REVEALED: The Gym Equipment Housing The Most Bacteria

According to a new study by Fitrated, the 3 most popular equipment types at your local gym could be covered in more than 1 million bacteria per square inch.

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The company swabbed 27 pieces of equipment at 3 gyms, focusing on free weights, treadmills and exercise bikes.

Take a look at the disturbing findings:

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“All three types of equipment yielded gram-positive cocci (a common cause of skin infections and other illnesses); gram-negative rods (which can prompt many types of infections and sometimes resist antibiotics), and gram-positive rods (which can – but don’t often – cause various types of infections).

“The exercise bikes and free weight samples also turned up Bacillus – a potential cause of various conditions, including ear, eye, and respiratory infections.”

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Fitrated also found that the average free weight was covered in 362 times more bacteria than your average toilet seat… Hand sanitizer anyone?

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