection while they are in transit. The blankets also protect your walls and fingers from being damaged if anyone loses their grip while shifting the pieces. Let the removalist know you have a treadmill in your home so they have a furniture dolly available to help move the item out to the truck.

Finally, as an etiquette note from the people who are coming to your home to move your belongings, please take a few minutes to wipe down your gym gear with disinfectant wipes before they arrive on moving day. No mover wants to handle exercise equipment that's unclean.