And if you think you’re doing a good job of wiping equipment down and keeping yourself safe from Muscle Joe’s flu or Cardio Candice’s staph infection, think again. Unless wannabe Rambo wiped off the plate weights after unracking the bench press (he didn’t), the next time you grab those plates, you’re touching all of his lovely bacteria.
It’s enough to turn anyone into a germaphobe, even at a well-maintained gym. Working out at home won’t necessarily be any less gross, but at least it’s your own grossness.
Gyms stink. Like, for real. You’ve got the stench of “sweaty bro” mixed with the overwhelming smell of slowly rusting iron, degrading rubber, and that guy who has officially entered ketosis. Ugh.
And that’s all before you hit the locker rooms. (Don’t get me started on the perils of too much Axe body spray.) Look, I’m not claiming I smell like a daisy all the time, but who wants to go hang out in other people’s stink? Unless your gym has a serious cleaning program, your nose is gonna be a lot happier if you get your pump on at home.