open locker room 'gang' showers - wow

  • GettingFitter

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    Apr 06, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    I went to this really 'old' style gym in the city recently to go for a swim, and when I went to the change room to graba quick shower and leave I stopped short and was surprised to see that the showers were actually one big open style room, with the spouts all around the outer wall and some even handing from the ceiling down into the middle. I guess I was shocked because you very rarely see this type of shower get up anymore as it is so open and you can't hide anything - no curtains, dividing walls or anything.

    So I bit the bullet and showered there, and to be honest it felt rather exhilirating and not at all embarrassing as I thought it would be. As I showered a few other guys wandered in and showered, all standing there chatting and laughing and the atmosphere in the place was not at all as, um, homophobic or claustraphobic as you get from the usual divided showers. It was a very unique experience for sure and makes me wonder if men would be better off having these type of showers in the gym in order to break down social and phobic bariers and just be themselves.

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    Apr 06, 2008 2:31 AM GMT
    The rec center i use has three big open showers like that..each shower has four stall column type things with four shower heads..all the open...one shower room is for faculty, the other two for students...i dont feel embarrassed showering there, but there are a few gay men i picked up on there, i just knew it..and i now i hate showering there cause somehow magically they are always there the same time i am and they always wander around in their towels and when i shower, they stare at me, and it makes me feel naked icon_lol.gificon_redface.gif
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    Apr 06, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    Moudi saidThe rec center i use has three big open showers like that..each shower has four stall column type things with four shower heads..all the open...one shower room is for faculty, the other two for students...i dont feel embarrassed showering there, but there are a few gay men i picked up on there, i just knew it..and i now i hate showering there cause somehow magically they are always there the same time i am and they always wander around in their towels and when i shower, they stare at me, and it makes me feel naked icon_lol.gificon_redface.gif


    I'm sorry it makes you feel awkward. But you are a very handsome bloke icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 06, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    GettingFitter said[quote][cite]Moudi said[/cite]The rec center i use has three big open showers like that..each shower has four stall column type things with four shower heads..all the open...one shower room is for faculty, the other two for students...i dont feel embarrassed showering there, but there are a few gay men i picked up on there, i just knew it..and i now i hate showering there cause somehow magically they are always there the same time i am and they always wander around in their towels and when i shower, they stare at me, and it makes me feel naked icon_lol.gificon_redface.gif


    I'm sorry it makes you feel awkward. But you are a very handsome bloke icon_smile.gif[/quote]

    well, staring has an extent..when they just stand there and stare..its very weird...and i had a friend with me once, and i turned my back because it just felt weird with that teacher there staring at me...so my friend walked up to him, all naked..and mind, his member is HUGE...but we're good friends..so he walked up to him and said "What the fuck are u looking at?"...he got scared im guessing and left icon_biggrin.gif i get shy in such situations
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    Apr 06, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    Moudi said[quote][cite]GettingFitter said[/cite][quote][cite]Moudi said[/cite]The rec center i use has three big open showers like that..each shower has four stall column type things with four shower heads..all the open...one shower room is for faculty, the other two for students...i dont feel embarrassed showering there, but there are a few gay men i picked up on there, i just knew it..and i now i hate showering there cause somehow magically they are always there the same time i am and they always wander around in their towels and when i shower, they stare at me, and it makes me feel naked icon_lol.gificon_redface.gif


    I'm sorry it makes you feel awkward. But you are a very handsome bloke icon_smile.gif[/quote]

    well, staring has an extent..when they just stand there and stare..its very weird...and i had a friend with me once, and i turned my back because it just felt weird with that teacher there staring at me...so my friend walked up to him, all naked..and mind, his member is HUGE...but we're good friends..so he walked up to him and said "What the fuck are u looking at?"...he got scared im guessing and left icon_biggrin.gif i get shy in such situations [/quote]

    LOL ! You got a good mate then !
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    Apr 06, 2008 6:10 AM GMT
    These are the kind of showers we had at my university - 8 poles coming out of the ceiling - with 6 sprays on each pole. Over the years there were many times the room was almost empty - and then times when it was crowded. Everybody talking and laughing at once. I never felt uncomfortable in the least.

    After H2o-polo practice, the team would shower together - and I would sometimes see guys in the wings (or in the showers) staring at us. I took it all in stride since we were in our prime - and naturally we drew attention. I took it as a compliment. I liked those showers though - because you could see so many guys - all naked - all just being guys.

    Sometimes at night there would only be a few guys there - looking for "friends" for some fun times. A great place to pick up - and you could see exactly what you were getting before you made your choice. There was no Grindr then, and no Internet - - - so we were all limited in our ways of meeting other guys to have our fun with.
  • Kirby_Atwood

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    Apr 06, 2008 6:23 AM GMT
    This kind of shower room is everywhere in Asia...
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    Apr 06, 2008 12:00 PM GMT
    This open shower is the kind at my gym. Spanish guys are not shy at all about their bodies and their behavior with each other is much more affectionate than in other places I have lived. They kiss and hug each other and throw their arms over each others shoulders and that is the straight guys. Often times, in the shower, there is a crowd of guys carrying on conversations and laughing just like they are at a party. The only thing I get concerned about is how much water they waste while taking these lengthy showers in an area where there is a serious drought. But, somehow, I manage to get over these disturbing thoughts very quickly.
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    Apr 06, 2008 12:05 PM GMT
    Kirby_Atwood saidThis kind of shower room is everywhere in Asia...


    Not here. Traditional Roman Catholic country. icon_wink.gif Being naked is EVIL! Hehe
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    Apr 06, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    Sedative14 said[quote][cite]Kirby_Atwood said[/cite]This kind of shower room is everywhere in Asia...


    Not here. Traditional Roman Catholic country. icon_wink.gif Being naked is EVIL! Hehe[/quote]


    Oh, really? sorry to hear that bro...try a different country then :-)
  • Timbales

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    Apr 06, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    Before my gym relocated, it had a smallish open shower with 4 shower stations. I didn't like it, but I used it.
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    Apr 06, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    I used to go to the Jewish Community Center's gym. They had a giant open shower/steam room. There would always be four or five guys just sitting their having a shvitz.

    It was weird washing my naughty bits in front of them.
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    Apr 06, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    All the gyms I have ever been to, which is a good 6 or 7 throughout the midwest seem to have a combination of the 2. Both open and stall styles. Most of the ones with stalls did not have any sort of curtains though...
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    Apr 06, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI used to go to the Jewish Community Center's gym. They had a giant open shower/steam room. There would always be four or five guys just sitting their having a shvitz.

    It was weird washing my naughty bits in front of them.


    shvitz?
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    Caslon saidshvitz?


    There are these Jewish bath houses where men sit around in towels and sweat. The word itself is Yiddish for 'to sweat'.

    That is one of the joys of growing up in the orbit of NYC. No matter what race or creed you are Yiddish makes up a quarter of your active vocabulary.
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    i don't think i could use a shower like that. i'd just go home and shower in private
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 06, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    What you describe used to be the norm a few years ago.... I know my (very nice) YMCA had showers like that in the Men's locker room (until the remodel about 2002). The facility is the 3rd oldest (out of 9 inWichita and was built in 1996.)

    I don't take a shower when I first get done working out anyway, unless I am working out in the middle of the work day and I need it, but I appreciate the individual shower approach. The other way seems kind of dated.
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    Apr 06, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    At college there were showers like that. It was heaven. I was so hard trying not to get aroused looking at some of the guys in my class. I was only 19 @ the time. I was a really good innocent boy at the time so this was a very liberating feeling because I have never before showerd with guys like that.

    It's something pure and nature about being naked with guys you know your not going to have sex with.

    It's so Ancient Greek!

    Being the gays we are we care about what other guys think about us.

    So we don't want to be washing our ass in front of the stud we like.

    @ gold's gym these guys are barely washing themselves. They are just standing under the water it seems like.
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    Apr 06, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    The first gym I belonged to after leaving college (1981) had gang showers. It was a very old school place in Houston. I never felt uncomfortable about showering there because I was used to gang showers from my college dorm and my high school locker room.

    But - there was a pair of older roid-head guys (they'd been bodybuilding competitors in the 60s) who every day would make a big show out of scrubbing each other's backs, all the while conversing loudly (every day) about how they're not gay, they do it because it's impossible to reach their backs themselves (yeah, right). After about a year I started showering at home, not because it was uncomfortable but because it was too damn annoying.

    The gym I belong to now has individual stalls, but I never use the showers there. I always cycle to the gym and back, and then go running afterward. But it wouldn't bother me to use a gang shower again, if the situation demanded.

    Oh, and I think Handsome means 8 ), not icon_cool.gif - damn software!
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    Apr 06, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
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    Apr 06, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    these were the kind of showers we had in high school - they existed in college but i never saw anyone using them in the gym, it was just easy to walk back to the dorm and shower there.

    2 of the gyms i use now have the stalls - one has OUTWARD facing showerheads and guys cruise other guys there which weirds me out it's the gym for heaven's sake - the other has showerheads behind partitions so you can get clean without being ogled....

    the germophobe in me can't handle the guy SITTING on the floor in the pic above! What kind of ass fungus could he pick up?
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    Apr 06, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]COJock1974 said[/cite]these were the kind of showers we had in high school - they existed in college but i never saw anyone using them in the gym, it was just easy to walk back to the dorm and shower there.

    2 of the gyms i use now have the stalls - one has OUTWARD facing showerheads and guys cruise other guys there which weirds me out it's the gym for heaven's sake - the other has showerheads behind partitions so you can get clean without being ogled....

    the germophobe in me can't handle the guy SITTING on the floor in the pic above! What kind of ass fungus could he pick up?

    Ass fungus is right? is he so tall that he has to sit on the floor to wash his feet, or does he want a direct view of the goods?
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Apr 07, 2008 1:09 AM GMT
    The showers at my club are like the ones in Moudi's pic above. After years of using them, I usually have no problem. It's actually kind of nice feeling free to be naked with your friends in an unselfconscious way. I know it's a cliche, but I think it facilitates bonding.

    I know that even straight guys will check each other out (however subtly). But as Moudi and COJock1974 said, when somebody is cruising, it freaks me out. It's like it violates the atmosphere somehow or other.
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    Apr 07, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
    I would give my right nut to have a body that guys would stare at in the shower. I say enjoy it while you can and take it as a huge compliment. We have open shower stalls set up in a U at our gym. Yes, I look...I try not to stare. How can you not look when you have beautiful men showering around you. It's erotic and I green with envy!
  • vindog

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    Apr 07, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    I have these at the university I go to where I am a non-traditional student. Most students I found shower with their swimsuits on, but a few do not....I have hooked with someone there due to me looking over and he had a big erection.


    At my regular gym we have them too, usually it's not a big plus cuz it's a lot of old guys....

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    the one creepy dude who's been eyeing me for months. I'm showering alone in the gang shower and he picks the showerhead RIGHT NEXT TO MINE when he has 8 others to choose from. I would have peed on him but that might have turned him on, so I turned off my shower, rolled my eyes and left.