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How to Move a Proform Treadmill

Most ProForm treadmills are designed to fold, which both reduces their footprint and makes moving the treadmill easier. But even non-folding treadmills, like ProForm's "XT" incline trainers, come with transport wheels so you can shift them around with relative ease. You might be able to move a folding ProForm treadmill by yourself, but you'll definitely need a helper to move non-folding treadmills. Recruit a helper for moving the folding treadmills, too, if you're not sure you can safely maneuver the weight and mass.

Moving a Folding Treadmill

  1. Adjust the treadmill to the lowest incline. Remove the safety key from the treadmill, and unplug the treadmill cord from the outlet.

  2. Squat down and grasp the side of the treadmill frame, just in front of the rear supports. Lift using the weight in your legs, not your back, to swing the rear end of the treadmill frame up off the ground.

  3. Lift the treadmill frame up, swinging it toward the main console. Don't release it until the latch on the underside of the treadmill frame is securely fastened in the storage position. On some treadmill models, you must pull the latch knob out of the way as you swing the treadmill deck up, then release it once the deck is fully folded. With others, simply push the deck against the console supports until the latch snaps into place.

  4. Grasp one of the handrails that protrude toward you on either side of the treadmill deck. Hold the treadmill frame with your other hand. Place one foot against one of the wheels. Pull carefully on the handrail to tip the treadmill toward you, until it's balanced on the wheels.

  5. Wheel the treadmill carefully to its new position. Once it's in place, position one foot against one of the wheels again. Lower the treadmill gently forward until it rests securely on its base again.

Moving a Non-folding Treadmill

  1. Remove the safety key from the treadmill and unplug the power cord.

  2. Grasp one side of the console upright, close to the console. Have your helper stand on the other side of the console and grasp that upright as well.

  3. Place the sole of one foot against the treadmill transport wheel nearest you to keep it from rolling unexpectedly. Have your friend do the same thing on the other side. Carefully pull on the uprights to tip the treadmill toward you, balancing it on the transport wheels. Remove your feet from the wheels once the treadmill is balanced and under control.

  4. Wheel the treadmill carefully to the new location. Place your feet against the wheels once again as you gently tip the treadmill down until it rests squarely on its base.

    Tip

    According to ProForm, you must be able to lift 45 lbs. to safely raise a folding treadmill deck into the storage position. If you can't lift this much weight, ask a friend to help you fold and move the treadmill.

    Discuss how you're going to tilt and move the treadmill with your friend ahead of time, to make sure you're not working at cross-purposes or creating an unintentional hazard.

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