January is a great time to own a gym. Hordes of people spill in to try to uphold their New Year’s resolutions, and some may even stick around for February and beyond. However, January is also a terrible time for noise at the gym. Even a standard crowd can necessitate a desire to reduce echoes.
Without good fitness center sound control, the loud music and clanking weights can actually interfere with your clients’ workout. This puts you in danger of losing some of those clients who were planning to come back month after month. So, what steps can you take to improve the sound in your gym? Here are three easy tricks to start with:
Reduce Echoes in the Gym Tip #1: Seal up the Leaks
Any place air can get in can also allow unpleasant sound to enter and to reverberate. Start by sealing up all air leaks in the walls, ceilings and floors, especially around doors, vents and light fixtures. This can help you improve your insulation as well.
Reduce Echoes in the Gym Tip #2: Keep the Machines Oiled
Nothing can stop the sound of metal plate against metal plate or the grunting noises some of your customers might make while lifting them, but keeping your machines well-oiled can reduce a good deal of the sound they produce. You also might want to swap in more resistance machines, aerobic machines and even free weights to keep those clanking plate sounds down.
Reduce Echoes in the Gym Tip #3: Sound Attenuation Materials
Probably the best way to keep unwanted noise down in your gym is through liberal use of good sound attenuation materials. One of the challenges of managing sound in the gym is all the hard surfaces and open spaces. They cause sound waves to bounce back and forth, creating terrible acoustics and making hearing specific voices, such as the voice of a trainer or spotter, extremely difficult. Noise pollution can also deter some customers from returning.
Gym soundproofing solutions like the ones you’ll find at Soundproof Cow can alleviate many of these problems. For example, the isoTRAX™ Soundproofing System consists of five sound isolation rails that go inside your gym wall or ceiling to reduce vibrational noise and cut down on the sound transmission.
For a less invasive solution, you might try Quiet Batt™ soundproof insulation, which are precut and easy to install. Quiet Batt™ is a cotton based material allowing for easy handling as well. This product can improve your gym twofold — improving your sound and temperature control.
Naturally, you don’t want your gym to be completely silent. A completely quiet gym is an empty gym — but an excessively loud gym can also quickly become an empty gym.
You want that perfect balance — enough sound to know you have an active gym, but strong enough acoustics so your clients can hear their trainers, talk with each other and get through a workout without getting a headache. By making efforts to reduce sound, such as sealing leaks, oiling machines and outfitting your gym with a complete and high-quality soundproofing system, you can achieve just the balance you need.