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Covers for Handles at the Gym: Cool or Not?

I fully admit that I can be a germ-a-phobe with the best of them, but even I can have a limit.

Recently I came across a new product called Handle Buddies, which are physical barriers that you place between you and the handle bars or any gym equipment that eliminate direct skin-to-surface contact and hopefully any skin to germ contact as well. What's more? They come with a pouch that you wear around your waist to store them when not in use while you're walking around the gym. Ready to take your OCD out of hiding, then buy them from for $20.

I have my own opinions on this product, but I am curious what you guys think -- Personal handle covers at the gym: Cool or not?

fitbuff fitbuff 10 years
I got these Handlebuddies and was really impressed, and no I'm not OCD, but I work in the medical field. MRSA is a real threat in gyms, and fingerless gloves don't protect you. I don't wear the pouch around, I think it's just meant to keep everything together. I think they are definitely the news about MRSA/gym germs....and few people actually wash up properly!!!
erlking erlking 10 years
For me, it would all depend on whether you are able to grip them well or if they become slippery in your hands, which could lead to injuring your toes.
kahla1 kahla1 10 years
i mean it's not cool for me, but i think that other people may benifit from it. going to the gym is about the personal experience - if it doesn't hurt anyone else, why shouldn't they?
SU3 SU3 10 years
Not cool! I usually just wipe the machine(s) before and after I use them.
redsnapper redsnapper 10 years
redic. just wear weight lifting gloves to hide your ocd.
Nutmegs Nutmegs 10 years
Um, gloves?? These are fugly.
Di75 Di75 10 years
totally gym and many others have those hand sanitizers all over, so just use those in between machines if you're really a germophobe. But I agree too that we NEED some germs for our immune sys to work right.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Pretty silly.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I just wonder if you have to wash them as much as you wash your gym towel. I usually wash my hands a couple times while I am there in case the machines are not too clean.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
It seems less OCD to me than taking out the lysol wipes before and after the workout. :P
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
All of the gyms I have used have a spray bottle to use to disinfect after using a machine, if you are that worried about it, spray it down first too! Fanny pack= big no no.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I am with Nik - exposure to germs is good for your immune system! Plus who wants to wear a fanny pack of handle protectors at the gym! I am trying to help my mom see the benefit of not wearing one on vacation!! hahahaha
darkbeauty darkbeauty 10 years
I'd be too lazy to use them regularly or forget to use them. :P
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 10 years
Not cool--wiping down with the disinfectant and avoiding touching my face suffices for me. Beyond being kinda excessive, I would totally forget them on the machine--I have a hard time keeping track of the things I already lug around the gym-- ipod, book, water bottle, towel, occasionally my, I guess I may breakdown and get a fanny-pack. ;-)
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
...around my waist. like a fanny pack. ...seriously?
thedudeabides thedudeabides 10 years
Ummmmm, wouldn't you be better off just wearing gloves, then washing them?
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Definitely not cool, but that's not to say I wouldn't use them anyway. My gym has the disinfectant spray and towels to use and as long as they have that, I feel pretty comfortable with it.
cageyme cageyme 10 years
I suppose if you have a home gym and wanted to pretty up your equipment handles it would be OK. But . . . can you say paranoia?
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
A little weird. don't most gyms have disinfecting spray and towels you're supposed to wipe the equipment down with. I can say most people don't use it, but I always do before and after! it's common courtesy!
nikolem2 nikolem2 10 years
This is pretty funny to me. I'm a firm believer that exposure to bacteria, germs, etc. only strengthens your immune system. Too much sanitizing, antibacterial products, etc. makes you more prone to sickness b/c your body can't conquer simple "bugs". I agree with the comments- just wash your hands when you're done at the gym- problem solved.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
Definitely not "cool" but if you are a germaphobe and this helps you out at the gym, why should you care of they are cool? Isn't the best reason to go to the gym to get a good workout, not to show off how cool you are?
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Not cool for me. I wouldn't want to walk around the gym with these. Plus, I wipe the machines before and after I use them.
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 10 years
I would have to go with not cool on this one. I can totally appreciate not wanting to deal with other people's germs, but that's what hand soap is for, right? Good for those with OCD, and good in concept, but totally not cool. I can't imagine walking around the gym with these.
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