October 27, 2010
Dealing with angry neighbors complaining about the noise? Ahmik Jones shows you how to build a lifting platform that’ll keep athletes and neighbors happy.
We had a problem that has unfortunately been very common among affiliates. Despite the fact that we had brought our new landlord and neighbor over twice to observe workouts prior to signing our lease—and we dropped heavy weights from overhead right in front of him—and despite his assurances that similar sounds would not be a problem next to his accounting office, we were threatened with legal action if we did not stop dropping weights during business hours within a few months of moving into our new space.
Our landlord suggested that we somehow pad the whole floor in order to eliminate the vibrations, which unfortunately would have been prohibitively expensive. Therefore, we started researching sound-damping platforms in hopes of stopping the vibrations at the source. We found plans online, but it looked like some of the design was overkill, and we wanted an 8-foot square platform so there would be room for a squat rack or stand. Because I needed to build several, I had to have an efficient design. I consulted my brother in law, an architect, and he agreed. He recommended some places that the design could be changed, and I made some changes of my own.