Gyms have grown rapidly in recent years and have become a place where many people come together every day. Accordingly, it is particularly important here to pay attention to hygiene standards in order to contain the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Why hygiene is important in the gym
Hygiene is often a decisive factor when choosing a gym. A representative study revealed that for 46% of athletes, "price" is the most important factor when choosing a gym - but cleanliness is almost as important, at 44%. After all, visitors leave not only sweat and calories after a training session, but also a large number of bacteria and viruses on the equipment behind.
Various studies show how heavily germ-laden studios can be. For example, one study shows that the bacterium "Staphylococcus aureus" can be detected on 75% of all devices. This bacterium can cause muscular diseases in humans and even pneumonia or mastitis. Another important factor in the gym is the air: Not only is it warm in gyms, but it is often humid due to factors such as sweating and showering. Perfect for bacteria and viruses, which multiply in such environments.
Did the person in front of me clean properly?
Many athletes therefore have a great need for hygiene during training. However, because it is not visible whether the person in front of them has cleaned the fitness equipment properly, many people do not feel comfortable using the equipment. They have no choice but to spend their own time cleaning the equipment before and after use.
Cleaning equipment within reach?
The recommendation in gyms is to establish hygiene on the equipment through the proper use of paper towels and cleaning agents. To make training easier for athletes, gyms offer disinfectant wipes or paper towels along with cleaning supplies. Unfortunately, most of these are not located in the immediate vicinity of all the equipment, which very often does not seem appealing for use - depending on the distance of the training equipment.
Spotted: Mountains of paper trash & clouds of cleaning supplies
Apart from the problem of long distances: mountains of trash that remain in the gym and spray clouds of cleaning agents in the training air. Athletes need new wipes for every touchpoint. Sometimes these are also used when "grabbing" to avoid direct contact with the sports equipment.
Where can fitness gloves be used?
In the gym, there are several touchpoints where visitors must be considerate of hygiene. All of these touchpoints must be reliably sanitized before and after use to limit infections. Or you can make it easy and use antibacterial and antiviral treated fitness gloves from ElephantSkin.
Cross-contamination is easily possible here, as all fitness equipment is usually in continuous use throughout the day. Proper cleaning and fitness gloves are ways to efficiently limit the transmission of germs between visitors.
The reception desk in gyms is the first point of contact where visitors have personal contact with staff.
Here is where service is offered! Fitness operators not only create a pleasant atmosphere, but also emphasize the high standard of hygiene in the studio. This gives the attentive operator the opportunity to introduce a "glove service" in addition to the towel service. For the training, athletes can get a pair of gloves from the reception and hand them in for washing after the training together with the towel.
Fitness gloves make it easier for athletes to maintain hygiene standards, allowing them to focus on their workouts.
With the constant exchange of items such as towels or membership cards, gym employees are exposed to a lot of face-to-face customer contact. To protect themselves from bacteria and viruses, employees often use plastic gloves.
However, if plastic gloves are not changed after each point of contact, bacteria and viruses will accumulate on the glove surface. Consequently, pathogens can be passed from person to person.
This is an opportunity for gym operators to create a healthier working environment for their employees. This can be achieved, for example, by using antiviral and antibacterial fabric gloves at the reception desk. For employees, we recommend: The ElephantSkin Classic Gloves!
The fitness glove from ElephantSkin - the ideal companion during workouts
Our fitness glove is made from 100% recycled polyester and is designed for comfort and a firm grip during exercise. The material allows your hands to breathe underneath and at the same time makes it touchscreen compatible (in case you need to quickly change a song or send a message).
Through the use of silicone, the glove provides a non-slip palm and the optimal grip. The ElephantSkin fitness glove can be used on all sports devices and in all types of sports - indoor as well as outdoor!