The treadmill, especially in recent years, is one of the most popular equipment people buy for working out at home. It’s a great investment that lets you exercise whenever you want, to burn off the extra calories without wasting time going to the gym.
But when planning a purchase, there are many questions about both the choice of model and installation problems. My customers often ask: I want to buy a treadmill for my home, but: How do I move the treadmill upstairs? Can I install it in a normal apartment if there is 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 doubtful whether such heavy equipment can be placed in an apartment building. On average, treadmills can weigh 300 to 400 pounds. A person weighing between 250 and 300 pounds can train on a treadmill. This may sound like a lot, indeed. But any modern building that is built without violations of current building codes will carry this weight.
You can safely place your equipment and do your workout. In an average room up to 100 square feet, the floor takes up to 5,000 pounds in weight. If you have any doubts, consider this parameter when choosing a treadmill. It may not have a very powerful motor, but the function will be enough to do exercises at home.
If you commute a lot and plan to purchase a treadmill, choose a model that folds into the smallest size. In some cases, moderate exercise may be sufficient for a small, non-fender walker that can be placed under the bed. But this option does not suit everyone.
How to move the treadmill
Moving the treadmill around the apartment will not be a problem. Most models have transport wheels, allowing you to easily move them for easy storage or cleaning. But what if you need to raise the treadmill to the second, third, or higher floor?
Most companies will not deliver the treadmill to your apartment. You will need to pay extra for upstairs delivery, or do it yourself. The cost of the work depends 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
- The width of the stairs
- What the treadmill will be delivered in
If you have a new treadmill that has been turned over and taken apart, it will be smaller and easier to lift to the floor. Here are some tips to make the process easier.
1. Read the instructions.
It will indicate the size and weight of the machine. Before starting to carry the treadmill, check the dimensions of the stairs and doorways. Some manufacturers offer recommendations on how best to transport equipment. Pay attention to whether or not the treadmill folds. If the frame folds, you will find it much easier to move the machine. There may be a way to easily disassemble the equipment.
2. Find helpers
You can do everything yourself, but it will be easier for a friend to help you. It is better to have more than one person to help you. The front part is the heaviest because it has a motor. It will be easier if two people carry it.
3. Take your time
Before starting the process, prepare everything you need to not damage the treadmill, the floor or the walls. Inspect the entire track, remove anything unnecessary and free up space as much as possible. Put something on the floor, in places where the floor might be damaged. When moving into tight corners, take your time. The power cord must be secured so that it is not depressed.
4. Make it easy for yourself
If you have to move the treadmill yourself, make it as easy as possible. It is worth buying or renting a furniture trolley. They can support up to 1,000 pounds of payload and can make the process that much easier. You will need to hold and pull the treadmill. It will be much easier and safer.
It will be necessary to raise the walker, place the trolley under it, balance it and engage the mount. Perform the movement.
5. Be very careful if you are moving downstairs
Moving the treadmill downstairs is one of the most difficult steps. You cannot do without help here. It is important to maintain the weight of the equipment and to take your time and correctly calculate your strength.
Keep your hands dry or use gloves to keep them in place. Professional loaders also use special belts such as forklift lift belts to distribute the load evenly over their bodies.
In some cases, special buggies designed to move on steps will be useful. For example, the Stair Climber Hand Truck or similar.
So why not make it easy for yourself? Rent it off for.
What should I consider when installing a treadmill?
Choose a spot near the wall or in the corner, while saving some space. This way you won’t bump into it when you’re actively moving around the room. Often these walls are load-bearing, which reduces vibration and noise.
To avoid disturbing the neighbors with noise during exercise, use special treadmill mats. They reduce slip, protect the floor covering from wear, and reduce vibration. This would be better than placing the treadmill on the carpet. The carpet will deteriorate less and there will be less carpet fibers entering the motor. Consider the location of the power outlet.
It is desirable that the room was well ventilated. This way you will make your exercise more effective.
# Can one person move the treadmill upstairs?
This is possible with special carts and devices. If you received a walker disassembled in a box and you have your own cart, you can try to do this work yourself.
# Is it difficult to move the treadmill?
Treadmills vary in type and weight. You must check the weight of the machine before scheduling a delivery. It is important to simplify the task as much as possible. If the weight is heavy for you, it is better to hire a carrier or ask someone for help.
# How do you move the heavy upstairs?
To lift heavy things on the stairs, it is worth using specialized carts. It can be rented for several hours. Otherwise there is a risk of damaging both the equipment being carried and the ladders.