How To Plan A Move When Your Gym's Lease Is Not Renwewed
If you have run into trouble with your current landlord and you are being forced to move locations for your gym, then you are probably trying to figure out how to move everything. It's not like you operate a clothing store and you can pack up the inventory into boxes and ship it where you like. With a gym, you are going to be dealing with enormous machines, huge weights, long barbells, and other stuff that can't simply be packed into a cardboard box and stuffed into a truck. So it requires some planning. Here's what to do.
What To Keep and What To Ditch
You are not going to move everything. Take the time and decide what items don't belong in your new space. Perhaps you have installed a huge mirror on one of the walls, and it won't fit the design of the new space. That's something you will have to either leave, or preferably sell before you vacate the space. Maybe the lockers are looking a bit old and dented. If that's the case you might want to scrap them and just get a new setup for your next location.
However, there is no reason to ditch the weights and machine; a 45 lb plate, or a perfectly good power rack, or a smith machine shouldn't just be left behind because they are too heavy to move. Most stuff can be moved in regular moving vans, but some items will require special trucks. Here's a breakdown on what to mention to the movers so they know what will need to be done.
Moving The Small Stuff
The weight benches, treadmills, bikes, as well as all the office equipment and signage, can fit into regular moving trucks. Also, all of the yoga mats, exercise balls, and racks for dumbbells. The machines should be kept separate, as long as you are moving them whole and not dismantling them. If you have quite a few machines, and are planning on disassembling them, then you can move all the parts, except for the weight plates, in regular trucks. The seats, cables, arms, and the rest of the frame can fit into the regular moving trucks. You can even place the barbells (sans the plates) into the mix.
Arranging For Special Movers For The Heavy Items
The heavy items will need a special truck (the weight will require a moving truck that is rated for extreme weight). You will need to tell the movers that you are moving extreme weight. The smartest thing to do is create a spreadsheet with your inventory and calculate the total weight and supply this to the movers. It should be easy enough to do (the majority of the "heavy" items will be the plates, which all have their weight listed on them). The movers can then decide what type of truck is needed for the job.