The locker room; where the sweat, balls, boobs hang free and awkward conversations are happening.
Tonight after my Zumba class I went into the locker room to grab my stuff; and of course friendly me saw the instructor and classmate there and said “hello, see you next time”. The instructor left, I turned to my classmate and said “that was a great class”. That’s when it started, us talking about how much we enjoyed the class. During this conversation I’m discretely changing but she decided to do the opposite and lay it all out there. I’m use to naked bodies because I grew up with sisters and I had the common gym class experience in high school. However in both scenarios a bit of towel courtesy was present as though showing to much and lingering would set an unwanted tone.
Well there I was changing and talking, I looked around and saw few of the ladies who had an astonish and uncomfortable look on their faces as they looked at the situation unfold. They held their towels a little tighter, eagerly holding it in place frightened by the chance of it falling and showing the locker room what WE ALL HAVE. All I could do was smile in my mind. I smiled because a locker room is like your bedroom. You want to walk around naked and feel comfortable. To all I say, be confident and comfortable in your own skin.
So why does this happen in the locker room?
People are comfortable undressing in front of others due to them seeing a familiar face, a person whom you shared a common experience with. i.e the workout class. I believe it lowers any inhibitions that you may have. We are essentially in this case from the same tribe; Zumba Tribe. We sweated, screamed, jumped together and now we are in the same locker room smelling of hard work together.
Therefore, embrace your fellow locker room buddy, you never know, you might find confidence in self or a new workout buddy. If there are any guys reading this, let me know if the vibe is equally as mixed in a males locker room.
PS. I’m not condoning inappropriate behavior, if you don’t feel comfortable get out and exit stage left quickly. Just remember this classmate of mine was expressing a form of body confidence. She is comfortable in her own skin and for that, I applaud her.
Until next time continue #ActivelyLIVING while #LivingACTIVELY.