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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 12:12:00 PM

A Summary of Home Fitness Equipment

With today's society promoting the benefits of staying fit and maintaining good health, home exercise and fitness equipment has become a must have item for many consumers. The convenience of having access to exercise equipment in their home is a big factor, as is the cost savings of home fitness equipment in comparison to a gym or fitness club membership. Consequently, moving companies experience more and more moves involving this equipment that requires dis-assembly and reassembly from a third party provider. CMS has seen a dramatic increase in this service over the past few years.

Moving Fitness Equipment

FitnessMoving of fitness equipment can be as simple as removing the handles from a treadmill so it will fit through a doorway or as complex as the complete dis-assembly of an 8 station Home Gym. More
recently the dis-assembly and reassembly can include the disconnection and re-connections of computer hardware which allows the trainer to communicate via the Internet while exercising.

It is helpful if the technician at the origin end of the move takes photos of the units. This will help at the destination end with the reassembly of the equipment. The units that need disassembled should be
done piece by piece, starting with the removal of all weights and pulleys. The weights should be packed together and labeled accordingly. All loose cords should be secured with wire tape or twist ties and labeled. Then from the top to the bottom, the dis-assembly should proceed. The largest pieces should be broken down to manageable sizes. Sections from the same machine should remain
together. Labeling them with painters tape and permanent marker is advisable. Reassembly is done in the opposite manner. The largest sections that have not been completely disassembled are the basis to rebuild the fitness equipment. Starting from the bottom to the top, and finally reattaching all pulleys and cables. A final step would be the reconnection of electrical and internet connections.

The 3rd Party Pricing of these Home Fitness Gyms can be confusing and complicated. It is very helpful if the manufacturers Name and Model # or Name of the equipment is available for the technician, and/or the number of stations involved. For example, identifying whether there is a weight bench and leg extensions, or a 4 station unit. The more detail available, the more accurate we can be when providing a quote or price.

Ask your Custom Movers Services Coordinator for all the details regarding Home Fitness 3rd Party
Services. We are well versed in both the origin and destination sides of getting your shippers personal
exercise equipment safely packed and reassembled in a new home at minimal cost.

Fitness Equipment Knowledge

Home Gyms ( Traditional · Power rod · Gravity Resistance )
Traditional home gyms may have free weights and barbells, or are machine-type gyms with several stations and functions attached to a single steel frame. Power rod home gyms have surged in popularity over the last decade, driven primarily by the Bowflex brand of home fitness equipment. A power rod machine uses flexible rods of varying stiffness connected to a cable and pulley system. Gravity resistance home gyms are typically the lightest weight and least expensive type of home gyms. This home fitness system uses an adjustable metal frame and a gliding board or bench to perform
exercises.

Treadmills
Treadmills are the motorized equivalent of walking or running in place. Today's treadmills are very
different than treadmills of the past. Many are equipped with stereo's, I-pods, televisions and speakers. A treadmill should not be stored in a garage or any other space that is not climate controlled. The motors, parts and electronics are not designed for outdoor or semi-outdoor use.

Elliptical Trainers
These machines are divided into 2 types: a rear drive system and front drive systems. Rear drive
machines are far sturdier, more reliable, and provide a smoother motion for the user. The resistance
system will vary according to price, with the least expensive models using a manual brake system, midrange models using a motorized brake system, and the most sophisticated high-end models employing an eddy current brake system.

Stationary Bikes
Stationary bikes have been around for several decades, yet they remain very popular. Modern stationary bikes come in many shapes and sizes. While traditional bikes have the user sitting upright, just as they would on a regular bicycle. More and more exercise enthusiasts are turning to recumbent seating instead. A recumbent exercise bike allows you to sit in a slightly reclined position while pedaling with your legs in front of you.

Multi-Gyms
Another area of fitness popularity is weight machines. The weight machine is designed for home use, and is sometimes referred to as a " multi-gym". "Multi-gyms" are those contraptions that look like a group of health-club weight machines welded to each other. Depending on the brand and model, it may also include chest butterfly, chin/dip, leg press, and abdominal board attachments. Keep in mind that most multi-gyms require unsnapping and re-hooking of cables or arm positions to switch between exercises. All those hook-ups and cabling can add additional time to the disassembly and reassembly of the gym.

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