Gym shower etiquette goes down the drain

Today I had a pretty traumatizing experience.

You see, as I left my Zumba class, all nasty and sweaty, I knew that I needed a shower. But my forgetful self had left my towel at my house so figured I’d just go home and see what I could manage with the kids.

Luckily (or not, as you’ll see) my friend was knowledgeable enough to know that they had towels that I could borrow. So I took my square inch of a rag and headed to the showers.

To set the scene a little, know that there are about seven enclosed showers in the shower area. Four on the right that have doors and three on the left that have curtains. Before you get to the enclosed showers, there are three open nozzles along a bare wall. If it’s after a really crowded class, you may have to wait in line for the showers and stand in front of the open nozzle area. No big deal.

Well today there was a lady showering in the open area. Today there were AVAILABLE enclosed stalls and there was a lady all brazen and nekkid showering without a care in the world. AND SHE WAS SHAVING HER LADY BITS!

I’m not lying.  She was shaving her hoo in the middle of a public shower area.

I had no words. My brain is still completely befuddled.

What reason would you possible have to shave your hoo in a semi-public place? Seriously? Can’t that wait until you get home?

My friend Leigh said that clearly she had a lunch date. I mean, she must have. She surely must have thought she was going to get an afternoon delight because why else would you possibly need to do shave your privates at the gym (in public no less).

I’m not a prude y’all. But I do cover myself up in the gym (even with that scrap of paper they call a towel; it does the job.) I can handle the old ladies who walk around in all their glory in the locker room. It skeevs me out a little when they sit their bare booty on the benches (note to self, put a towel down) but I get it. They’ve been there, done that. They don’t care who sees them.

But this lady was probably in her early 40s. And she was shaving.

I. Just. Don’t. Understand.

So answer me this: to shave or not to shave at the gym?


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  1. PJ says

    I’ve been in locker rooms all my life. I work at a gym. I promise, there’s a lady who routinely sits buck naked on a bench in the middle of the common area and files the dead skin off her feet. For reals.
    And there’s another one who, after her shower, dries her pubes under the child height hand drier!

  2. Kathy says

    While it is not something I would do personally, I do not think it would bother me that much to see somebody else doing that. I guess that as a nurse I have seen so many people’s privates that I am not bothered by them that much anymore. I heard something recently on a morning radio show about a similar incident in a guy’s shower. He was squatting down in the open shower area to do some “manscaping.” Maybe your gal and that guy have their lunch date together.

  3. says

    Ok gross.. I got an education about how our bodys will look in 40 years when I started going to the YMCA after senior swim.. Yea everything heads south, not just the boobs. You so crack me up.
    fun post.

  4. says

    No,no,no…did I mention NO?! I am no prude by any means but the gym, in an open shower is not the place to shave your lady bits. Ever. I just wonder if she was someone that gets off on doing things like that in public? Either way…gross, because once you see it, you can not un-see it!

  5. Lisa says

    Hope you don’t mind my posting in an old thread!?!?

    I have never been overly comfortable showering in a group setting. We were required to take group showers in gym class in middle school and high school. I found it kind of uncomfortable. I couldn’t believe how many of my classmates seemed to have zero issues with baring it all. Some of the girls even chose to stand around chatting with one-another completely buck naked, and many would do their hair and makeup standing there naked. That was never me.

    However, I don’t have any problem with others doing that if they are comfortable doing it.

    Many of the women at my gym do the same things as a lot of my classmates did in school, standing around naked doing their hair and makeup, or chatting naked.

    A well-known actress goes to my sisters gym in LA, and my sister says that this woman does all of those things naked, and has even signed autographs standing there buck naked.

    I wish that I had that confidence. But I don’t.


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