Noise and Vibration in Gyms

Noise and Vibration in Gyms REGUPOL BSW GmbH
Noise and Vibration in Gyms REGUPOL BSW GmbH

Why do I need to minimise noise and vibration?

For each specific gym location, a detailed review of the relevant Government, Council and Strata laws will need to be considered to determine how much impact noise is considered appropriate for your building. Failing to do so can be a costly exercise and can result in costly disputes with neighbours and authorities. Taking the time to research and test your particular building will ensure that the most appropriate solution is found. Reducing any disruptions made with your gym fit-out and ensuring a happy and safe environment for all.

Acoustic Disturbance From Gyms

The dropping of free weights or other hard and/or heavy objects onto the floor are activities most likely to generate acoustic disturbance. Pin and plate loaded equipment produces similar disturbances, of slightly lesser magnitude. Weight lifting platforms and associated dropping of loaded bars onto these platforms, typically causes the highest level of acoustic disturbance from gyms.

Location Specific Critical Factors

The degree of acoustic disturbance may differ significantly from building to building, depending upon a number of variables:

  • The applicable legislation, criteria, standards and guidelines
  • Is the gym located on a slab at ground or a suspended slab
  • Whether the receiver is above or below the gym
  • The column spacing within the building
  • The thickness of the slab
  • Whether the slab is pre or post-tensioned concrete
  • Whether a suspended ceiling is within the gym or the receivers occupancy
  • The hours that the gym operates and the activities undertaken

The above list is not exhaustive, it merely demonstrates the importance of investigating each gym on a case-by-case basis to ensure the most appropriate and feasible acoustic solution is achieved.

Regupol Australia works with Acoustic Engineers nationwide to provide you with the most efficient and cost effective solution for your gym.

Contact the Regupol Acoustic Team for acoustical performance values and further advice.