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Moving Tips: Transport exercise equipment without breaking a sweat

Free weights need to be packed away properly.

Free weights need to be packed away properly.

If you prefer to work out at home instead of going to the gym, you likely have some exercise equipment to move. Whether it is for cardio or strength training, you may need to make alterations to your moving plans in order to ensure it's packed up and given to your moving company with the least trouble possible.

Free weights may be the easiest to pack away, but you should make sure that moving these items is manageable. Packing everything together may make for a box that is too heavy to lift, so multiple smaller boxes may be easier. Keep in mind, the heavier an item is in the box, the more likely the box will break. Weights also typically come with benches, and if the one you have is able to collapse or be disassembled, it could save you a lot of room during transport.

Machines, such as treadmills, likely need to be disassembled to make sure that you can move them comfortably. This could take a bit of skill, especially if you don't have the original instruction manual. However, if you have the original box, you can put the main pieces in it, while getting a plastic container to make sure you don't lose any hardware.

When you get to your new home, be sure that you put your new exercise equipment in an area that has plenty of room and ceiling height. By avoiding cramped spaces, you can be sure that there won't be any accidents or damage to the walls or ceilings. It is easy when exerting yourself to put a weight through drywall or hit your head running on a treadmill because the ceiling isn't high enough.

It also may be a smart choice to put the machines and weights on the lowest level of the home. This is because there is no room below to be affected by the noise of someone dropping weights, running or otherwise working on machines above them. If you live in an apartment with multiple floors, this may not be possible. You may need to do your exercising at times of day that aren't disruptive to those around you.

Take your time when planning out where all of your exercise items will go, and don't be afraid to move them around to find the right fit in your new home.