Where should I go to stretch after swimming?
October 16, 2013 9:59 AM Subscribe
I'm having a terrible time figuring out where to do my 10-15 minute full-body stretch after swimming. I feel like an alien visitor to Planet Gym, and I have been trying determine where it is culturally acceptable to do this activity, but remain unsure.
posted by BrashTech to health & fitness (16 answers total)
I don't see anyone else stretching after they swim, but I see relatively few people stretching after they do cardio or weight lifting, either, so I assume most people just aren't doing it. I, however, am a total fanatic about stretching, and am in the midst of a full-on campaign called Operation Hamstrings-Make-Longer, so this is a non-negotiable part of my workout.
This is a list of all the places I can think of that might possibly work:
- On the pool deck. Upsides: It's right there when I get out of the pool, and it seems reasonable because the pool area is an area where people are exercising (albeit in the water). Downsides: I never see anyone else stretching there, there isn't a whole lot of room and it's often wet (though usually I can find an out-of-the-way dry spot to put down a towel to do the stretches best accomplished on the floor).
- In the area by the whirlpool / sauna / steam room. Upsides: it's a quieter area where I usually don't see any other gym patrons, and the tile floor is usually dry. (I put a towel on the floor for seated stretches.) Downsides: An alarmed custodian saw me sitting on the floor and asked if I was okay, so I take it to mean this is not a place where people are expected to be exercising/stretching.
- In the locker room? Upsides: It's a very nice locker room, and the floor is carpeted, and there is usually some area where I will be out of the way of the other patrons. Downsides: I never see anyone else stretching in the locker room, and it is not an "exercise area" so it seems inappropriate.
- Shower, dry off, put on gym clothes, and go up to the exercise floor. Upsides: This is a normal and accepted place to stretch. Downsides: I have to bring gym clothes on a day when I normally just bring my swimsuit, I have to change twice (from swim suit to gym clothes, then gym clothes to street clothes), my muscles won't be as warm because of the delay after exercising, and I'd be stretching out with wet hair, which I've never seen anyone else do, which might be an indicator that this is not the done thing, either.
If you stretch after you swim, where do you do it? If you don't stretch after swimming, where do you observe patrons stretching after swimming at your pool?