Exercising and Noise

Exercise classes and noise

The other day, a friend told me about the spin class he attends, and how loud and noisy it is. (First of all I had to find out what a spin class is. In case you didn’t know, it is a room full of stationary exercise bikes, and you have a leader who takes you through your paces. It sounds gruelling, even without the excessive volume/noise!)

spin class

As a good up and coming NC, my friend is very affected (and annoyed) by the volume at the class. He ends up wearing ear plugs, though he would prefer not to. As you can probably guess, the music is loud to start with, then it has to compete with the noise of all the bikes, and then the leader’s voice has to be audible over the music and the bikes – and then you reach 90 dBs, and then …..

So I did a bit of research and found a range of articles about noise levels and exercise classes, specifically spin classes.

Here is a recent study from Australia. If you don’t want to read the whole study, you can read about it here, in an article from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Here is more about the study, from the Daily Mail in England.

Even the Wall Street Journal has written about the loud music in spin classes, tracking the volume in health clubs in NYC.

So what is to be done, to quote Lenin?

There is a company called Acoustical Surfaces, which has worked on reducing noise levels in gyms. They do this with clothed wrapped baffles. Check them out here.

And of course you can ask the leader and the health club to lower the volume. (And to install baffles.)

And, in the end, you can make sure you have your good ear plugs with you. Pop them in, and away you go.

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