Gymnasiums are designed to host gym class and sporting events, but often serve a dual role as a multi-purpose venue for hosting a variety of other events. The perimeter surfaces in the gym are built to be hard and reflective for sporting purposes, but can also compromise the sound quality in the space due to the excessive echoes that result. As sound waves spread throughout the room, the hard surfaces reflect the echoes back, producing blurred sound signals and elevated levels of background noise. This will compromise the intended use of the gym space.
To reduce gym noise, acoustic panels can be wall or ceiling mounted in the room to capture and convert the echoes out of the space. As a result, background noise levels collapse, resulting in greater clarity to vocal instruction, lower levels of crowd noise, and speaker systems that sound crisp and not blurred. Got a loud gym? Get sound panels and convert the echoes out of the room.
Gym soundproofing is our specialty. Of all the vertical market solutions we provide for premium sound quality, gym sound panel applications represent our signature treatment. The goal is to place a set of sound panels inside your gym, wall or ceiling mounted, to collectively capture and convert the unwanted echoes from your space.
Our acoustic sound panels will lower levels of ambient background noise, raising greater clarity to original sound. Lower crowd noise results, with a healthier teaching/coaching environment and greater ease in communication. A more user friendly gym. The key to your success is to confirm the appropriate amount of panel coverage based on room size.
The most popular sound panel option designed for gym noise reduction is our acoustic VET Baffle. These are colorful sound baffles that hang vertically between the joists in an open deck gym space. They will combine to produce an absorption coefficient in the gym that will capture and convert the unwanted echoes from the space, cleaning the room acoustically, and delivering back the sound values you are seeking. VET Baffles free hang from your ceiling in rows and columns, spread out across the expanse of the room. The key to your sound values is to ensure you have introduced the right amount of sound baffles into the space, which is what our Room Analysis will define for you.
Dropped weights are one of the biggest creators of noise in a gym.
Dropping even a relatively small weight, such as a 22lb or 10kg dumbbell, from a height as low as a couple of feet will create huge vibrations which can easily be heard in adjacent rooms.
This happens because when a weight hits the floor its fall speed immediately drops to nothing.
The energy from the falling movement is then transferred into the flooring.
If you have a solid concrete floor none of that energy is absorbed so a huge impact is created over a short duration which creates a very big noise.
Machines such as running machines can also create a lot of noise due to the impact of feet repeatedly hitting it.
Dropped weights and noisy machines can combine to create a very noisy atmosphere unless gym soundproofing measures are put in place.
Reducing the noise levels in your gym is always going to be beneficial, it makes the gym more comfortable for members to work out in, it prevents neighbours from being disturbed and it can also help your equipment last longer.
Here are our top tips to make it happen:
Getting the correct flooring in your gym is the number one step you should take to minimise gym noise. Flooring does incredible things for gym sound reduction.
Rubber flooring means that when a weight is dropped it doesn’t immediately stop, instead the flooring gives, this means that the falling speed of the weight doesn’t immediately fall to zero, instead it stops more gradually.
This means that the noise generated is greatly reduced, instead of creating a high impact sound over a short duration rubber flooring increases the duration of the sound meaning that noises will be lower frequency.
This significantly reduces the volume as the energy is dispersed over a longer time frame into the flooring.
Decoupling noisy equipment from the floor will help absorb impact vibrations and stop them travelling through your floor.
An effective way of decoupling is to fit shock absorbing pads to the feet of all of your exercise machines.
Fitting these to treadmills will help further cushion the impact and reduce the amount of sound generated when someone is running on it.
Machines such as stationary bikes and rowing machines usually make much less noise than a treadmill however if you do feel the need to dampen their vibrations then you put them on top of an anti-vibration treadmill mats (the kind which is typically used under washing machines).
Bumper plates are weights which are designed to be dropped.
They are typically used for Olympic weightlifting or exercise programs such as Crossfit.
Bumper plates are much thicker than cast iron plates, this is because they are made from solid rubber which surrounds a steel or brass hub (as seen in the photo above).
Being made of rubber means they can be dropped from overhead and will bounce, causing no damage to the floor and significantly reducing the volume of impact sound.
Equipping your gym with bumper plates will help reduce the impact of sound vibrations caused by dropped weights.
You should make bumper plates available in any part of the gym where people perform exercises where the barbell is likely to be dropped, for example:
Weightlifting platforms encourage gym users to lift heavy weights in areas which are designed specifically to reduce the impact of big weights being dropped.
A weightlifting platform consists of a central wooden platform where the lifter stands while making their lift. Either side of this are thick rubber mats, usually at least a couple of inches thick (considerably thicker than most gym flooring).
When a heavy barbell is dropped onto the rubber mats they absorb a lot more of the impact than a standard rubber floor would because they are so much thicker.
A professionally built lifting platform can be very expensive, if you can’t afford the expense it is not too difficult (or expensive) to build one yourself.
Check out this article on how to build a weightlifting platform for less than $150.
Big gym halls can often feel very echoey, this has the undesirable effect of seemingly amplifying all sounds within the gym.
Instead of hearing one loud bang as someone drops their weights you hear it echoed back two or three times.
Reducing echo in your gym will help make it quieter.
Echo is common in gyms because there are usually a lot of hard surfaces which air-borne sound bounces off.
If you have covered your floor in rubber matting you have already taken one significant step to reduce echo, however walls are usually the biggest echo causing culprits.
The reason this works is because acoustic sound panels or acoustic foam are both very soft, this means sound doesn’t immediately bounce straight back off it.
Instead sound waves are absorbed into the foam and bounce around inside it, they then hit the wall on the other side and bounce back again through the foam, however in doing so much of their sound energy is dispersed and lost by the time it gets back through the acoustic panel.
Some gym machines are not designed with noise reduction in mind.
You can put all the decoupling equipment in the world on some treadmills but if they are poorly designed then they will still sound like an elephant is running through the gym when someone uses them.
Sometimes you have to face facts, if you want your gym to be significantly quieter there isn’t always a cheap shortcut.
If you have machines which are notoriously loud then consider switching them for machines such as quiet treadmills, quiet rowing machines and ellipticals which are designed with noise reduction in mind.