Have you wondered why your home gym is so noisy ? Here is how To Make Home Gym Quieter (8 Effective Ways)

Exercising in your home gym is all fun and comfortable.

However, if your home gym is not soundproof, it’s going to create noise and distraction for you and everyone else!

Why? Because the weight lifts, dropping weights, running machines, rowing, and music makes compunded noise.

If you are looking for answers to “How to make home gym quieter?”, then here are a couple of things that can resolve your problems:

1.         Transition to Soundproof Gym Flooring

2.         Soundproof Walls & Ceilings

3.         Snap Up the Bumper Plates

4.         Place Crash Pads

5.         Install Deadlift & Weightlift Platforms

6.         Switch to Low Noise Equipment

7.         Keep The Door Shut

8.         The rubber on & under your rack & equipment

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8 Effective Ways To Noise-free Home Gym

1.   Transition to Soundproof Gym Flooring

Gym flooring by far is the most effective and proven trick to reduce home gym noise.

And yet, it is the most overlooked improvement for a home gym.

Generally, the gym flooring brings a great many things for your home gym, but that’s a topic for another day!

One significant noise source in your gym is weightlifting and dropping; the flooring plays a crucial role in controlling the noise.

The intensity of dropping weight noise depends on the speed impact of weights.

The noise is transferred via the floor vibrations.

Therefore your goal should be to choose a flooring that absorbs vibrations and creates less noise.

The thickness and squishiness of the flooring impact the noise damping.

However, it doesn’t mean the thicker and softer flooring would ultimately kill the noise.

One ideal soundproof gym flooring option is rubber flooring.

But the ‘squishiness of the rubber reduces the falling speed of weights.

So instead of dropping immediately, the weights gradually & slowly hit the floor.

Consequently, there will be less noise creation.

In addition, the rubber flooring not just muffles the noise but also absorbs the floor vibrations.

Keep in mind that rubber flooring is not the only option.

There are other gym flooring options that you can choose depending upon your budget & preference.

2.   Soundproof Walls & Ceilings

If you want to make your gym quieter, then work on sound deadening and sound insulation.

What does this mean?

Aren’t the two the same things? No!

Sound insulation prevents the noise from getting in and out of the gym.

In contrast, sound deading refers to eliminating the echo in a room.

Sound deading and sound insulation means you need gym walls and ceilings improvements.

So how to make the home gym quieter using sound insulation and deading?

Here are some of the ideas that you can try:

  • Install acoustic tiles for the ceiling and acoustic foam for the walls.
  • Hang thick and heavy moving blankets on the gym walls.
  • Go for soundproof drywall (believe us, it’s one sheet is better than eight layers of regular drywall).
  • If you have wooden walls or regular drywall, try MLV (mass-loaded vinyl). It will reduce the vibrations and hence less noise transfer.
  • Another way is to add sheetrock behind your regular drywall.
  • For gym ceiling insulation, you can use Rockwool between ceiling joists.
  • You can also use fiberglass between the joists.
  • Also, if there are any gaps, make sure to fill/seal them with caulk.

3.   Snap Up the Bumper Plates

Have you ever heard of the bumper plates?

Bumper plates are weight plates, except with one difference.

Unlike the regular weight plates, bumper plates are made of rubber and not steel.

500lbs weight drop indeed creates a banging noise on the concrete floor.

But that’s less than the noise created by cast iron/steel plates.

Also, bumper plates don’t make much noise when they collide with one another.

If you are not a fan of bumper plates, you can go with partial rubber manufactured weight plates.

These weight plates use a rubber casing rather than entirely made of rubber.

When you drop these plates on the floor, they bounce back, resulting in reduced vibration and transfers less noise.

Another way to reduce weight plate noise without investing in new plates is to use cloth or electrical tape to the plate sides as an outer casing.

4.   Place Crash Pads

Crash pads are another great way to make your home gym quieter.

These are the same as airbags, except designed for weights.

Crash pads slow down the dropping weights.

Crashpads use dense foam inside, which makes them thicker than gym flooring.

When the weights are dropped, the air in the foam slowly releases, preventing abrupt and hard banging.

Manufactured with vinyl-covered fabric, Crashpads are water, UV, fire & mildew resistant.

These features make crashpads a one-time investment in your gym that reduces noise in the long run.

Crash pads are the ideal option for people who only do weightlifting, deadlift, etc.

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5.   Install Deadlift & Weightlift Platforms

If you are a deadlift pro, you’d probably know that it’s rowdy and loud.

The real cause behind the gym noise is the vibrations created on the floor due to dropping heavyweights.

So what you need is to prevent the floor vibrations.

One proven way to do so is to get deadlift and weightlift platforms.

If you think that these are the same as the crash pads, then hold your thoughts!

Deadlift platforms or weightlift platforms are made of rectangular metal frames.

Inside the structure, there are either rubber, wooden, or combination tiles.

The platform dampens the vibrations.

As a result, the floor stays vibration-free, hence no noise complaints from the neighbors or family members.

6.   Switch to Low Noise Equipment

Treadmills, although the stape equipment of cardio exercises, radiate a great deal of noise.

As you increase the speed, the noise also increases.

It’s a problem if your gym is located on the first floor or you live in a small apartment or a dorm!

So what should you do?

Should you say your goodbye to cardio?

Well, not exactly!

However, you must kiss goodbye to noisy treadmills or any such equipment.

Today, there are quieter alternatives for machines like treadmills, & gym bikes, etc.

Also, if you have a free budget, you can buy noise-free advanced gym machines.

7.   Keep The Door Shut

Privacy is one thing, but doors also act as insulators for sound.

Although how soundproof your doors depend on the material, wood type, etc.

If you like to workout with loud music, then it’s best to keep the door close.

Remember that keeping the door closed won’t stop the floor vibrations created by weight drops during deadlifts and weight lifts.

8.   The rubber on & under your rack & equipment

One productive and low-cost way to make the home gym quieter is to decouple.

What does it mean?

It means that you can put rubber on your gym gear, equipment, and racks.

You don’t have to wrap rubber all over the equipment but in the right places.

For example, the best place to put a rubber on a rack for noise reduction is hooks and safety pins.

Similarly, you can use rubber as a casing/covering for weight plates.

And to limit the vibrations to due machines like treadmills, put rubber feet under them.

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So What Should You Do?

Though many people know most of these tricks, they couldn’t do anything but wonder where to start.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to soundproofing the gym.

What works for you might not work for someone else.

It is because everyone has a different home gym structure, space, budget, and preferences.

Also, not all fitness enthusiasts are weightlifters.

So the best course of action is to look around your gym and search for what changes you need to make, in the light of strategies presented above, one at a time.

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