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    I get sick all the time because the students go to the gym when they are sick. Should I walk around with hand sanitizer all the time? It's getting to where I'm going to have to walk around with a little bag with my micro-weights, with 2.5lb plates (because I can never find two when I need them), reading glasses, my notebook and a towel and spray stuff to clean all the equipment. It's getting pretty ridiculous.

    How the hell do you survive the gym? I've walked thousands of miles, lived in the dirt, pooped without toilet paper and never gotten sick but now that I go to a gym I get sick every couple months.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

  • #2
    I to live in a college town. I havn't got sick from the gym. But cleaniness and sanitation of this particular gym has high standards. Do you know if your gym has a good sanitation routine?

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    • #3
      i have almost always gone to body builders gyms. no one even uses towels on the equipment. the showers are freezing cold. as in you cant change the temp on them. the doors out to the balcony are always open. i never get sick. i did go to a gym once which was a bit hysterical about towels and sanitising spray. people breathe tho so i figured it was most likely a waste of time other than for appearances sake. maybe take some sodium ascorbate for a while and do things to build your own immunity?

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      • #4
        Our gym has sanitation wipes to use. I wipe down the machines before and after I use them. I wipe them down even if I see others wiping them down before I use them. My gym was once empty on the sanitation wipes, so I went into the bathroom and got a soggy paper towel with soap in it.

        I am also sure to NEVER touch my eyes, mouth, face, etc. That's how you get sick.

        If you notice a lot of people tend to cough when they're running on the treadmill or otherwise working out heavily. Just breathe through your nose and don't touch your face until you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.


        But yeah, I agree. It's disgusting when people go to the gym sick, or otherwise go to a public place. When I worked at a grocery store people would show up sick all the time, cashiers and deli workers included. They didn't want to miss out on pay, and I'm guessing that's the same reason people go to the gym sick. They pay for it, and don't want to miss out on their money's worth or their exercise routine (when sleeping in bed would do them more good). It's like college kids showing up to class sick because they feel like they can't miss it, and paid lots of money to be there.
        Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

        Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
        Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
        Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
        F/23/5'9"

        26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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        • #5
          Are these people coughing or sneezing in your space? Or are you claiming to get sick simply from touching things? You can't get sick from touching things unless you subsequently touch your eyes, nose or mouth. That's how the viruses get in. So I would actively avoid being around anyone spraying the area with their germs through coughing or sneezing, I would avoid the water fountain period (bring water from home), and I would wash my hands very well prior to allowing myself to touch my face for any reason. I went to the gym for years using this strategy and never got sick.
          High Weight: 225
          Weight at start of Primal: 189
          Current Weight: 174
          Goal Weight: 130

          Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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          • #6
            If you're getting sick simply by being in the building, it might be an issue with the ventilation system.

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            • #7
              PM me if you're interested in setting up a home gym where you don't have to worry about these things. I have my entire set-up in a 11 x 13 loft in my condo (not including my doorway-mounted pullup bar), and I do heavy (for me) squats, deadlifts, bench press, presses, power cleans, weighted chin-ups and dips. And I spent less than a year's worth of gym dues for everything.

              And I still clean everything. I have a spray bottle of Everclear (yeah, the stuff you drank out of 55-gallon trash cans at college frat parties). Guaranteed to kill everything, including you if you ingest enough.
              The Champagne of Beards

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              • #8
                I have a spare room just like that, would love to get the details of what you did

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Katsuhiko the Rolfer View Post
                  I have a spare room just like that, would love to get the details of what you did
                  Well, I'll be glad to share what I have and where I got it.

                  The first thing to buy is a horse stall mat. You can get a 4' x 6' heavy thick mat at a store like Tractor Supply Co. for $39.99

                  edit: This is the only thing you need help to move. You can't move it by yourself. I marred up my walls and broke some molding moving it.

                  On top of that, I have these squat/bench press stands: Amazon.com: Valor Athletics Inc. Power Squats Stand Plus: Sports & Outdoors There's "pins" to put down a failed bench press or squat, and they're sturdy as long as you keep a plate or 2 on them.

                  I bought a medium-quality bar, but you can go cheaper if you don't plan to do any explosive lifts. I have Amazon.com: Cap Barbell 1000 Pound Solid Test Bar (7-Feet): Sports & Outdoors

                  I found a set of olympic plates a kid was selling on Craigslist. You can almost always find some cheap set of 300 lbs or more on there.

                  My pull-up bar is a doorway-mounted screw in type, but there's a million options out there.

                  I do dips on this: Amazon.com: Carex Explorer Folding Travel Walker: Health & Personal Care

                  And I made my own dip belt out of a pool noodle and a 6-foot bike cable. >$10 and fits perfectly. I have recently dipped with 90 lbs and done chin-ups with 70.

                  Been using this bench Amazon.com: Cap Barbell Fitness FID Bench: Sports & Outdoors but upgrading to Amazon.com: Adidas Flat Bench: Sports & Outdoors which will be delivered this week. The former is probably fine, I've benched 220 weighing 152 on it, despite the 300 lb capacity rating.

                  That's all there is to is. I ended up having to buy a few more plates which I got from various sources (some Wal-Mart, before I quit shopping there), but most ladies will never have to go farther than a basic set of 2 x 45, 2 x 35, 2 x 25, 2 x 10, 4 x 5, 2 x 2.5.

                  I also have some 2" ID washers from Mc-Master Carr for microloading

                  Has been working out great. No complaints (well, my downstairs neighbors complained, but then I moved everything from the living room upstairs to the loft and they haven't objected).

                  2nd edit: Just saw you're in the UK, Katsuhiko. I'm not sure what's available there, but I'd be glad to offer my un-professional opinion on anything you're looking at. The general idea should be the same.
                  Last edited by RichMahogany; 04-08-2013, 05:32 PM.
                  The Champagne of Beards

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                  • #10
                    Saving this thread so I can come back to the equipment suggested when we're ready to upgrade our current set-up to be more user friendly.

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                    • #11
                      Many thanks! I'll get investing

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                      • #12
                        Believe me, I have thought about home gyms. But my partner is a pack-rat and there's just no room anywhere. And he'll kick me out if I put anything over a door that might hurt the walls or the door jam.

                        All I know about this getting sick thing is that I worked on campus for a year before joining the gym and I never got sick. Since joining the gym I've gotten sick twice now. I'm also just feeling sorry for myself. A month ago I hurt my back lifting weights. A week ago I walked into the door in the middle of the night and split my lip and got a bump on my forehead. Now I'm really sick. I'm just so tired of feeling awful.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          Believe me, I have thought about home gyms. But my partner is a pack-rat and there's just no room anywhere. And he'll kick me out if I put anything over a door that might hurt the walls or the door jam.
                          I don't know you, and this comment is probably beyond the scope of the thread, but it doesn't sound like you're with someone who's particularly supportive or willing to sacrifice for what's important to you.

                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          All I know about this getting sick thing is that I worked on campus for a year before joining the gym and I never got sick. Since joining the gym I've gotten sick twice now. I'm also just feeling sorry for myself. A month ago I hurt my back lifting weights. A week ago I walked into the door in the middle of the night and split my lip and got a bump on my forehead. Now I'm really sick. I'm just so tired of feeling awful.
                          Gyms are dirty, disgusting places, no doubt. I hope you find your way through this. I'd hate for you to quit training because of it.
                          The Champagne of Beards

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                          • #14
                            could it be more that you are killing yourself too much in the gym which is making you more susceptible to being sick vs the gym making you sick? sick people breathe air in and out and alot of diseases are moisture borne. you can be carrying and preading about the whatever without showing symptoms if your immune system is dealing with it too. this will be the case wherever you go where there are people.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                              Gyms are dirty, disgusting places, no doubt.
                              Yeah, because human sweat is soooo dirrrty and disgusting... Strange, I never get sick from visiting the gym almost every day, I guess it is because that I am so much more dirty than all of you clean and disinfected guys, so there is nothing that can make me ill anymore...
                              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                              - Schopenhauer

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