5 Rules for Showering at the Gym

Practice Good Shower Etiquette

Keep in mind that you're sharing the shower with others. Some things that might be fine at home are to be avoided at the gym.

  • Don't hog the shower. Ten minutes should be the max, especially if there are limited showers available.
  • Don't socialize while in the shower. It wastes time and may annoy others.
  • Clean up what you mess up. Leave the shower and changing area as you found them.
  • Never pee in the shower. It should go without saying, but some guys forget they're not at home.
  • Dry off before returning to your locker. Don't stand and drip.

You also need to respect the privacy of others. Some guys are uncomfortable taking their clothes off in public or being around someone who's naked. Don't stare, whether in the shower or the locker room. Give others as much space as you can. Wrap a towel around your waist after you shower. Make it a rule not to be naked for longer than necessary.

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