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Fittingly Mad: Wipe it Off Already!

It may seem like I am a germ-a-phobe, but honestly, I am not. I like to think of it more as seeing a lot of windows of opportunity for us (as a society) to be less gross. The one place I can't help myself though, is the gym.

Here is the thing, I can visually see how sweaty everyone is, I mean that is why we are all there in the first place. Most gyms have a non-descript spray and paper towel system that I feel is just fine. Some just provide towels, which in my eyes is still better than nothing. Then some gyms don't even provide anything. I don't go to those gyms, that's just gross.

What really gets me is that when we have options for wiping down the equipment, people don't ever do it. When you're finished with a machine, why not just give it a wipe down? Now, I know that wiping it down is not like an atomic bomb to the germs, but it still makes me feel a little better that when I hop on, I am not getting all of Joe Schmo's leftover sweat.

Fit's Tip: Carrying around antibacterial wipes is a great way to sanitize a machine before jumping on. Some may think it is a nuisance, but when it comes to nuisances, that option is far less than a cold that keeps you in bed for days.

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DStirk DStirk 10 years
i am about to head to the gym now.... with my critical eyes on.... it should be socially acceptable to tell some one they should wipe down their machine. maybe i am going to stop at the gym and get some of those wipes. Gross.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
ewwwwww I was at the gym at my dorm last year and I went to use the machine were you lay down on your stomach and bring your feet up to your behind- yeah I dont know what it is called Anyways their was a small puddle on the bench. I was so grossed out because I didnt know if it was sweat or drool :SICK: I skipped that machine for the day. I also this once girl who was sooooo sweaty that she had to put a towel down over the buttons as to not soak them. I have never seen a girl sweat sooo much before
trisugar1 trisugar1 10 years
I totally agree with BOTH - it takes 5 seconds to wipe off your machine (or the toilet). And there has been recent proof that the GYM is one of the biggest germ harbors in an average person's life. The other night I got onto the 'mill and the railings were all wet and sweaty. i was so revolted! Of course I got off and cleaned it thoroughly.... Five minutes later a guy next to me got off and gathered all his stuff and headed towrd the weight room - I was like Ummm, could you please wipe down your machine for the next person - he gave me a LOOK and threw down his stuff - BUT he did clean the machine. and with an audience of about 6 other people, he'll probably never forget again!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Same eternal question: why don't women clean their own pee off of the toilet seats? Its their pee..they decided to spray it all over squatting instead of just sitting their ass down with a toilet seat cover or toilet paper makeshift cover.. thank you ladies.. all of you who are guilty of know who you are leaving your mess behind for some poor child to touch or sit in before a parent can stop them. Shame on you! Return Suri immediately or face the consequences Earthlings!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
My gym has towels and spray that has dial soap diluted with water and you better believe I spray the heck out of my machine. It URKS me so bad when I see someone get off the treadmill and just walk out of the room! I don't see how people don't care that a full room just them show bad hygiene! It takes all I have to not go wiped down their machine, but I don't want to seem crazy!
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