Locker Room Striptease: How Naked Do You Go?

Gym locker roomMy husband and I recently joined a new gym, and along with getting used to everything else about the gym (new workouts, new equipment, class schedules, etc.), I'm also getting used to a new gym (naked) etiquette.

At my old gym, I would go in to store my gym bag, and the locker room was always full of ladies in various stages of undress, and, of course, there were always those one or two ladies that insisted on doing everything naked -- putting on makeup, doing their hair, even putting on their socks and shoes and then going to the restroom naked.

In the men's locker room, my husband was subjected to a while lotta naked, including men flopping their private parts on the countertops while primping -- hilarious and disgusting at the same time.


At the new gym, so far the only naked I've noticed has been both necessary and appropriate -- no naked while blow drying hair or applying makeup. Hallelujah!

Now, I'm no prude, and I like being naked. I've had breast cancer, a double mastectomy, and no reconstruction, so I sometimes even feel it's my civic duty to whip my shirt off to remind the women to do their breast self exams.

In the locker room, my nakedness serves a purpose, as I'm either showering or in the process of getting dressed or undressed. My body ain't what it used to be, and I have more cancer-related scars than I do appendages, but that's not what limits my skin exposure in the locker room.

The bottom line is that I don't treat the locker room like my bathroom at home, and I expect I'll be unpopular for saying this, but I find it weird when other women do.

What's your naked threshold at the gym?


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