I have been working out before the rest of the family and neighborhood gets up (ca. 0500), and when I drop bumper-loaded barbells, I am getting complaints coming from both inside and outside the house.
What's a good way to reduce the noise of dropping these? I also occasionally get complaints from box jumps and ball slams.
Before you suggest it, changing times or moving out of the neighborhood isn't an option, nor is getting ear plugs so I don't hear the complaints ;-)
I'm thinking some kind of mat under the bumpers and/or box, and perhaps doing ball slams on dirt, but not sure what's an effective method of reducing noise.. any tips?