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Do You Sauna or Steam at Your Gym?

Yesterday, I took a prelunch swim at Equinox, and after swimming almost a mile, I knew I had "earned" my sandwich.

I like to treat myself to a steam postswim. It warms me up and feels like a reward for a job well done. Thing is, I have never had to share the large and lovely steam room with anyone else. Which makes me wonder . . .

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Droopi Droopi 8 years
I like the steam room as it open my pores and pull all the impurities out. I do this after a workout and shower and prior to the whirlpool. I see the difference in my skin tone immediately and the impurities usually come out in the form of blackheads/whiteheads in that week. but when I drink enough water, the less whiteheads/blackeheads that show. I also find it relaxing and a bit hot too
pink-pirate pink-pirate 8 years
In the winter using the steam and sauna rooms make a huge difference to my mood. My gym also has hot hydrotherapy pools which also help a ton.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I would appreciate a steam room if I lived in a cooler, drier climate. All I have to do here is open the front door to get the same effect.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
My gym doesn't have either (my gym is tiny!), if it did I wouldn't use either. I like being warm when I do my workout so I push myself harder, but I hate being sticky, and humidity makes sweat feel a million times worse! When someone uses the shower at the gym the locker room may as well be a sauna anyway. :p
caligirl101 caligirl101 8 years
My gym has a sauna but I've never used it.
Retro23 Retro23 8 years
I love hot yoga, but not a fan of just sitting in a hot room.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
If my gym had the facilities, I'd totally use the sauna! I love sitting in the heat and sweating.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I don't enjoy either one
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
I walked into the steam room once and walked right out - I couldn't see and I couldn't breathe. Maybe it takes getting used to. The sauna is nice before my shower and post workout - I don't stay in there long but it's a much different feeling than the sweating that happens while working out.
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
i love both! especially the sauna. i need to find a Finnish man and marry him since the sauna is a "sacred" thing there. i read once that in the pioneer days, when Finns were building a new home the decision of where to put the sauna is the first decision made before all else :P
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I loooove steam rooms!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I find the steam room aggravates my asthma so I avoid it and the sauna makes me feel light headed for some reason so I avoid that too!
zeze zeze 8 years
Ive use the suana a few times, but I can't sit in there for hours like some people...but I can't breath in the steam room, the smell of vicks vapo rub kills me!
kclulu kclulu 8 years
We have a suana but I don't use it. I am usually pretty hot and sweaty after my workouts so the thought of sitting in a hot room and sweating more just doesnt appeal to me.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I've tried it, but I'm always too hot.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
My gym doesn't have either, and even if it did I wouldn't use either.
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