There he is. The guy you've scheduled your workout times around for the past year. All sweaty and working that elliptical like nobody's business. Man, you'd swim in that sweat if it meant a moment alone in the gym showers. But just as soon as it starts, the fantasy is over. Finito. Did he really just walk away from that piece of community machinery and forget to wipe off his sweat? Who does he think he is, Prefontaine? Ummm, no.
Unfortunately, the gym is like a Petri dish for germs and super bugs. Since gym equipment gets fondled more than you did at senior prom, your exposure levels are already flying high. But you don't know how high. An ABC News investigative report performed by Dr. Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at New York University Hospital, found the germs staph aureus, klebsiella, enterobacter, bacillus, sarcinia, candida specie, and E. coli on gym machinery. Just to name a few. Though they look foreign to you, all of these bad boys are capable of causing some serious infection. Eeewww.
Which leads us to foul number two. You are smart enough to bring a towel and wipe down every piece of equipment before and after you use it. But, you use that same exact towel to wipe your forehead, too. That's what we here at HBD like to call a double foul.
But, Matt Barker was sick of fouls. After getting an almost deadly staph infection at the gym, he developed a product to help gym rats protect themselves. The Athlete Outfitters Safe Side Towel provides a barrier between the person and the gym equipment so you can work it in peace. Some of the towel's benefits include:
Germ Fighters. Made with natural bamboo, the towels are antibacterial and antifungal to help suppress bacterial growth. Also, they are soft as a baby's bum to cater to sensitive skin.
Dummy Proof. The towels spell it out for you in big, bold letters - FACE or GYM - so you know which side to use.
Eco-Friendly. Yep, Mr. Barker was thinking about the earth, too. The towels are made with 70-percent bamboo, an eco-friendly material.
Sweat it out, baby. $15 each, 3 for $29.80, www.athleteoutfitters.com
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