Study: The Gym Is A Filthy Bacteria Trap

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I don’t go to some fancy gym for a couple of reasons. One, I can’t afford it. The second reason … well, okay, there’s only one reason I don’t go to a nice gym. Anyway, while I never anticipated my gym to be squeaky clean nor would I employ the five-second rule if I were to drop a stick of gum onto the floor, I never realized that my cheapo gym was THIS filthy

A recent study from fitrated.com examined 27 pieces of exercise equipment at three different gyms. Among the findings: the average treadmill has 74 times more bacteria than water taps; the average exercise bike has 39 times more bacteria than cafeteria trays; free weights are hands-down the dirtiest pieces of equipment in the gym. How dirty are they, you ask? Welp, the free weights — i.e. dumbbells and kettlebells, etc. — have 362 times more bacteria than toilet seats. ::Shudder::

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The researchers noted that people who go to the gym may be putting themselves at risk for developing an infectious illness. The bacteria found on exercise equipment can cause blood poisoning, skin infections, and pneumonia. Want more good news? Some bacteria can be resistant to antibiotics. Of course, if people would just wipe down their freaking benches and machines – and maybe if the gym staff used some disinfectant wipes on the dumbbell handles more than one every 17 years — this wouldn’t be such a big deal. But for now, avoid getting ill by changing your clothes immediately after they complete their workout. Which is something you should do anyway, Ms. Sweaty!

Of course, if people would just wipe down their freaking benches and machines – and maybe if the gym staff used some disinfectant wipes on the dumbbell handles more than one every 17 years — this wouldn’t be such a big deal. But for now, avoid getting ill by changing your clothes immediately after you complete a gym workout. Which is something you should do anyway, Ms. Sweaty!

Here’s a chart compiled by fitrated.com that explains things in grotesque detail more clearly:

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