Um, this gym staple has more bacteria than your toilet seat

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Study Reveals Your Gym Equipment May Have More Bacteria Than Toilet Seats

If you're looking for an excuse to skip the gym this weekend, here's some news about how dirty the place you to go work out really is... While we all hope our fellow gymgoers put those disinfecting wipes to use after their last set, the unfortunate reality is that all gym equipment—from treadmills to dumbbells—is covered in bacteria.

Fit Rated recruited a lab to test the amount of bacteria on fitness equipment at several gyms, and the results have us wanting to stick to breaking a sweat outdoors from now on.

"Every time you pick up a weight or grab an exercise bike handle, you could be putting yourself at risk for an illness or infection," states the report. More than 70% of bacteria swabbed in the study is potentially harmful to humans, including gram-positive cocci, which can lead to skin infections, septicemia, and pneumonia.

Ready to really cringe? Free weights are covered in 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Exercise bikes and treadmills are not as bad, but they're not far behind. Testing revealed that bikes carry 39 times more bacteria than a reusable cafeteria tray, including bacillus, which can lead to ear, eye, and respiratory infections.

Just remember all this next time you're at the gym and are tempted to skip wiping down the fitness equipment you just used. If you're thinking what we're thinking, keep scrolling to shop weight-lifting gloves to help protect your hands next time you hit the gym.

Sweaty Betty weight training gloves

Sweaty Betty Weight Training Gloves ($40)

Are you shocked to learn how dirty gyms are? Tell us about your reaction in the comments!

Check out our favorite products below to make your workouts better than ever:

Weight loss products
See Gallery
Um, this gym staple has more bacteria than your toilet seat

More from Byrdie:
The New Brand just made teeth whitening super chic
9 celebs reveal their no. 1 workout secret
Could you handle Kourtney Kardashian's intense diet?

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.