We moved into a new apartment and were planning to buy a treadmill. But the apartment management denied permission to have treadmill as it may cause disturbance to other tenants and also the apartments are newly constructed.

What other alternatives would you suggest to work at home.

  • jump rope is fantastic its what i used religiously for many months before i started going to the gym. Commented May 22, 2012 at 21:31
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    Do management allow televisions?
    – jontyc
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 4:58
  • @jontyc - Not that televisions are a good alternative to treadmills, I'm sure... Quite frankly I wouldn't have even had a second thought to just buy a treadmill without bothering to ask management. They really aren't any noisier than my music or television. Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 0:14

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Is running outside an option? Probably not what you were thinking of, but it is cheaper.

If you want a machine, an elliptical might be an option. I would assume the disturbance they're concerned about would come from the footfalls from running on the treadmill, so it might be a more acceptable option to management.

Also, have you checked if the apartment has a gym? Some of the apartments I've been have had a common room with some weights and machines for residents.

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    I'm a massive fan of running outside. I'm not quite sure how anyone can stay on a treadmill for more than 10 minutes. If wintry conditions scare you then buy the equipment to handle them.
    – Sarge
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 13:32

Most apartment buildings have stairs. I exercise on 22 floors of stairs at my building.

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    Good point, and also free.
    – fire.eagle
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 0:53

Some cardio-based (as opposed to strength-based) alternatives that you can do inside your apartment:

  1. Jump rope
  2. Elliptical machine
  3. Running in place
  4. Jumping jacks
  5. Wii Fitness
  6. Dance Dance Revolution
  7. Just plain dancing
  8. Shadow boxing
  9. Move to an apartment on the ground level, and then get the treadmill

How about a rowing machine. Doesn't have the disturbance characteristics of a treadmill. If you are tight on space there are some that can be either folded or stood on end. It's a good cardio option and works a lot of the body.


There are tons of equipment geared for the home. The answer will depend on your specific program and what your goals are. For example, you can get a pull-up bar, exercise ball, or resistance bands.

If you're set on doing pure cardio, then something like a stationary bike may do the trick. Otherwise, you can look into exercise programs that don't need any equipment at all. The "Insanity" program is a good one that I've done (no equipment needed but you do a lot of jumping which your downstairs neighbor may not appreciate).


You may use a temporary gym flooring mat or an advanced sound proofing mat with shocking absorbing damper pad below the treadmill. This will prevent the footfall noise transmitting to lower floors. Also it is important to use proper pronation and running techniques on tread mill which when done will have automatically low footfall noise. If your footfall noise is more, though sound is prevented from going down the flooring, your knee joints etc are being affected.


It depends on the reason that management denied the permission. Is it noise from running on a treadmill? A solution to that could be to get an elliptical trainer or something similar.

I was looking for something more effective and interesting than a treadmill and found the Bowflex Max Trainers. They're neither treadmill nor elliptical, but kind of it's own breed of trainers. Apparently they help you burn 2.5 times as many calories as traditional treadmill or elliptical equipment. And, because you don't run or lift your feet of the device, there won't be any noise your neighbors or management can complain about.

I wrote a review on the Bowflex Max Trainers on my blog tomlikesbest.com to share what I found. Maybe it's something for you.

To sum it up, I found that the Max Trainers are a really good alternative to treadmills. They help you burn much more calories and are better for your joints. Which one you get depends mostly on your budget. The M3 is a good tool, but the M7 is worth the extra money.

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