HOW TO MOVE A HOME GYM
you plan on moving a home gym, for safety reasons, you should
have at least two able bodied people to do the job. Even
though you may be thoroughly familiar with the structure of the
gym and how the frame parts go together, even if you have the
gym’s assembly instructions, take several pictures from different angles, being careful to get clear views of the gym cable routings. Be sure that the pictures show whether the cables go over or under each of the gym’s pulleys. A little extra effort at this point of the gym’s disassembly can save a lot of grief during the gym’s
reassembly, which might not be for several weeks or even months.
Begin by removing all of
the gym attachments, such as, lat bars, triceps ropes, ab straps,
ankle straps, chains, weight selection pins, etc. and weight
stack shrouds or protective shields and put them aside where
no one will trip over them. The goal is to disassemble the
home gym to the point where the frame pieces are small enough
to easily fit through the smallest doorway that they will have
to pass through and be light enough to be moved safely. Tie
down any parts that pivot, like pec deck movement arms, leg
curl, leg extension pieces or anything similar to keep them
from swinging around when the pieces are actually moved to
avoid scraping walls or causing injuries, like pinched fingers.
The next step is to remove the weight stacks. Start by disconnecting the cable from the weight selector rod or top plate of the weight stack. Tape the cable to a convenient frame piece out of your way, as much as possible; you may have to move it later when the gym's frame is taken apart. Caution, weight stacks are heavy and once loosened from the frame, it may require two people to stabilize it. With that in mind, disconnect the weight stack guide rods (the two steel shafts that the weight plates ride up and down on ) at their tops where they attach to the frame. Note, each brand and model of home gym employs a different method of keeping the tops of the guide rods in place. The important consideration is that once they are loose, most weight stacks are unstable and can tip or fall out of the frame. Use extreme caution and be prepared for sudden weight shifts of the stack. Once the guide rods are loosened, starting with the top weight plate, lift it up and over the top of the guide rods and hand it to someone to stack on the floor, out of the way. Continue the process, removing one weight plate at a time, until the guide rods are empty. Limit these temporary stacks to two or three plates each. When the guide rods are empty, remove the pair of guide rods from the base of the gym’s
frame. If the gym has more than one weight stack, repeat the
procedure for each of the other weight stacks.
When all of the weight stacks have been removed from the gym, step back and study the gym’s frame. It is not necessary to take apart every last piece of the frame. Look for points on the top and bottom of the frame where the frame bolts can be removed in a few places, that will leave manageable sections of the gym’s framework intact. Once that has been decided, be sure that the cables are taped to the correct sections of the frame and that no cable are allowed to flop around. Secure the gym cables at both ends if necessary, only removing the cables from the gym’s
pulleys where you need to in order to be able to separate the
frame pieces. Break down the frame much as necessary to handle
the pieces safely. When removing frame bolts, put them back
in the holes from which they were extracted, along with their
respective washer, lock washers and nuts as soon as the frame
pieces have been separated enough to do so. This will keep
any of the frame bolts and hardware from getting lost or later
being installed in the wrong places.
Never transport the weight plates while they are on the guide rods. Doing so can bend the guide rods and cause the weight plate bushings to detach. At this point the frame sections, the weight plates, weight selection keys and the gym attachments can be relocated to the new site. Be careful not to damage any of the gym’s
When all of the gym’s components
are at the new site, choose a location for the gym, decide
which way you want the gym to face and be sure to allow enough
room to allow for the maximum extension of the gyms movement
arms and enough additional room for safe passage. Don't forget
to consider the maximum height of the gym, an often over looked
dimension. To reassemble the home gym, after inspecting the
gym's main frame pieces for shipping damage, just reverse the
procedures that you followed when you disassembled the unit.
Before using any positions on the gym, be certain that the
cables are securely fastened to the weight stack selector rods,
top plates or other anchoring points. Double check the cable
routing, observe that all of the gym cables are seated properly
in their pulleys and not binding on any cable guides or frame
pieces. Install the gym attachments and test each position
with no extra weight plates attached to the selector rods.
All of the cables should move freely. If not, find the cause
and correct the trouble. Insert the weight selector pins and
repeat the tests with a few plates attached. When testing the
various gym positions, use caution; for example, do not pull
the lat bar toward your face incase the lat cable comes loose.
If you are satisfied that everything is working properly, try
each position with heavier loads.
If all checks out well, your
relocation is complete, but before allowing family members
to use it, it is advisable to have preventive maintenance done
on your home gym by a qualified fitness equipment service company
to be sure that it is safe to use.