Moving your home gym can be a very stressful thing to do. Not only are you moving an entire room’s worth of equipment and materials, but you also have to make sure everything gets into the new space without breaking or getting damaged. There’s no need to worry, though! We’ve got all the tips and tricks for how to move your home gym successfully with minimal stress involved.
Make sure you know what is staying and what is going
When you plan to move your home gym, it can be easy to lose track of what is going on and what isn’t. To make sure you don’t accidentally leave anything behind, here’s a list of things to do:
- Make a list of all the items you want to move.
- Make another list for items needing special attention, like foam rollers or kettlebells.
- List everything else that needs to stay put.
Take measurements of the space you’re moving to
Taking measurements of the space, you’re moving to is incredibly important. You want to ensure you have enough room for your equipment and that there are no obstacles like windows or other things that could damage your equipment.
Measure the height, width, and depth of the space where you will move your home gym. Take note of any doorway sizes that need to be accounted for (and double-check they won’t be too small). Measure these dimensions at different points throughout the space so that if a wall moves back or expands forward, it won’t throw off your measurements when it comes time to set up your home gym again in its new location.
Disassemble and organize
When you decide to move your home gym, one of the most important tasks is disassembling and reassembling it. This can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. But if you’re organized, this process will go smoothly and quickly.
First, make sure that all of your equipment is in good working order before transporting it somewhere else—there’s no sense in doing so if it’s damaged or broken! Once everything is ready, remove each item from its wall mount or rack and label the pieces with masking tape or a Sharpie pen (you’ll want to write inventory on the box or tape a list to each box).
Make sure each piece has its plastic bag for protection; once all pieces have been labeled accordingly, place them neatly into boxes according to their location on the wall or rack where they previously hung. You may also want to write “Do Not Bend” on top of any fragile items like mirrors. Hence, as not damage them during transit—this doesn’t matter much with metal barbells but can make all the difference when dealing with electronics equipment like televisions!
Keep any spare parts, keys, tools, and hardware with the items they belong to
Keep any spare parts, keys, tools, and hardware with the items they belong to or in separate containers, so they don’t get misplaced.
If you are missing parts from your equipment, look up instructions online. If you aren’t sure how something fits back together or can’t find an online tutorial, take pictures of all the pieces, so it’s easier to reassemble later on!
Putting it all back together
If you’re not sure how something fits back together or if you are missing parts, look up instructions online. It can be frustrating to have a Home gym that’s been disassembled and unable to find the proper instructions for putting it back together. Plenty of DIY workout videos on YouTube and other sites can help guide you through the process of putting your equipment together again.
Be prepared with the supplies!
It would help if you did a few things before you start to move your home gym to ensure that your equipment arrives safely and undamaged.
Use packing tape and zip ties to seal boxes securely so that nothing will fall out if they get dropped during transportation.
Foam covers for screws, bolts and any other pieces that might be sharp or protrude from the equipment can also help prevent damage during transit. If you have foam pieces already on hand, use them; otherwise, you can buy them at most hardware stores or online.
If there is any possibility of an item being damaged by impact during transport (such as an exercise ball), using bubble wrap inside the box will provide cushioning protection and prevent objects from moving around too much within their containers during travel time.
Pack heavier items at the bottom
Pack heavier items at the bottom of the boxes and lighter items on top. This will make it easier to carry and keep everything from shifting around during transit.
Use a box with a lid to keep smaller items from falling out of a stack of boxes or getting damaged in transit. Smaller things like dumbbells, barbells, and other equipment can easily roll out or be crushed underneath larger, heavier objects if not packed correctly.
Use plastic bins for storing smaller loose parts such as cables, clamps, bolts, etc. These are better than packing them in bags because they don’t take up much space but are easy to pull out when you need them later on down the road so that you aren’t digging through all your boxes trying to find what part number goes where!
Pad your gym equipment with old pillows, towels, blankets, and bubble wrap
Whether you are moving to yourself or you have hired a moving company, protecting your stuff is a must. To protect your equipment, pad everything with blankets and pillows. Then wrap each item in bubble wrap and secure it with packing tape. Zip ties are a handy way to keep things in place and label them all with a label maker so you can easily find what you need when you’re ready to use your gym again.
Moving your home gym can be a big task. But if you plan and follow our tips, it should go smoothly. Remember: Take your time, follow the instructions on each piece of equipment and label everything! If you liked these tips, check out our other posts about moving.