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Packing Like a Pro: How to Pack the Hardest Items

We continue our “Packing Like a Pro” series with a continued focus on heavier items (see our last blog to catch up). If you’ve lived in the Bay Area long enough, you won’t be surprised to know that it’s home to many of the most exciting (and outlandish) fitness trends, from CrossFit to “pegan” eating. Moving your home gym and pilates machines (or 1950’s inspired medicine balls and jump ropes) presents serious logistical challenges, though. Sure, you can roll your yoga mat up and stuff it in the car, but big gym equipment is heavy, bulky, and physically difficult to transport up staircases and into small rooms. At Magic Moving, our experts at packing and moving exercise equipment advise the following:

  1. Inventory your equipment and make decisions. The pieces that get little use or simply collect dust should be donated or sold before you move. “When it doubt, throw it out!” (Or give it away.)
  2. Dismantle equipment when possible. Weight benches and other equipment will box and ship easier if they are taken apart first. Place screws or other hardware in a labeled baggie, and tape the baggie securely to the largest section of the equipment, so you will be able to reassemble everything later.
  3. Use small boxes for heavy weights. Mark the boxes “heavy” so movers don’t hurt their backs when they pick them up.
  4. Go low. When placing these boxes in the moving truck, put them on the floor where they are less likely to shift and damage other boxes.
  5. Hire a Bay Area moving and storage company to handle large items, such as treadmills. You may have to pay an appliance fee, but both you and the equipment will arrive at your new home unharmed.


Our highly reputable and efficient San Ramon moving company can help your move go smoothly. We are the proud winners of the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award and the Best of 2015 Kudzu Award, and we have an A+ rating with the BBB. Contact us today at (877) 246-2442 to put our award-winning moving services to work for you.

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