A great place for microbes to work out as well. The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine reports that when they swabbed gym equipment at a variety of fitness centers, the cold virus (rhinoviruse) were present 63% of the time.
Researchers disinfected the equipment twice a day, and they found it did NOT lower the virus count. Now, take a look at your gym gloves. Staph bacteria foster well in polyester, which is used in many gloves. And yes, that includes MRSA bacteria, which lurk wherever jocks gather. You grab the bar, a weight, wipe your eyes, nose, or mouth, and the bacteria are in. Keep a DCON spray handy in the gym bag. Spray equipment before use, especially parts of the equipment you will come into contact with.