Gym Locker Room

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    Feb 21, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
    i have never seen anyone hang around in my gym changing rooms at all
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:49 PM GMT
    OK, I'm an old gay guy at 65, and here's why I take my time getting dressed in the locker room:

    - First, it AIN'T to see YOU, nor to display myself. I've got a husband at home who's naked half the day, we sleep naked, I go to a nude beach, and we stay at a clothing optional gay guesthouse when away. Your dick isn't a special thrill to me, hun. If I give it a glance at all it's just to make sure you've got one, that I'm not in the ladies locker room by mistake, or she in ours.

    - As you can see from the above, I'm not shy. I was also in the Army for 25 years where you're not authorized privacy, a common shared experience for my generation. And in my day we also swam naked at the Y and in school swim classes, with mandatory gym class gang showers. Social male nudity isn't the big deal to me that it is to you. Rather than being tense & shy in a locker room like you are, I feel right at home, a nostalgic & natural place for me.

    - My older body takes longer to cool down than yours does, and for my pulse rate to lower. Especially after using the sauna or steam room, which help to relax my muscles after a workout. So I'm gonna keep my clothes off for a while, until my skin is cool & dry. And in an often hot & humid locker room that can take some time.

    - I'm retired and have time on my hands. You may be rushed on your lunch hour, but I have the luxury of dawdling if I like, I've often got no place else to go. So why should I rush according to YOUR schedule? Fine if you've got someplace to run off to, but I usually don't, no reason why I should act like I do.
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    Feb 21, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
    well, I think it is normal to be naked in the locker room.
    Don't you find ridiculous when some guys keeping their towel around their waists while pitting on their undies?
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    Feb 21, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    YOU CREEP, YOU WEEP......
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    Feb 21, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    anketa saidwell, I think it is normal to be naked in the locker room.
    Don't you find ridiculous when some guys keeping their towel around their waists while putting on their undies?

    When I belonged to an Alabama YMCA in the early 1980s there was a guy who went into the gang shower with a towel wrapped around his waist. He'd actually soap himself that way.

    And then he'd go into the men's hot tub still wearing that towel. A wall sign clearly said you had to use the tub in the nude. He'd spend the whole time fighting the bubble jets that would keep trying to raise his towel up and expose him.

    I wondered why this violation of rules was permitted, until one day I overheard a conversation between a couple of guys near my locker. One guy asked the very question I had myself, and his buddy said it was because the towel guy was a prominent Baptist minister. Everyone assumed he was ultra shy, due to his conservative religious beliefs, and no one would confront him.

    In the Bible Belt anything you do based on your Christian religion cannot be questioned or challenged. That's why there's this flurry of laws being proposed that would allow gay discrimination based on religious beliefs. Among fundamentalists the Bible always trumps the US Constitution, the very thing the Founders were trying to avoid.

    I wonder if our present shyness trend in locker rooms across the US is tied to religion?
  • wareagle99

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    Feb 21, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    When I was in my twenties, I remember going to the locker room at my gym. I remember seeing some guys I knew hanging out in the hot tub/sauna/steamroom. Obviously, since I remember this, I thought something, but I was pretty naive to what was going on. Later, I realized that those guys are gay.

    Since I knew a lot of people in that gym, I was never in any kind of mode of playing or picking up anyone.
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    Feb 21, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    anketa saidwell, I think it is normal to be naked in the locker room.
    Don't you find ridiculous when some guys keeping their towel around their waists while putting on their undies?

    When I belonged to an Alabama YMCA in the early 1980s there was a guy who went into the gang shower with a towel wrapped around his waist. He'd actually soap himself that way.

    And then he'd go into the men's hot tub still wearing that towel. A wall sign clearly said you had to use the tub in the nude. He'd spend the whole time fighting the bubble jets that would keep trying to raise his towel up and expose him.

    I wondered why this violation of rules was permitted, until one day I overheard a conversation between a couple of guys near my locker. One guy asked the very question I had, and his buddy said it was because the towel guy was a prominent Baptist minister. Everyone assumed he was ultra shy, due to his conservative religious beliefs, and no one would confront him.

    In the Bible Belt anything you do based on your Christian religion cannot be questioned or challenged. That's why there's this flurry of laws being proposed that would allow gay discrimination based on religious beliefs. Among fundamentalists the Bible always trumps the US Constitution, the very thing the Founders were trying to avoid.

    I wonder if our present shyness trend in locker rooms across the US is tied to religion?


    Oh Yeah!!! But not the brand of religion you think. In another gym I belonged to locally the scale is right outside the hall with the showers, which were all individual private showers (I think one reason a certain brand of religion gravitated to this gym). I took my towel off and hung on a hook next to the scale next to the scale to weigh myself naked.

    Then an adherent to that brand of religion started screaming at me that what I just did was a sin. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that yell back at him so back and forth we go until I suggest that he return to a certain country where he'd feel much more comfortable with the culture.
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    Feb 21, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    ART_DECO said
    I wonder if our present shyness trend in locker rooms across the US is tied to religion?

    Oh Yeah!!! But not the brand of religion you think. In another gym I belonged to locally the scale is right outside the hall with the showers, which were all individual private showers (I think one reason a certain brand of religion gravitated to this gym). I took my towel off and hung on a hook next to the scale next to the scale to weigh myself naked.

    Then an adherent to that brand of religion started screaming at me that what I just did was a sin. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that yell back at him so back and forth we go until I suggest that he return to a certain country where he'd feel much more comfortable with the culture.

    It's now a sin to weigh yourself naked in a men's locker room? Where is THAT in the Bible? Or do you mean the Koran? It's the only way I use a scale, for consistency.

    He would have had a stroke if he saw the men's swimming pools at the YMCA until a few decades ago, before they went co-ed. Or during our annual Army physicals, when we all lined up buck naked to get weighed. I guess the US Army is sinning, too. icon_rolleyes.gif

    But if this was a Muslim you're describing, I don't believe that's the religion responsible for the US locker room shyness trend over the last 30 years. And in my anecdote above the towel guy was a conservative Baptist minister. Actually fairly young and rather effeminate looking, to be honest, I thought at first he might be gay.
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    Feb 21, 2014 4:42 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    freedomisntfree said
    ART_DECO said
    I wonder if our present shyness trend in locker rooms across the US is tied to religion?

    Oh Yeah!!! But not the brand of religion you think. In another gym I belonged to locally the scale is right outside the hall with the showers, which were all individual private showers (I think one reason a certain brand of religion gravitated to this gym). I took my towel off and hung on a hook next to the scale next to the scale to weigh myself naked.

    Then an adherent to that brand of religion started screaming at me that what I just did was a sin. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that yell back at him so back and forth we go until I suggest that he return to a certain country where he'd feel much more comfortable with the culture.

    It's now a sin to weigh yourself naked in a men's locker room? Where is THAT in the Bible? It's the only way I use a scale, for consistency.

    He would have had a stroke if he saw the men's swimming pools at the Young Men's CHRISTIAN Association (YMCA) until a few decades ago, before they went co-ed. Or during our annual Army physicals, when we all lined up buck naked to get weighed. I guess the US Army is sinning, too. Or is there a special Biblical exemption for soldiers? icon_rolleyes.gif


    "Where is THAT in the Bible?"

    Uhhh, I don't think they much care for the bible. As I said ... not the brand of religion you think. Sure stifles the freedom we once took for granted. This kind of stuff plus the casual Jew hate speech that I heard on a regular basis made this a very unpleasant place.

    Edit: You added this after I responded

    "But if this was a Muslim you're describing, I don't believe that's the religion responsible for the US locker room shyness trend over the last 30 years. And in my anecdote above the towel guy was a conservative Baptist minister. Actually fairly young and rather effeminate looking, to be honest, I thought at first he might be gay

    Yes, in fact, that's the brand of religion I'm talking about. That explains the open hostility in the situation.

    The general trend toward shyness is I think more related to the realization that there might be homosexuals in the locker room who would like to look at their wee wee winkie more than anything else. Back in my day we didn't even know what that was. It's not open hostility, per se, but causes much of the shyness.

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    Feb 21, 2014 5:00 PM GMT
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    Some of you guys would have wilted at the versions of those signs I used to see. Which would add:

    No Clothing Allowed in the Sauna
    ]..........Except for a Towel


    No Swimsuits Allowed in the Pool
    ..... During Men-Only Hours
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    Feb 22, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    FishSwimmer saidYeah, pretty much this:

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    so true
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    Feb 22, 2014 2:16 AM GMT
    ART_DECO saidimages?q=tbn:ANd9GcQcY8p14wHFZQdpC_zUage
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    Some of you guys would have wilted at the versions of those signs I used to see. Which would add:

    No Clothing Allowed in the Sauna
    ]..........Except for a Towel


    No Swimsuits Allowed in the Pool
    ..... During Men-Only Hours

    Ha
    Ha
    Things have changed a li'l.
    By now in our Y they ask you to wear swimsuits in the steam room and the dry sauna...
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    Feb 22, 2014 2:51 AM GMT
    i would say stop going to gay gyms. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 22, 2014 2:57 AM GMT
    ART_DECO saidOK, I'm an old gay guy at 65, and here's why I take my time getting dressed in the locker room:

    - First, it AIN'T to see YOU, nor to display myself. I've got a husband at home who's naked half the day, we sleep naked, I go to a nude beach, and we stay at a clothing optional gay guesthouse when away. Your dick isn't a special thrill to me, hun. If I give it a glance at all it's just to make sure you've got one, that I'm not in the ladies locker room by mistake, or she in ours.

    - As you can see from the above, I'm not shy. I was also in the Army for 25 years where you're not authorized privacy, a common shared experience for my generation. And in my day we also swam naked at the Y and in school swim classes, with mandatory gym class gang showers. Social male nudity isn't the big deal to me that it is to you. Rather than being tense & shy in a locker room like you are, I feel right at home, a nostalgic & natural place for me.

    - My older body takes longer to cool down than yours does, and for my pulse rate to lower. Especially after using the sauna or steam room, which help to relax my muscles after a workout. So I'm gonna keep my clothes off for a while, until my skin is cool & dry. And in an often hot & humid locker room that can take some time.

    - I'm retired and have time on my hands. You may be rushed on your lunch hour, but I have the luxury of dawdling if I like, I've often got no place else to go. So why should I rush according to YOUR schedule? Fine if you've got someplace to run off to, but I usually don't, no reason why I should act like I do.
    ha ha ha art, i love you to def but that was the weakest excuse i have ever heard. if it had came from anyone else i would have ripped them a new one. but because you are a genuine good guy. I will say this if you need cool down after sitting in the steam or sauna than take a cool shower and that will cool you down. walking around in a humid locker room is not going to do anything for you.
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:17 AM GMT
    This doesn't rise to the level of searching for the meaning of life.

    You work out, you strip and shower afterward. I've never showered with the curtain open, but sometimes it doesn't close all the way. Who cares. If someone looks, it's a complement.

    Wrap it up in a towel, dry off, dress and flirt anywhere in between.
  • Freekn_Rican

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    Feb 22, 2014 3:39 AM GMT
    I guess it just depends on where you are and how comfortable you are with your body. When I'm in South/Central American gyms, its pretty common to just walk around with your junk swinging in the locker room breeze, although a lot of times there are people who just hang out in there and pretend to put on clothing while actually cruising for a spankin or a glimpse of full frontals from the other guys(which is why they seem to take so long dressing. )

    I personally don't mind walking around towel-less (not for hours though) at the gym or showering ocassionally with the curtain open a bit. Who cares. And if they take the risk to look into the shower of this unknown stranger, I just brush it off as a compliment and commend them on their bravery. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
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    ha ha ha art, i love you to def but that was the weakest excuse i have ever heard. if it had came from anyone else i would have ripped them a new one. but because you are a genuine good guy. I will say this if you need cool down after sitting in the steam or sauna than take a cool shower and that will cool you down. walking around in a humid locker room is not going to do anything for you.

    Thank you for the couched compliment. However, since you aren't as old as me, your assumptions are incorrect. Wait until you have MY old body, and then we can compare.

    Yes, it DOES take me a longer time to cool down, stop sweating, and get my heart rate back down. And a cold shower, which I do take after the sauna, is not enough by itself.

    It's a matter of taking your TIME at my age. One day you will be there yourself, and you will understand. Plus you will also understand the luxury of leisure. Hurry up will be replaced by slow down. And I'll bet you'll love it.

    But apparently you aren't there yet. I envy your youth. But one day you will be where I am, and then you'll know for yourself. In the meantime, please don't second guess me on something I experience daily, but you haven't yet.
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    Feb 22, 2014 11:23 AM GMT
    Freekn_Rican saidI guess it just depends on where you are and how comfortable you are with your body. When I'm in South/Central American gyms, its pretty common to just walk around with your junk swinging in the locker room breeze, although a lot of times there are people who just hang out in there and pretend to put on clothing while actually cruising for a spankin or a glimpse of full frontals from the other guys(which is why they seem to take so long dressing. )

    I personally don't mind walking around towel-less (not for hours though) at the gym or showering ocassionally with the curtain open a bit. Who cares. And if they take the risk to look into the shower of this unknown stranger, I just brush it off as a compliment and commend them on their bravery. icon_smile.gif

    It's pretty normal here too. We have open showers, and everyone walks around with their junk swinging. Only guys, I see who wear underwear while bathing or inside sauna, are mostly Turkish guys.
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    Feb 22, 2014 1:11 PM GMT
    i've been watching this thread on and off for a few days and i have to chime in here. OP...JAKE... if you really do look like that, then you have to expect that you will be cruised. no doubt about it. take it as a compliment. and i would be surprised if even straight men did not give you a few 'up down' looks of envy.
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    Feb 22, 2014 1:44 PM GMT
    We've got a communal shower at our gym, just a bit of male bonding, nothing sexual icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 23, 2014 12:39 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Yes, it DOES take me a longer time to cool down, stop sweating, and get my heart rate back down. And a cold shower, which I do take after the sauna, is not enough by itself.



    I guess that I'm unusually fortunate. I almost never use the sauna or the steam room. However, my heart rate drops very quickly even though, at almost 76, I am significantly older than you. After getting my heart rate up to the maximum possible, within about five minutes it is almost back down to normal.