A flashback within a flashback, so you actually need to add 18 to 11 to work out what year this described – 1987. And just to emphasise, this was a very busy, totally mainstream, Toronto health club, not anything in any way off beat.
Fast forward ten years, back in the UK, to when I was a member of a local health club in Surrey. With squash courts, a swimming pool, gym, bar and studio spaces for yoga etc, this was an equally up market affair. As in Toronto, the locker room had lovely wooden lockers, a communal shower area with no screens and a steam room. You would not be able to tell whether anybody might be a naturist or even an exhibitionist for everybody was naked. Nudity was normal.
Fast forward to Brighton in the present day. An extremely popular 24 hour gym full of fit young things, most with bodies to envy. Here the shower room is fitted out with prefabricated cubicles, each with a single shower head and a lockable door. Few men at any stage seem to be naked. Some are going for showers but at least half are heading there and back wearing damp underpants. Most of the remainder walk with a towel around their waist and then perform an inelegant ‘towel dance’ to maintain their modesty while getting dressed.