The nose can get used to the most fowl smell if you are exposed to it long enough. But a few breaths of fresh air and we are back to the initial reaction when re-introduced to the smell.

When you work out you sweat and even though it was late since your morning shower you usually do not smell that much. And if you smell a little it is probably not that bad, it sort of comes with the activity. Some might even think it is kinda sexy. I am very forgiving on this, new sweat does not bother me at all. One condition for this is naturally that your gym clothes are clean. For many of you out there, this is obvious. But to the guy who was doing flys next to me the other day, not that obvious. I am not kidding when I say that he made the entire room smell and I saw three people move away from him. It was not the first time he let his odor out at our gym. Last time I saw him I had just exited the shower when he came into the locker room, odor free. He opened his gym bag and I was sure that I saw flies coming out of there together with the most foul smell. My initial reaction was to go back to the shower and redo my routine. But I did not. So, he was odor free, opened his smelly bag and got re-introduced to the extreme odor, which he literary put on by re-using his clothes that later cleared an entire room. How is this possible? Do we not have laws against this?

I do not think he is a reader of Stockholm Gym Syndrome but here it goes:

The Stockholm Gym Syndrome guide to gym hygiene 

  • Use deodorant before (if necessary) and after workout. If your armpits smell really bad before the workout you might consider to wash them before  workout.
  • Use underwear and tops only once before you wash them. Odor free clothes do not work and are not friendly to the environment.
  • Let the shorts/pants/tights/towel dry after each workout and wash regularly.
  • Shower after each workout, at the gym or at home. One benefit of doing it at home is that you can do your intimate hygiene at the same time, something that is not suitable for public showers where there should be no crotch shaving, toe nail clipping or foot filing.