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R+L Global Logistics is prepared to be your strategic partner when you need help shipping fitness equipment. Let us show you what sets us apart from the rest.
Published: April 8, 2020
Last Modified: October 5, 2023
Author: Ask Truckload

Today’s commitment to social distancing has changed almost everything about the way consumers live their lives, including how they work up a sweat. This has created a surge in demand for at-home fitness equipment. Distributors and manufacturers have responded by shipping more fitness equipment than ever. 

Gym equipment requires specialized shipping services. Fitness and exercise equipment can be bulky, heavy and awkward and needs special freight handling. R+L Global Logistics is prepared to be your strategic partner when you need help shipping fitness equipment. Let us show you what sets us apart from the rest when you need to get equipment into home gyms across the country.

Home Workout Routines Taking Off

Everyone from elite Iron Man athletes to regular gym goers to wanna-be yogis are taking their workouts out of the gym or studio and into their homes. Working out at home gives consumers extra flexibility and keeps them away from any germs that might be lingering in the gym. 

The benefits of opting for an at-home workout abound. Not only will you get the physical benefits of working up a sweat and getting your heart rate up, but you’ll reap mental benefits as well. Exercise releases endorphins, which can boost your mood and provide comfort during times of global uncertainty. With so many advantages to working out at home, demand across the U.S. for at-home fitness equipment is taking off. 

Surging demand for at-home fitness equipment is creating lots of business opportunities for those in the industry. If you’re seeking new solutions for shipping fitness equipment, R+L Global Logistics can help. We are a full-service 3PL company, which means we can offer everything from fulfillment and distribution to fitness equipment shipping. We’re here to be your strategic partner and get these in-demand fitness products from the factory and into consumers’ homes. 

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Trends in Fitness Equipment

Trends in Fitness Equipment

Some of the best fitness trends of 2020 equate well to a home workout. State-of-the-art techy equipment like Mirror and Peloton offer a personalized, boutique training plan and require special equipment. Barre and yoga are studio staples and rely on all kinds of equipment to help those practicing meet movement goals. The muscle-bound set are calling for weight benches and dumbells.

Demand is surging for anything you’d find in a gym that you can bring into your home. Those setting up home gyms need all kinds of equipment, including:

  • Kettlebells
  • Adjustable weight sets
  • Stationary bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Dumbbells
  • Weight benches
  • Bike trainers
  • Yoga mats
  • Elliptical machines
  • Stairsteppers
  • Barres
  • Rowers
  • Bowflex

The growing demand for these products means more fitness equipment shipping is happening by the truckload than ever. R+L Global Logistics offers both LTL and full truckload shipping services for fitness equipment, which means we can get your products on the road no matter whether you’re shipping a few pallets or a whole truck.

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How Do You Ship Fitness Equipment? Treadmills, Stationary Bikes and More

How Do You Ship Fitness Equipment Treadmills, Stationary Bikes and More

There are a few things to keep in mind when freight shipping fitness equipment. Fitness equipment is heavy and bulky and a truckload of goods might end up as an overweight load. R+L Global Logistics is ready to handle any shipment of fitness equipment and can get your freight from the factory to the warehouse to retailers to consumers. Let us make exercise equipment logistics easy. We can handle every step of your supply chain.

Shipping Fitness Equipment: Bikes and Treadmills

One important step in shipping exercise bikes and treadmills is preparing them for their time on the road. Both bikes and treadmills have lots of moving parts and these should be packaged separately away from the main frame. If you’re shipping from a manufacturer, you can likely rely on them to package your equipment safely and correctly for shipment.

From there, your bike or treadmill can be crated for shipment. Several crates of bikes and treadmills can be palletized for easy movement and shipment. From there, the bikes can be loaded on a truck and shipped.

It is important to know the freight class of your shipment  if you’re shipping less than a truckload. This can help you get an accurate quote and get the Bill of Lading ready to go. In most cases, gym equipment registers as freight class 300.

Considerations for Shipping Weights

Free weights, dumbbells and weight benches are heavy and awkward. One of the most important considerations to keep in mind when you’re shipping weights is balance. You want weights to be stable and this means you need to package them carefully.

Weights are very dense and this means they are likely a lower freight class. This means they can be more expensive to ship. You can determine freight class with a freight class calculator.

No matter what you’re shipping, the most essential step in the process is getting a freight rate quote. To get an accurate quote, you’ll need to know the dimensions and weight of your freight. It is also important to know the density of your shipment.  You’ll also need to know the zip codes of where the freight originates and where it is going. Then one of our friendly agents will provide an accurate quote. We’ll get you the information, services and resources you need to take care of fitness equipment shipping from pickup to delivery and every step in between. You can leave the legwork to R+L Global Logistics.

If your shipment of fitness equipment qualifies as oversized freight, no need to worry. We can provide you with heavy haul trucking rates and get your valuable freight delivered safely and quickly.

Shipping Fitness Equipment with R+L Global Logistics

R+L Global Logistics ranks among the best companies in the industry, especially when you’re shipping fitness equipment. We only work with the best carriers on the roads. This is reflective of our dedication to customer service. From our knowledgeable freight experts to an esteemed network of carriers, R+L Global Logistics is ready to provide the exercise equipment logistics services you need and customer experience you expect from a strategic partner.

As a family-owned company, you’ll find that R+L Global Logistics offers values that align with yours. We are nimble and can scale solutions to meet your needs, no matter whether you are shipping a few pallets of gym equipment via LTL or you need to ship a truckload of goods. Let R+L Global Logistics show you what it means to be a strategic partner.

Ready to start shipping fitness equipment? Start the process by reaching out to one of our knowledgeable freight experts. Give us a call at (866) 353-7178 or reach out online. We’re here to handle the logistics legwork so you can focus on your business.

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