The gym in January means one thing… a surge of new faces who have decided to get back on the workout wagon. New Year’s resolutions are in full effect and the gym is always packed.
I’m all about people getting back into the swing of working out, but with the gym being so overcrowded, however, the normal gym pet peeves that you can brush to the side become impossible to ignore. Weights not getting re-racked, people not wiping down their machines after pouring out sweat are all bad but really that’s nothing compared to the lack of human decency seen in the locker room.
The locker room should be the most peaceful and clean place in the gym, a place where you can unwind and get ready for the day ahead, but that’s never the case. In reality, the locker room is like a line of people on Black Friday at the store with the best deals — people just lose all sense of reality and manners.
Cover up a bit
There will always be the handful of people who like to get ready naked. Honestly, props to you guys for feeling comfortable enough to walk around in the buff in front of complete strangers, but let’s be honest, not everyone wants to see you in your birthday suit after a long workout. Maybe get a fun towel or something. If the issue is that you can’t keep the towel from falling, you can always opt for a comfy and stylish robe.
Steps to not being a slob
Listen, I get it, getting ready at the gym means you have to pack a lot of stuff, but that doesn’t mean you need to leave your belongings scattered all over the locker room. No one wants to find your shampoo bottle left the shower while your brush and make up take up prime real-estate at the sink. Get a shower caddy that can easily hold all of your stuff and keep you organized. You will make more friends by not being the locker room slob kabob, I promise.
Don’t hog the mirror
All too often you come across the locker room mirror hog… it’s honestly the worst. Please don’t stand in front of a sink or blow dryer taking up space just to do your makeup. Everyone else in the locker room has things they need to do – which do not include watching you get ready for six hours while they have to wait to dry their hair. Buy a small portable mirror and do your makeup and let others use the blow dryer. Because really, no one likes a locker room diva.
Keep your feet clean
This may be more of a personal feeling but I think flips flops should always be worn in gym locker rooms. Maybe I’m a bit of a germaphobe but nothing skeeves me out more than people who walk around the locker room or shower in a public place barefoot. Let’s be real… feet are just creepy and weird. Buy some nice shower sandals and keep your toes germ free and squeaky clean.
The list could go on and on; the locker room can be a scary place. In fact, you’re probably having flashbacks of horrible locker room moments that you wish you could erase from your memory bank. If people would make these few small changes in their locker room behaviors, the world would be a better place.