Gym equipment is rife with bugs, according to testing by FitRated Fitness
Equipment Reviews. In tests of equipment in 3 different gyms:
Free weights had 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat Treadmills had 74 times more bacteria than a tap in a public bathroom Exercise bikes had 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray
Thoroughly washing hands, keeping them away from your face, and changing out of gym clothes after a workout can help to protect you.