This is an odd post, just warning you in advance.
As someone who spends a lot of time at the gym, I have to tell you, I see some really unbeliveable stuff. I'm not talking about incorrectly executing exercises or talking on the phone while sitting on a machine that ten other people are waiting for. I'm talking about bad health habits.
Let me give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
Last week I witnessed a woman stretching on the locker room floor. A carpeted locker room floor. Wearing shorts. Now, how many people walk through that locker room with dirty shoes? How many walk through with bare feet (which is also disgusting and a direct route to nail fungus and other yucky things)? How many toss their dirty, sweaty gym clothes, including their undies on that floor? Now you want to go and stretch down their with your face planted in that carpet? Not a good move.
Example number two was ALSO witnessed last week. I watched a woman, completely naked sit down on an upholstered bench that I am hoping was intended for decorative purposes. If she did it, I'm guessing other idiots did it as well. Now we have a breeding ground for anything and everything. Sweat, fecal matter and other bodily fluids all up in that bench. Mingling with your, nether region. You have to be kidding me!
Or, the next shocker. I watched another naked woman sit on the bench straight out of the shower. Why bother? I use that bench to tie my sneakers. Really? REALLY?
I'm writing this as a plea. Don't do these things. Wiping down your machine before using it is nearly a better move than after, because no one wipes down anything anymore. Use towels on benches and machine seats. Get OUT of your gym clothes as fast as possible. Shower or at the very least, wash your hands thoroughly so that you don't wipe your eyes with gym gunk. We can't wipe down barbells, dumbbells and other quick-use gym tools, which puts them at the top of the germ charts.
While you're at it, wash your gym bag. Often. This is a great excuse to have two or more. While you're shopping, keep tabs on how old your sneakers are. If they look like they've seen a few too many battles, or if you can smell them, time to get new ones.
If you don't believe me, or you're just rolling your eyes...read the article below featuring commentary from Dr. Philip Tierno. If anyone knows germs, it's this man.
What tips do you have to add or gross things have YOU seen at the gym? Inquiring clean-freaks want to know.