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velvetspoon Sun 23-Feb-14 19:59:43

So I've joined a local (newly-opened) gym.

Went for first time today. All spotlessly clean etc.

But the showers were communal shock one large tiled area, off the changing room, with lots of shower heads. No cubicles of any kind!

Luckily there was no-one else in there, so I was able to shower in private. But not sure if I can face doing so at busy times.

Is this the norm now? I was really surprised by it. Admittedly I haven't been in a gym or similar in years, but I'm sure they used to have some sort of cubicles in the showers to afford even a tiny bit of privacy!

LindyHemming Sun 23-Feb-14 20:00:25

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bodybooboo Sun 23-Feb-14 20:00:59

omg!! you stripped off!! seriously!! think you are supposed to keep your costume on chik. grin

OuterFromOutersville Sun 23-Feb-14 20:01:43


winterlace Sun 23-Feb-14 20:02:23

I think you're supposed to keep your costume on! shock the one at college was like this

FunkyBarnYard Sun 23-Feb-14 20:03:06

Costume? But she hasn't said she was swimming?

Ihatepeas Sun 23-Feb-14 20:03:16

Yep it like this at my gym.

OrangePixie Sun 23-Feb-14 20:03:42

You wouldn't have a costume on in a gym though?

Not good OP, I'd be changing gyms!

velvetspoon Sun 23-Feb-14 20:04:27

Yes, what costume? It's just a basic gym, there's no pool!

WelshMaenad Sun 23-Feb-14 20:04:30

What costume? It's a gym not a pool.

I tend to just chuck a sweat top on and shower at home anyway. Paddling around in other peoples pubes is a possibility i'd rather avoid.

CrohnicallyFarting Sun 23-Feb-14 20:04:40

bodybooboi the OP said gym rather than pool, I don't think she'd want to shower in her tracky bottoms and t shirt?

But no, I wouldn't want to shower naked in a communal shower. One thing I will ask though, my local leisure centre has a pool and a gym, there are 2 separate changing rooms with shower cubicles in the gym change but communal in the pool change. Is it possible it's the same at your gym?

CrohnicallyFarting Sun 23-Feb-14 20:05:31

X post, see you've said there's no pool. In which case I'd go home in my gym clothes and shower and change at home.

VoyageDeVerity Sun 23-Feb-14 20:05:37


bodybooboo Sun 23-Feb-14 20:06:05

oh yes sorry our gym has a pool.

then no that's rank!

FrazzleRock Sun 23-Feb-14 20:06:22

But what if the OP had just gone to the shower having been to the gym? Should they keep their gym gear on to shower?

velvetspoon - I'm not shy, but I'd hate that. Never heard of a gym having a communal shower.

Pepperglitter Sun 23-Feb-14 20:06:52

Communal as in men and women together?
If so that's weird!

But most gyms I've been to have communal " women" showers in the ladies changing room. I wouldn't think twice about getting naked in them, that's normal.

velvetspoon Sun 23-Feb-14 20:11:16

Christ no, not men and women!

This is off the ladies changing room, so just women. But even so...I'm far too fat and flabby (hence joining gym!) to want to get naked in front of other women!

I don't have a shower at home, so was actually looking forward to a shower at the gym! Plus I live a 25 min walk, I'd rather shower than have to walk home in my sweaty gym kit. But I might have to if it's busy next time!

TheZeeTeam Sun 23-Feb-14 20:12:32

I'm confused. Do you mean communal for women only or communal for men as well?

TheZeeTeam Sun 23-Feb-14 20:13:13

Oh cross post! I was a bit shock for a minute!

CelticPromise Sun 23-Feb-14 20:21:29

It's quite common I think, I wouldn't worry about it. I play team sports and am used to communal showers- we are all shapes and sizes and no-one bats an eyelid. It's daft that in most pools it's the done thing to keep your costume on.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Sun 23-Feb-14 20:23:29

Oh god I thought you meant men and women. Nah women wouldn't bother me.

edwinbear Sun 23-Feb-14 20:26:03

I just nearly spat my mouthful of wine out at the thought of male and female communal showers. But if it's women only, it's a bit too school changing rooms for me but if I didn't have a shower at home, I'd probably brave it and just face the wall.

bodybooboo Sun 23-Feb-14 20:26:26

grin thought you meant mixed!! got to say I don't want to get need with other birds either op. our gym has cubicles.

yeuk reminds me of school showers and telling the teacher I was 'on' to avoid them.

Nottalotta Sun 23-Feb-14 20:26:39

Jesus i thought you meant men and women!! Sharing with other women i could probably cope with. Still, a bit of privacy to wash your bits wouldn't hurt.

bodybooboo Sun 23-Feb-14 20:26:49

naked not needs!!!

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