Soundproofing: How to keep noise levels low in your gym

Doing physical activity indoors is always noisy. Therefore, soundproofing is a key factor for all gyms.

Treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines, weightlifting and group classes: these activities all make a lot of noise. It can be extremely annoying when this noise multiplies and spreads throughout the space, not only for athletes but also for local residents if the gym is in a residential or commercial area.

Consequently, anything that can be done to cushion impact, noise and vibrations helps to create a more pleasant environment, enhancing athletes’ experience and preventing problems with neighbours.

 

What causes noise in gyms?

Vibration is the main source of noise in gyms and it comes from multiple different places. This wide range of sources is why there is permanent background noise.

These are some of the main causes of noise in a gym:

  • Heavy weights falling on the ground;
  • Music played at high volume to motivate group classes;
  • Foot impact when running on treadmills;
  • Noise from standard use of all equipment and machines;
  • Athletes making noise during exercise.

When fitness spaces are not properly soundproofed, all these vibrations spread easily across surfaces and noise can reach high levels.

 

Four ways to boost your gym’s soundproofing

 

1. Install quality sports flooring

Step one for enhancing gym soundproofing is clearly to choose the right cladding for the floor. Applying a high-density rubber flooring solution is extremely effective in absorbing vibrations to minimise noise spread.

Based on the requirements of the space, choose from roll flooring such as Gymfloor or tiles such as Alpha Tiles. If seeking a higher level of soundproofing, create an additional layer using an underlay solution before installing the flooring.

 

2. Soundproofing gym machine bases

In gyms, all equipment emits some noise during regular use. However, certain machines, such as treadmills, can be pretty noisy given the impact of people running.

Creating a soundproofing barrier at the base of noisy equipment can go a long way to ensuring adequate soundproofing for the space. In this instance, simply applying a cushioning solution between the machine and the floor reduces vibration spread, thus minimising noise.

 

3. Reduce echo effects

Gyms usually suffer from echoes. When surfaces are not properly prepared, sound tends to bounce off and multiply. Applying suitable flooring to as many surfaces as possible is an excellent way to reduce echo effects and minimise gym user discomfort.

In addition to sports flooring, there are several underlay options for creating an extra layer and further absorbing vibrations. Made from different materials (such as foam or rubber), underlay solutions are extremely effective in this role.

 

4. Invest in machines that make less noise

If the aim is to create a gym with as little noise as possible, consider investing in the quietest machines. As well as other key factors, such as the safety and durability of the equipment, noise produced during use must also be analysed.

Such machines are more expensive, but the investment will pay off in the long term. A fitness space with less noise provides a better, more enjoyable experience for athletes.

 

Creating a quieter gym could be a major competitive advantage in the fitness area. Complaints about noise in gyms are more common than one might think.

Fully preparing as many surfaces as possible with soundproofing materials will limit noise spread and make your gym more pleasant.

 

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