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You athletes need to stop "secreting" all over the benches, towels, and mats

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  1. shera

    shera Brown Belt

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    ...because it's hard to practice "meticulous hygiene" all the time.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/health/03brod.html?src=me&ref=homepage

    So according to this NY Times article, I've been doing the whole gym thing all wrong. I'm supposed to have these things in my gym bag:

    -shower shoes,
    -blow-dryer for my feet,
    -foot powder,
    -antibacterial liquid soap,
    -a whole separete gym bag,
    -antibacterial wipes,
    -spray bottle,
    -own exercise mat,
    -quiz sheet for gym listing all cleaning agents as well as the cleaning schedule.

    Also I need to switch doctors to one who's "well versed in skin deseases." Sound reasonable.
     
  2. Lug's Spear

    Lug's Spear Green Belt

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    Germaphob writer me tihnks.
     
  3. Origins

    Origins Blue Belt

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    This article is a mixture of sensationalist retardism and obvious facts of life made to sound like incredible scientific discoveries.

    Dumbasses.
     
  4. SocraticMethod

    SocraticMethod Kingmaker

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    I had MRSA last year.


    I carry GermX wipes in my gym bag now.

    You do not want MRSA.
     
  5. miaou

    miaou barely keeping it together

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    Are you talking about rolling on the mats or just lifting weights?
     
  6. dexbot

    dexbot chest press = sexiness

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    Neither hopefully, here you get that shit in hospitals....
     
  7. bacon

    bacon Silver Belt

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    Shit.... I go barefoot in porta potties all the time.
     
  8. Bright5086200

    Bright5086200 Blue Belt

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    lol. a blow dryer for your feet?

    MY GYM BAG:
    - Supplements
    - Towel
    - Other lifting accessories (straps, dip belt, ect...)


    Sometimes i just don't why they really think we should bring these things. I mean we are not girls. We don't take hours to get dressed or to get packed.
     
  9. Crissd4

    Crissd4 Blue Belt

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    I Got Staph At Brandon Vera's Gym In Chula Vista, if i only had TS words before hand.


    Side note: you can get staph anywhere not bad mouthing Vera's Gym i loved it there.
     
  10. El Beebo

    El Beebo Blue Belt

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    The blow dryer for your feet is for athlete's foot.
     
  11. wvboy

    wvboy Brown Belt

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    The only ones I ever used were the shower shoes, antibacterial liquid soap, and antibacterial wipes. Anything else from that group seems like overkill.
     
  12. shera

    shera Brown Belt

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    I always thought people like this don't even go to gyms and rather spend their free time at home sitting on their easy to clean stainless steel sofas while sipping a cup of urine because it's sterile.
     
  13. SocraticMethod

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    I actually haven't been back to BJJ since the MRSA. I carry the wipes in my gym bag for S&C.
     
  14. Norcalbowhunter

    Norcalbowhunter White Belt

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    Yes Staph is everywhere now and days. You can get it off the handle at your local grocery store. Only thing that will kill Staph is bleach. The world is sadly full of germs, if you take up this mind set at the gym, you might as well take it up everywhere else you go.

    <--- A CNA and former student of a RN class, knows more about germs that he would like to.
     
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    ssdd Purple Belt

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    This is dumb. I drive to the gym, go inside, work out, and then drive home. If I really need to shower I bring the cloths I'm going to wear later, a towel, soap, and cheap flip flops. One time I brought a chalk bag, but I just put it in my pocket and took it out when I got to the squat rack.
     
  16. Perfect Moo

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    I spit out milk all over my keyboard. Lol.
     
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    Tungtvann Blue Belt

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    MRSA by itself is not actually that bad at all. My brother in law had it a few years ago (he is in the medical profession) and it just gave him time off work to avoid infecting people who have weak immune systems. Were you sick with something else at the time?
     
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    Peter North works out at my gym...you wouldn't imagine how much he can secrete.
     
  19. KILL KILL

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    wash with an anti bacterial soap like DIAL after and you'll be just fine.
     
  20. SocraticMethod

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    It's an interesting question that I really can't answer. It all started my right leg swelled up from knee to my ankle and got all red and splotchy. I had a cut on my thigh that was gross. After a few days I went to the doc-in-a-box. He "diagnosed" MRSA by sight. He took a swab of the cut. It hurt like hell. Put me on meds and said if it wasn't looking much better by Monday (this was a Friday) to come back. It wasn't, so I went back. He wasn't there. Some other noob didn't do shit, so I went to my regular doctor. She put me on different meds. They didn't do shit. The test results came back and said it was a "small growth" of MRSA, according to the first doctor. I eventually went to the ER and they pumped some IV meds in me. Didn't do shit. I went to an infectious disease specialist. He said it was very odd for that part of my leg to be all fucked up and swollen after all those meds and with the actual wound having completely healed up by then. I got an MRI that showed nothing but cellulitis (sp?). He told me to do another round of the meds. Then, the swelling went down and the red splotches went away.

    I said it's a hard question to answer because he seemed to think there was a chance that something else was going on other than the MRSA and that it was a coincidence that I had MRSA when the other part of my leg swelled up, but blood tests didn't show anything.

    Also, I have ulcerative colitis, which is a gastro thing but it involves a fucked up/weak immune system. In the week immediately preceeding me getting the MRSA, I trained at my gym (private gym where everyone knows everyone) my BJJ gym, and my friend's MMA gym. Nobody else got sick, but with the UC, if one guy is going to, it will probably be me. As someone else pointed out, I don't think I got it at any one of those places, though, as that shit is everywhere these days.

    I also want to note that I didn't stop doing BJJ because of the MRSA. I was getting bored with it and there were serious time constraints before the MRSA. It caused me to miss about 2 months tops, but I just didn't go back. I carry the wipes to the gym to be extra cautious for everyone else, moreso than myself, as I think I'm fairly likely to pick something up somewhere else and bring it in, moreso than catching it there. I also started using regular soap instead of gel, and use hand sanitizer fairly reguarly.
     

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