It’s an ambitious decision to buy a treadmill. It’s perhaps even more ambitious moving a treadmill from one spot to the next. Incorrectly moving this clunky piece of exercise equipment could easily cause injury to even the most fitness-savvy individuals.
This guide will teach you how to move a treadmill from one spot to the next and includes several tips to help streamline the process. In some cases, you could get away with moving a treadmill by yourself. However, it’s always helpful to have an extra set of hands anytime you are moving furniture that is awkwardly sized and weighs over 50 pounds.
First, you’ll want to create a basic moving plan. Don’t just move the treadmill on impulse without learning a little more about the equipment and figuring out the best method to get it from A to B. Follow these steps for best results.
1. Check the manual for moving instructions.
If you are having trouble locating a user manual, find the make and model on the back of your treadmill. Look up the owners manual online. Here are some questions you’ll need answered before you move a treadmill:
- Does the treadmill fold in half?
- Are there wheels to roll the treadmill around?
- How much does this equipment weigh? For any treadmill over 100 pounds, consider renting a furniture dolly.
- Does the manual explain how to take apart the treadmill?
2. Unplug the treadmill and remove the safety key.
This step might seem obvious, but it’s one that many people overlook when they are moving in a hurry. Never move a treadmill that’s plugged into the wall.
Once the plug is removed, fold the cord and wrap it with moving tape, so it’s not dangling. Remove the safety key and store that in a plastic bag that you tape on the treadmill somewhere that is out of the way.
3. Roll the treadmill from one room to the next.
If the treadmill has wheels, you can roll it as far as possible on the same level without using a dolly or folding the treadmill. Here’s how to do this:
- Have one person stand at each end of the treadmill.
- One person will grip the upright bars, and the other will grab the underneath side of the belt section.
- The person at the belt section will carefully tip back the treadmill until it’s balanced on the wheels.
- Slowly walk the treadmill out of the house or to a different room if there are no stairs.
- Be sure that the person who is walking backward is guided away from any obstacles.
If you need to know how to move a treadmill downstairs or through narrow doorways, continue to the following steps.
4. Fold the treadmill or disassemble it.
Most treadmills will fold in half with either the top section folding down or the bottom, heavier section folding up. There should be a locking mechanism to lock it in its folded position. However, there are other non-folding treadmills and ones that come apart completely.
Your best bet here is to track down the owner’s manual and find out how they recommend to take it apart or make it easier to move.
5. Remove doors and jambs as necessary.
Some treadmills will be too wide to fit through household doorways. Once the treadmill is folded and in the locked position, measure your doorways to see if the treadmill will fit. If not, carefully remove the door and jamb to make more room.
6. Use a furniture dolly in certain circumstances.
There are instances when you’ll need a furniture dolly and other times when you can get away without it. If you are moving a treadmill that is on wheels from one room to another, you likely won’t need a dolly. However, we recommend a furniture dolly for any large-scale treadmill that is going up on a moving truck. You’ll also need a furniture dolly if you have to move a treadmill downstairs or upstairs.
One critical aspect of moving a treadmill with a dolly is to be sure the equipment is centered on the dolly, and the weight is distributed evenly.
7. Move downstairs very carefully.
When you are moving a treadmill down the stairs, position the stronger individual going down the steps first. They will take on most of the weight. Make sure the person on the upper side has a good grip. If their hands are sweaty, wipe them off and wear moving gloves that can enhance your grip. Take the move one step at a time and be sure to communicate in case the weight becomes too much for one person. The person on the lower end should have someone else on hand to step in if they need extra assistance. Better to err on the side of caution than to risk injury.
8. Wrap the treadmill on the moving truck.
It’s easiest to move the treadmill without much extra padding. However, once the equipment is placed on the moving truck, be sure to wrap it in moving blankets or extra padding to keep it protected on its journey. Then, anchor the treadmill against a wall using moving straps so it can’t move around.
9. Reassemble the treadmill and lock it in place.
Don’t forget all the necessary steps to reassemble the treadmill once it’s in its new home. Lock the equipment back in an upright position and be sure to return the safety key to its proper position.
10. If all else fails, hire a moving company.
Sometimes, moving a treadmill on your own is just not feasible. This type of equipment is often left to the professionals who use dollies and move heavy items daily. There are some added benefits of using a moving company to consider:
- Most moving companies have insurance in case there is damage to the treadmill or your home during the move.
- They have all the necessary moving supplies on hand, so you won’t need to purchase or rent anything extra.
- Movers will take extra precautions to protect your walls and know how to move items up and down steep or winding staircases.
We hope this moving guide helped explain the most tried-and-true ways to move a treadmill. Remember to know your own strength and don’t take on more than you can realistically handle. A little money paid to movers will be a lot less painstaking than an injured back.