(Closed) Do you shower at the gym?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: What is the shower situation at your gym like?
    Private shower stalls : (20 votes)
    45 %
    Big open shower area- I use it, no big deal : (0 votes)
    Big open shower area- I don't like using it but I do if I have to : (0 votes)
    Big shower area plus a few stalls- I go for the stalls whenever I can : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Big shower area plus a few stalls- I use whatever, don't care : (0 votes)
    I don't shower at the gym : (18 votes)
    41 %
    I don't go to the gym : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Other? Please clarify in comments : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    9682 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @kgirl91:  I don’t go the gym anymore because we created a home gym after my membership expired. However, when I did go, I did not take showers there. It was partly logistical (I went right after work and I have enough crap to carry without adding shower stuff and clothes) and partly my germ fear (you have to wear flip flops in the showers…how clean can they be?). I lived so close to my gym that I would literally be home 3 minutes after so it wasn’t a big deal to sit in sweaty clothes…if it was an hour commute, I may have rethought it.

    Post # 4
    1181 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @kgirl91:  I don’t belong to a gym now but when I did, I did not shower there. They even had separate shower stalls. I just found it weird in general. Especially when I lived only 15 minutes away.

    I did bring baby wipes for my face after working out. I loathe the feeling of sweat on my face. 

    Post # 5
    7992 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I live within a few minutes walk of my gym at the moment, so I shower at home. However, I used to go to a gym with a sauna, and you can bet that I wouldn’t have walked home without a shower after sweating my arse off in a sauna!

    Stripping off bothers me less as I’ve got older (and, ironically, fatter and uglier!). I just face into a corner or the wall, strip off my clothes, and get on with it.

    I remember when I was younger, and I used to go to army bases where all the showers were totally open and communal. Once more, when you’re that muddy and exhausted, you don’t care about stripping off and washing in public.

    Many years ago, I even (once, and only once) went to an old school military base where they weren’t equipped for women at all… and ALL the facilities were both open, communal, and mixed sex! You wouldn’t see that nowadays. In that case, I had no choice again… I faced the corner, stripped off, and showered… and the equally embarassed young men did exactly the same!

    Post # 6
    1671 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My gym has all separate shower stalls with frosted glass doors. Each shower has shampoo, conditioner and body wash dispensers. It also has towel service, so I shower there. There is one shower stall that’s different though, it’s big and has a fancy adjustable shower head and glass tiles! I try to use that if I can. It’s awesome.

    The towel service is the thing that really makes it easier to shower there- I don’t have to lug a wet towel home. I do still bring my own shampoo etc because theirs isn’t great, but it works in a pinch. I don’t mind being naked… But I would probably shower at home if my gym facilities were not as nice. 

    Post # 7
    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Our gym (at both our old place and this one) is only about 3 blocks from our house, so I just walk back home. I believe the shower situation at both is stalls, though. If I remember correctly.

    Post # 9
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I shower at the gym.

    I belong to Equinox and the showers there are nicer than what I have at home.  Towel service, private pre-shower changing area, shower and unlimited Keihls products, shaving cream, razors.

    It’s $170 per month so it better be nice.  I actually love my gym.  I’m there all the time before and after work.

    Post # 10
    1671 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @kgirl91:  It is indeed a chain! World Health Club. I think there are only locations in 2 Canadian cities: Calgary and Edmonton. The benefit is that the dues don’t go up. Since I’ve been going to this chain for 9 years, I pay the price from 9 years ago: $65/month. I think now it costs $100 or $110. I like it very much. I would say my membership is comparable to other $150/month clubs in my area. 

    All that said, I think it’s a fairly fancy gym. Good value.

    Post # 12
    2390 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I used to shower at the gym 3 mornings a week when I lived too far to go home and I worked out in the morning before work.  And it was AWFUL.  It was a “training gym,” and didn’t cater to fancy clientele, so the locker room was tiny and the showers weren’t very private or well maintained.  Ugh.  And they charged for towels!  

    The building where I work just opened a new gym and the fee is a one-time $65.  That’s it!  For as long as you work in the building.  It’s super nice and has great showers and towel service.  I don’t plan to shower there (I live an 8-minute walk away – I’ll just go after work and then shower at home) but if I ever need to it would be fine.

    Post # 13
    501 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My gym has curtained stalls with shampoo/conditioner/body wash and towel service, so I generally shower after classes/workouts.  When I lived just up the street I didn’t bother, but now that the gym is a 15-minute drive away and I’m always either en route to work or on my way home afterwards, I do.  With six weeks to the wedding, I don’t need any additional opportunities for breakouts from sitting in the car in sweaty clothes!

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