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.