No one wants to sit down in a puddle of someone else’s sweat at the gym, so PLEASE wipe down the equipment after you’re done with it. But even if you do, there’s still a LOT of bacteria accumulated there!
Researchers recently took samples at three different gyms to see how gross the equipment was. It turned out almost everything was pretty disgusting, and 70% of the bacteria they found was the kind that can make you sick.
Three things that were absolutely COVERED in bacteria were free weights like dumbbells, the handlebars on exercise bikes, and the handlebars on treadmills.
Just to give you an idea, here’s how gross they were compared to a few other things we touch every day.
Free weights had 34 times more bacteria than a lunch tray at a cafeteria . . . 64 times more than an average water faucet . . . and 362 times more bacteria than a TOILET SEAT. Which AREN’T actually that filthy.
The handles on exercise bikes and treadmills were even grosser. They both had about 40 times as much as a lunch tray . . . 75 times as much bacteria as a faucet . . . and over 400 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat.