Get the germs out
Want to add some germ warfare to your workout? Then add some antimicrobial gym products to your fitness arsenal.
Antimicrobial sports gear is specially treated, usually with silver ions, to ward off odor-causing bacteria. Such gear minimizes workout stench, yet maximizes the life of the treated garment, thanks to fewer necessary washings.
Dr. Jose Cadena, a San Antonio doctor of infectious diseases, says nothing beats gym-rat germs better than washing your hands frequently and cleaning the gym equipment with disinfectant wipes. Just the same, you can't go wrong with antimicrobial wares that pass the smell test, so to speak.
“I think (consumers) should do their homework on what they are made of and where they get their data from,” Cadena says. “If the FDA says it works then great, go out and use them.”
Arm yourself with these antimicrobial gym goods:
BCG Yoga Mat ($9.99 at Academy Sports + Outdoors)
You can work up quite a lather doing the “downward dog” and other yoga poses. This specially treated mat won't dog you for your sweaty efforts. The 24-by-68-inch mat sports antimicrobial technology to resist stains and odor-causing bacteria as well as mold and mildew.
SilverSport Silver Towel ($19.99 and $34.99 at Dick's Sporting Goods)
The SilverSport towel uses special antimicrobial silver to eliminate odor-causing bacteria, so you'll towel off the stink as well as the sweat. The towel itself is made of soft, lightweight viscose bamboo and is said to be up to three times more absorbent than your typical cotton towel.
PhitGrip ($9.99 per pair at phitgrip.com)
You crave a surer, cleaner grip on the pull-up bar or bench press. PhitGrip promises an anti-slip, antimicrobial workout without the gloves or germs. PhitGrips, which wrap around the equipment, are made from liquefied rubber injected with pure oxygen. The resultant air cells in the PhitGrip give it a comfy, suedelike feel the makers liken to a Tempur-Pedic mattress for your hands. Your hands stay clean and dry during use. Meanwhile, the antimicrobial agent in the PhitGrip reduces cross-contamination.
BCG odor-resistant gym wear (prices vary at Academy Sports + Outdoors)
For Under Armour performance without the Under Armour price or prestige, try the antimicrobial line of BCG sportswear. The mostly polyester BCG shirts and shorts wick moisture and resist odors for around half the price of what you'd pay for comparable UA garments.
Formotion Medium Gym Duffel and Striker Small Sport Duffel by adidas ($45 and $35, respectively, at Sports Authority)
Throw all your antimicrobial sporting goods into these adidas antimicrobial gym bags, which also provide a ventilated shoe compartment for your stinky sneaks and an adjustable shoulder strap so you can lug all your germ-hating gym gear with ease.