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MuteBloc™ is our high quality, robust and high performing pad to significantly reduce impact transmission from the dropping of weights. It is designed primarily (but not exclusively) for gyms that focus on cutting noise issues associated with weight drops, including Crossfit activities to where materials are thrown or dropped, substantial free-weight sections and its most valued arrangement - with dead-lift platforms. We supply each purchase of MuteBloc™ in pairs as this allows you to drop the weight bars from a height. With the MuteBloc™ in place, the weight bars can be dropped from a height and the suspension and density of the product help to 'block' the downward sound energy by transferring it into the MuteBloc™. By muting the impact noise from moving into the structure and the properties or rooms below, this reduces both shock and vibration which causes the majority of complaints from neighbouring properties of both commercial and residential environments.
MuteBloc™ is part of the iKoustic MuteRange core - this is our broad range of acoustic materials that have been subjected to stringent testing in both laboratory and real-world environments to provide you with the best possible solution for the purpose with a result you can trust. With Gym Soundproofing it is essential to find long-lasting materials that are highly effective and do not deviate in the quality of the material. With MuteBloc™ you can rest easy without the weight of noise issues on your shoulders.
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The dropping of heavyweights directly onto the floor without any form of sound isolating material will result in an excessive amount of structural vibration that will lead to a significant amount of disturbance to your neighbouring properties, especially those located in central urban environments. Our urban population is at an ever increasing level, and gyms are built for convenience in multi-purpose structures that harbour: residential properties, commercial shops and even leisure centres such as spas. It is therefore paramount to adopt careful planning to mitigate noise issues, choosing the right level of sound control across the wide ranges of activities that take place in gymnasiums, with all the while maintaining positive relations with your local community. Even if the gym is not located in an urban area, there are still noise issues that can affect the overall member experience, for example, gymnasiums that have use of spas, leisure and wellness rooms. Yoga especially, which requires a peaceful environment - will often be impacted by structural borne vibration, and with each drop comes a level of stress or disturbance to the experience.
It is with this in mind that we recommend to always carry out a Gym Noise Impact Assessment during the proposal of any gym, especially those located alongside other developments or adjacent to other properties - to assure the most robust acoustic testing and reporting is followed to avoid future issues. Sound control in Gyms is required almost across the board, even in areas you may not consider to be an issue. Specify acoustic materials from the beginning and avoid time spent with complaints, council visits and perhaps even the closure of your business.
"To minimise the risk of complaints regarding gym noise, we recommend that new mixed-use developments are designed so that noise from the gym is generally inaudible in adjoining dwellings. This is a much higher level of sound insulation than the minimum requirements in Part E of the Building Regulations. Inaudibility is particularly challenging to quantify as it is dependent on the background noise levels and the Gym may not yet have been built. In these cases iKoustic use nominal design targets such as ...
Design targets for maximum gym noise levels in habitable rooms of adjoining residential properties:
Daytime (0700-2300hrs) - 20 dB LAmax
Night-time (2300-0700hrs) - 10 dB LAmax"
MuteBloc™ is a combination of dense materials inserted to the casing that have been vigorously researched and tested to deal with a vast range of weight drops with the sole purpose of being used to dramatically reduce impact noise. MuteBlocs™ are sold in pairs, as each will allow the weight-lifter to drop the weight bar on to them safely and without fear of causing disruption to the Gym through blunt impact. We would recommend a pair in each weightlifting area so that coverage is constant and there is not a wait for each pair. This will also reduce disruption to other clients who may be disrupted by any large impact noise.
Heavy weight lifting areas that require the best soundproofing available for the immediate reduction of impact noise, especially when close to noise sensitive areas to where perhaps the availability for a floor covering is not possible, or when sound insulation values are very high and the impact of such weight to neighbouring properties could be detrimental. If you have a certain type of flooring that requires protection from weight drops, MuteBloc™ would work perfectly here too.
Each MuteBloc is compact and accompanied with a handle on each for ease of carrying, whether that is to another Gym or within a Gym itself. They are built to be incredibly robust with fine zip-work and build quality.
With any proposed Gym we recommend carrying out a Noise Impact Assessment to help us specify the correct acoustic insulation systems and sound proofing materials for their intended uses. Both impact noise and airborne noise are a major concern when Gyms are found in shared building complexes, or adjacent or perhaps even just in close proximity to other properties - especially residential. Certain noise ratings need to be achieved with Gyms to avoid potential or inevitable disruption, and the outcomes of each can only be calculated through this assessment.