Protect your floors, keep noise to a minimum, and protect your gym equipment with the right pair of weightlifting drop pads.
Weightlifting silencer drop pads are simple pieces of gear that have a surprising amount of function.
These bad boys:
💪 Absorb the noise from dropping barbells loaded with weight plates/bumper plates.
💪 Reduce vibration from lifting heavy weights
💪 Protect the floor and foundation from cracking.
💪 Increase the longevity of your weight plates and barbells
💪 Can be used as a plyometric box for introductory plyo/step training
Not bad for a little foam box!
Lifting pads are usually made with a tough nylon exterior and stuffed with high-density foam that maintains proper shape even under heavy loads.
In terms of protecting your floor and foundation, weightlifting drop pads aren’t a complete cure-all, but combined with bumper plates, proper gym flooring, and setting weights down softly they can do wonders.
Below are the best pads for reducing noise, protecting your floor and gym gear, and keeping noise complaints to a minimum 🤫
Let’s dive right in.
Bells of Steel Deadlift Pads
⭐⭐⭐ Best drop pads for weightlifting
While drop pads are generally used for quieting heavy deadlifts, they can be used for a ton of other stuff, including snatches, floor presses, hip thrusts, and more.
The Bells of Steel Deadlift Pads are my go-to pads for lifting in my garage gym. (You can view my full review of the Bells of Steel Lifting pads here.)
The shell is made of heavy-duty polyester, the guts are filled with foam that bounce back to shape quickly, and Velcro on the sides makes them stackable for use for hang cleans, box jumps and jerks.
Storage is made painless with handles. Bells of Steel Deadlift Pads are 30” by 24” by 6” and retail for around $200 (check Bells of Steel’s website for current pricing and shipping options) and they offer bulk discounts for commercial gyms.
In other words, all of the wins!
Lift heavy and quietly with these weightlifting pads.
Rogue Crash Pads
Rogue’s pads come in the usual 30” by 24” by 6” size with the Rogue branding splashed across the top. The exterior of the pads are made with heavy-duty vinyl that prevents rips and tears and is easy to wipe down after training.
Sold in pairs, Rogue’s pads have webbing for easy carry and storage, and the foam stuffing bounces back quickly after use, making them great for heavy lifts and even intro step and plyo training.
Rogue’s gear trends towards the more expensive, with a pair of the Rogue Crash Cushions ringing the cash register for about $250 (check Rogue’s website for current pricing).
Yes4All Weightlifting Drop Pads
Yes4All is a low-cost gym equipment manufacturer that makes awesome stuff for the home and garage gym enthusiast. I’ve had a chance to try out their deadlift jacks and tricep rope and consistently been impressed with the quality of their products.
Their drop pads, made with high-density foam and covered in durable PVC nylon, are excellent for long-term use and heavy lifting. The pads are six inches thick, which gives them enough height to provide a solid amount of silencing when you put your weights down.
Yes4All sells them in three different colors. With most home gym equipment, their weight lifting pads are frequently sold out (check Amazon for current stock and pricing) so get your hands on them while they are available.
HappyBuy Barbell Crash Weightlifting Pads
While most crash pads come in a height of 6″, the pads from HappyBuy gives you some additional height options.
Designed specifically for silencing heavy weights, HappyBuy sells their pads in 6″, 9″ and 10″ height sizes, making them an interesting hybrid of weightlifting pad and plyometric box (the high-density foam and nylon exterior is the same as foam plyo boxes).
The HappyBuy pads are the lightest on this list, weighing under 5 pounds per pad (compared to the Rogue pads, which are 20+ pounds per pad) and are rated for a maximum of 880lbs total weight.
They come in a variety of different colors, including red, blue and black, and the side of the pads have handles for easy storage and handling. Amazon sells them for around $180 (check here for current pricing and stock options).
Titan Fitness Silencer Drop Pad Set
Titan Fitness is another big player in the home and commercial gym space, and their stuff consistently gets rave reviews from gym owners and users. I’ve had a chance to give their push up stands and gymnastic rings a go and have been repeatedly impressed with the quality of their equipment.
Titan Fitness’s drop pads have all the usual bells and whistles that you expect from a quality crash pad. The insides are filled with high-density foam designed specifically to reduce noise and absorb vibration. The shell is a durable PVC that retains form and is tear-resistant. Dimensions are in the “usual” drop pad size-30″ by 24″ by 6″.
Unfortunately, like most fitness equipment these days, these pads are often sold out. Check Amazon for current pricing and availability.