Germs in gyms: Which popular machine is the germiest?

 

With New Year's resolutions in force, many of us are hitting the gym. Trouble is, we're doing it right in the middle of cold and flu season.

 

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Of course, people are supposed to wipe gym equipment down when they're done with it. But how many people really do? And just how many germs are they leaving behind?

 

"The thing people don't realize is, if you're working out, if you think about it, you rub your eyes, you rub your nose, you scratch your mouth, that's how the bacteria germs get into your body," said NBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres. "Once they get in to your body, you get the flu or whatever is there."

 

Armed with a germ meter and test swabs, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen visited a popular gym to test for the general presence of germs. On his meter, any reading over 100 was a fail.

 

On the free weights, Rossen measured 242; on the mats, 248. A reading from the elliptical came in at 268, nearly three times the acceptable level of bacteria.

 

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