In response to the recent blog post titled 10 Elements of Proper Gym Style For Guys, a new topic emerged. The conversation that ensued, however, convinced me to approach this delicate topic.
Locker room etiquette is something that concerns every gym goer; most especially those who are new to the scene.
The first thing that normally comes to mind when discussing the locker room is nudity. Yes, nudity is inherently present. It’s a natural part of the experience. That should not however, become an excuse for anything goes; to flaunt your assets, show off and have a salon experience. There are rules and they are, by determination of today’s poll, as follows.
1. Nudity should be kept to the showers. Once dried off, throw on some shorts or a towel. Ladies, a bra as well!
Just this past week, as I was getting my gym bag packed and preparing to leave, I witnessed a naked man, not small in stature, doing a dance to the loudly playing music. His bare behind was making all kinds of moves as he was bent over gathering his gym goods. Humorous, yes but appropriate, not really.
2. Don’t hog the mirror! Space is limited and time is precious for all.
3. Blow drying your privates in front of the mirror and everyone in sight, seriously?
4. Don’t make it your personal styling salon. That’s another event and activity entirely.
5. Checking out another’s assets is not acceptable. It doesn’t matter why you do it, jealousy, curiosity or interest, keep your eyes focused on your task; getting your assets ready for gym departure!
6. Stealing the towels and wash clothes is wrong. Besides, think about it. Do you really want them? Seriously, think about it!
7. Don’t occupy the whole bench. Spreading your stuff everywhere is a not necessary. Keep your stuff together and organized. Share.
I literally had to wait in line recently to get to my locker. A pack of teens and two older men were hogging the entire wall of lockers. They had no regard for the fact that I and others needed to access our lockers as their supplies and bodies occupied the entire space. It just is not considerate by any means. Be aware. Be polite and be respectful
8. Loud, boisterous bragging is not necessary. Remember, not everyone is skilled and experienced in the gym. Show some respect and keep your well earned bragging rights to quieter, private conversations, not public record.
9. Vocalizing your achievements in bed last night for the entire locker room to hear is off limits. Does anyone really care? Maybe your workout buddy might have interest. If so, have a private conversation please.
10. Locker room romance. That is private business and should be conducted outside of the gym.
What locker room experiences have you had that cause you to shake your head and wonder what people are thinking? Share your stories in the comment section below so we can all laugh and grimace together.