How To Reduce Treadmill Noise

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By Simon Gould

Treadmills are great pieces of exercise equipment and if you own one then you can run at any time and any weather. Treadmills can cost quite a lot in the first place but the initial cost is not the only one. They can be quite noisy especially if you are in an apartment or part of a family who wants some quiet time.

This is why traveling to a health club or gym that has a treadmill is seen as an acceptable substitute. But there's nothing like owning your own so you just have to go to the next room in your home to continue your exercise routine. You also get to choose the treadmill you want and get to workout without any interruptions.


The location is important when it comes to noise. If you have a garage then they can be the best place to put a treadmill. Garages are usually at the edges of the property and the sound doesn't transmit from them very well. They are built for cars to be in first of all and they can be noisy so the sound is internalized.

If you live in an apartment and the sound is bothering your neighbors then you might be able to have the treadmill in a room where the neighbor doesn't often go to below them. Also don't have the treadmill close to walls if possible as the sound is often amplified and echoed from the wall. Just some thought about the location can make all the difference.

Get a treadmill mat

A treadmill mat can absorb some of the noise emanating from the treadmill. These can be bought quite cheaply and they also stop the treadmill moving when you run. Amazon do a selection of treadmill mats* and they are really worth investing in. They help protect your floor from any scratching and marks that may happen without a mat.

A treadmill on a wooden floor is likely to transmit more noise than on a carpet, here a mat is more important. Combine the quietness of a carpet and a mat by using both. This will reduce the noise to an absolute minimum and you've done the most you can to make this happen. A rug is an acceptable substitute if a wooden floor is all you have.

Treadmill maintenance

Regular maintenance especially lubrication will help keep treadmill noise to a minimum. Keep those nut and bolts tightened on a regular basis. Not only will this reduce the sound but make the treadmill last longer. Lubrication of the treadmill is something you can do yourself and it does require special lubricant* and not household varieties.

Some maintenance can only be done by a professional but paying someone to service the treadmill regularly is a good investment. You pay a lot for a treadmill so maintaining it is a good thing. Unfortunately the sound of someone pounding those miles will make some noise but running at sociable hours should make neighbors and family members more amenable to your exercise routines.


If you're in a house and not an apartment and it's bothering a family member. The time you exercise on a treadmill can make it far more convenient. If someone works all day then use the treadmill in the evening. With a bit of negotiating everyone can be happy with their or your exercise routine.

Just to say, I've never used or encountered a quiet treadmill. Even the advanced curved machines create a noise when they're being used. I think that whoever you're living near to. Diplomacy is your best bet in dealing with the noise. You may want to rent a treadmill to see what sort of noise you can expect. Otherwise the solutions above will really help.

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Simon Gould

I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.

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