I’ve got a rare restriction in my garage gym: I never drop my weights.
I invested in top quality bumper plates, an awesome barbell, and built a lifting platform with thick rubber horse stall mats.
I train to sub-max & max effort, with no spotter, on all the big lifts, including the Olympic lifts, alone.
So, with all of the above said, I should be dropping weights, because I should be having misses, and, the correct way to miss is to get the hell out of the way.
But I don’t. I lower the weights softly, or, as softly as possible, even from heavy snatches and presses.
I rack them back to the clean position, then the hang, and then I let them down.
I only drop the weight if I simply cannot get up from the bottom of a squat, or, cannot receive the snatch overhead.
Why do I do all of this extra work? Every time I dead-lift or clean, I have this added negative lowering to do.
It’s because my kids are sleeping above my garage.
A little extra work never woke a sleeping child, or, hurt anyone.