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Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

Hello guys!

Sorry if this post might sound strange, but I've just recently joined a gym in Geneva. All good, except that I feel kind of weird in the lockers room. I explain:

*** THE WAY I'M USED TO: finish working out, get naked, go shower, come back, get dressed, go away;

*** WHAT I NOTICED: nobody seems to be naked in the locker room. Every guy has their underwear on till they get inside the shower. Once there, they either shower with their undies on, or they take them off, but put them on again to go out. Also, nobody seems to be using flip flops, everyone just walks around barefoot.


Now, not that it's something which bothers me much, but just not to be considered the weird one at the gym: is it frowned upon to be naked in the locker room? Shall I also wear something while going to the shower zone? Am I considered rude if i wear flip flops (I'm sorry, the thought of walking barefoot is really disgusting to me). Thanks!
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Old 20.01.2020, 10:44
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Re: Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

It is the opposite in girls lockers, I guess. Clothes off, flip-flops on.

It is not like anyone cares, though, after a few kms and heavy lifting, it is the least concern. Washing hands after WC, however...don't get me started.
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Hello guys!

Sorry if this post might sound strange, but I've just recently joined a gym in Geneva. All good, except that I feel kind of weird in the lockers room. I explain:

*** THE WAY I'M USED TO: finish working out, get naked, go shower, come back, get dressed, go away;

*** WHAT I NOTICED: nobody seems to be naked in the locker room. Every guy has their underwear on till they get inside the shower. Once there, they either shower with their undies on, or they take them off, but put them on again to go out. Also, nobody seems to be using flip flops, everyone just walks around barefoot.


Now, not that it's something which bothers me much, but just not to be considered the weird one at the gym: is it frowned upon to be naked in the locker room? Shall I also wear something while going to the shower zone? Am I considered rude if i wear flip flops (I'm sorry, the thought of walking barefoot is really disgusting to me). Thanks!
Unless there is a sign up saying it's "No Naked Area" then you are fine.

If you're wearing flip-flops does it matter what the others are wearing/not wearing on their feet?

Nice change to have a post where someone is complaining about Swiss people NOT being naked. Usually it's horrified expats spitting nails that they are expected to be naked in the sauna - "very continental!".
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Re: Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

If it's uni-sexed remained clothed...
If it's same sexed naked is fine.

That's typical Swiss rules. Even if you don't follow this conduct unless it's a family place the worst that will happen is you're looked at sideways and people scurry away.
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Unless there is a sign up saying it's "No Naked Area" then you are fine.

If you're wearing flip-flops does it matter what the others are wearing/not wearing on their feet?

Nice change to have a post where someone is complaining about Swiss people NOT being naked. Usually it's horrified expats spitting nails that they are expected to be naked in the sauna - "very continental!".
hahah yes, that's why I was shocked to be honest! And started thinking I was weird...

on the flip flops, yes I don't care, but maybe people who walk barefoot might think I'm making the floor dirty with my flip flops. I actually use them only at the gym , but with Swiss people you never know
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on the flip flops, yes I don't care, but maybe people who walk barefoot might think I'm making the floor dirty with my flip flops. I actually use them only at the gym , but with Swiss people you never know
I don't know which gym you're at but most of the changing rooms (gym/pool/sauna) I go to, you see flip-flops more as the norm than bare feet, with people doing the most incredible feats of balancing in an attempt NOT to allow their delicate tootsies to touch the floor as they towel off and put knickers/skirts/trousers on.
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Never come across the idea of flip flops, although I can see that the hopping around may be worthwhile as an attempt to not re-wet your feet after you've towelled them off.

I really don't see why anyone would think there's something "disgusting" about walking round the changing area in your bare feet. Something weird going on there I think.
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Never come across the idea of flip flops, although I can see that the hopping around may be worthwhile as an attempt to not re-wet your feet after you've towelled them off.

I really don't see why anyone would think there's something "disgusting" about walking round the changing area in your bare feet. Something weird going on there I think.
If the floors are nuked sufficiently, nothing weird going there.

But.
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Hello guys!

Sorry if this post might sound strange, but I've just recently joined a gym in Geneva. All good, except that I feel kind of weird in the lockers room. I explain:

*** THE WAY I'M USED TO: finish working out, get naked, go shower, come back, get dressed, go away;

*** WHAT I NOTICED: nobody seems to be naked in the locker room. Every guy has their underwear on till they get inside the shower. Once there, they either shower with their undies on, or they take them off, but put them on again to go out. Also, nobody seems to be using flip flops, everyone just walks around barefoot.

Now, not that it's something which bothers me much, but just not to be considered the weird one at the gym: is it frowned upon to be naked in the locker room? Shall I also wear something while going to the shower zone? Am I considered rude if i wear flip flops (I'm sorry, the thought of walking barefoot is really disgusting to me). Thanks!
Quite strange indeed. Meanwhile in Baden, Aargau.....the locker and shower in my gym is quite well ventilated and therefore cold (for me). I put a towel around the waist because I'm cold. Most guys enjoy the freedom No one cares

Flip-flops are the same. For me the floor is cold, for others is a just another excuse to say "I'm more macho than you because I walk barefoot on cold floors". I'd say a third of guys use flip-flops, the rest joke that it's only for the weak

The only rules about minimum amount of clothing are for the sauna shared by men and women, one towel to sit or lay on, another one to cover yourself.
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If the floors are nuked sufficiently, nothing weird going there.
I meant weird of the OP to be disgusted at the thought of going barefoot.
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I meant weird of the OP to be disgusted at the thought of going barefoot.
I know, maybe it's just me, but if I don't know how often that floor gets cleaned, and seeing the amount of people using the gym, I don't really trust myself going barefoot. As much as I love being barefoot!
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Re: Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

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I meant weird of the OP to be disgusted at the thought of going barefoot.
I know how you meant it.

It is legit if OP is cautious of the level of hygiene in shared spaces. Sounds pretty standard to me.
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Re: Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

I have a Dutch relative who is normally quite laid back and tolerant in his views, but can get into quite a rant because there are "too many gays in the gym locker room", or "too many gays in the sauna". I challenged him about this, reminding him that he is otherwise so tolerant, and he said something about the way they look at you or even try to pick up conversation.

So I guess the lesson is to be naked or not, as you feel comfortable, but be conscious of the way you interact with people or how it can be misunderstood.
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Undies? In the shower? While showering?

Sorry but those can't be Swiss as you would be laughed at in the military as a total crazy cuckoo wacko.

A towel wrapped around your lower part to get from and to the shower is perfectly fine, but optional as long as you not fling your dong in front of everyone.

Flipflops, Adiletten? If you like, but for me that is optional. Sorry if you find it gross, but that is why you are wearing footwear, right? . Footwear can lower the risk of picking up an athlete's foot infection. I might change my opinion on this topic when I got one.
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Re: Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

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I meant weird of the OP to be disgusted at the thought of going barefoot.
Ever suffered from painful warts on the soles of your feet?
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Hello guys!

Sorry if this post might sound strange, but I've just recently joined a gym in Geneva. All good, except that I feel kind of weird in the lockers room. I explain:

*** THE WAY I'M USED TO: finish working out, get naked, go shower, come back, get dressed, go away;

*** WHAT I NOTICED: nobody seems to be naked in the locker room. Every guy has their underwear on till they get inside the shower. Once there, they either shower with their undies on, or they take them off, but put them on again to go out. Also, nobody seems to be using flip flops, everyone just walks around barefoot.


Now, not that it's something which bothers me much, but just not to be considered the weird one at the gym: is it frowned upon to be naked in the locker room? Shall I also wear something while going to the shower zone? Am I considered rude if i wear flip flops (I'm sorry, the thought of walking barefoot is really disgusting to me). Thanks!
I have seen plenty of naked people in gyms, but it's not like people do it excessively, just as long as is needed to transition between a shower, wrap a towel around them, and then get dressed. Maybe you are overthinking it.

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I really don't see why anyone would think there's something "disgusting" about walking round the changing area in your bare feet. Something weird going on there I think.
Nothing weird about it. https://www.skinsight.com/disease-gr...-foot-problems

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Foot infections include warts; the common disease athlete's foot (tinea pedis), which is caused by a foot fungus that thrives in warm, humid conditions; and a bacterial infection called pitted keratolysis, which is also associated with warm, damp feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a viral infection causing blisters of not only the feet but also the palms and mouth. Information on toenail fungus can be found on our Nails information page.
In a high traffic and warm and damp environment such as a gym etc the risk of infection is much higher than it would otherwise be https://www.health.com/condition/ski...-caught-at-gym

Pretty common sense even without Googling, I think.
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Re: Etiquette in Swiss locker rooms

Ah sure people will just see your dangling bits and think you're showing off.
It's always the ones with the third leg who feel the need to be naked
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H*** THE WAY I'M USED TO: finish working out, get naked, go shower, come back, get dressed, go away;
That's normal up here in Basel. In the gyms, I mean. Not on the streets.
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I don't think I've seen anyone wearing flip-flops in the changing rooms. I doubt anyone would be offended if you did. In the sauna's it's around 50:50.

*snigger* flip-flops. naked.
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Not too much Willy swinging is considered goodf maners
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and too much willy swinging may lead to an inferiority complex
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