Skip Nav
Beginner Fitness Tips
A Trainer Gets Brutally Honest About Why You Aren't Seeing Results
popsugar challenges
The 30-Day, 100-Rep Squat Challenge!
Healthy Eating Tips
Banza Tastes Like Real Pasta, but Has 25 Grams of Protein (Also, You Need It)

What Is the Towel Policy at Your Gym?

The towels at my YMCA seem like they were designed for exfoliation, not absorbancy. Plus, we are only allowed to take two — this saves water in drought country and doubles as a cost-saving measure. Needless to say, I've been taking a Sweatless Towel ($14) that Yogitoes sent to me, because it is soft, super absorbent, and perfect for mopping my sweating brow.

I know some gyms offer unlimited towels (like Equinox, but they keep it green by using natural cotton towels that don't require bleach to look clean), and other gyms make you pay an extra optional monthly fee for towels. So tell me . . .

commonsense102 commonsense102 7 years
My Gym is my University's Rec Center... its so nice! The towel thing is not really that big of an issue. BUT My Favorite thing is I don't have to sign up for a machine... if its open... its mine!
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
This is a great question! All Star Fitness in Seattle.. we have unlimited towels. I always use the small ones to work out so I can get rid of my face sweat right away after a long run, and I always use two large towels per shower. I love the fact we have this... before I moved I was going to 24 Hour Fitness and it drove me NUTS having no towels provided!! Hauling a towel there is such a pain (especially hauling a sweaty/wet one back). I hated how they provided paper towels for sweat. YUCK!!!!!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I'm a Bally's girl, and ours has paper towels and spray to clean the machines.. nothing else... oh well!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We have free unlimited towels, but they're kind of scratchy and small. I use them for mopping off sweat when I work out, but I don't use them for showering or anything. I bring my own for that.
chynasacramento chynasacramento 7 years
I always bring a towel to the gym because I sweat a lot. I also think it is good gym etiquette because then you can leave the equipment clean for the next person. I buy these really cool towels that are soft and good for wiping sweat and they have motivational sayings, like, I am worth it, which help me to stay motivated. The towels are from Inperspire, if you are interested, but I just think bringing a towel makes good sense.
hlj504 hlj504 7 years
The towels that are provided are quite rough though!
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
I don't think my gym even has towels... but I just always bring my own so I don't know. I just don't remember ever seeing any. My old gym would keep stacks of them behind the front counter, and would give you as many as you asked for... but I never got more then one.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
My (apartment) gym has towels, but they're not unlimited. Sometimes they don't have any at all, depending on when laundry is done. You can take however many you want while you're there though. They even have Lysol spray for the machines.
Louie Louie 7 years
My gym doens't have towels. I wouldn't use one if they did anyway.
Selena Gomez's Sexiest Moment of 2016 Poll
Elderly Couple Who Met at the Gym
Easy Braid Hairstyle For the Gym
Trainer Secrets
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds