How To Move A Precor Elliptical?

There will come a time when you need to move your Precor elliptical machine somewhere, whether it is to a different room in your house or into another location altogether.

Unlike a treadmill, which simply folds up, an elliptical bulky shape can sometimes make it tricky to move.

If you are simply moving your elliptical machine across the floor, you can easily do it all by yourself with the built in transport wheels on the feet.

However, in most cases, you do need to take the equipment hardware apart to make it easier to maneuver through hallways and doorways.

In today’s article, we will show you how to move a Precor elliptical machine safely from one spot to another and give you several tips to help streamline the transportation process.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

What Is The Best Way to Move A Precor Elliptical Machine?

a female athlete training on precor elliptical machine

First and foremost, you need to figure out what kind of move you’ll be doing. 

If you’re going across the room or staying on one floor, you’ll only need to use the Precor’s wheels to move it across the floor as a whole. 

This allows you to simply tilt the machine and push it to your desired space.

You don’t need to disassemble it or change anything about the unit.

The advantage of this method is that it involves fewer steps and very little mess. However, it is a bit harder and trickier than the other method due to the constant presence of the moving parts.

You’re also more likely to scratch your hardwood floors in pushing or pulling your machine.

The second method is going to require you to take the elliptical apart to ease the moving process.

Disassembling your Precor elliptical trainer as much as possible will make it much easier to pack and move.

Most elliptical machines can be easily broken down into smaller pieces. With a few simple tools, you can remove each of the handles, as well as the foot pedals.

Basically you are taking the pedals and handlebars apart from the main base of the workout machine using a wrench and screwdriver so that you have the frame as an entity and the handles with the foot pedals as a separate one. 

Prepare Your Precor Elliptical Machine for Moving

precor elliptical machine picture from my home gym

If you’re not careful about transporting a Precor elliptical trainer with its awkward tricky construction without taking the proper precautions, you would not only cause yourself some possible injury, but you also can end up breaking the equipment itself.

These are a few steps to consider in order to prepare your elliptical machine for moving:

1. Clear Your Path

This step is important no matter where you’re planning to move your Precor machine. You should plan your path and clear out all objects that might obstruct you during the process. 

Neglecting this step can result in injury for you and the people you’re with, as well as damage to the machine and other surfaces if it falls during transport.

2. Have an Assistant

The moving process is definitely a two-person job, so make sure you have at least one person to assist you in order to safely and successfully move the machine.

3. Utilize Proper Lifting Techniques

One of the best ways to prevent injury while moving your elliptical is to utilize proper lifting technique. 

While doing heavy lifting of any kind, it can be easy to cop out and let your back bear most of the weight, but you should avoid this approach at all costs.

Instead, drive up through your legs and use them to shoulder most of the load. This will help keep your center of gravity low during transport and remain balanced while holding the machine.

How To Move A Precor Elliptical Machine?

nordictrack elliptical machine picture from my home gym

Typically, there are two different methods to transport a Precor elliptical. It highly depends on what kind of move you’ll be doing.

If you’re going across the room or staying on one floor, you’ll only need to use the elliptical’s wheels to move it across the floor.

To wheel your Precor elliptical, you will need some tools. As most ellipticals are large and awkward in shape. Here’s what you’ll need for moving your elliptical machine:   

  • Heavy duty furniture dolly, in case you don’t want to use the elliptical transportation wheels or damage the floor.

The moving process is definitely a two-person job, so make sure you have at least one person to assist you in order to safely and successfully move the machine.

Moving the frame will require you to load it onto a furniture dolly and transport it to the new desired location. 

To place your elliptical on the furniture dolly, lift up the front side of the elliptical, and guide it onto the dolly using the transport wheels. Roll the machine to the back of the dolly so it’s secure.

Ensure that you lift the machine with your legs while maintaining a flat back to prevent back injuries.

Don’t forget to also cover the equipment in moving blankets to protect it while it’s in transport.

The arms and pedals can be immobilized using the tie down strap and the ratchet tie. By slipping the strap under the elliptical and wrapping it up and around the arms of the machine, you should be able to keep the arms from causing any trouble.

Once the elliptical is on the dolly, make sure its weight is evenly distributed. 

You can also add another strap to secure your machine to the back of the dolly or ask your assistant to hold it from the side as you walk to its next location.

If your elliptical is going into a moving truck, place it in a secure, snug area with a moving blanket underneath it.

Finally after you get your machine into the new location, the only thing left for you to do now is to assemble Precor elliptical back. The process of assembling the machine is just in reverse order what you have done in order to take apart the machine.

Just make sure to lubricate your Precor elliptical moving parts during the process of taking it back together.

How To Move A Precor Elliptical Up Stairs?

sole e95 elliptical machine picture from my garage gym

There are two different types of Precor elliptical trainers: front-drive (like the Precor EFX series), and rear-drive (Precor AMT series).

In rear-drive Precor machines, the flywheel sits at the back, meaning that part of the machine will be the heaviest. The same goes for front-drive ellipticals (the flywheel is in the front).

As such, having two people handle the flywheel part can be helpful to disperse the load evenly.

The Precor arms and pedals can be immobilized using the tie down strap and the ratchet tie. By slipping the strap under the elliptical and wrapping it up and around the arms of the machine, you should be able to keep the arms from causing you any trouble.

Be wary of putting too much stress on the arms of the elliptical during this process, as the ties could slide off.

It is highly recommended to use shoulder straps for this portion of the move as well. 

Shoulder straps will slide under the frame of the machine and tie around each mover’s shoulders to lessen the burden of the machine as a whole.

When everything is up and ready, move slowly and carefully when climbing the stairs. 

Make sure to take plenty of breaks if necessary, if not take one step forward at a time while keeping your momentum forward as much as possible to avoid falling backward.

How To Move A Precor Elliptical Down Stairs?

As you won’t have the liberty of using a furniture dolly, you will have two options here again to follow. Either take apart the Precor cross trainer to ease the moving process. If so, get on how to disassemble a Precor elliptical and follow along.

However, If you choose to move the elliptical without disassembling, then the steps are similar to moving the elliptical upstairs.

As such, having two people handle the flywheel part can be helpful to disperse the load evenly.

Slide the shoulder straps under the frame of the machine and tie around each mover’s shoulders to lessen the burden of the machine as a whole.

When everything is up and ready, move slowly and carefully when going down the stairs. 

Final Thoughts 

It might seem daunting, sometimes intimidating to move a Precor elliptical machine, but it’s much easier than you think.

With all the aforementioned information, you will be willing to know how to move Precor elliptical and safely transport it to its new location.

Just make sure to get another person to help you, preferably two when lifting such heavy equipment.

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