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Old Aug 23, 17, 4:36 am #136
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Question: is it really common practice in the United States to enter a sauna after a workout wearing workout attire ie spandex, leggings, shoes, etc?

Today again I had the experience of what sounded like an American male entering a (mixed) German sauna fully dressed, in shoes. Meaning not just the wellness area, which was clearly signaged, but also the actual sauna cabin. Fortunately the wellness attendant chased him out immediately, but this is a somewhat regular experience to me using chain hotels in Europe frequented by Americans. (and Brits, and both seem to frequently bring their mobiles, such as the young lady snap chatting last week in the sauna )

And I must say that having taken up swimming as a regular fitness routine while travelling, the lack of showers in American pools really puts me off.
The person went into the sauna fully dressed with gym clothes and just stayed in there post-workout? That seems very unusual. If the person went to the sauna to quickly check it out and then leave that would be more within the range of normal.

Mobile phones coming into gyms and saunas has become increasingly common; and even where there are rules about such, the rules are often circumvented/ignored.

I'm still wondering where those US pool facilities are that don't have showers located at the facility or elsewhere within the building/complex with the pool. I've been to a few thousands pools in the US over the years and it's been decades since I've been to a pool facility open to the public/paying persons where a shower wasn't possible before and/or after my swims.
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Old Aug 23, 17, 4:58 pm #137

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The person went into the sauna fully dressed with gym clothes and just stayed in there post-workout? That seems very unusual. If the person went to the sauna to quickly check it out and then leave that would be more within the range of normal.
Thanks - in this case not checking it out, but planned to use it as in sat down fully clothed in the sauna. There is also a woman who I have seen a few times in a hotel who comes in full spandex workout wear ie long leggings, spandex top, and shoes, and sits and sweats. In the UK I have seen all sorts of disgusting sauna behaviour, including women bringing in body scrubs, or shaving legs in the steam room.

The lack of pool shower I have noticed in the US, but also in Mexico at US chain hotels. And even when there is a pool shower, it does not mean that everyone will use it. I will admit to telling a family a few months ago at a Hilton in Bavaria that they made the pool and jacuzzi pretty much unusable for the rest of us as they climbed in wearing shorts and tshirts.
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Old Nov 5, 17, 7:18 am #138
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Spent a month recently working in Vienna, certainly all the hotel saunas there are strictly nude, I stayed at two of the Hiltons and the renaissance. One guy that I was talking to in the sauna told me it is actually ILLEGAL in Austria to wear anything in the sauna. While this seems somewhat extreme I did find it quite funny. I must say having spent a lot of time in Europe over the last couple of years Ive come to realise this is a cultural thing so now I feel a lot more relaxed about hitting the hotel sauna in the nude even if it is coed!
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Old Nov 5, 17, 1:10 pm #139

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Question: is it really common practice in the United States to enter a sauna after a workout wearing workout attire ie spandex, leggings, shoes, etc?
In my experience, no. Swimwear is pretty common, or going in wrapped in a towel, nudity I've only seen in single sex saunas, like the one in the ladies locker room in the gym.

My early sauna experience was at a friend's home. Her family were from Sweden and had put a pool and sauna house in the backyard. The pool was never heated, when we (group of teenaged girls) were over, we'd dive, swim laps until we warmed up, then sauna, repeat swim & sauna. In that city and that culture, nudity would have been unthinkable, as would have been wearing street clothes into the sauna.
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