In the two months I’ve been weightlifting at my house, I’ve had three neighbors come over to “talk” (read: bitch) about the noise from dropping the weights. One even had the cops show up at my front door for a noise complaint. I’ve been dropping a barbell loaded with bumpers (MuscleDriver Europe Econ Line) onto half-inch rubber floor mats on top of my cement patio and my cement garage floor, but both are loud as fuck… which does not bother me of course, but I would love to stop the complaints.
So I was considering a few options:
Build a platform - Great for protecting my floor and equipment, but I’m not sure it will reduce the noise at all. Also, a bit pricey (I’m poor) and time consuming to do it right and I tend to suck at building things.
Tires - I’ve heard dropping on tires works well, but random ricochets do seem a bit dangerous. Also, I feel like you’d need good aim and might miss on a missed lift.
Sand - I was considering building a couple sandboxes 1 or 2 feet deep. I feel this would be the quietest option, but also with the same drawbacks as the tires.
So, I know this question has been beaten to death around here but I’ve never seen the noise aspect addressed. Any feedback from someone who’s used or tried any of these is appreciated.