Shirtless Gym

  • ripdude

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    Nov 26, 2015 3:13 AM GMT
    I'm just curious if anyone belongs to a gym where shirtless workouts are allowed. I've never encountered one, but online I see pics and videos of guys working out shirtless at the gym all the time. I suppose these are totally staged, no? I just wondered if such places still existed or if it's a thing of the past. And if you do workout at such a gym, do you take advantage of that? I know it's sweaty and messy and not exactly hygienic, but I think it would be motivating to be able to lift bare-chested and see other guys doing the same.
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Nov 26, 2015 3:26 AM GMT
    A shirt or vest is a barrier, although a thin one, between someone's back and the seat back or bench. Some guys and women are conscious of sanitizing the equipment (that's me) following their use of it, but the majority of men & women are not cognizant about the fact that they leave a film of sweat behind after vigorous use of a machine or barbells, and they neglect sanitizing the equipment...guys, keep the shirts on!
  • gymnerd

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    Nov 26, 2015 12:52 PM GMT
    IgnatiusReilly saidA shirt or vest is a barrier, although a thin one, between someone's back and the seat back or bench. Some guys and women are conscious of sanitizing the equipment (that's me) following their use of it, but the majority of men & women are not cognizant about the fact that they leave a film of sweat behind after vigorous use of a machine or barbells, and they neglect sanitizing the equipment...guys, keep the shirts on!


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  • leanandclean

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    Nov 26, 2015 1:45 PM GMT
    This would encourage poseurs.
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    Nov 26, 2015 1:51 PM GMT
    The management at my gym has a class where the guys workout only in posing bikinis. Its a cautionary tale of what happens when there's steroid use.
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    Nov 26, 2015 1:51 PM GMT
    IgnatiusReilly saidA shirt or vest is a barrier, although a thin one, between someone's back and the seat back or bench. Some guys and women are conscious of sanitizing the equipment (that's me) following their use of it, but the majority of men & women are not cognizant about the fact that they leave a film of sweat behind after vigorous use of a machine or barbells, and they neglect sanitizing the equipment...guys, keep the shirts on!

    All true, and why I also lay a towel out on the bench or chair. Keeps me cleaner, keeps the next guy cleaner, easier wiping down for me to do when I'm finished.
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    Nov 26, 2015 2:24 PM GMT
    As an exception to the normal situation we're considering, I've used gyms that were part of a gay bathhouse facility. And really quite modern, large and complete, comparing favorably with dedicated gyms. Not some crappy token workout stuff.

    There the guys were not only shirtless, but in many cases bottomless, too. Or with a jock alone, especially when jogging on the treadmill. A bunch of guys working out nude, lifting weights and using the equipment, is a wondrous sight. And pretty good younger bodies, too - the older and out of shape ones generally wouldn't dare it. All fastidiously using towels on every equipment surface their naked skin would touch.

    I also belonged to a gay naturist (nudist) club based in Minneapolis, called "Naked Minnesota". Can't do much that's nude outdoors in a northern winter, so monthly we'd arrange for special closed hours with indoor venues, like bars, bowling alleys (now that's a sight!), gyms, spas, etc.

    Again, towels placed on everything you touch. It's great to be spotted by a guy standing over you naked on the free-weight bench. icon_biggrin.gif

    Although one time, in order to have enough business to justify opening the place during off-hours, a spa owner made us agree to combine with another nudist group. That turned out to be straight, with female members. That was not so pleasant to see. icon_razz.gif

    But hey, another one of my bizarre experiences I could add to my catalogue of memories. That I might title: "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly".
  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    Nov 26, 2015 5:34 PM GMT
    ripdude saidI'm just curious if anyone belongs to a gym where shirtless workouts are allowed. I've never encountered one, but online I see pics and videos of guys working out shirtless at the gym all the time. I suppose these are totally staged, no? I just wondered if such places still existed or if it's a thing of the past. And if you do workout at such a gym, do you take advantage of that? I know it's sweaty and messy and not exactly hygienic, but I think it would be motivating to be able to lift bare-chested and see other guys doing the same.


    Only outdoor "gyms". Gyms are co-ed now and the women might not appreciate seeing sweaty bare-chests on dudes (some NOT so pretty) when they cannot do the same.
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    Nov 26, 2015 6:08 PM GMT
    I usually do so - in my home gym. Hell I can work out butt naked if I want to, and sometimes do. But if you are gonna sweat, you've got to at least put down towels, or you will slide right off the bench and end up looking very silly, or injured, or both icon_redface.gif

    A long time ago, when RJ had video chat, (and during that short time when the site was moderated and video masturbation was not yet allowed) a few people used to work out while on-line.
  • Hypertrophile

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    Nov 26, 2015 7:40 PM GMT
    The gym I go to in San Diego has an outdoor workout area with free weights, machines, and cross-fit gear. Shirts are optional and most guys opt out, fortunately. There's something about working out without a shirt in the sunshine that feels awesome. I just wish they had more mirrors there.

    In regards to sweat on the benches, IMO there's nothing unhygienic about that.
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 26, 2015 7:41 PM GMT
    Yes, the photos you see are staged. When I worked out at Gold's Gym in Redondo Beach it was common to see photographers come in with bodybuilders (none of whom were members - I presume they paid a special fee) and take shirtless workout pics.

    But - when I was in graduate school at the University of Arizona (1979-80) about half the guys went shirtless in the weight room. I think the tradition started at the old Bear Down gym, which was an ancient decrepit building without much in the way of AC (and this was Arizona, where it can be 100 degrees at midnight). When the new basketball arena (McKale Center) was built and the weight room moved over there, the tradition continued even though the place was adequately climate controlled. And since this was at the very beginning of the fitness boom, there tended to be a lot more guys lifting weights on any given day than the planners had foreseen.

    Picture if you will a small weight room packed to the gills with shirtless, athletic frat boys, all working out practically on top of each other. It was spectacular. And yes, I did make friends there. :-)

    I'd gladly work out in a shirtless gym again, if the clientele were worth looking at (and showing off for). And for those who complain that it's unsanitary... do you really think sweat (and germs) don't soak through a cotton T-shirt?
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    Nov 26, 2015 8:28 PM GMT
    I'd love to work out in a shirtless gym!
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    Nov 26, 2015 10:18 PM GMT
    True:
    http://www.crossfittimes.com/11-things-that-are-considered-normal-at-crossfit-but-never-appropriate-outside-the-box/9/

    And people clean up after themselves for the conditioning workouts (have never seen anyone shirtless for the strength portion of the workout) - so it's not like it's unsanitary unless you do throw yourself on the floor after a hard workout (which a lot of people do - but you don't expect the floor to be all that sanitary).
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    Nov 27, 2015 2:24 AM GMT
    Physiqueflex saidThe gym I go to in San Diego has an outdoor workout area with free weights, machines, and cross-fit gear. Shirts are optional and most guys opt out, fortunately. There's something about working out without a shirt in the sunshine that feels awesome. I just wish they had more mirrors there.

    In regards to sweat on the benches, IMO there's nothing unhygienic about that.


    Hey! I just moved back to New York after the last 9 years living in San Diego. I've gone to the gym daily since living there, & switched to different gyms whenever I moved. From PB (Pacific Beach), to mission beach. Hillcrest, downtown, & in Orange County ( Dana Point, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, & Tustin ) , & I've honestly never been to a gym where we could workout shirtless. I'm just curious which gym it was, if you don't mind I'm just curious.
  • Triggerman

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    Nov 27, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
    I am a bit older than most posters but I joined a Gold's when it was common to workout shirtless. Look at the old pics of Arnold, Franco and such. It was not uncommon back in the day. And so was sweaty benches. Hopefully they wiped the sweat off but I always had a towel handy in case they didn't. I could probably sell that towel now.

    I kept that old towel. That was the sweat of the gods. I probably have Arnold's, Francos, Ferrignos, Mentzers, both brothers, Mike Christian and Flex Wheelers, Tom Platz, and Lee Haney's sweat on that old towel. Never washed it. It was the Gods.

    But today in a gym, use a towel. I don't want to wipe up your sweat. That's just gross.
  • Relajado

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    Nov 27, 2015 5:13 AM GMT
    You are at a gym to qorkout, not for sex. The end.

    Shirts on.

    Rude qnd unsanitary otherwise qnd more likely to intimidate newer or body dysmorphia people there 2ho also need to use gym and women. All in all selfsh for morw reasons than one. Shirts on.
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    Nov 27, 2015 6:27 AM GMT
    Relajado saidYou are at a gym to qorkout, not for sex. The end.

    Shirts on.

    Rude qnd unsanitary otherwise qnd more likely to intimidate newer or body dysmorphia people there 2ho also need to use gym and women. All in all selfsh for morw reasons than one. Shirts on.



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  • bro4bro

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    Nov 27, 2015 7:07 AM GMT
    ^ The guy can't even type; what makes you think he'll understand a Kurt Vonnegut reference? :-)

    It's a bit disturbing though, that he seems to equate shirtlessness with sex. Is Queen Victoria back on the throne again?
  • venue35

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    Nov 27, 2015 2:48 PM GMT
    Shirtless i see in crossfit all the time but they kind of promote it.
  • Hypertrophile

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    Nov 27, 2015 3:58 PM GMT
    Gscepi917 said
    Physiqueflex saidThe gym I go to in San Diego has an outdoor workout area with free weights, machines, and cross-fit gear. Shirts are optional and most guys opt out, fortunately. There's something about working out without a shirt in the sunshine that feels awesome. I just wish they had more mirrors there.

    In regards to sweat on the benches, IMO there's nothing unhygienic about that.


    Hey! I just moved back to New York after the last 9 years living in San Diego. I've gone to the gym daily since living there, & switched to different gyms whenever I moved. From PB (Pacific Beach), to mission beach. Hillcrest, downtown, & in Orange County ( Dana Point, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, & Tustin ) , & I've honestly never been to a gym where we could workout shirtless. I'm just curious which gym it was, if you don't mind I'm just curious.


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    Nov 27, 2015 11:28 PM GMT
    Ah ha, thank you. I was trying hard to think what gyms there I hadn't used, & the only one I could think of is the oddly named Frogs gym, lol.
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    Nov 28, 2015 7:24 AM GMT
    "In regards to sweat on the benches, IMO there's nothing unhygienic about that."

    Absolutely agree. Moreover coming in contact with some of the few billion or so microbes that remain on the bench material no matter how you think you are cleaning it, will actually make you body stronger...

    Leave the freaking toxic industrial cancer causing cleaners at home, they are more a threat to you than sweat!
  • Relajado

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    Nov 28, 2015 5:44 PM GMT
    bro4bro said^ The guy can't even type; what makes you think he'll understand a Kurt Vonnegut reference? :-)

    It's a bit disturbing though, that he seems to equate shirtlessness with sex. Is Queen Victoria back on the throne again?


    I am typing on a phone, so fuck off icon_smile.gif

    Secondly, read the above comments of people saying how much they enjoyed shittless gyms because the others were attractive, so thinking of sex, just like the outrageous 'Syrian refugees are kinda ... HOT??' post a while ago reduced a tragedy to thinking about sex. It's a gym. For everyone. To train.
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Nov 28, 2015 6:52 PM GMT
    Relajado said
    bro4bro said^ The guy can't even type; what makes you think he'll understand a Kurt Vonnegut reference? :-)

    It's a bit disturbing though, that he seems to equate shirtlessness with sex. Is Queen Victoria back on the throne again?


    I am typing on a phone, so fuck off icon_smile.gif

    Secondly, read the above comments of people saying how much they enjoyed shittless gyms because the others were attractive, so thinking of sex, just like the outrageous 'Syrian refugees are kinda ... HOT??' post a while ago reduced a tragedy to thinking about sex. It's a gym. For everyone. To train.


    I do also.icon_biggrin.gif I get it. I am all thumbs sometimes when I type on my phone.
  • ripdude

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    Nov 28, 2015 7:01 PM GMT
    I'm glad some people have replied to my original post. It's interesting to read the differing opinions and experiences. It does sound like shirtless workouts were more common in the past. I'm guessing this was before most gyms were coed. I hope this doesn't sound sexist, but maybe when there were only men at the gym, no one worried about offending anybody by removing one's shirt. It was just a bunch of guys and nobody cared.