When I used to work for the (then) Electricity Supply Authority many years ago amongst the things I learnt to do was how to shift heavy objects without injuring myself. Sounds common sense but it isn’t. There are many instances where the correct approach is essential not only to prevent accidental injury but to ensure whatever equipment being moved isn’t damaged too. Some of the things we were asked to manoeuvre were very heavy indeed, large transformers and heavy-duty switch gear for example. It is all about technique and methodology, doing things the correct way make the operation not only safe but efficient and it gets done quicker. Since those days I moved to another employer and found those skills very useful for although I may not have been moving extremely heavy equipment there were still large pieces of equipment which needed to be moved on occasion. When I became self-employed there was little need for me to be involved in moving heavy things about. However throughout my adult life I have had occasionally to move large things at home and have never had problems because I always apply those skills I was taught so many years ago. There are times though when assistance from someone else is needed, not always because the items are too heavy but because they are awkwardly shaped or cannot be easily dismantled and re-assembled. A few years ago I had purchased a treadmill which required assembling at home but after a year or so I decided to move it into the cellar where it has been ever since. I was able to partially dismantle it to make it easier to move but I still needed assistance to move the heavy parts. Yesterday (as I write this) I received the Elliptical Trainer I had ordered and had it stored in the garage directly to ease moving it into the cellar later. On Friday therefore I made the attempt to move it but it was too awkward a package to move alone, even using the techniques I had learned. The problem here though was more a lack of strength on my part. I was able to move it so far but could see difficulties ahead where two persons would be required to get it into the cellar. Enter my eldest son who obliged on his way home from work. Together we managed to push it into the cellar room and unpack it, though I had already removed loose packaging and a couple of boxes containing bits and pieces. That was all I had asked of my son but he carried on to unfold the unit and add all the loose parts not already fitted to it.The picture shows the finished assembly. The unit has a tray above the main panel on which a tablet can be clipped. The equipment can be used in conjunction with ‘Fitbit’ technology, in fact the system computer uses Android. There is a USB connector built-in and the computer connects to the Internet via WiFi if required.
I hadn’t realised it was equipped with all that technology when I purchased it but then it is a commercial unit rather than a typical domestic one. Price? I managed to obtain it for a little more than half its usual price of £1900 or thereabouts for £999.
I was very much indebted to my son for taking the extra time to help assemble the trainer though that part I could have done myself, all I asked of him was to help bring it indoors. I have always resisted calling for assistance when doing such work unless it has been absolutely necessary. This time it was necessary so it was nice to know assistance was there when I needed it. Although I will obviously use the equipment I purchased it to encourage E to be more active. It was all I could do to get her to allow me a few minutes on it! Mission accomplished.