Any responsible gym rat has been taught to wipe down the equipment when he or she is finished. Of course this is a good thing (more sanitary, less gross, etc.). Problem is, if I’m well into my set of bench presses or my time on the stair climber, I’m breathing hard. And if someone walks up beside me with alcoholed wipes and lathers it all over the equipment, it makes it harder for me to breathe.
I’m wondering: (1) Does this bother anyone else? (2) How have you coped with it? The only thing I can think of is to avoid people (i.e., go when it’s less busy, pick the most isolated piece of equipment I can).
Side note: This isn’t some huge medical problem. It’s only a minor irritation, but I’d still appreciate it if anyone had any tips to share.