Having an elliptical at home is a great way to accomplish your daily cardio goals. In fact, ellipticals are one of the most recommended forms of low-impact cardio for burning calories and improving heart health. So if you’re on the fence about getting an elliptical, now is the time to do it.
The main downside of elliptical trainers is that they are not compact machines. An elliptical is large, bulky, and many models weigh well over 100 pounds. For that reason, moving an elliptical around the home isn’t easy. The good news is that it’s possible.
In this guide on how to move an elliptical, we’ll cover everything from the steps for disassembling the machine, the tools required, and the best way to move a heavy elliptical machine.
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Disassembling Your Elliptical Machine
The safest way to move your elliptical machine is to start by taking everything apart. Disassembling the large components makes it a lot easier to carry the machine up and down the stairs, and although it requires a few extra steps, it’s worth it in the long run.
If you have just purchased your elliptical and have yet to assemble it, you can obviously skip this step. Just carry the packaged box or the elliptical parts and components to their final resting place before putting the machine together.
What You’ll Need
Before you take apart your elliptical to break it down into smaller pieces, the first step is to gather all the necessary tools. Here’s what you’ll need for disassembling most elliptical machines:
DIY Disassembly Guide
Now that you’ve gathered all the necessary tools and materials, you can start getting to work and disassemble your elliptical trainer by following these steps:
How To Move An Elliptical Without Disassembly (Upstairs & Downstairs)
Disassembling an elliptical machine can be time-consuming and strenuous, and even though it makes the actual moving process easier, the added time and effort of taking an elliptical apart isn’t for everyone. If that’s the case for you, the other option is to move the elliptical while it’s still fully assembled.
What You’ll Need
Here’s what to do if disassembling your elliptical isn’t part of your moving plan:
How To Move A Disassembled Elliptical
After following the disassembly steps above, the next piece of the puzzle is to actually move the elliptical to its final destination. Since the machine is now broken down into much smaller pieces, there’s not much to this step.
All you have to do is carry each piece of the disassembled elliptical to its new resting place or pack it up for safe storage. Some of the pieces may still be heavy, so it’s best to have a partner for the moving process.
Moving Different Elliptical Machine Brands
The steps provided above are a great baseline to help with your move, but it’s also really important that you refer to your specific elliptical’s User Manual and any manufacturer recommendations for disassembling and transporting the machine.
Below, you’ll find a list of the most popular elliptical machines’ user manuals, which will be extremely helpful for moving each model:
People Also Ask (FAQs)
How many people does it take to move an elliptical?
It’s recommended that you have at least two sets of hands for moving an elliptical. While it’s possible to move an elliptical by yourself after disassembling the machine first, it will be a lot easier (and safer!) to have a buddy helping you out.
How do you transport an elliptical in a car?
To ensure that the machine fits in your car’s trunk or backseat, you’ll first need to disassemble the elliptical (follow the steps above). Once taken apart, you should be able to fit the disassembled machine in your car.
Can an elliptical fit in a minivan?
Yes. Most minivans are large enough to comfortably fit an elliptical machine, even without taking it apart first. If you prefer not to disassemble the machine before transporting it in the van, you’ll probably have to remove the seats, or at the very least fold them flat.
If I pay someone, how much does it cost to move an elliptical?
It depends on a few factors, like moving distance, moving location, and the size and weight of the machine. Generally speaking, the cost to move an elliptical professionally is anywhere between $80 and $160.
By following the steps provided in this guide, moving an elliptical isn’t as challenging as it may seem. For difficult moves, we recommend disassembling the machine first - breaking it down into smaller pieces will not only make the moving process easier but safer overall.
If you’re dead set on keeping the elliptical assembled for the move, make sure to use the appropriate tools, like a furniture dolly and tie-down straps to prevent the arms and pedals from moving.
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Last Updated on January 2, 2022