A gym locker room is a sacred place. It’s your pump-up spot before it’s time to get shredded. It’s your zen-filled zone after your tough workout. It’s everything you’d want it to be, and so much more — so let’s keep it that way. When it comes to etiquette, there are do’s and don’ts in any sort of venue, and you don’t want to get caught violating any well-known practices. Here are five things you should never do in a locker room.
1. Don’t empty your water bottle in the sauna
Unless there are specific instructions to pour water onto stones or coals, don’t take it upon yourself to do so. A sauna is a delicate luxury, so it’s best to leave it up to the pros (aka the gym employees and maintenance workers). “Unless you are in an authentic Swedish sauna with geothermal rocks,” said Keva Silversmith, author of Gymsanity: A Humorous Take On Gym Insanity, “you’re just dumping water onto an expensive box of electronics — damaging the unit at best and starting a fire at worst.”