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Shower Line
The gym has gotten busy. It didn't really see much of an uptick around New Years. I guess we women don't do the resolutions thing. I certainly never do. There was an uptick in September, but it mostly led to more crowded classes, which didn't bother me so much because I only take one class at the gym. This uptick is different.

There's a membership drive going on, and it appears to be successful. I guess this shouldn't surprise me because I joined the gym mid-April last year, at the very tail end of a membership drive, probably the same one they do every year or some such. The problem with this is that there was a line for the showers this morning. There are pleny of lockers to go around, and I've not had problems finding a treadmill, though there have been more in use, but there are only ten showers. There pretty nice showers too, with an unlimited supply of hot water and really good water pressure (except in one stall), so its plenty tempting to take your time in the showers.

It wasn't obvious to me that this would ever be a problem. It took me a while to warm up to the idea of showering someplace that wasn't home. Also, carting a damp towel around all day would have been a logistical nightmare, and towel service at the gym is extra. By the time I figured out that showering at the gym and paying for their towels was a net win, it was summer and the number of people showing up was back down to par.

I didn't have to wait long for a shower, luckily. About 90 seconds. Still, standing around naked at 7am waiting for a shower in non ideal. Also, getting to shower at the gym (remember the unlimited hot water and good pressure I mentioned) is currently the main thing that's motivating me to get to the gym before work. Sure some people have suggested that I sleep in and workout after work, but that's just not going to happen. When I've just put in a full day, I want to come home and play games on my computer. Trying to delay computer games until after my workout is a recipe for never working out. I also need a shower psycholologically in the mornings, and I need one physically after working out. Its more efficient if these showers are the same shower.

Currently I'm thinking I might have to deal with another month of this whole extra people in the gym thing. Hopefully after that they'll all turn into the kind of person I prefer to 'share' my gym with: someone who signs up for a year and helps pay the bills, but then never turns up to actually use the gym.

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mijven From: mijven Date: March 28th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a morning exercise person too (when I exercise that is.) I bought into the whole "sleep in as much as possible" once which translated into never exercising. So I'm a believer in your morning exercise/warm water shower routine. Go you! ;)

But in case it helps pass the time while waiting this next month, try imagining having two kids in a pool locker room - one who needs a shower (to warm up mostly, but also to get chlorine off) after two classes let out. So about seven wet kids (plus siblings) with moms verses four showers. (The dads have a better ratio, seeing as there are less of them.) Add to that a very slow mouse (we're always last to get out of the pool, let along into a shower) and an elf who thinks he ought to get wet too. I'm not saying be glad you're not one of us (because obviously I could have chosen not to do this), just be glad you're not one of the unfortunate adults also trying to use the locker room at the same time. :S
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 28th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right, adding small wet children to the picture certainly makes my situation seem better.
mijven From: mijven Date: March 28th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)

I think the same holds true for thermonuclear devices. Or rodents.

(Hey... but don't you need your glasses on to unlock your lock?)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 28th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey... but don't you need your glasses on to unlock your lock?

I certainly would if it were a combination lock. Happily, Healthworks has this neat system where you go in and claim a locker by sticking your membership card in the back of the lock, which allows you to lock it and remove the key from the front. The key has a clip on the keyring so you can clip in onto your workout clothes or your towel, and it has the locker number engraved on the tag in large letters.

Thats for the large lockers where you leave your clothes and stuff while you workout/shower. You can also rent small lockers to keep stuff in all the time, and those have combination locks on them, but I don't have one of those. I'm happy to just keep all my stuff in a dedicated gym back that I tote around. If I didn't have a car then a small rented locker might be worth it.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 28th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the same holds true for thermonuclear devices. Or rodents.

I vote for this for Best Comment Ever.
merastra From: merastra Date: March 28th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was that adding thermonuclear devices to rodents or to shower routines? :-)

All I can think of are Rodents of Unusual Size...
merastra From: merastra Date: March 28th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
someone who signs up for a year and helps pay the bills, but then never turns up to actually use the gym.
Heh :)

Wait a whole 90 seconds? ;-)

I've got a sortof similar thing with 'my' swimming pool. I've gotten so spoiled that now if I have to (shock) share a lane, it's a hardship. And I given that it's getting warmer, I can easily see it going to having to put three people in a lane which means we'll have to (oh no!) swim in circles and match speeds! I'm considering changing my schedule to early morning instead, hoping that less people will be up and about. And I'm not really a morning person.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 28th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know I've been spoiled. Luckily, I do expect the current usage spike to taper off. I know its mean and selfish of me, but I really do adore those women who seem to have the theory that signing up for a gym membership causes them to lose weight and actually going is not required.

Thinking about it, the thing that made this post-worthy on a subconcious level was not that I was waiting in the buff for an entire 90 seconds to use the shower, but the fact that I had to wait an entire 90 seconds without my glasses on. Walking around the locker room of the gym without a stich on me does not bother me, but the part where I leave my glasses in the locker prior to showering is what seems to cause some mental discomfort. Given how terrifyingly bad my vision is this actually make a lot of sense.
merastra From: merastra Date: March 28th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's pretty interesting how not being able to see causes that effect.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: March 28th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
the thing that made this post-worthy

ahhh, I was waiting for this clarification...

but the fact that I had to wait an entire 90 seconds without my glasses on

...can you explain why?

I guess I tend to hop to the showers with my glasses on, and then I plunk them down with my towel. (There are other variables in this that may or may not be relevant: most of the guys wandering to/from the shower have wrapped their towel around their waist, so they're not actually naked. Once I'm under the shower, I'm off in my own little space and so not seeing is quite irrelevant. Also, mens' showers tend to be open, whereas I believe most women's showers are either semi-enclosed or fully-enclosed.)

Then again, I've never had to wait for an open showerhead. Hmm.

I guess if I had to, then I'd have to actually look at my surroundings, and that would probably make me skate up against the edge of "god forbid someone thinks I'm looking at the other guys in here". But I suspect it'd be more relevant that I'd be annoyed that I could not find a showerhead with good pressure with all these punks in here, and it'd probably be harder for me to mentally fall asleep with all those people about...
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 29th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Why what? Why hanging around without my glasses on makes me uncomfortable, or why I leave them in my locker. The answer to the latter is easy; there's no place to put my glasses in the shower stall where they wouldn't get covered in shower gel and/or lost. The former I would have though was obvious -- I can't see a damn thing, yet everyone around me can.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: March 29th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I meant the former.

Interesting. Do you ever walk around without glasses/contacts? I'm not talking extremes here ("yes, when I go to the bathroom in the morning" or "sure, I've driven 100 miles without my glasses on"); I mean stuff like... I dunno, I guess a few times, I've had a funny headache, so I took my glasses off and wandered down the infinite corridor. Put them on again to cross mass ave, took them off once I got to the other side. Or worked out without my glasses on...

Certainly, without my glasses on, if I don't recognize the voice, then there's no way I'm going to know who just said "hi dave!" as they pass by...
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 30th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you ever walk around without glasses/contacts?

No. If I'm with someone I trust I might walk around with my eyes closed because the sun is too bright, but I don't take my glasses off.
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