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Offline jadasie

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elliptical machine: apartment friendly?
« on: December 14, 2009, 02:42:58 PM »
I'm thinking about getting an elliptical machine. Are these as apartment friendly as I hope they are? I don't want to annoy my downstairs neighbor, and I'm hoping the low-impact of an elliptical won't be a nuisance. Anyone have any experience with one in a pre-war building?

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Re: elliptical machine: apartment friendly?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2009, 08:49:39 PM »
We had an elliptical machine for awhile in our 4th fl apt.  I used it weekly for about two month  :laugh:   No one ever complained.  We put a rug underneath it just in case.  You should be fine.  It's not a treadmill where there's a lot of foot stomping impact. 

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Re: elliptical machine: apartment friendly?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 11:20:06 PM »
I think an eliptical machine should be quiet.  My friend lived below a couple who had a treadmill and it is very noisy even though the people run on the treadmill not the floor.  It sounds like a horse running above.  My current neighbor above me and his girlfriend have been on an exercise kick the last two months.  From 7:00 to 8:15 every night she does a step routine and he lifts dumbells and places them down hard (drops?) on his bare floor.  Even though there is an 80% carpet rule they have zero carpeting.  He is a good guy and generally very quiet (no loud music or stomping) so I won't say anything since it could be and has been much worse.

Offline dotley

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Re: elliptical machine: apartment friendly?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2009, 06:04:19 AM »
what about a stationary bike?  Does it make a lot of noise for the person who lives underneath you?  I wanted to purchase one but was concerned about that.

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Re: elliptical machine: apartment friendly?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2009, 07:53:44 PM »
what about a stationary bike?  Does it make a lot of noise for the person who lives underneath you?  I wanted to purchase one but was concerned about that.

I don't know the answer to your question, but I wanted to mention that I have seen a product that is designed to reduce the noise from vibrations of exercise machines.  This is the first one that came up for me when I googled.  http://www.ivgstores.com/IVG2/Y/ProductID-64868-.htm

I'm sure there are many brands, styles and price points.  It might be worthwhile to read some reviews to see if people who own them think they help.

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Re: elliptical machine: apartment friendly?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 05:33:34 PM »
We had an elliptical and it was fine...

We just moved to a SOLE treadmill and put a thick exercise mat underneath it.  My neighbor downstairs says she doesn't hear anything.  The mat was relatively cheap so if you are concerned, that may help.

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 05:33:34 PM »