How to Move with Sport Equipment

Moving out is bound to take a toll on anyone. It’s a process that’s both stressful and tiresome. The rigors of moving are even more pronounced when it comes to moving your sporting equipment.

While we may immediately think of yoga mats, rollers and dumbbells when we mention sporting equipment, these are actually some of the easiest items to move, thanks to their portable nature. However, this is not a property most sporting equipment have.

Most sporting equipment is bulky and heavy to handle. You would have to be superman to move these heavy-duty pieces alone. This is why it makes sense to hire professional moving services from a company that specializes in handling sports and fitness equipment.

That’s especially considering moving gym equipment is a specialized task. Unlike household goods that may not ordinarily require any cleaning, this is a must for all sporting equipment.

By virtue of being used for workout, these pieces of equipment are exposed to sweat, dead tissue and bacteria. For this reason, sporting equipment needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before transportation to rid it of odors and bacteria.

Depending on what you plan to carry when moving, a number of options are available to you. Let’s take a look at the most used types of sporting equipment and see how to pack them for the move.

Free weights

When it comes to free weights like dumbbells, hand weights, and weight plates, packing is not such a grueling affair. For ease of transportation, bubble wrap is the ideal material for packing them.

After the wrapping, you should place the weights in small sturdy boxes and secure them with tape or strong rope to prevent them from moving about during transit.

Your boxes should be small enough to hold just the right number of free weights. Make them too heavy and not only will they become difficult to move, but also could break through the boxes, and that’s not what we want.

After loading the boxes in the truck, don’t forget to secure them as well. Heavier weights do not need boxes, but they do need to be secured to the truck to keep then in place.


Ellipticals are quite tricky to move given their unique shape(s). The best way to transport these is to disassemble them.

Ideally all movable parts should be taken off, including the wheels, legs and/or pedals. Ensure that you keep all the bolts, nuts and screws in properly labeled bags for ease of reassembly.


Due to the rise in the culture of keeping fit, treadmills have become one of the most popular workout equipment and can be found in many homes.

When it comes to moving them, however, they pose a lot of challenges as they are one of the most complicated items to move.

Each treadmill needs to be packed uniquely. Rather than guessing on the best approach to follow, the best way to pack treadmills is to refer to the manufacturer’s manual for your specific model.

As a general guide, though, you should set the incline to zero and proceed to remove the safety key and unplug the treadmill. Then, fold the walking deck until it clicks into place. To secure it, tighten the knob or, depending on your model, insert the locking pin.

Plastly, proceed to cover the treadmill with blankets (for protection) in anticipation of the move.

Exercise bench

After moving the treadmill, moving an exercise bench should be a walk in the park. Exercise benches should be packed in the same way you would pack a piece of furniture.

This would involve wrapping them in blankets and moving them using furniture sliders and/or dollies to the moving truck.

Other sporting goods

These include items like roller skates, skis, yoga mats and similar items. These are fairly simple items to move.

All you need to do is clean them, wrap them appropriately and then pack them in specialized tote or gym bags. And that’s it – work done!

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