While public restrooms are often the focus of gross germ-covered surfaces, your fitness routine may be a close runner-up as a nasty culprit. A recent test conducted by Ellipticalreviews.com sheds some light on our germiest group fitness classes, with results that are sure to make your skin crawl (or break out in sores)! After swabbing the most commonly touched surfaces in barre, spin, hot yoga, and CrossFit classes, this test determined which surfaces have the highest colony forming units (CFU) per square centimeter. For an added gross and germy measure, the study uses the CFU standard of a toilet seat to highlight which of these surfaces may be significantly dirtier and in desperate need of regular sanitation. If you find yourself frequently attending group fitness classes at your gym, you may want to consider adding a sanitation plan to your fitness routine.
Barre and Cycling: The Good
With individual CFUs under the 3,200 found on a toilet seat, the wooden bar of your barre class and the resistance knobs of your spin class are the safest, with CFUs of 10 and 13.3 respectively. These numbers should offer barre attendees and spin class cyclists a sigh of relief knowing that barre is 320x cleaner than a toilet seat and spin class is 240x cleaner than a toilet seat. While surfaces in these classes may be better than the rest, it is still recommended that they be regularly cleaned and that class attendees utilize best practices for hand washing in order to kill potentially harmful bacteria that may be lingering on this equipment.
Hot Yoga: The Bad
The alarming 25,533 CFU found on a rental mat in a hot yoga class should be an obvious red flag for professional grade sanitation measures. Because of the sweat and direct skin contact that these mats are exposed to, your hot yoga class mats are not only hotbeds of sweat and warmth from your workout, but also hotbeds of dangerous bacteria that can cause serious skin infections if left unaddressed. Among the many dangerous skin infections that may be lingering on these mats is MRSA, or a staph infection, which are often serious and require hospitalization.
CrossFit Barbells: The Ugly
While the thought of a high volume of germs on your yoga mat may be especially disturbing, the CFU of barbells in a CrossFit class calls for dire sanitation measures, such as Sani-Guard. This particular surface of a CrossFit class boasted a shocking CFU of 153,410, making your CrossFit barbell an alarming 48x dirtier than a toilet seat. Because this high volume of germs is not always easily removed with a wipe or household cleaner, a professional sanitation service may be necessary to fully sanitize this equipment.
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