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How to Keep Your Gym Clean and Germ-Free

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

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Okay. Your gym (or fitness center) is the pride of your life: It’s well-situated; it’s spacious, well-lit and comfortable. You have the most up-to-date equipment and well-trained, motivated instructors. Plus, you have all the amenities your customers think are necessary for a hip workout place.

And, of course, you have your most precious assets: your customers. Or, if you prefer, your clients.

Unfortunately, those “assets” can also be a liability when it comes to keeping your gym or fitness center clean and hygienic. According to a recent study by Nuffield Health, Britain’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, it turns out that:

Half of gym users admit to secretly using a towel, toiletry or drink that belonged to someone else.

And there's more:

  • At least 20% of Nuffield’s clients admitted that they had gone to the gym when they were sick, some with colds, others with flu, still others with communicable viruses.

  • 1 out of 4 gym goers revealed that, in at least one instance, they hadn’t laundered their workout clothes between exercise sessions.

  • At least 75% said they had seen other gym users commit hygiene offenses such as discarding dirty clothes, not wiping down sweat-covered exercise machines after use, or leaving soiled towels in the shower.

What's the takeaway? As gym-owners the impetus is on us to keep our fitness centers clean and safe for all of our clients, even those that have some pretty nasty habits.

To help you do this, I've made a list of tips to help you keep your fitness center clean, sanitized and safe.

(Gently) Give Your Customers a Few Hygiene Tips

Now, if you post a list of hygiene ‘must-dos’ or cleanliness rules in your gym you’re bound to offend someone. Some customers will regard such instructions as intrusive or dictatorial or, quite possibly, an invasion of privacy. You may even lose some gym users.