Posted on: September 21, 2018
Whether you’re trying to move your household on your own, or just considering relocating fitness equipment in your house, it’s important to understand the challenge of moving fitness equipment. Because it’s heavier, bulkier, and harder to move, fitness equipment can present additional challenges to you as you try to move it, and put you at a higher risk of injury or harm. The professional movers at Baymeadows are ready to help you with their experience and equipment any time! But if you decide to move fitness equipment on your own, here are some tips to keep you safe while making the move.
1. Check the owners manual. This often-overlooked step can give you additional knowledge about the safe places to grab or lift the equipment, as well as information about the weight. Most manuals also contain information on how to move the equipment safely.
2. Don’t forget to unplug it. This might seem obvious, but the movers at Baymeadows have heard some horror stories from homeowners about forgetting this step and damaging the equipment, the socket, or themselves in the process of trying to move the equipment. Be mindful of where the cord goes, and consider taping it to a secure part of the equipment so that it doesn’t get underfoot.
3. Always bend your knees. This is good advice generally for moving heavy objects, but because fitness equipment is even heavier and bulkier, it’s even more important to pay attention to how you lift it and how you walk with it. If you lift fitness equipment with your back, you are increasing your chances of injury.
4. Use the buddy system. Don’t attempt to move fitness equipment alone. Even if you’re physically capable of moving it alone, have someone with you just in case things don’t go smoothly. And don’t be afraid to ask more than one friend for help with bigger pieces of equipment. The more hands that come help, the less likely you are to get injured.
5. Lift smart. Aside from lifting with your legs instead of your back, consider using tools like a dolly to make moving the equipment easier. Also, to start lifting any piece of equipment, one person should tilt it slightly so they can lift it, and then the second person can do the same. Don’t try to “deadlift” it up off the ground.
6. Secure the equipment. If you’re moving the equipment into a truck, be sure to use tie-downs to stabilize and secure the equipment. Not only does this protect the fitness equipment piece itself, but also the truck—fitness equipment is big enough and heavy enough that it might damage the vehicle it’s in if it isn’t properly stabilized.
For help moving fitness equipment and anything else in your household, contact the expert movers at Baymeadows.