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Do You Change in the Gym Locker Rooms?

Do You Feel Comfortable Changing in the Locker Room?

Confession: I do not change in the locker room. I didn't feel comfortable doing it in high school gym and I still don't feel comfortable. I'm not the only one either: there are more than a few ladies at my gym who change in a bathroom stall or arrive dressed in the workout gear. Also, I've never seen anyone in my sauna without a towel around her. 

I'm a little modest about getting naked in front of a bunch of strangers, but I know other women have different reasons for staying clothed. Some aren't comfortable with their bodies, others don't want to be judged, and some don't feel like their locker rooms are private enough. No one wants to be caught with their pants down as the door swings wide open to the gym floor!

What about you . . .

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Stormy8 Stormy8 5 years
I am in junior high. our principles have recently tooken away our locker room to change for PE. i have it 2nd period and i dont think it should be taken away. My friends and i are writting a letter to describe why we should get to change can anyone please give us any ideas? thank you.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I used to have to change in a locker room for sports but I did a really good job at hiding certain areas, but I wasn't too crazy shy about it. I HATED when girls changed in the bathroom it was the worst thing ever because we would have to be on the field in ten minutes and no one likes running on a full bladder.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i do change in a locker room, I also go to the nudist beaches (female only) and go to the sauna naked (female only saunas of course)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
My gym doesn't have a locker room as such. Just a ladies with a few shower stalls. I always change in the loo though, I don't see why I should have to show everyone else my knickers and I'm certain they don't want to see my orange peel bum.
jkat jkat 7 years
Ha! Deck change :-). I mastered the under-the-parka deck change. So much easier than packing into a crowded post-swim meet locker room.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't think I'd have an issue with it, but I don't generally change in front of people at the gym. I usually go into a bathroom stall and change, only because that's what most of the other people do. I would probably feel a little self-conscious about being the only one changing in the public area.
tuliprush tuliprush 7 years
I used to NEVER change in the gym locker room!! I always went to the large bathroom stall and changed there. I was way too insecure to change out with all the other ladies. As I started to feel more comfortable and confident with my body, I realized that it was silly of me to care so much. Not only do I now change in the gym locker room, but I don't try to hide behind the locker door, or change in a hurried pace. I change as if I'm at home. Can I make a quick complaint about the girls in the locker room who take this concept of leisure and comfort a little TOO far? Like they sit down on the bench, naked, and decide to lotion themselves up there...dude, sitting on the bench naked???
katyharper katyharper 7 years
My only issue with it is when a woman brings her much-too-old-for-it son in with her. It is NOT appropriate to change clothes in front of a 5-year-old.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No problems here. However, I had one uncomfortable situation where the lady next to me made an awkward comment. She said to me,"You're so skinny. Do ever eat a hot dog, or something?" I was practically fully naked, as I was changing into my regular clothes, so this woman had a good look at my body. I tried to pass off being comfortable, and I gently replied,"No, but I do crave sweets during that time of the month." We chatted a little more, as I continued to clothe myself. When I was done, I said my good-byes, and left. Her comment made my very, very self-conscious, but I made the uncomfortable situation comfortable, and promptly left when I could.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Like almost everyone here... changing is fine. I did go to a gym in Maryland that was mostly filled with older people who liked to stand around naked. Older people who were NOT in shape and not trying to be, just seemed to want to socialize! I definitely saw things I could've gone without seeing! Old women would stand around in the locker rooms naked and talk and watch T.V. It was like a nudist gym, and made me and every other younger person I saw there uncomfortable. My husband said it was much worse in the men's room. Just imagining big, naked, hairy old men was enough for me to ask him not to elaborate.
nancita nancita 7 years
I don't walk around naked or anything, but I change subtly. It drives me nuts when people change in the bathroom stalls, actually, because there is often a line and I need to pee. I wish people uncomfortable changing in the locker rooms would change before arriving, rather than hog the toilets. :)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I have no qualms about changing in the locker room. I used to though, before college water polo and swim team. Struggling to change in the bathroom stall grew tiresome and my teammates made me feel comfortable about changing by the lockers instead. So much better. Deck changing is another story :) I am also very aware of how close I am to someone when I change in the locker room. I would hope for the same respect and awareness from others but not in this day and age. :\ Ah well.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
I'm fine changing with a mutual respect from everyone else. For example, if someone else is changing at the locker right next to mine, I'll take a few steps away and turn the other direction to change. Funny - this morning as I was changing at the gym after my work-out, the lady cleaning came over to mop while I was tugging on my underwear and jeans. I literally had to step to the side because she was mopping so close! She wasn't staring or anything, but I wish she would've waited 20 seconds for me at least to put on some undies! haha
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I change in the locker room and really don't have a problem with it. I'm not one to walk around naked, but I'll change my clothes and I don't worry about maneuvering to keep everything covered. My gym has a unisex sauna, so that's not really something I deal with, but when I'm at another gym with separate saunas for men and women, I don't mind being naked, but I sense that it makes some other women uncomfortable, so I'll try to pick up the vibe that other people are giving off in that situation.
jkat jkat 7 years
I have spent my whole life in locker rooms so this isn't really an issue for me. I have no problem changing or being naked briefly. I am not going to engaged in contortionist-like maneuvers to cover myself while changing just so no one sees my body. I do have a problem with people who do things like bend over completely naked to blow dry their hair. At some point we all have to put clothes on. You can't do that *before* sticking your rear end in my face to get lip gloss out of your locker??
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
Yes and no. Lately, I just go home to change (namely because my gym isn't reliable about having available working showers)... but when I have no choice, I'll change in the locker room, but will be as modest as possible, using a towel.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
i honestly don't care. i go to the locker room, change quickly, and i'm done. but when i change into a towel to take a shower post-workout, usually i'll wrap the towel strategically before losing my lower half.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I don't mind. It's easier that way, and if I'm not looking I just assume others aren't either. I'm not, however, one of those people who just lets it all hang out when I'm drying my hair or putting make-up on, etc. That I just don't really understand.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
no problem here; in addition to coming from a culture where women don't hide their nudity from each other, it's not like I have something that other women don't have so what would I be trying to hide? but I appreciate the others have different sensibilities! one question to those who like to keep it private, if you were visiting a facility or destination without private changing rooms/showers (eg the Blue Lagoon in Iceland) would you forego the experience or activity on that premise alone? Because I've found when travelling that there are many parts of the world where changing room privacy is not the norm
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