Locker Room Etiquette

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Last week I went swimming, as I try to do every week. I did about an hour, then decided to get a drink from my locker and cool down under a cold shower. As I stood there, I became aware that there was someone else in there with me. I looked up and saw a well set man in his mid to late forties. He smiled at me and began to speak.

He started complaining about the lack of available lanes. There was a swim team practice, so half had been reserved for them. I nodded and agreed, but in all honesty, I never have a problem watching the swim team practice. Then he said something that really annoyed me. “So I noticed you were just taking it easy out there.”

Taking it easy? first of all I was annoyed that he had been watching me. Secondly, because of what he’d said. I may not be the fastest swimmer in the world, but I’d been working really hard out there. I made my excuses and headed back to the pool todo a bit longer.

After about another half an hour, I decided I’d had enough and I was going to get out. I jumped back in the shower then got my clothes from my locker.

Whenever there is a cubicle free, I always get changed in there. On this particular day, there wasn’t one. So instead, I do the typically British thing and get changed under my towel. I am not one of these guys who walks around with it all hanging out. I guess that’s because I am used to getting stared at in my everyday life. My weird tics and twitches draw attention to me constantly. Because of this, I don’t feel comfortable greeting changed in public. I use my hands and touch my face a lot. I think it acts as like a barrier between my twitching face and the world. That towel does the same thing. Without it, I simply feel exposed.

I dried myself off and took off my shorts from underneath the towel. This was the point that I noticed the man from the shower had also returned to the changing room. He took the bench opposite me and put his stuff down at the side of him. He said hello, and started talking to me again. I waited for him to stop talking to get changed, so I could complete my under towel manoeuvre. But he didn’t. Instead, he took down his swimming shorts, and carried on talking to me. Completely naked. As he continued our little ‘chat’, he got closer and closer to me. I was sat down, he was stood up. Things were shaking around just a couple of feet away from my face.

By this point, I had no idea what he was even talking about. It’s hard to keep the focus on a conversation when you are having a penis virtually pushed in your face. I knew I had to do something, so I dropped the towel and quickly got dressed.

I know I can be a bit of a prude sometimes, but would anyone else feel uncomfortable in this position? It’s not the fact that he was naked. I think it’s more because I don’t like my personal space invading. I will definitely keep an eye out for him when I go again next week.

Out for now.

HF x

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36 thoughts on “Locker Room Etiquette

  1. His conversation starter at the beginning was a big turn off, “taking it easy.” I don’t swim much, so props to you!
    The crotch in the face is worse. Clearly he had no social skills to tell when someone is not interested.
    If it makes you feel any better, at my gym there was this guy who used to place one foot on the counter and proceed to blow dry his crotch with a legit blow dryer… Like just a towel dude!

  2. I would never consider myself a prude and I don’t really have a problem changing in front of people (it comes from years of drama classes :) ) but I would have a problem with this. I feel it is rude to waggle your pink bits in somebodies face without an invitation, be polite and get dressed with your butts facing each other like everyone else :)

  3. HHAHHAHA totlaly understand as i am a very self conscious person at the gym all the hot guys literally flaunt themselves penis and all… i can never maintain a conversation with a guy at all because all i wanna do il just stare but as soon as the get in my personal space i just can’t even function

  4. I dont swim often but when I go to the gym, I never shower, id rather go home to get ready and come back to town again, it’s not prudish man, its just good social etiquette. I mean its good that he has such high self confidence to be able to do that, but still, not everyone is into that….

    • In general it’s a great pool. I must admit to perving at the swim team, but I am a little more conspicuous. Call me crazy, but I just prefer to choose who shoves their penis in my face.

      • Thats why i go to the gym! Haha , our uni being a big sporting place, there are so many hot guys here, its prime perv territory ,

        Thats such novel idea!, im not usually picky and then end up with miles of names i dont remember, woops x

  5. I never understood what it is with people who initiate conversations in change rooms whilst people are changing. The last thing I want to do as I am trying to put my clothes on is participate in empty chatter..

  6. I have very few hang ups about my body (I know I look damn fine) but I’d never just strip off in a locker room. In any other situation its weird to be naked around strangers so why is it acceptable in a gym? That man seemed not to have any boundaries.

  7. YES! I don’t know how you did that without asking if he would back off or something. What was his deal? I would have been angry if that happened to me in the women’s locker room. I don’t like people who enter my bubble uninvited.

      • I’ve done that too. Sometimes it depends on intent. There have been times where I have been fully clothed and uncomfortable with the lack of space between me and another person, but I can tell they mean nothing by it so I try to act normal. I don’t know what it is…. I just like my bubble.

  8. Admittedly if that was his ‘pick up’ line, then it was horrible and a tad insulting. What’s it to him how easy or hard you swam? You swam the way you wanted to that gave you the work out you wanted.

    As for the locker room.. I’ve started going to the gym recently, and it’s actually amazed me how shy (or prudish) some of the guys are when changing.. Especially those who are super fit. I of course do my best not to look around (wouldn’t want to look at the wrong guy the wrong way lol), but still wouldn’t mind a little eye candy Hahahaha (though probably not in my face uninvited.. I think ;-) )

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