Erm yes, I really am writing a blog post on showering. After Lissy’s blog about nakedness, I thought I would address this slightly taboo-ish subject in a different way.
I recently invited a friend to a spin class with me to use up some credits that were about to expire. Before she said yes, she asked me what the shower situation was like. I confirmed that there were indeed changing rooms and showers, she would be fine. However, that’s not what she meant, and I knew it. I reluctantly told her that the showers were mostly communal with two three-sided cubicles. It definitely put her off and she ended up going showering at her office after spinning.
I don’t have love communal showers, but if they’ve got dividers then I’m less prudish- when I’m on my own. That changes when I’m with friends and I mostly try to avoid eye contact or stand in the corner. Why is it that it’s more embarrassing getting naked infront of our friends than complete strangers?
And why do so many studios and gyms still have communal showers??
Another problem I’ve found when showering at the gym or studio, is when there aren’t enough showers. There are certain classes where you have to skip the cool down and stretch and perform your own mini stretch in the shower to ensure that you get first dibs in the changing room. Otherwise you end up standing in a line, clutching a towel around your sweaty body, fretting about whether you’re going to be late for work. I’ve had to baby wipe, blow dry and go when the queue has been to ridiculous.
For me, a bad shower situation is make or break- and I know I’m not the only one (cough, Steph, cough). I know that weak pressure, continuously cold or just manky showers put me off joining a particular gym or studio. Lovely showers were actually one of the main attractions at my old gym! What are your experiences at your gym or fitness studio?