And Here My Neuroses Began

I’m joining a gym.  Yes, I know that by joining a gym so close to New Year’s Day I’m making myself a statistic, a cliche, part of the herd, yadda yadda yadda.  I’ve come to terms with it.  Leave me alone about that.

What I’m nervous about is the gym shower.  I’ll have to go on lunch breaks, work out for 30-45 minutes each time, and shower before I head back to the office.  I didn’t grow up showering with other men.  My high school gym classes didn’t shower.  I’ve never been a member of a gym.  I’m not in the military.  I know there are pockets of this world where men shower together all the time, but it still is giving me the heebie jeebies just contemplating it.

Does anyone else out there shower in groups?  How do you get over the nerves?  Is it too modest to wear an old-timey man’s swimsuit and a swimcap in there?