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trainer mats? (or other ways to cut the noise)(8 posts)

trainer mats? (or other ways to cut the noise)Becky
Nov 5, 2002 4:09 AM
Here's one for the apartment dwellers among us: do those trainer mats sold by Performance really help with vibration and noise? My husband and I live in a 2nd-floor apartment. Currently, the place downstairs is empty, so we've been using our trainer without concern. However, it was recently shown to some people....if they move in, I don't want to have to give up my trainer workouts!
Any advice or ideas? Thanks!

Carpet padding or the like...biknben
Nov 5, 2002 4:51 AM
Anything that acts like insulation will help. I picked up carpet padding recently for something else. The carpet store didn't mind giving me some 10'x10' scrap.
Carpet padding or the like...Macho Man Savage
Nov 5, 2002 6:44 AM
I just use a simple mat under my cycleops fluid. Although it may sound like a lot of vibration I'm not sure how much actually gets through and would annoy someone below you.
you'd think....Becky
Nov 5, 2002 7:26 AM
that it wouldn't make that much noise.... We took turns riding the trainer while the other person went downstairs and stood right outside the door to listen. Not deafening, but loud enough to be noticable...I hope it's not that loud directly below the trainer! I know that I would find it at least somewhat annoying...
Hard rubber and carpetbrider
Nov 5, 2002 8:29 AM
Try this -- get a 4x6 rubber mat at a weight equipment store. I know of a few, but not knowing where you live, it probably won't help much. The ones I have run about $65 each, but they're QUALITY. On top of that, put carpet remnants under the trainer itself.
If you can't isolate the noise, how about rescheduling?retro
Nov 5, 2002 9:03 AM
All those padding suggestions will help. It's been years since I lived in an apartment, but when I did, I found that a couple of layers of either carpet (scraps are OK) or foam under the base of the trainer, with a 2x2 piece of plywood between them, helped.
Two other possibilities if that doesn't work: Move the trainer around the apartment to find a place that doesn't bother the neighbor, or just go downstairs and tell the guy you're going to be riding the trainer for an hour now and then and you've done what you could to minimize the noise, so when would be a good time for him? Maybe he works nights and won't even know. Or maybe he'll think you're a burglar trying to find out when he's gone, and he'll call the cops.
re: trainer mats? (or other ways to cut the noise)No_sprint
Nov 5, 2002 11:45 AM
I bought my trainer from a teammate who couldn't use it because of the noise to the neighbors below. You can try moving down there yourself. :)

All of the above ideas would certainly help. You want to dampen the vibrations and noise as much as possible. If it's still noisy, just add more and more carpet pieces.
Consider SorbathaneKerry
Nov 5, 2002 5:33 PM
This is a very dense elastomer foam that is used under lab balances and other instruments to isolate them from vibration. It certainly can work the other way. You'd need to dig for a source (laboratory supply company) and I don't know how expensive it would be, but it would work a lot better than the typical "aerobic workout pad." You would only need to have a piece under each contact point (maybe 6"x6") and not a large pad.