Congrats on doing your part!
Hope an update reporting he has changed his ways will be forthcoming.
Really glad to hear the gym employee backed you up - sometimes business employees are too spineless because they don't want to upset customers and potentially lose them.
I can't stand places that insist on this "gutless doormat" policy.
PS: As to the problem mentioned about other patrons not wiping off sweat (ewwwww
!)...the only thing I can think that would be ehell approved would have to be done if you caught them in the act. You could act very considerate and concerned and exclaim: "Oh my, I noticed you didn't wipe down the machine. Would you like me to get you a towel?" Just act like you were sure
they were just about to do the right thing, and you would be only too
happy to assist them in doing so.
If they aren't shamed into cleaning up after their stinky selves then take a moment to grieve their snowflake status, shrug, and move on - to a clean machine.