Some Things in Other Cultures Aren’t Just “Different” They are Really Wrong

I have a membership at a gym here in Pretoria.  It’s a fairly nice facility. One thing I’ve noticed, that’s rather odd, is that people workout without shoes on.  People will ride the bikes, run the treadmills, and lift weights barefoot.

I don’t think this is physically safe or hygienically sanitary.  Honestly, it’s disgusting.

Have any of you been overseas and worked out at a gym?  Have you noticed this?  What are your thoughts?