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Some Gym Equipment Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat (Video)

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A new study from fitness equipment review site FitRated shows some of the stuff you touch everyday in the gym has more germs than than a toilet seat! Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more.

If you’ve ever wondered about the hygiene standards of the equipment at your gym, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

Fitness equipment review website Fitrated gathered bacteria samples from 27 different pieces of equipment — three treadmills, three exercise bikes, and three free weights — at three different gyms which were part of major chains.

EmLab P&K then tested the samples to determine bacteria levels based on colony-forming units (CFU) – the number of viable bacteria cells — and found there were more than one million germs per square inch on each piece of equipment.

All three pieces of equipment tested positive for 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 conditions such as ear, eye, and respiratory infections.

Business Insider, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov.30,2017

Video by Buzz60/Sean Dowling 

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