Shirtless Gyms in Vancouver?

  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 09, 2015 4:04 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I just recently moved to downtown Vancouver BC and was wondering if we have any of these here? Both gyms I went to back home in Ontario didn't seem to mind, though I only worked out during slow hours. Aside from it being more comfortable, I prefer to see all the muscles working and pump up, I'll be entering my first bodybuilding competition next summer and I also find it to be a good way to motivate and follow progress. I've tried out a couple gyms here and noticed ones like the YMCA has rules against going shirtless posted on the walls, which is a little strange to me because guys can workout it very revealing low cut string tank tops and women wear sports bras all the time, so there isn't an issue over sweating or anything like that it seems. Hell there's even a guy who wears a see through fishnet shirt. I've had the urge to try going shirtless there during a slower time but haven't done it yet...I also noticed one day at about 10:30pm walking past Davie/Howe Steve Nash that there was a huge bidybuilder in there doing a set shirtless, but then he put it on, so I wasn't sure if they allow it or he just wanted to bust out one set lol.
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    Apr 09, 2015 5:22 PM GMT
    None of our gyms around here allow shirtless men. They are all coed and women are usually the ones that complain about shirtless guys because they think they are just showing off to pick up dates. Women initially are attracted more by a guy's personality, then his body.
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    Apr 09, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    Almost every business has a sign on their door, "No shirt, no shoes, no service." So I always have a shirt I leave in the car, in case I'm not wearing one and have one to put on when I need to. In the summer I really hate wearing a shirt and at least in our duathlons and triathlons, men do not have to wear any shirt at all, if they do not want to. After the swim, I save time, by not having to put a shirt on for the bike and run and those few seconds can be costly in a close race.
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 09, 2015 6:42 PM GMT
    Vancouvers always kinda been known as a city big on the fitness industry to me, I'm not sure why places would restrict it. If you got the build for it, there shouldn't be any reason to hide it. SN on howe/Davie is considered one of the few gay gyms here, and I rarely see women in there walking by, but even then I would think the women there shouldn't be thinking the shirtless bodybuilder there is there to pick them up lol
  • bro4bro

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    Apr 09, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
    With the exception of bodybuilders doing photo shoots, I haven't seen a guy working out shirtless in any gym I've stepped into in the past 30+ years.

    When I was in grad school at the U of Arizona (1979-80) it was acceptable at the weight room on campus, and about half the guys did so. And it was a fairly small and crowded room. Picture if you will a weight room packed with 20-year-old shirtless frat boys pumping iron. It was... exceptional. icon_smile.gif
  • Tooji

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    Apr 09, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    Never seen it happen here either, and I find it quite uncomfortable if a guy would work-out shirtless around me...
    I would probably enjoy the view, but still I find something uncomfortable about it..
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 09, 2015 8:36 PM GMT
    I dunno, whenever I did workout shirtless at the gym I always laid a towel on equipment, always made sure I was doing everything I could to keep people from being uncomfortable. Lol I remember one time it was just me and a couple at the gym at 4am, and the girl was complaining to her boyfriend that she would rather her boyfriend be working out shirtless too. But it's never been something I've done in an insanely busy gym.
  • venue35

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    Apr 09, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    Well I think only in cross fit gyms will you regularly witness this shirtless phenomenon
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    Apr 09, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    Steamworks allows you to work out naked. There is one there in Vancouver BC too. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 09, 2015 11:03 PM GMT
    Lol, I don't think I'd ever step foot in a steamworks, or a strip club for that matter. I'd just prefer to workout somewhere that I can workout the way I find most comfortable.
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    Apr 10, 2015 4:13 AM GMT
    venue35 saidWell I think only in cross fit gyms will you regularly witness this shirtless phenomenon


    They get naked too....btw
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    Apr 10, 2015 4:27 AM GMT
    I work out on the North Shore and shirts are mandatory at my gym. Maybe a crossfit gym? I haven't been to one so can't say.
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    Apr 10, 2015 6:13 AM GMT
    go to a gym in a gay bathhouse… you can work out naked if you like.. icon_lol.gif
  • venue35

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    Apr 10, 2015 11:32 AM GMT
    2bnaked said
    venue35 saidWell I think only in cross fit gyms will you regularly witness this shirtless phenomenon


    They get naked too....btw

    I haven't seen that yet and I don't believe it.
    There are quite a few females at my cross fit gym.

    Although I'm starting to believe that they are going there for other reasons than a good work out.
    They keep flirting with the hotties that take their shirts off.
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    Apr 10, 2015 11:47 AM GMT
    michael61 saidAlmost every business has a sign on their door, "No shirt, no shoes, no service."



    Ahh, but they don't mention pants....so, go in pant less next time!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 10, 2015 2:59 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    michael61 saidAlmost every business has a sign on their door, "No shirt, no shoes, no service."



    Ahh, but they don't mention pants....so, go in pant less next time!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Lol ^

    I've ne actually been to a crossfit gym before, since I'd never do crossfit, what are they like inside? Do they at least have enough good equipment for bodybuilding?
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    Apr 10, 2015 3:46 PM GMT
    A CrossFit box (what a "gym" is called) has minimal traditional hardware. The first time you walk in, the place might seems downright empty. But, if it's powerlifting or Olympic lifting you're after, you'll find what you need. Some other equipment can be assembled ad hoc, as in "drag a flat bench from over there to the rack over yonder" to create a bench press setup.

    That said, if you're looking for circuit training machines or aerobic machines like treadmills, you ain't gonna find them (you may find row machines).

    Many boxes have times set aside for open-gym work, in addition to the structured WODs.

    Just be aware that a lot of CrossFit guys are ripped. If you're going to take your shirt off you'll be in some pretty high-powered company, so you better either bring the goods or bring the confidence!
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    Apr 10, 2015 5:30 PM GMT
    The management at the LA Fitness I go to allows their friends to workout in only posing bikinis. It lets everyone see how steroids shrink a guys testicles and how excessive muscle make a guy look hung like a parakeet.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 10, 2015 8:47 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    michael61 saidAlmost every business has a sign on their door, "No shirt, no shoes, no service."



    Ahh, but they don't mention pants....so, go in pant less next time!icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Let me know before you do that. I want to see the reaction.
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 10, 2015 11:42 PM GMT
    There's a fat guy at the gym working out in a speedo...and I'm still not supposed to think shirtless is ok? Lol
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    Apr 10, 2015 11:54 PM GMT
    venue35 said
    2bnaked said
    venue35 saidWell I think only in cross fit gyms will you regularly witness this shirtless phenomenon


    They get naked too....btw

    I haven't seen that yet and I don't believe it.
    There are quite a few females at my cross fit gym.

    Although I'm starting to believe that they are going there for other reasons than a good work out.
    They keep flirting with the hotties that take their shirts off.



    There was another on the same site https://instagram.com/crossfit/ Dude was on the beach naked. But I guess a pic is worht a 1000 words!

    https://instagram.com/p/zcpplhNDVt/
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    Apr 11, 2015 2:15 AM GMT
    I'd love going to a shirtless gym! I'd surely join icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 11, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
    I really enjoyed working out shirtless at Island House Gym in Key West last December. (That's the only part of the resort that you DO have to wear shorts...)
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 11, 2015 2:37 PM GMT
    I'm kinda just inclined to test the gym out and wear a more revealing shirt each day to see if anyone cares, and if no one does, maybe one day just pop it off. I don't think a gym would be stupid enough to kick you out and lose your money over it...
  • gottagetbig

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    Apr 11, 2015 9:00 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI sweat profusely at the gym. I need to wear at least a tank top. I think it's gross when a guy works out with no shirt on and doesn't clean up or wipe down the equipment after he's done.


    If I get even a drop of sweat on the equipment I wipe it down, and any skin I have exposed on the equipment like if I'm wearing a string tank, I cover with a towel. I think in that sort of case it should be ok