If you happen to be a fan of working out, you’ve probably collected a lot of sports equipment over time. However, when the time for relocating comes, you need to take all of that gear with you. Depending on what you have, you might have to move a few weights or a whole treadmill and a bike. Needless to say, moving your sports equipment won’t be so easy if you don’t prepare. With a bit of know-how and a team of good long distance movers, we assure you it will be alright. For your convenience, we’ve prepared a few moving tips which will surely come in handy.
Before moving your sports equipment, make sure everything is sanitized
In case you own any gym equipment, both you and your family have undoubtedly used it to work out. Given this fact, you know all too well how much sweat drips all over your pieces of gear. Because of this, the first thing you need to do before moving your sports equipment is to properly clean it. It is very important to fully clean your gym kit of any form of bacteria before moving it to a new home. We’ve put together a few cleaning tips you should follow before long distance movers Long Island arrive. Cleaning everything makes your equipment ready to use right after the move, so you can remain in shape.
- Begin by thoroughly cleaning any handles or grip surfaces of your equipment. This includes your weights, treadmill, jump rope, and other pieces of gear. Mixing warm water and white vinegar makes a good disinfectant. Pour the mix into a spray bottle and thoroughly apply it to all surfaces.
- Follow up by wiping down accessories like exercise mats and punching bags. All-purpose cleaner and paper towels will do just fine in getting the germs off.
- Lastly, collect all soft fabrics, such as towels, headbands, hand wraps, and gloves, and wash them. Put everything in a washing machine and set it to a hot water cycle for proper cleaning.
Moving large pieces of equipment requires a bit of preparation
Relocating large furniture of sports equipment can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, with preparation, you can make this process simpler. To relocate your treadmill, first make sure that it is unplugged. Fold up the treadmill, place it in the upright position, and lock it. Once you complete these steps, wrap it up in blankets and secure everything with tape. This will protect it from damage during the move. As we’ve previously said, treadmills can be quite heavy, so moving them can be challenging. Renting or buying a durable dolly cart can help you move it around easily. When the time comes to lift it onto the moving truck, remember to use the right technique. To avoid injuries, lift with your legs instead of your back, and don’t make sudden movements. Once it is loaded in, secure it with straps so it remains stationary during transport.
For owners of the most popular exercise piece, the stationary bike, the safety aspect remains the same, with a slightly different approach. Start by covering the bike with a safety blanket. To prevent it from falling off, use straps or tape to secure it. Some stationary bikes have small wheels at the base, but just in case, cover your floors when moving it through the home. Doing so will help you avoid any unwanted floor scratches. Towels, cardboard, or furniture sliders can all be used to help your bike smoothly glide across most surfaces all the way to the truck. Once you do reach the moving vehicle, loading it shouldn’t be an issue. Just remember the lifting techniques we talked about.
Safely moving other smaller gym accessories
Weights, dumbells, yoga mats, and barbells are small, yet equally important pieces of every home gym. A word of advice in advance, you will need plenty of moving boxes for moving this type of sports equipment. What you need to look for, are durable cardboard boxes, which can be reused after the move. Throwing everything into one giant box is ill-advised simply because you won’t be able to carry it. By using smaller boxes, you will be able to better distribute the weight, making everything easier to carry and store. In case you can’t find cardboard boxes durable enough, we recommend using plastic tubs. Once you find appropriate containers, it is time to think about safety. You can wrap your weights in packing paper or old newspapers. This protects them and prevents them from knocking against other weights, creating scratches.
To save time and energy, you can leave packing smaller sports equipment pieces for last. Yoga mats, yoga blocks, and exercise balls won’t require a lot of preparation or effort. The only obstacle you have to tackle is finding boxes big enough to pack them in. To save space, we recommend rolling your exercise mats from top to bottom. Prevent them from unrolling by tightly tying them with a string or strap before packing. Covering them with plastic wrap also helps keep them clean during transport. Lastly, remember to label each and every box to avoid confusion when unpacking after your long distance move. Take a marker and a few post-it notes and write down the content of each box. This way you’ll know exactly where everything is, without having to dig through your boxes for that one specific set of weights.
Despite what many people think, moving your sports equipment is easier than it seems. With a bit of useful advice and the help of our professional packers, everything is possible. If you prepare well enough, you’ll be able to enjoy your home gym as soon as your relocation is over. Even though your move to a new home is an exercise on its own, with our help, you’ll be able to remain in shape after settling into your new dream castle.