The gym locker room mystery

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    Mar 10, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    This is really beginning to bug me. My gym has quite a large changing room with a couple of hundred lockers.

    Yet I can come back from a workout or my shower and find that despite there only being two or three others in the room at that time, one of them is using the locker right next to mine. There then is much shuffling and apologising as that person moves over so I can get my gear out.

    I reckon this happens seven or eight times out of ten. I even try to select a locker that is surrounded by empty ones when I arrive, but this seems to have little effect.

    Today I had a double incident; on my return someone was sitting right by my locker putting his socks on, so I apologised, retrieved my kit bag and moved over to an empty area. Within a minute someone came out the showers and needed access to the locker right by where I had positioned myself.

    I feel that there must be a mathematical explanation as to why this happens so much.
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    Mar 10, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    Must be your natural animal magnitism ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • jgymnast733

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    Mar 10, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    Well redheadguy, you are hot...icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 10, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    Same in my gym! The reason why is dull though - they hand the keys out in numerical order.

    I once couldn't get the key out of my locker door. Now that was embarrassing.
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    Mar 10, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    it is a global phenomenon even when they do random key assignments or where you have a code and chose your own locker.

    happens to me all the time
  • kaccioto

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    Mar 10, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    they are cardboard holding gypsies after your wallet...
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    Mar 11, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    It always happens in my gym too despite the fact that the choice of lockers is completely random. It's most noticeable at off-peak times -- if there's only one other guy in the locker room, he is guaranteed to be blocking access to your locker. It must due to be some as-yet unknown law of gravitational attraction.
  • DCEric

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    Mar 11, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    Try picking a locker surrounded by those in use. Odds are they got there a while ago, and while you are working out, they will leave.

    /just a thought
    //has no clue if he's right.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 11, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    hang a note on your locker caution athletes foot area!!!icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 11, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    Yep. Same here. I can't believe I never thought to do what DCEric suggests. I'll update on the experiment tomorrow.

    PS Once, due to the mysterious local crowding, the guy next to me rubbed his bare ass on my shoulder - and not in a good way!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 11, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
    ITS WILLY TIME!!!

    Courtesy of Red...

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    Mar 11, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    Caslon9000 saidMust be your natural animal magnitism ... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Me too. Just this morning I had to peel 2 squirrels and a chipmunk off me while jogging thu the park.icon_wink.gif


    I've found that I do have a magnetism. It's most apparent whenever I go into an empty store, find what I need and then head to the checkout and there are 100 people wanting the clerks attention. I've joked that I ought to start charging for bringing customers into a store....
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    Mar 11, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    But then again...

    cat ... icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 11, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidThis is really beginning to bug me. My gym has quite a large changing room with a couple of hundred lockers.

    Yet I can come back from a workout or my shower and find that despite there only being two or three others in the room at that time, one of them is using the locker right next to mine. There then is much shuffling and apologising as that person moves over so I can get my gear out.

    I reckon this happens seven or eight times out of ten. I even try to select a locker that is surrounded by empty ones when I arrive, but this seems to have little effect.

    Today I had a double incident; on my return someone was sitting right by my locker putting his socks on, so I apologised, retrieved my kit bag and moved over to an empty area. Within a minute someone came out the showers and needed access to the locker right by where I had positioned myself.

    I feel that there must be a mathematical explanation as to why this happens so much.


    what bugs me is when one guy uses the entire bench to dress or undress! I've seen some pretty big asses, but none that big!!!
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    Mar 11, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    There are many aspects to this issue. Perhaps great minds think alike and keep ruining it for themselves, maybe you're hot and they want to be next to you, and perhaps it's that communal thing that jocks like to do - like standing next to the guy in the shower, it feels awkward to get in the buff or change with your buddies around...even strangers make it seem normal.
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    Mar 11, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    gear said
    This guy is a member of our site here...yes, I know you're going to FF to the end and look him up.
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    Mar 11, 2009 12:40 PM GMT
    just tell all your stalkers to back up. let them know there is not enough of you to go around! icon_biggrin.gificon_wink.gif
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    Mar 11, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    Take it from someone who works in a gym every day. This is a law of the Universe.
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    Mar 11, 2009 1:33 PM GMT
    WHat Rafael Alencar is on RJ

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    He can stand next to me in the locker room ANY time
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    Mar 11, 2009 1:37 PM GMT
    IIII KKKNNOOWWW!!! This happens to me allllll the time!!! It drive me absolutely crazy!!!! The same goes when you go to your car after leaving a store and there is a whole parking lot full of cars but you have to wait for some dude and his 10 kids to get outta their van right beside you so you can get in your car!!!! What are the odds of that!!! UGH!!!!! I need a zanex, haha.

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    Mar 11, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    The locker room thing astounds me. If my Ph.D statistics professor ex bf didn't hate me at the moment, I would love to bounce the question off him.

    One possibility that comes to my feeble behavioral psych mind though is 'cognitive filtering". In other words, we remember the cases that confirm our belief that people always take the locker next to ours. And forget the more numerous instances that do not support that belief.
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    Mar 11, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    AMEN!
    and it drives me nuts...
    My gym's lockers are a series of rows that could possibly support 4 people at once (and still maintain personal space) and even though three or more rows may be visibally vacant or perhaps only have one person in them, there is always at least two yahoos who have to come select the row me and two other guys are already in AND select a locker directly next to mine! icon_evil.gif
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    Mar 11, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    The car thing I can understand.

    If you park next to a car that's nicer than yours then it's less likely to be stolen. n'est ce pas?
  • kew1

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    Mar 11, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    DCEric saidTry picking a locker surrounded by those in use. Odds are they got there a while ago, and while you are working out, they will leave.

    /just a thought
    //has no clue if he's right.


    Tried that, still doesn't work.

    I've even found the man I was chatting to in the sauna (1st time we had met )using the locker above mine. It was a bit like stalking him.