gym germsLots of athletes have problems with fungus. While most of the time this fungus comes from the locker room, where all the sweat and moisture of the workout seems to come out, and lives in the warm, dank corners, waiting eagerly for the next athlete to come along and pick it up, it might surprise you that you can also have major funguse problems on the individual pieces of equipment you use.

This is more probable if you workout in a public location, like a gym, that has a lot of people coming through to use the same equipment, and that workout equipment isn’t always cleaned frequently.

Here are a few tips for avoiding fungus problems when dealing with public kettlebells and dumbbells.

Why Is There Fungus On My Kettlebell?

Probably the first question you have in mind is why fungus would accumulate on your kettlebell in the first place. The reasons are actually the same fundamental problems that the locker rooms have, albeit on a much smaller scale.

When a lot of different, often sweaty, people come through to workout, they leave residue behind, in the form of their perspiration and (occasionally) other bodily fluids, which can collect on the kettlebell.

While this could happen with either a kettlebell or a dumbbell, it is more common with kettlebells because of the shape of the handle, which encourages moisture to sit more so than other pieces of equipment.

Another reason has to do with the types of kettlebell exercises performed, many of which require a wider range of motion, and thus have more opportunity to collect sweat. For example, if you’re doing a kettlebell figure 8 or goblet squat, the fact that you’re moving the kettlebell across your entire body can cause you to sweat on top of it, even if you don’t realize you’re doing so.

How To Prevent The Fungus Buildup

There are a lot of tricks you can use to prevent fungus buildup on your equipment, but by far the most important is cleanliness.

If you workout in a public place, make sure you wipe down all equipment before you use it. Many gyms do a good job of providing access to towels, wipes, and other cleaning supplies to help you give the workout equipment a quick wipe before you use it.

As a courtesy to the person behind you, it’s also recommended that you wipe down all equipment after you use it as well. Cleaning the kettlebell or dumbbell after use is actually more effective at reducing fungus, since it cleans off any potential bacteria before it has a chance to grow.

If you’re still concerned about the possibility of fungus, you can always use your own towel or gloves to place around the equipment. Be sure to wash your clothing thoroughly after each workout, and you will not likely have any more problems with fungus from your weight lifting.