Gym Showers

Recently, I joined a gym. And as with the previous times in my 20-odd years of adulthood when I’ve held memberships, I’m basically the youngest to use the showers. Thing is, I’m no longer 20 years younger, so hygiene seems to be ending with the generation ahead of me. I’m just a straggler.

Some ultra-sweaty folks come into the locker room, throw pants on over their gym clothes, maybe change a shirt, and head out. I hope they aren’t heading back to work or anywhere in public. It’s pretty gross.

Whatever the fear or shame is that keeps people from maintaining sanitary practices is a real shame. But so far, I’m one of the few non-gray-haired people who changes, showers, and re-dresses like it’s no big deal. And really, it’s no big deal.

My guess is the hypersexualization of nudity is the culprit. Whatever it is, I’d hate to be sharing an elevator with these people after their workouts.

4 thoughts on “Gym Showers

  1. I’m a frequent gym goer and it’s 50/50 whether or not I shower at the gym. I have no problem with people seeing me nude (this usually isn’t a factor because there’s only one gym I go to that has open showers-almost all gyms around me have stalls for privacy), but when I hit the gym it’s usually the end of the day and if my next stop is home, I’d rather use my own shower-don’t have to worry about my body touching a shower wall in a cramped shower stall (and possibly getting somebody’s pubes/body hair on me), the hot water is reliable, and I’d actually get home sooner.

    A quick treatment of deodorant would mask any unpleasant odors long enough to get by. Of course that all goes out the window if I’m going back to work or to run other errands after the gym.

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  2. Some people are too afraid to be naked in front of others; which is sad. A naked body is a beautiful thing and shouldn’t be considered taboo. ESPECIALLY when you should be showering.

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