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How Clean Is Your Gym?

Hygiene standards your gym should follow, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

You go to the gym to improve your health, not to put your health at risk. For this reason, you want your gym to be a safe and clean place to workout. Since the arrival of COVID-19, you may have wanted your gym to up their game when it comes to sanitizing equipment and keeping its members safe. And most gyms did just that. Standards were raised and new protocols put in place for preventing the spread of illness.

As your gym reopens, here are a few standards that may help keep you safe.

Social Distancing

The main way COVID spreads is through close contact with someone who is infected with the virus. For this reason, some gyms have new rules about social distancing while working out. Gym equipment may be spaced farther apart and there may be limits as to how many people are allowed in the gym or classes at one time. Reminders may be posted about maintaining distance from others.

Stickers on the floor may mark where people should stand when waiting in lines.
Additionally, screens or clear dividers may be placed between equipment or at the receptionist desk to protect employees. Larger gyms may advise one-way foot traffic or single-file lines when passing others in the halls, aisles, or staircases.

Sanitizing

It’s been found that COVID doesn’t spread well through touching shared surfaces or equipment. The cold and flu, however, spread that way with no problem. If someone with a viral infection uses a treadmill before you, and you touch the treadmill before wiping sweat from your eyes, you can become infected. For this reason, it’s important that gym equipment is frequently sanitized. Disinfectant sprays or wipes should contain at least 70 percent alcohol to effectively kill germs.

Disinfecting wipes or towels and spray should be made easily accessible for patrons and employees to clean each piece of equipment they touch. That includes free weights, cardio machines, and other exercise equipment. Other touched surfaces around the gym should be cleaned as well. Door handles, countertops, chairs, vending machines, and locker room surfaces should be sanitized frequently.

Some gyms may go so far as to remove hard-to-clean equipment. As a result, you may not have access to mats, blocks, rubber bands, and foam rollers. Water fountains, locker rooms, saunas, childcare areas, and climbing walls may be shut down temporarily.

Regardless of what is and isn’t available, washing your hands with soap and water is most effective at removing germs. When out and about, hand sanitizer is a good option. Gyms should have hand sanitizers readily available for member and employee use. To be effective, hand sanitizer should contain at least 60 percent alcohol.

Ventilation

A third way gyms can help prevent the spread of illness is to increase ventilation. The COVID virus is airborne and can remain in the air for some time after someone talks, coughs, or sneezes. For this reason, it’s important for public spaces to keep air circulating. It’s also important to filter indoor air with fresh, outside air as much as possible. Fans can help circulate air. For best results, fans should direct air away from patrons. A humidity level between 40 and 60 percent is also advised.

Masks

Some laws require people to wear a face covering or mask while working out in gyms. While this may be especially difficult during high-intensity exercise, health officials see it as a vital way to protect other members in the gym. During exercise, you inhale and exhale more forcefully. This type of breathing makes you more likely to spread the virus or become infected, regardless of distancing measures.