I didn’t think I’d ever have to write this post, but considering the occurrences in my gym’s locker room the past few weeks, it has become clear that some people just don’t know the rules. I should note that I go to the gym early in the morning. At that hour, there are probably 6 women in the locker room MAX. Allow me to paint you a picture of the locker room: there are 4 showers, 4 bathroom stalls, 100+ lockers, and a big counter with 3 sinks. You’d think, with 6 or less people and all that space, things in the locker room would run smoother than a baby’s bottom. Alas, that is not the case. So I bring you: Locker Room Etiquette 101.
Rule #1: If there are 100 free lockers, don’t take the locker directly next to one that is already taken. This is my biggest pet peeve. I come in, pick a locker with plenty of empty ones around it, put my stuff in and lock it up with my little combo lock. An hour later, I come back into the locker room and find that someone has decided they need to take the locker right next to mine. Now, I’m trying to get dressed and someone else is right on top of me when rest of the locker room is empty! WHY?! I ask you. WHY?! Personal space, people. Seriously, this happened yesterday:
I had the thought that maybe someone had an OCD thing where they have to have the same locker every day, so I switched to a different section of the locker room. Nope. Happened there, too. Maybe my lock has good pheromones or something and all the other locks want to be next to it? Stay away from my lock, people. She’s saving herself.
Rule #2: One shower hook per person. Most gym showers will have a little hook outside of the curtain for you to hang your towel on. ONE HOOK. It is not kind to hop in a shower and hang your towel on your hook and your sweaty stank clothes on the hook that belongs to another shower. Now whoever has to use that shower has to put their towel on the floor (which is usually wet) or brave removing your stank clothes from their hook so they can hang their towel. Not cool Hook Stealer, not cool. (This post is brought to you by the Association for Hookless Showers <– not a real thing, but it should be! Poor showers…)
Rule #3: Flush! Seriously… flush the toilet. I shouldn’t even have to include this one.
Rule #4: Spray sparingly. If you are applying perfume or hair spray, please don’t get all windmill action on me. The locker room is a shared space. We now all have to inhale your aerosol or smell like a baby prostitute (<– name that movie!). Please spritz perfume lightly on your wrist/neck, and keep hair spraying to a minimum radius.
There are of course many more locker room rules for when the locker room gets more crowded (don’t hog the bench, take short showers, etc), but I really wanted to focus on the obvious. Give people space, stay in your space and be a hygienically aware person (i.e. FLUSH THE TOILET!) and you’ll pass Locker Room Etiquette 101 with flying colors.
And… end rant.
What are you locker room pet peeves?
Any rules you’d at to Locker Room Etiquette 101?
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