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The growth of personal and professional fitness across the UK has been a rapidly growing industry year-on-year. With the industry changing to adapt to various needs, we have seen the rise of HVLP (High Value - Low Price) budget focused gyms, tailored for those looking for a focus strictly on fitness, to where Fitness Centres and Gymnasiums were member experience focused - providing a wide range of services with spa facilities, swimming and leisure areas and cafeterias. The market has certainly changed, but the introduction of high-end boutique gyms and the better known broad range focused gyms are very much still at play.
Each type of Gym - the HVLP, the long-term focused membership gyms and boutique gyms all have similar noise issues to treat, but are often different in their locations and attract a range of people who have diverse requirements and seek different things. The HVLP has to remain to precisely that, high value and low price, these often locate themselves in central urban locations so that their higher numbers of customers can keep their costs low, this means that convenient locations with ease of travel are a must. With this particular model, it is often these gyms are found in structures of multiple occupancies; this also keeps costs down without the purchase or rental of a single unit.
With residential buildings often found just above these types of structures, impact noise and structural borne vibration is often a considerable concern and will result in the requirement of precise planning of soundproofing systems to mitigate any noise issues, and potential complaints against your location. The level of noise sensitivity is very high, and this would require a Noise Impact Assessment so that various weights can be dropped to measure their impact, and adjacent residencies are measured to find out their average background noise level.
The same case applies to the membership styled gyms of both mid-tier and boutique, but generally, there is a broader range of activities found in the same structure. These need additional focus and certainly do not want to be disturbed by the frequent thudding of footsteps on a nearby treadmill training area or through explosive banging of weight drops - these are what Yoga class could do without. Internal soundproofing of gyms is just as crucial to maintaining a positive member experience, and in some cases could help to save your flooring or your customer’s ears. Again, this is what a Noise Impact Assessment is looking to assist with, the successful planning of your gym.
What we have put together is a selection of systems below that are chosen from depending on any requirements outlined in any acoustic assessment, or for installation at home to where you may have a wide selection of workout equipment, all of which require soundproofing at some level.
There are also two additional gym acoustic products that are worth considering for optimising sound control, and this is our MuteStop™ product, perfect for retrofitting to guide-poles of weight machines to reduce the clatter of weights and reducing impact noise at source by cushioning their fall. They cover a broad range of weights and have selectors to what weights you intend to drop.
And MuteBloc™ (Set of 2), our durable and incredibly effective acoustic weight drop pad, which allows weighted bars or other weights to be dropped on to safely without the disturbance of low-frequency impact drops. In most cases almost wholly muting the noise issue - these are also portable, so you can move them around or take them to and from the venue.
Each of these selectors acts as a filter, which will help to narrow down your available options.
(Do note: 1 = lowest and 10 = highest.)