Treadmill for walking in apartment during COVID – too noisy?

posted 4 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
4480 posts
Honey bee

I had a treadmill in my place for years and never bothered the downstairs neighbors. If you aren’t pounding away on it in the middle of the night or live in a poorly made structure, I think you will be fine. 

Unfortunately, I don’t remember the brand.

Post # 3
7624 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I personally would be very understanding as a neighbor as long as it wasn’t the middle of the night.

I know you asked about treadmills but if you’re concerned about noise, would you be open to a stationary bike? 

I also think it’s worth looking into investing in some workout clothes for cold weather. I run into negative temperatures and when dressed appropriately, enjoy it much more than being cooped up. Snow if definitely an issue for running though as many people aren’t great about shoveling their walks :/

Post # 4
2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I second the spinning bike idea.  Whatever treadmill you get should be fine for walking, it’s running that makes it pounding loud!

Post # 5
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

HOA board member here. Almost had a lawsuit in our condo building over a treadmill even though it was used in the afternoon for an hour and was on 3 layers of sound proof padding. it created a lot of animosity between the upstairs and downstairs units. We are a 5 yr old building that has very good sound proofing between the units.  My mom was also on the receiving end of a treadmill in the apt. above her. Her ceiling shook and her light fixtures moved around, things in her cabinets shook. The person upstairs was only walking. You don’t know what someone else is hearing in their unit or will hear. You may think you are quiet and only walking but it could sound like elephants overhead to the person under you. Proceed with caution. 

Post # 6
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@zstbee84:  I had a neighbor with a treadmill that started at about 4am every morning. It was so loud and an absolute nightmare – she was the only resident that I ever complained to management abount. If you go this route, I strongly advise against using the treadmill during any early mornings or late nights or risk being hated by your neighbors.

Post # 9
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have the horizon T202.  I’m in a house but we do have it upstairs and you can hear it downstairs, but it’s not super loud.  We do have it on carpet which I’m guessing absorbs some of the sound. Could you see about leasing a machine, that way if it doesnt work out you arent stuck with it?

Post # 10
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@zstbee84:  I have a bike that I enjoy using. Some people use padded shorts or a more padded seat. Over time, your butt will get used to it. Mine gets sore again if I don’t use my bike for a few weeks.

You could also look into getting an elliptical machine. It would be less noisy than a treadmill since the movement isn’t pounding into the ground, and it’s low-impact so you could move at a faster pace than your walking pace. Plus it also gets your arms moving and core engaged. Just an option!

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@Chimpy24:  I lived in a fancy apartment building and the upstairs neighbor’s treadmill made a lot of noise, even though they had padding. They were running on it, though. 

Post # 11
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Does your unit have an inclosed garage where you could put the treadmill instead of in your unit.  That way you are still out of the weather but not bothering neighbours with the noise.

 If not I second hiring one and placing gym mats underneath to help reduce noise.

Post # 12
7 posts

At the start of the lockdown I bought an elliptical trainer and I exercise nearly every day for 40 to 60 minutes between 8am and 10am. No complaints until now…….

Post # 13
2402 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t know about HOA rules and what not but imo, this is par for the course when you live in an apartment complex. As long as you aren’t doing it late at night/early in the morning, I feel like people need to effing deal with it. It’s one hour a day FFS. 

Post # 14
103 posts
Blushing bee

My upstairs neighbor has a treadmill. She does run, some type of HIIT, I assume as I can only hear the pounding for a few minutes, then it stops, then starts again. She always does it at around 10 or 11am, for about 30 min so it does not really bother me. Also, she has it placed in the dining room area, which I only use for my main meals. And my desk is far enough from it, so when I’m teaching, my students cannot hear it. 

In general, I can definitely hear it, but the sound is not uncomfortable enough for me to complain.  I think as long as your mindful of the time, it shouldn’t be a problem. 

Post # 15
8021 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ive had a recumbent bike and it’s so much better than a typical spinning bike. So much more comfortable. And I’m sure quieter than a treadmill.

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