The treadmill, especially in recent years, is one of the most popular pieces of equipment that people buy for working out at home. It is a great investment that allows you to work out when you want, to burn extra calories without wasting time going to the gym.
But when planning a purchase, there are many questions about both model selection and installation issues. My clients often ask: I want to buy a treadmill for my home, but: How to Move a Treadmill Upstairs? Can I install it in a regular apartment if there’s almost no space available? And many other things. Let’s take a closer look at these questions.
How much weight can the floor support?
It may be questionable whether such heavy equipment can be placed in an apartment building. On average, treadmills can weigh 300 to 400 pounds. A 250 to 300 pound person can train on a treadmill. That may seem like a lot indeed. But any modern building built without violations of current building codes will hold that weight.
You can safely place your equipment and do your workout. In an average room of up to 100 square feet, the floor will hold up to 5,000 pounds of weight. If you have any doubts, consider this parameter when choosing a treadmill. It may not have a very powerful motor, but the functionality will be enough for working out at home.
If you move often and are planning to buy a treadmill, choose a model that folds to the most compact size. In some cases, for a moderate workout may be sufficient for a compact treadmill without handrails, which fits under the bed. But this option does not suit everyone.
How to move a treadmill
Moving the treadmill around the apartment will not be a problem. Most models have transport wheels, allowing you to effortlessly move it for easier storage or cleaning. But what if you need to lift the treadmill to the second, third or higher floor?
Most companies do not deliver the treadmill to your apartment. You will need to pay extra for delivery upstairs, or do it yourself. The cost of the work will depend on the size and weight of the treadmill. But in any case, you need to take into account a number of nuances (they may be individual in each case):
- availability of a freight elevator
- package size and weight
- stairwell width
- the form in which the treadmill will be delivered
If you have a new treadmill delivered and it’s disassembled, it will be more compact in size and easier to lift to your floor. Here are some tips to make the process easier.
1. Read the instructions.
It will indicate the size and weight of the equipment, before you start carrying the treadmill, check the dimensions of stairwells and doorways. Some manufacturers give recommendations on how best to move the equipment. Pay attention to whether the treadmill folds. If the frame folds, you will find it much easier to move the equipment. There may be a way to easily take the equipment apart.
2. Find helpers
You can do everything yourself, but it will be easier if a friend helps you. It is best if there is more than one person to help you. The front part is the heaviest, because it has a motor. It would be easier if it were carried by two people.
3. Take your time
Before starting the process, prepare everything you need so you don’t damage the treadmill, floor, or walls. Inspect the entire track, remove anything unnecessary, and clear the space as much as possible. Put something on the floor, in places where the flooring may be damaged. When moving in tight corners, take your time. The power cord should be secured so that it is not stepped on.
4. Make it easy on yourself
If you have to move the treadmill yourself, make it as easy as possible. It is worth buying or renting a furniture cart. They can support up to 1,000 pounds of load and can make the process much easier. You will need to hold and drag the treadmill. It will be much easier and safer.
It will be necessary to raise the treadmill, put the cart under it and balance it, engage the fixation. Perform the movement.
5. Be Very Careful if Moving Downstairs
Moving the treadmill downstairs is one of the most difficult steps. You can’t do without help here. It is important to hold the weight of the equipment, take your time, and calculate your strength correctly.
Keep your hands dry or use gloves to hold them in place. Professional loaders also use special straps such as Forklift Lifting Straps to distribute the load more evenly over their bodies.
In some cases, special carts that are designed to move on the steps will be useful. For example, the Stair Climber Hand Truck or similar.
So why don’t you make it easy on yourself? Rent it for.
What should I consider when installing a treadmill?
Choose a place near a wall or in a corner, with some room to spare. That way you won’t crash into it when you’re actively moving around the room. These walls are most often load-bearing, which will reduce vibration and noise.
To avoid disturbing the neighbors with noise when working out, use special mats for treadmills. They reduce slipping, protect the floor covering from damage, and reduce vibration. This will be better than putting the treadmill on the carpet. And the carpet will deteriorate less and there will be less fibers from the carpet going into the engine. Keep in mind the location of the power outlet.
It is desirable that the room is well ventilated. This way you will make your workout more effective.
# Can one person move a treadmill upstairs?
This is possible with special carts and devices. If you received a disassembled treadmill in a box and you have a special cart, you can try to do this work yourself.
# Is it hard to move a treadmill?
Treadmills differ in type and weight. You should check the weight of the equipment before scheduling delivery. It is important to simplify the task as much as possible. If the weight is heavy for you, it is better to hire movers or ask someone for help.
# How do you move a heavy upstairs?
To lift heavy objects on the stairs, it is worth using specialized carts. They can be rented for several hours. Otherwise there is a risk of damaging both the equipment being carried and the stairs.