Locker Room Etiquette: Basic Tips for Gym Newbies!

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For the last month I have been going to the gym nearly every day. Am I losing weight? No. Thank you, middle aged metabolism. But, I will keep going anyhow in the hope that I am still improving overall health. If you have spent any time at the gym, I’m sure you have become familiar with the locker room. You really can’t avoid it, unfortunately. If you want to store your workout bag, take a shower, or use the scale you will have to venture into the locker room from time to time. Ever wonder about proper locker room etiquette? What locker room behavior is acceptable and what will have other’s looking at you in annoyance? If you want to navigate the gym locker room safely and annoy as few people as possible, here are a few locker room etiquette tips that you might want to keep in mind.

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Locker Room Etiquette

Locker Room Etiquette

Nudity: Sure, maybe you are proud of your body. But, that doesn’t mean everyone wants you parading around naked. Locker room etiquette requires a certain amount of decorum. Put on a towel if you are strolling around. Cover up the important bits if you are going to sit around on a bench and paint your nails. Flashing the occasional strip of exposed skin is to be expected but at least try to be a tad bit modest about it.

Limit cell phone usage:  Locker rooms are close quarters and not somewhere to have a long and loud conversation with your best friend. Keep cell phone usage to a minimum and just get your stuff done. Once you are clothed and out of the locker room you can discuss your plans for the weekend. And keep in mind that NEVER is it okay to snap photos, even of yourself, in the locker room. No one wants their naked butt to be in your locker room selfie!

Respect personal space:  No one wants your naked self brushing up against their own naked self in the gym locker room. Locker room etiquette means keeping your distance from others and avoiding direct eye contact. Treat the other people like aggressive stray dogs. Keep your distance and don’t look them right in the eye! A brief nod and a glance is all you need before getting into your locker and putting on clothes. If there are 100 lockers to choose from, don’t choose the one immediately next to the other locker room visitor.

Gym Locker Room Tips

Practice good hygiene: Locker rooms are for everyone to share. That means you should not be clipping your nails, trimming your bangs, or doing anything except basic maintenance. Wear flip flops in the shower to reduce the spread of germs and generally try to be neat and tidy. Do not eat your breakfast in the sauna (yes, people at my gym do this!) or apply lotions before going in the hot tub. The women’s locker room is not your own personal space so keep it clean and sanitary for others.

Get in and get out:  Certain times of day are incredibly busy in the gym locker room. Don’t spread your stuff out and sit around on your cell phone checking email. Give up your space to someone else trying to get into their locker. The gym locker room isn’t your personal lounge so just get in, get stuff done, and then leave.


Have any locker room etiquette you think needs to be shared? Let me know in the comments below. And if you are a fellow gym member, you might enjoy these Sauna Tips for Better Health!

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  1. I'm not sure I've used a locker room since high school. I always feel uncomfortable. These will definitely help for the next time.
  2. I don't think a single one of these rules are followed at our local Y. Can make a person real uncomfortable!
  3. Great list of tips, be nice if everyone would read it and follow. We don't have a gym we go to but I used to and it was a bit awkward at times!
  4. These tips are a great reminder of gym etiquette. I know I always feel uncomfortable in the locker room when there are people flaunting without consideration of those around them.
  5. I haven't been in a locker room in quite some time. Thank goodness too! I like my own personal space.

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