Do you wipe your filthy, diseased sweat off the machines at the gym?

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    Aug 02, 2007 9:59 AM GMT
    Aren't leading questions great?!
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    Aug 02, 2007 11:02 AM GMT
    "you should have your healer pray over those peepers."

    In fact, I made my partner promise not to tell him I have a new affliction.
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    Aug 02, 2007 11:15 AM GMT
    It's nice to see I'm mentioned in conversations I'm not even involved in.

    My gym isn't worried about any kind of revenue, so they routinely ban people who don't re-rack weights or wipe down machines. For a gym full of "baby killers", it remarkably more civilized than most civilian gyms I've been too. The employees are also very conscientious about taking care of the patrons and the equipment. Our weights are actually cleaned on a weekly basis.

    I use the full sized gym towel to create a barrier between myself and the pleather of the bench. It seems to do the job fairly well.

    OW, you sure you didn’t pic up your affliction in the steam room or sauna?
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    Aug 02, 2007 12:08 PM GMT
    The number one gross part is that the people went to the gym after having gotten over conjunctivitis so soon...

    Nasty mother...

    Anyway, I'll admit I am one of the guilty ones that does not wipe the sweat off of the weights because, well, my hands dont sweat that much and I normally wash my hands before and after a workout. I think the key thing is to wear clothes to the gym (not tanks and such - tshirt and sweats) to minimize the skin to surface contact. Also, do not touch your face with your hands. If need be get one of those rough paper towels. I also almost always wear a hat as well, this way the sweat doesnt pour down my face and I am less likely to touch my nose, eyes, ears, or mouth.

    I also do not use gym facilities like the saunas, pool, etc. They to me are breeding grounds as well...granted maybe less so with a pool but whatever.

    Either way, I have not been really sick (like more than the sniffles) in the past year. This is probably due to me keeping things clean at home, in the car, etc. When I did get sick it was over a year and a half ago and I did not go to the gym until I was sure I was not sick anymore - almost 3 weeks later! If more guys and gals took this to heart, we would have a lot less posts like this.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:23 PM GMT
    OW how are you hiding your affliction from you faith healer -- he almost sounds like a pet at this point.

    And yes, maybe the sauna, steamroom, or have you been back at the bath houses again?
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:30 PM GMT
    I do not want more pressure from Jesus.

    I don't use the sauna at my gym. No, I haven't been to a bath house.

    My eye is worse today despite the medication.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:30 PM GMT
    Most people find that if they come into contact with any of my bodily fluids all kinds of good things happen for them. A puddle of my perspiration on an exercise mat cleared up one woman's nasty yeast infection. She brought some of the puddle home to her husband and he drank it. His penis got bigger and his acne cleared. And that's just two examples.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:32 PM GMT
    I once made the mistake of shaving my crotch (something that will never ever happen again). A few days later, having been to my gym a couple times since, I was introduced to folliculitis. No more shaving and no more daisy duke sized shorts at the gym.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:33 PM GMT
    My piss would improve your attitude, McGay.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    I am SO not into peepee and cocka.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:52 PM GMT
    Sweat itself has anti-microbial properties. The pathogens on the equipment is from the sources of the infection such as open sores or rubbing infected eyes and touching the equipment.
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    Aug 02, 2007 2:53 PM GMT
    Well McGay, the act of shaving alone could have given you the infection without input from the gym.

    Hmm, OW, you should be getting better, if not getting better by tomorrow maybe you should go back in, or break down those walls and let a little Jesus into your life! I take it he hasn't seen your eye, or would have asked about it already.
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    Aug 02, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    The golds gym where i workout actually has 1 or 2 guys spraying down all the equipment and wiping it down inbetween uses and they have placed Purell hand sanitizer stations all over the gym. Ive been to many gyms and no where else have I seen this.
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    Aug 02, 2007 3:04 PM GMT
    It is not conspicuous, WRE. My eye is watering and hurts in a peculiar way.
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    Aug 02, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    I tend to perspire a lot so I wipe down equipment before and after each use.

    I also wear a pullover or long sleeved shirt. The hat suggestion is great. I do it once in a while but I should do it more often.

    I usually don't use the showers because I only live 2 blocks from my gym. But when I do, I wear rubber flip flops to avoid contact with the floor.

    Thankfully, my gym provides paper towel dispensors throughout the gym. They come equipt with sensors that dispense the towels when you wave you hand infront of them.

    The gym also provides spray bottles of disinfectant and wipes throughout the gym. All toilets, sinks and soap dispensers operate via sensors too.

    I think one of the biggest problem areas are the stretch floor mats and that mats they provide in classes for sit ups, yoga, etc. I think it's a good idea to bring your own mat.

    Take care of that eye, OW. Hope it heals quickly.
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    Aug 02, 2007 4:12 PM GMT
    gross. nasty
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    Aug 02, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    "Sweat itself has anti-microbial properties. The pathogens on the equipment is from the sources of the infection such as open sores or rubbing infected eyes and touching the equipment."

    Yeah, that's what I thought. I'm usually soaked at the gym, but I can't imagine that my sweat is more toxic than some scab-picker's fingers. In fact, my sweat shouldn't be toxic at all.

    There is one guy at my gym who I bug about being OCD in regards to the Purell hand sanitizer. I once asked him why he used it so much. He claimed that his hands were always dry, and that the sanitizer was like lotion. I told him that the alcohol content of the gel was drying out his hands even more. He still uses it. Now would you rather use the machine that sweaty, old me just vacated (after I had courteously wiped it off with disinfectant, of course), or would you rather use the machine that the germaphobe had just vacated, touching every square inch of it with his scaly hands, allowing the broken skin and open fissures to come into contact with the equipment?
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:07 PM GMT
    I always clean up after myself, always.

    As for conjunctivitis, it goes away with antibiotics drops easily but it's annoying.

    Spread the word to the trainers in your gym.

    Good luck obscenewish !
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    buscbarf.GIF
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:19 PM GMT
    Ew....

    Actually, my doctor was not convinced that my eye problem isn't a combination of allergies and eye strain. I find this improbable, since it feels just like it did the two times before.
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:21 PM GMT
    Maybe you've developed an allergy to Mr. Mew.
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    Obscene, my brother has been getting this every year since he was 10. I don;t think it's the gym.
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    Just like the two times before, eh? You sound like you need some variety in your disease and infection. Have you thought about Malaria?
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:30 PM GMT
    It IS the new pink, y'know.
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    Aug 02, 2007 5:55 PM GMT
    Totally--I have this friend who caught Malaria, and it is SO hot on him. Literally. Absolutely to die for.