- Weights, weight machines and exercise balls – These types of equipment aren’t cleaned as often as other fitness equipment, leading to bugs and viruses such as colds and even MRSA to grow and spread. It’s been stated that free weights had 362 times more germs than a toilet seat (not a very nice thing to handle when trying to keep fit!).
- Exercise Mats – Exercise Mats are one hotspot for microbes that cause skin infections such as athletes’ foot, cold & flu, and Hepatitis A.
- Cardio Machines – Sweaty treadmills, elliptical and spinning bikes are more likely to be cleaned down after use than weights but even when cleaned 63% of machines that have been disinfected still have traces of the cold virus.
- Locker Room – Humid locker rooms are the perfect environment for the growth of viruses and infections such as Staph, Strep and MRSA. Also, as customers come in from outside, they bring in other germs and bacteria that can cause stomach flu.
- Showers – Like locker rooms, showers can be the perfect environment for bacteria and mould to grow – becoming riddled with fungi and organisms that can cause infections like athletes’ foot.
Hitting the gym is a great way to sharpen the mind, become healthier and physically fitter, and with the public becoming more health-conscious they look for local gyms that are close by. So, when a new customer comes to your gym you want to leave a lasting and positive first impression. Making sure that all equipment is clean and members come into a welcoming environment. However, there are some areas of a gym that can be a magnet for bacteria, viruses, and infections. Here are just some of the high-risk areas that you need to be aware of: