The Art of Showering at the Gym

Over the past 8 weeks I have gone from “I hate the gym with every ounce of my being” to “I guess I can handle the gym-ish.” Pretty proud of that. Not gonna lie.

One of the biggest keys to my success has been conquering my fear of the gym shower. If you go to the gym in the morning, and you’re like me, dry shampoo just isn’t going to cut it. As with all fears, there is a word for this and it kind of makes me laugh.


Ablutophobia (from Latin ablutere ‘to wash off”) is the persistent, abnormal and unwarranted fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning. This phobia is a situational specific phobia. Ablutophobia tends to be more common in children and females than in males.

Thanks Wikipedia.

Anyway, this article is about you can (and how I did) conquer my fear of my new found word, ablutophobia.

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So lets break down a few of the reasons that taking a shower at the gym sucks:

  1. There are people everywhere and one changing room (at least at my gym).
  2. Shower shoes. I really thought I was done with those in college.
  3. Not having all of your products.
  4. Showering 2 inches from a person you don’t know.
  5. Hair drying and make up in front of others. Usually human kind doesn’t see me until after all that happens.
  6. The possibility of forgetting one or more things you absolutely need to function for the rest of the day.

So, the running joke with one of my co-workers was “What did I not bring to the gym today?” on Slack every day. My list began simple– I forgot jewelry the first day. No big deal– my outfit is incomplete and I conned my friend into letting me borrow a necklace. But you know, and I know, it was only going to go down hill from here. Here is the list of my next things I forgot:

  1. My shower shoes.
  2. My mascara and powder. For those who are unaware, makeup looks super dumb if you don’t have mascara.
  3. My bra.
  4. My pants. Yes, my pants.

My Aldo flip flops may never forgive me for their shower. My eyes looked super tiny one day. I had a tank top with a shelf in it (thank god). CVS actually stocks leggings – pro tip for my legging wearers out there.

To my surprise — no one noticed or commented on any of my missing make up and my CVS leggings. My Aldo flip flops are still worn almost every day, because I still refuse to wear actual shoes when it is still above 60. #soutthernforever

So here is my list of must haves and hopefully not-forgets to make taking a shower at the gym better:

      1. A fluffy colored towel. A color helps distinguish that is yours and not the gym’s.
      2. A hair wrap towel. Dries your hair while you struggle to keep your other towel off the ground.
      3. A ditty bag. It’s a plastic lined bag. Vera Bradley Outlet – always on super sale. This saves you from having to worry about wet stuff just hanging out in your bag getting toasty in your car. It’s pretty protected in there.
      4. Spray Deodorant. Spray because I had a stick of deodorant melt in my car and it was gross.
      5. Shower Shoes.

I am lucky that my gym has shampoo, body wash and hair dryers. If yours doesn’t then obviously you need those too. Also, if you’re pulling this off 4-5 days a week, get those reusable bigger than travel size bottles so that you aren’t fighting with small travel size products and you can go at least a week at a time without a refill.

As my boyfriend says, working out in the morning is the best and worst time to workout. It is awful because anything at 5am is awful except sleep but once you are done with working out you feel pretty great. Hopefully the shower at the gym can come close to the hot shower that you appreciate in your house in the morning and make the gym just a little bit more tolerable in the long run.

Thanks for contacting support! ❤

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