We’ve all heard this yarn before, haven’t we?
The one about your chopping board having more germs than your toilet seat, your mobile phone being a hotspot for literal shit and your pillow being a soft cradle of bacterial filth.
captain obvious haha
But! The folk at fitness equipment reviewing website, FitRated, have taken it one step further and have released stats on just how much bacteria is lurking on your fave pieces of gym equipment.
They swabbed 27 popular pieces of equipment to test how much bacteria, or colony-forming units (CFU), live on ye sweat machines. Dutty!
The humble exercise bike is home to a whopping 1,333,418 CFU, which 39 times more bacteria than your average plastic, reusable cafeteria tray.
slipping tf off that then, thanks
Free weights are positively filthy, with 1,158381 CFU. That’s 362 times more than your loo seat.
nicki watch out!!!
And in the most convincing argument against cardio since shin splints, the treaddy has 1,333,432 CFU, or 74 times more bacteria than the tap in your bathroom.
(It should be noted that FitRated probs do want you to be grossed out by the gym so that you buy some of the machines reviewed on their website.)
If you aren’t utterly disgusted, and you’re still interesting in getting your Super Saiyan on at the gym tonight, you can take a few precautions to stay clean: wash your hands right after a session, don’t touch your face after lifting weights and change out of your stinky gym clothes once you’re done, you filthy animals.