I would wipe them down but rubbing my armpit ON the Pad.^I've noticed it's mostly women that insist on wiping down machines after they're done (even if there's no sweat). Who tf cares. I've never wiped down machines or benches before using them (even if there's sweat on them) nor do I after using them myself. Hell, even during Covid I would workout, go to the sauna, get groceries, come home, cook and eat dinner, and not having washed my hands the whole time. Never got sick.
Such a ridiculous notion that you should do it for the next person. If you're so concerned, do it yourself, or let the employees do it since it's their damn job. I don't even think they're doing it out of germaphobia they're doing it for the same reason as recycling, for this psuedo moralistic superiority of doing "the right thing." My inner misanthropy is coming out here but seriously you got me worked up over this now because it's such clown behavior.
If you can't handle my zesty sweat, you don't belong pumping iron.
It should be bottled and sold like gladiator sweat in times of Rome....