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BARBANNA
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5/3/13 11:47 A

The treadmill is usually not noisy but the person who really uses it at a top speed. If you have it on the 2nd floor the people below will hear it very easily.



LOUNMOUN
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5/3/13 9:23 A

I don't live in an apartment but our treadmill is noisy enough to require the tv volume to be turned up to hear over it. On other levels of the house you can definitely hear the machine and the increased tv volume.



AMYXGEE
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5/3/13 4:37 A

Thanks for replying everyone. I think I'll give a treadmill a miss as wouldn't want to upset my neighbours. I have bought a cross trainer, exercise bike and a multi-gym. I'll go down and tell my neighbour that if any of those are noisy to let me know :) Thanks.



ARTEMISTHEGREEK
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5/2/13 8:00 P

Regina...a thought re your apartment neighbors... tell them you are considering a treadmill, and ask them if there are times that the noise would not interfere with their lives. Frankly, if I still lived near people in such a situation, as I once did, there are many times of day where I didn't care what neighbors did. Just not at 3 a.m. or something!



ARTEMISTHEGREEK
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5/2/13 7:50 P

My treadmill is noisy. This is fine since it is in a house without other people to hear it, but it is noisy enough I will not put on music to hear above it, as I don't want to deafen myself. PS, I only walk (though at a fast pace), not run, on my treadmill (bum knee.)

Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 5/2/2013 (19:53)


REGINA_PHALANGE
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5/2/13 4:55 P

I too was considering getting a treadmill a few months ago, but I live on the 4th floor of an an apartment building (with old wood floors, nonetheless).

I did some googling around to get a general feel of other people's experiences with having treadmills in apartments. I was shocked by how many websites and forums I came across where neighbors were livid at each other because of all of the noise it creates, between the sound of the machine itself and the impact of the steps. I decided I'd have to wait to get my own treadmill until I'm living in my own home.

ETA: As another poster said, an elliptical is a much quieter machine. If I had the money, I would definitely get one.

Edited by: REGINA_PHALANGE at: 5/2/2013 (16:57)


SMANISMELL
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5/2/13 3:21 P

Yes they are. When my friend uses hers, she also turns up the television volume real loud so that she can hear it. She lives in an upstairs apartment. I am sure that her neighbors are not to thrilled with her!



UNIDENT
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5/2/13 3:10 P

Yes, this would probably be heard downstairs.

If you want to be considerate of your neighbours (yay you!) then get a non-impact machine like an elliptical, exercyle, or rower.



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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5/2/13 8:40 A

I'm a pretty "heavy stepper", but any kind of jogging/running is noisy for me. You might be okay with walking, but if you plan to jog much it could get a little loud for those below you.

Coach Jen



AMYXGEE
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5/2/13 6:45 A

I've bought some new exercise equipment and was going to get a treadmill but I was wondering how noisy they are as I live in a flat and wouldn't want to disturb the neighbours downstairs. I wouldn't be running really fast, just walking fast and the occasional jog. Would this be noisy downstairs?



 
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