Gym shower etiquette goes down the drain

by Erin L. on August 16, 2012

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.
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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?

Discuss.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) August 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Baahaha omg NOT. I can’t even.

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2 PJ August 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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!

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3 Ashley (Momicles and MomStart) August 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Umm… NO! That is NOT okay. That is home business only. I don’t do that with my husband around, much less the rest of my Zumba class!

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4 Roo Ciambriello (NiceGirlNotes) August 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Well I just puked up the entirety of my midnight snack.

Hale no.

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5 Nichole August 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

WhaaaAAAAaat? No, that is not at all acceptable. People are crazy.

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6 cindy w August 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I am dying laughing. OMG NOOOOO. Not ok!!!

(And yeah, she probably had a lunch date. STILL not ok!)

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7 Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog August 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

I am laughing at this. This is funny. Some people have no shame. I can’t believe that.

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8 Kathy August 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

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.

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9 Kathy August 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

I am in shock.

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10 Kelly {the Centsible Life} August 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Speaking as someone who needs to shave daily, I wouldn’t begrudge someone shaving at the gym. Hairy sister, unite. BUT in public? NO WAY, NO HOW.

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11 Becca Bernstein August 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Wow. That is pretty audacious. And hilarious. I’m thankful for people who break the laws of etiquette. They make my day.

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12 Sherry August 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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.

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13 Melisa - Mommy This and That August 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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!

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14 thedoseofreality January 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I will not even lie, I almost screamed in disgust just reading this. Oh my Jesus, someone hold me. Came by from Fadra’s blog…congratulations!

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15 Lisa June 9, 2014 at 2:27 am

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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