There are a few reasons you might be moving your elliptical. The most likely reason is due to the purchase of a new elliptical. You have an old one that's taking up space and you want to get rid of it, but it’s just too big to move easily. The second reason is if you're moving into a new home and the layout doesn’t allow for the elliptical to be used in its current location.
It would help if you had a complete plan
When moving an elliptical, the most important thing is to ensure you have a good plan and don't make any last-minute changes. It doesn't really matter how big or heavy your machine is when moving.
Before moving an elliptical machine, make sure everything is safe and secure where it is currently in your home or office space. Try to find the easiest and safest way to move the elliptical. Map out how to easily cross complex turns.
Determine the method and plan for stairs and how much staffing may be required for elliptical transfer by stairs. If you move from one area to another, also determine the transportation system.
Therefore, a proper checklist and plan can make moving elliptical machines from one place to another easier.
Gather some supplies you’ll need
Here's a list of the most important things you'll need to get your elliptical machine safely moved:
- A moving buddy: This person will be responsible for loading up the elliptical and putting it in the truck or trailer of your vehicle. And also responsible for unloading it from the vehicle at your new residence or home gym and place it in its permanent location.
- Furniture dolly: You'll probably want to get a piece of furniture that can lift up to 400 pounds. It's also important that this dolly be able to fit through doorways and hallways of your house.
- Moving blankets: Moving blankets help protect furniture from scratches and dents when moving heavy items, including elliptical.
- Tie-down straps (in case of a transfer away): Tie-down straps help secure furniture in place during transport, preventing damage and saving money by avoiding costly repairs after unpacking at its new location.
Secure your elliptical with tie-down the moving parts
Since you plan to move the elliptical without disassembly, its moving parts can create many problems. So, it would help to move if you securely fastened the elliptical arm and foot pedals.
The simplest way to tie down an elliptical is to use cable ties. These plastic strips have a loop on one end and a buckle on the other. The loop can be used to attach the cable tie around an object, and then the tension of the cable tie stops it from moving or swinging around.
Next, you need to secure each leg by wrapping cable ties around them. To do this, grab one leg at each end and pull them up towards the top of the machine until they meet together in the middle. Once this has been done for all four legs, carefully wrap them around with more cable ties until they are firmly attached in place.
Use furniture dolly
Now is the time for you to use your moving friend. First, determine where you'll be moving the elliptical. Then, with their help, slowly lift the elliptical machine and place it on the furniture dolly. If you move from one room to another, carry the dolly carefully and replace it with the help of your moving friends.
If you want to take the elliptical machine somewhere far away, you must accept the machine by truck or van. In that case, try to move the dolly as close to the truck or door as possible. Then, carefully pick up the truck with the help of your moving friends. Also, ensure that there is enough space between your new elliptical and any wall or other object, so there is no risk of tipping or falling during transportation.
Never use wheels on elliptical machines for long-distance transportation. Many will ask what the use of the wheel in an elliptical machine is. The transport wheels of elliptical machines are designed for small movements. Moreover, the wheel of an elliptical machine can destroy your hardwood floor.
Moving your elliptical upstairs or downstairs
The elliptical machine is a piece of excellent exercise equipment that helps you burn fat and build muscle. Unfortunately, these machines are usually heavy and awkward to move. This can make it difficult to move your elliptical if you want to take it out of the room or bring it upstairs or downstairs in your home.
You'll need a few friends to help you successfully move an elliptical up or down stairs. You need to carefully lift the machine so that its center of gravity is at least three feet off the floor; otherwise, it could tip over and injure someone who is nearby or even cause damage to the machine itself.
When you move your elliptical upstairs, you want to make sure you have the right tools and equipment for the job. Then, you must secure the machine's moving parts, including the paddles, with a tie-down strap. These types of straps are available at many home improvement stores.
Once you've tied down all the moving parts from the elliptical, you can start moving it upstairs. For this step, it's best to use a furniture dolly or other kind of wheeled device that will allow you to push or pull the machine without causing any damage or stress on its frame or bearings.
You can also use a hand truck if needed, but these devices don't always offer enough space to maneuver around corners and doorways without hitting walls or other objects inside your home.
Cover the machine with a furniture blanket when using trucks or vans for long-distance transportation. Be careful not to damage any of your elliptical parts during this process.
Can two people move an elliptical?
Two people can easily move an elliptical without any problems at all. However, if you have more than two people working together, it becomes easier for them to lift and carry the elliptical without causing any damage or injury. But it does require a bit of planning. If you have access to a platform lift or other similar piece of equipment, then that would be the best option for you.
Hopefully, this article has been useful in helping you move your elliptical machine. Of course, many steps need to be taken to ensure a smooth transition, but by following these guidelines, you will be able to get the job done safely and efficiently. Good luck!