Ever wonder where the most bacteria lurks at your local gym? Peter Sheldon, the vice president of operations at Coverall Cleaning, did, so he and his company researched dozens of gyms to sniff out the top five most germ-friendly spots.
So what lives in these germy places? "You can pick up anything from influenza to the common cold, those are the most common," says Sheldon. "There's also a chance of running into antibiotic-resistant staph infections and MRSA, especially at school gyms," he says.
Be especially careful hitting the gym if you have any open cuts or sores, advises Sheldon, since that can make transmission of infection more likely.