Back in campus days when I studied in the UK, the first time right after I swam in the pool, I went to locker room thinking of taking a shower. But, when I saw the communal style of showering area, I decided not to. It was actually one huge open space. Without curtain and no privacy. Being an Asian, I felt uneasy to get naked with a group of strangers.
Now, back here in Malaysia, in my local gym, in men’s locker room, what happen is:
- Some guys change in the toilet. Some change behind the curtain in the shower cubicle.
- Some change in the common area with towel hanging around the waist.
- Few go to a corner, take off everything and quickly get into clothes.
- Few are actually get naked, sit down, and walk here and there at the common area or even having conversation.
As for myself, nowadays, since the gym is only less than 10 minutes drive from my home, I change at home before I go there. I also prefer to take shower at my own place.
One of my friends prefer to walk nude at locker room. His point is, it does not make sense to wrap a towel and to walk just 30 feet from the locker to the shower place. He does not have ripped body shape like Rayn Reynolds, but he does not care. He told me not to be ashamed of my body. Besides my friend, occasionally, I see men of all ages wandering around in the gym locker room in their bathing suits – young bodies, old bodies, thin bodies, fat bodies or hairy bodies.
I have no issue when people flaunt their nakedness and cannot be concerned at all. No, I am also not ashamed of my body. It is nothing to do with body image. Some people cover up out of modesty, religious or other reasons, be them men or women. I have no issue being shirtless, but to be in bathing suit in front of others, I definitely not comfortable. Moreover, having an unforgettable experience with them at gym, I still prefer to cover up down there.
I actually tried once, but not by chance. Because I have left my towel at the locker and not wanting to wear my wet workout clothes after my shower, I decided to walk without wearing anything to my locker. I did not dare to run because the floor was slippery. So, I walked calmly. However, the 30-feet distance seems to be 300 feet for me. I did not dare to stare at others and hoping others would not look at me too. Half way through, one of the gym members recognized me and said, “Mun, just took your shower?”
At that moment, I was struggling – should I stopped or should I just keep walking to my locker?
I decided to walk straight to my locker. Took my towel and wrap around, I turned and then only I talked to the friend.
I have not been to woman locker room, but I assume things may be different. According to my female friends, the above listed scenarios take place too in female locker room at her gym. In fact, some mothers bring their sons, probably 2 to 6 years old boys to women locker room.
What happen at gym in Asia may different from places in Europe and even in the US. Imagine if everyone change in front of other, it may be awkward if only you change inside a stall.
I was also told that some gyms in Europe actually ban camera phone in locker room. Not forget to mention naked gym in Netherlands. Japan even has unisex sauna facility.
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Category: Funny Fitness Experience
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