Monday, October 8, 2007

Ymca madness

Many of you out there know that I frequent the local YMCA on a regular basis so that Ethan can actually learn a few things via preschool and so that I can burn a few calories to begin my day. Ethan's school lasts from 9-11:30 and it's nice because they have a "kidcare" area for Cohen to play as well. My usual routine is to do cardio for an hour or so, go upstairs and test Ethan before snack time, go back and do some weights and/or go swimming and then shower and go home. There is a group of LDS moms who also frequent this YMCA, but are very leery of showering in the locker room. I think their problem stems from the fact that they think there is no where private to get dressed. Just go in the bathroom...what's the big deal? If I didn't shower and get ready for my day at the Y there would be no time to do it at home unless Cohen was asleep and that is usually my cleaning/computer time. Thus my conclusion to do it at the Y. But that's not my reason for this post. The reason is this. I walk into said locker room each time thinking the same thing, will I ever be ballsy enough to walk around butt naked with all my giggly bits hanging out for everyone to see when I am 45+ years of age? What is it about these fully naked women who feel comfortable enough to:
- stand with one foot on the floor and one foot on the sink counter shaving their leg in front of a huge mirror?
- take a towel between their legs and dry their area by pulling back and forth on either end of the towel?
- bend over, period?
- lay down in the sauna with their feet resting up on the wall?
- shower without a curtain?
- be 200lbs+ but act like they are 120?
- sit and do their hair and makeup before they put on their underwear?
I can NOT imagine ever getting to this level of inhibition. These women are not fit. It's actually kind of a motivator. But I gotta give them credit, a lot of them are 70+ and still going to the Y at least 3 times per week. Their little clique is called the Silver Sneakers and they all enjoy water aerobics. Each one of their swimsuits are so stretched out and see-through because they've probably been wearing them for over ten years. Again, they like being seen naked. I wonder if the men at the Y are as ballsy, ha ha, as these women? From now on I think I need to use a different locker room. All of this skin is getting to me.

7 comments:

Paige said...

Jos...I am still scarred from going to the gym when I was little and seeing all the naked people. It's not necessary. You can do that at home, on your own time. I don't care who you are or what you look like. Cut it out. For our sake...Oh and I will gladly plan a reunion. I would love it!

Natalie said...

Matt informs me that the men's locker room is just as disgusting, if not more. I'm used to the whole public nudity thing, thanks to the U of U Modern Dance Dept. EVERYONE strutted around in the buff, but at least they were all in good shape- no jiggling cottage cheese butts. Blech!!

anne said...

i was so excited when a new delicious bakery opened close to work and the gym. After a decent run I decided I earned a pastry before another intense day. So, I walk across the street, enter the bakery only to be asked what I'd like to order from the one and only NAKED lady from my gym. I didn't say a word, turned around and walked out. She ruined the bakery for me. I wonder if she recognizes me at the gym. My only solution now is not to put my glasses on until I'm leaving the locker room. Then for the most part, I can't see anyone...

Karen said...

Naked people are gross. But I'd rather see saggy boobs than saggy balls anyday.

Julie Barnes said...

You painted quite the picture! That would make me so uncomfortable! That reminds me, when we go camping in Boise with Derek's family there is this pool that you can swim in. We always go at night and since it is so cold everyone changes there instead of in their tents. Well, the only problem with that is they have a "changing room" instead of a real bathroom area...it is this big open room where pretty much all the women just strip down and don't care. It is amazing, it took me like 15 minutes to get dressed because I tried to do it with a towel on. So I totally agree that people should not just walk around like that.

Anonymous said...

I love the description of the Y you are so right. Try the first lockroom way less women and no sliver sneakers in there. All those women are my friends from years of water classes. But I don't like to see them naked either. Rebecca Colbert

Renae Kirby said...

jos! this post had me laughing to tears... the shaving and the drying! NAKED! oh geez. good for you for going though! that is one of my favorite times of the day-- happily working out while the kids are happily playing in the daycare. :)