Peekaboo?

So I just signed up for a gym membership with Crunch (found out my company has a pretty darn good discount deal with them), and was looking at the various locations in Chicago (I’ll be going to the one at Chicago and Orleans, incidentally).

Well, a few of the locations (not the one I will be going to) list “Peekaboo Showers” as an “amenity”. Intrigued, I did some googling, and discovered that they are exactly what they sound like:

As you ascend the steps from the reception area, the walls of the staircase are made of the translucent glass that forms one wall of the showers inside. This setup is designed to let you watch the glorious curvy silhouettes of the hardbodies who work out at the gym bending their arms in semi-erotic stances sudsing themselves up to re-enter the world after a vigorous workout.

That’s just crazy. Any of you ever seen something like this?

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~ by Matt Stratton on October 26, 2006.

28 Responses to “Peekaboo?”

  1. wow. I’ve never heard of (nor seen) anything like that. I wonder if you have to sign a waiver before you can use those showers? weird.

  2. This setup is designed to let you watch the glorious curvy silhouettes of the hardbodies who work out at the gym

    What about the big fat slobs with “man-boobs”, back fat, and beer guts? Do you see those too, or do they just take the less attractive physiques out back and hose them off behind a cinder block wall? What an obnoxious concept… As if some people don’t feel bad enough about their appearance… eeesh!

  3. That really creeps me out. Whoever decided that was a key marketing tactic needs to be beaten with a spiked bat.

  4. That really creeps me out. Whoever decided that was a key marketing tactic needs to be beaten with a spiked bat.

  5. LOL! I love your icon!

  6. LOL! I love your icon!

  7. Thank you! It makes me giggle every time I use it. 🙂

  8. Thank you! It makes me giggle every time I use it. 🙂

  9. There’s a bar a the W hotel with a twist like this – to into the bathroom, check yourself out in the mirror, and you’ll see a member of the opposite sex doing the same right in front of you. Freaked me OUT! Thankfully, you can’t see the urinals…

    Soooo, has Crunch contracted with Steamworks or something? Other than this odd (and unfortunate! and creepy!) feature, it’s a great gym!

    Jolene

  10. Actually, my friend Jeff told me that some of the Crunch locations in the city have ALWAYS had this – it’s not new. Huh. Well, glad to hear your endorsement of this gym anyway…I’m looking forward to having something to do now that it’s too cold and rainy to bike.

  11. Actually, my friend Jeff told me that some of the Crunch locations in the city have ALWAYS had this – it’s not new. Huh. Well, glad to hear your endorsement of this gym anyway…I’m looking forward to having something to do now that it’s too cold and rainy to bike.

  12. Good to see they are attracting perverts! :-/
    I thought it was uncomfortable watching a couple of old guys after getting a tour of the gym stopping to watch the aerobics class for 20 minutes through a window. Finally an employee came by to show them how to use the stationary bikes.

  13. I would think based on zero evidence that such an amenity is designed to attract the gay man demographic. Are the Crunches with this amenity in the Chicago equivalent of West Hollywood or Chelsea?

  14. I would think based on zero evidence that such an amenity is designed to attract the gay man demographic. Are the Crunches with this amenity in the Chicago equivalent of West Hollywood or Chelsea?

  15. Strangely enough, no. There are NO Crunch gyms anywhere NEAR Boystown.

  16. This concept doesn’t bother me one bit. Vanity, thy name is Crunch.

    It’s this WRITING that bothers me immensely:

    “bending their arms in semi-erotic stances sudsing themselves up to re-enter the world after a vigorous workout.”

    *Dry heaves*

  17. seriously? is that legal? that’s pretty sick. have fun at the new gym!!! find me a hottie! 🙂

  18. seriously? is that legal? that’s pretty sick. have fun at the new gym!!! find me a hottie! 🙂

  19. oh yea..and that was me, becky, who left that comment.

  20. oh yea..and that was me, becky, who left that comment.

  21. You should just get an LJ account for commenting. That way we’d know it was you. And you’d get emails when people replied to your comments. Like you won’t see this reply.

  22. Well, it’s “opt in”. As in, not all the showers have that. They have regular, private ones – so you only get your silhouette ogled if you choose to.

  23. Well, it’s “opt in”. As in, not all the showers have that. They have regular, private ones – so you only get your silhouette ogled if you choose to.

  24. From what I understand, Crunch is (or has been) owned by MTV. That may make a little more sense about the showers. They had the same showers about 5 years ago in the Crunch in SF. Granted, SF is known to have a very high gay population, but the gym was a total meatmarket for the uber-fabulous gay men. I was always under the impression that they marketed to them heavily.
    Crunch was also one of the first to debut the “Cardio Striptease” classes. Go figure.

  25. From what I understand, Crunch is (or has been) owned by MTV. That may make a little more sense about the showers. They had the same showers about 5 years ago in the Crunch in SF. Granted, SF is known to have a very high gay population, but the gym was a total meatmarket for the uber-fabulous gay men. I was always under the impression that they marketed to them heavily.
    Crunch was also one of the first to debut the “Cardio Striptease” classes. Go figure.

  26. Wha….????CRAP!! All that money wasted, erm, I mean, spent on the gym, and I never even NOTICED??!! Stupid going home to shower!!
    Jolene

  27. Wha….????CRAP!! All that money wasted, erm, I mean, spent on the gym, and I never even NOTICED??!! Stupid going home to shower!!
    Jolene

  28. they advertise very heavily in boystown, though. their so-called “contest” boxes are all over the place and are a total scam.

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