San Francisco Gym Closes ‘Protein Pod’ Steam Rooms Due To Gay Sex

If you frequent one of the two SF Fitness gyms in San Francisco (in the Castro and SOMA), the too-steamy steam rooms have seen a flurry of steamy butt sex in recent years. With no more bathhouses operating in the city, patrons have relied on gym steam rooms as a comparable substitute. This activity has led to complaints from customers who have no desire to stick it in a sweaty ass in a 100+ degree room:

Jarring yellow tape greeted steam-heat fans this week, blocking them from both entrance and eroticism. (The Castro location’s room of sweat and heat, we should point out, is famous for apr√®s-workout sexual release; “the protein pod” is what one friend of SFist crudely calls it.) The¬†Fitness SF¬†management told SFist that they decided to close the steam rooms at both locations after allegedly receiving loads of negative feedback. “We’ve received too many complaints,” they explained, adding, “Now that the steam rooms are closing, we’ll expand the shower area with more stalls and provide stalls with doors.”

According to a gym member (who asked to remain anonymous) we spoke to, not everyone is kosher with the gym’s new steam-free environment. “The management claims that everyone is happy about the decision, but not the bitches I queried in the locker room,” notes our frustrated source. “I demand a discount.”

According to some Yelp reviews, the steam scene has gotten out of control, and not in a good way. “Locker room, steam, and Sauna have become nothing more than a gay bathhouse with management encouraging this behavior by turning a blind eye to it. Regulars to the bathhouse bypass the workout facilities and go directly to the wet area,” notes¬†Dave D.¬†about the SoMa gym. While¬†James E.¬†fumes, “I feel the steam room and locker room should be off limits when searching for your next Mr. Right now!¬†I mean, come on, there are other venues to patronize if you are looking for naughty fun—there are some guys that just want to change, shower, and use the steam room without having to be gawked at and/or accosted.”

“Loads” of negative feedback. Sorry.

I’m always a fan of enforcing current rules/laws rather than eliminating something completely. Perhaps staff was not comfortable policing “protein pods?” Well, there are plenty of alternatives in the city if gays must fuck in a semi-public room but if I were a member I would certainly be pissed about losing a steam room when it is an essential part of my infrequent post-workout regiment.

The steam room, that is. Not steamy anal sex (at the gym anyways).

Via SFist

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