I'm a fan of The New York Times, so I've been watching with interest this week as this story published on Monday about getting skin infections from gym equipment has crept up to the top of the newspaper's most popular articles list. This tells me people are concerned about getting MRSA from touching fitness equipment, or that they're getting ready to be after reading the article.
The article's popularity speaks to the real need for cleanliness in our industry's facilities. How often do you or your staff clean equipment? Do you offer sanitizing gel or hand wipes for members? If your gym is super clean, do you promote that to members and nonmembers alike? It could be a good selling point. We addressed this in a February 2010 article.
Our society is pretty concerned with germs in this day and age. Just look at all the antibacterial soap products that are available. Seems to me this NY Times article good be a good wake-up call to the fitness industry to clean up its act.