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Are You Comfortable To Be Naked in Gym Locker Room?

August 29th, 2009 · 15 Comments ·

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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  • sue // Aug 30, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    I’m in nyc, and I have always felt comfortable showering and changing at the gym. I wrap a towel around myself, and would never walk around naked. I think a lot of women have body issues, so the showers are actually rarely used and very few women even change out of their sweats, they just grab their bags and leave. I always get a clean shower and there’s never a wait. Perfect for me. As an added bonus my own bathroom is spotless because I rarely shower there.

  • astrothsknot // Aug 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    my gym’s changing room is unisex and has a lot of children in it as the changing room is right next to the pool and is the changing room for the whole facility. I shower at the gym quite happily and wear a towel to go to a cubicle.

    If one was to go naked, one would be banned with charges pressed.

  • Tom Parker // Aug 30, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    I don’t have any big issue with public changing/showering but if there is an option to get changed in a separate cubicle I usually take that one. I think if communal changing is the only option it’s more practical to just get changed rather than fiddle around with a towel.

    However, I would find a naked gym very off putting. It would not just be a visual problem either but the fact that a stranger’s naked body parts had been all over the equipment I was using.

  • Teri // Aug 31, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    I workout and shower at my local gym in Minnesota every morning before work. I have a sister who’s very close in age and I was in athletics in junior high and high school so I was very accustomed to changing in front of other folks at a pretty young age, but I don’t think I would be very comfortable getting ready and showering in front of men. With others of the same sex, I’m not phased, tho I have noticed that there is a mix of people with different comfort levels at my gym. They range from those who obviously want others to see them prancing around and bending over seemingly intentionally showing everyone the depths of regions we NEVER wanted to bear witness to, to those who change in one of only 2 changing rooms, never allowing themselves to be in front of others without clothes on or a towel. I keep my towel on until I get to things that I can’t do with it on (drying, lotion some parts, dressing, etc) mainly in consideration of others as it would be much easier to blast through my routine if I didn’t have to fiddle with the towel so much. I try and be respectful of everyone and I’m not bothered by the nekkid ones or the modest ones either way…just don’t be rubbin any of your parts on me and stay away from all of my parts. :-)

  • foongpc // Sep 1, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    I don’t think I am comfortable being totally naked and walking around in the locker room! I try to change in the cubicle if available but if not, it’s OK to change in front of my locker with the bath towel still wrapped from my waist down.

    I don’t think it is necessary to bring your clothes and change in the shower room – unless you are in a unisex locker!

    I have seen guys totally naked walking around in the locker, and I am not too bothered as long as they are not purposely “flashing” around. Haha!

    But I have to say, I don’t mind showering in a communal shower room where there are no curtains to protect our privacy, but if a given a choice, I prefer the private shower rooms.

    And if everyone walks around totally naked in the locker room, I think it’s OK to join the crowd and be totally naked too. Otherwise, you’ll be the odd one out : )

  • Matthew // Sep 4, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    I was always ok with showering like that, the military made it ok :)

  • Jackie // Nov 19, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Love showing my hard hairy body in the locker room. If I sometimes get an erection, I enjoy having other guys stare at it…sometimes even keeping their own rods down by force as they watch mine sway and shake while I walk to my locker. I find other men enjoy watching me because I’m especially furry — guys like hairy men.

  • Rick // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:01 AM

    In my teen and early twenties I too was very conscientious to be naked in present of my peers.
    There’s no such thing as modesty in the military as one would be picked on. I have witnessed “shy” guys getting humiliated as they been stripped and tossed around naked. Now that I am of a more mature age, I don’t have a problem to be seen in my birth suit while changing at the gym locker room or being nude in showers, sauna and or steam room.

  • Nate // Jul 20, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    when i was young, about 14 i was taking a shower after a swim while my parents were working out at the YMCA. While i was bathing the power went out. i continued to rinse off and walked back to my locker. i couldn’t find my towel due to the dark but thought to myself it didnt matter since it was dark and i started to get an erection. as i turned into my locker area i accidentally bumped into an older man who was changing out of his bathing suit sadly i hit his back side. little did i know other men were getting out of their bathing suit. i then backed into another mans frontside. then i hurriedly walked to my locker avoiding other nude men. thought id share that comical story with you.

  • Kathy // Nov 22, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    LOL, here in Portugal one has no privacy either when it comes to locker rooms and showers. I learnt to live with it – I lost lots of weight (130+ lbs) and I have a body like a mole but, even that I’m not proud of it, I’m trying to change it by going to the gym so I don’t give a f… about what others think. I also cannot possibly assume that everyone’s lesbian. And if there are some, well, that’s life. The only thing I don’t like is when children stare at me (there are lots of kiddos especially over weekends), but I know my body looks “different” and I hope they stick to the image (GROSS!!!) and will think about me while considering junk foods and compulsive eating.

  • Frank // Aug 3, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    When I was in my teens to early 20’s, I was easily embarrassed to be naked in the locker room. Now that I’m older, I have no problem. I don’t have anything different than anyone else does, and vice versa.

  • Seth // Nov 7, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    I play team sports and I shower all the time after practices and games with the guys on my team and it has never bothered me. It is required and to be perfectly honest with you it’s fun!

    I don’t know what is wrong with guys today who are afraid to take showers in communal shower rooms. I sware guys are becoming like girls who are afraid to be naked in front of each other. My kid brother is in HS and they took out the communal shower room and put in 4 shower stalls which none of the guys use. When I was in HS we always had to shower after Gym and Athletic activities. Yeah it was a little embarrassing at first when your friends saw you nude but hell we got use to it and it was no big deal.

    Guys today and becoming little girls afraid to be seen naked, wearing bathing suites into the showers so no body sees your junk. Dude we all have the same junk it’s no big deal. We are in there to get washed. So a guy in the showers with you may be gay and checks you out while your naked. Who the fuck cares. I’m flattered if he thinks I’m hot. Hell if guys think I’m hot the girls must think I’m hot when I’m naked too!

    Guys need to man up and quit being embarrassed about taking showers in communal shower rooms. ITS NO BIG DEAL BRO!!

  • Mark // Dec 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I totally agree with Seth. Young men these days act like girls in the locker room, scared to death that another man, who doesn’t give a rat’s ass in the first place, and has exactly the same equipment, is going to see their “junk”. I too remember the first time in the 7th grade that we had to shower after PE. We were ALL shy…but after that first class, it was no longer an issue with any of us. We didn’t even think about it twice.

    Hey, there’s a reason that they call it the MEN’S locker room. That means that only men are allowed in there. It’s a place where you can go after you work out and feel totally relaxed about being naked, sitting in the whirlpool, sauna, steam room, having a conversation with the other men, and not worry about it. These young men who, when they enter the locker room, are obsessed and preoccupied with who’s in there who “might” be gay are the ones that I feel sorry for. And if someone in the locker room is gay, and they don’t come up to you and try to grab you, what are you worried about? If you’re secure in your masculinity and a gay guy thinks your hot, you might just take it as a compliment and go on about your business. Unfortunately, it’s the way that some of these young men have been taught because of “certain” influences. Very unfortunate. I have absolutely no issue being completely naked in the locker room, nor do I constantly glance around to see who “might” be looking at me. Get a grip men, and grow some!

  • Patrick // Jan 12, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    I’m totally comfortable changing in the locker room.One day I was getting dressed and,putting on my thong.And the guy next to me started talking with me.And yes he seen me in my thong.As I turned my back to grab my socks,and shirt out of my locker, two more guys walk in behind me.And I know for sure they saw me with nothing on but my thong,unless they were totally blind.Another day at the gym I was naked,talking to a group of somaline men.And I reached into my locker,and put my thong on.All three of them were looking at me.All of a sudden all three of them started talking in there own language.I felt so sexy,and feminine.And yes I’m gay.Who cares what people think,were all just there to work out,and get in shape.If they wanna stare let them stare.

  • Lena // May 20, 2020 at 7:19 PM

    I go to a gym in Germany and in this particular gym (female-only) there are no cubicles, everyone changes in the locker room. I personally change at home and after work out leave as quickly as possible and shower at home, which is extremely annoying. For me it definitely has to do with body image, I definitely feel ashamed of it. And then I think what if I meet someone in the shower room? Like, super embarrassing, a teacher or someone like that. The idea is nightmarish. As for lesbians, I don’t think they’re a problem at all. My bff likes girls and she is just as uncomfortable in the locker room as I am, she is just a woman too, and I have never seen her staring at other women. In fact, she makes a point not to look at others at all, probably less than everyone else.

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