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Bronan the Barbarian writes on something I’ve been thinking about lately. He laments the disgusting workout conditions across our nation’s gyms and provides a laundry list of suggestions including washing clothes, taking showers, and avoiding the weight room while contagious. He also writes:
4. Wipe down the machines! My cheap ass gym has one (!) cleaning bottle to be found in the entire weight room, so this may not always be possible. I walk around with a towel to keep my sweat from getting everywhere and protect myself from catching everyone else’s leprosy. If you have a cleaning station, wipe your nastiness off the benches and machines. If not, don’t forget to bring a (CLEAN) towel!
I hope you’ve learned a thing or two with my handy guide to gym hygiene. Go forth with your new knowledge and spread peace, love and the delightful aroma of soap throughout your chosen place of physical fitness!
This is a nudge effect. Within the past year I’ve moved and also switched YMCAs. My previous Y had cleaning bottles located on one table. Naturally, I didn’t wipe machines down. And I sweat a lot, but, no, I wasn’t going to walk back and forth to fetch a cleaning bottle after each set. And I wasn’t going to carry around a little towel with me either. I travel lightly.
But my new gym fixed that problem. It nudges gym rats to wipe down machines by placing cleaning bottles and towels at each machine. Crazy how that works. I’ve even found myself judging others who don’t wipe down the machines, though I will always and forever think that the people who wipe down machines *before* they use them are the biggest assholes in the world.