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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Do any of you remember me buying a Stepper early last year??
Well I dragged it out and decided to start using it again.
Unfortunately my neighbours are complaining the noise it makes, this means the people below us because they can hear it.
Does anyone know how to prevent this problem?
I need to start working out again, but whats the point of havng a sport equipement in the house if the neighbours are going to complain, i mean its not even past 6 pm, so literally i am allowed to make noise if neccesary.

Any advice or ideas would be great
post #2 of 22
i have one of those balls and a rope to do streches
post #3 of 22
I'm making a guess since I'm not really sure what a Stepper is, but maybe you can grease the joints so they don't squeak as much, and get a heavy rug to put underneath to dampen the sound?
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
it doesnt squeak, but there are these things where it has to stop stepping.. it s weird. :S but yeah thats the loud noise it makes so when you take each step it goes like Boom boom boom boom boom
post #5 of 22
Just workout when they are not home!
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
How do i know when they arent home!?
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan
How do i know when they arent home!?
Good question! It sounded good @ the time

I hope you find a way to use your machine tho!
post #8 of 22
I have an elliptical trainer, but I live in a high rise where everything is solid concrete, so the sound barrier is pretty good.

Become a good spy, and try figuring out the neighbour's schedule.
post #9 of 22
Just go downstairs and politely tell them that you will be exercising between such and such time so they might hear a little noise, or you could leave them a note. Try to stick between those times. That's what I did when I lived in my apartment. When you live in an apartment you have to expect some noise.
post #10 of 22
I agree with Tanya!!

Otherwise, would it be possible to add a couple of large towels under your stepper?!! It might dampen down the sound a bit! (?)
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by squirtle
Just go downstairs and politely tell them that you will be exercising between such and such time so they might hear a little noise, or you could leave them a note. Try to stick between those times. That's what I did when I lived in my apartment. When you live in an apartment you have to expect some noise.
It's a good thought. I would start with that. However if they're the type of neighbors that think they shouldn't hear you, then you might not win with the stepper. Or heck, find out if their lease is almost up!! Annoy them so they DO move out and you get the apartment empty for a couple of weeks to do exercising!

I had to go and get light exercise DVDs though. The apartments I lived in were so thin between the walls and floors that I sounded like a cow jump roping on rollar skates whenever I did stuff like Tae-Bo, etc. I was embarrassed by the echo
post #12 of 22
Um, yeah, my downstairs neighbor has a treadmill and when she's on it, the whole house shakes...stuff falls off my computer desk cuz it's right below me...Not saying she's big, but anyone can make a lot of noise on those things....can you keep it in the basement? I thought about doing that....
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
nah cant do it in the basement..

Now my neighbours they are very different from us and are very stuck up. so there would be no use, i mean my mother gets away with her yelling because shes deaf, but everyone knows im back because of my music!
post #14 of 22
I'd tell your whiny neighbors to go to hell and shutup. If they didn't, I'd bring hell right to them. I'm kidding... sort of.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
I'd tell your whiny neighbors to go to hell and shutup. If they didn't, I'd bring hell right to them. I'm kidding... sort of.
Nice answer Ryan!
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Nice answer Ryan!
I've lived in an apartment before. I hate apartments.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
I've lived in an apartment before. I hate apartments.
Can i move in with you?
post #18 of 22
Fwan!
post #19 of 22
I have to agree with Ryan... That's why I suggested the note. At least you are giving them advance notice of the noise. As long as you aren't stair stepping in the middle of the night, they can't do anything about it. So I would definately continue exercising, even if you decide not to write a note. I mean what's 30 minutes or so of noise.... unless your stair stepping for hours on end I could deal with it
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
I've lived in an apartment before. I hate apartments.
I live in an apartment now - bottom floor - but the girl that lives above us is really quiet - I guess I'm a lucky one!
post #21 of 22
Big foam mats should dampen the sound and protect the floors too. Over here you can buy them at Home depot and sporting stores. Expensive though.
post #22 of 22
I may be wrong (wont be the first time)
But aren't you supposed to NOT let the pedals all the way down on each step? You go nearly all the way down, but you aren't to touch bottom.

Other than that as long as it is under the 6 or 8 pm curfew on noise I would tell them to stick it where the sun don't shine!!
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