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Old 03-17-2005, 07:37 AM   #1
Kevin Anderson
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My wife complains that I am shaking the house whenever I do lifts from the ground or especially when I dump a weight. This is an issue because I workout early in the morning when she and my daughter are asleep. I also have another kid on the way and want to prevent and potential issues. My gym is in the garage which is on the opposite side of the house but I guess it vibrates through the slab an my bar rattles a lot. I have rubber stall mats covering my whole workout area and I don't really want to build a lifting platform because I will be in the way a lot of the time. I have an average bar with rb rubber plates and spring collars. Do nicer bars make less noise. Maybe better collars would help? Any suggestions?
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:22 AM   #2
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Nicer bars don't really make a whole lot less noise. It's mostly the bumpers hitting the ground. There are plans for lifting platforms that make a lot less noise - Bill Brian has them online somewhere - but if you don't want to build a platform... guess you just have to be...
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:37 AM   #3
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It's really fun to take your bar outside on a nice day. Dropping on the grass won't do much for the lawn, but it won't shake the house either. Just remember to bring the rig back inside after the workout.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:54 PM   #4
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buy some earplugs for your wife and daughter. :happy:

Or get some foam, blankets, pillows and put them around you.

Sorry, I got nuthin.
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:31 PM   #5
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Maybe a couple layers of foam carpet padding underneath your stall matts?
Couldn't tell you about the bar rattling though, except maybe some foam weatherstripping in the door jam entering the garage.
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:15 PM   #6
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I think this is the link that Lincoln is referring to:
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:09 AM   #7
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There must be some thick gym mats available that are still fairly portable. Or you could get carpet remnants and carpet padding and pile up two 2-ft wide landing strips about 8-12 inches thick. What do you think?
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Old 03-19-2005, 11:09 PM   #8
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If you really want to spend the money, you could tear up your slab and build the platform down level with the floor. Or get wifey and kids in on the workouts too! :-)

Oh and my babies usually slept right through my workouts, sleeping in their carseats right next to my squat rack. Baby-to-be will get used to it and it won't bother him/her at all. Really, all 3 of mine did!
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