EXERCISE & THE GYM: Differences in Germany & USA


Exercise and working out is universal, right? Move around, get your heart rate, sweat. Well, yes and no. Yes, the general principle of exercising is
pretty much the same in Germany and the U.S. But there are also definitely big differences
in the details. Hey everyone! I’m Dana and you’re watching Wanted Adventure Living Abroad. Quick disclaimer here before I start: all
of my work out experiences in the U.S. were in Florida, so if you’ve experienced things
differently in other parts of the U.S., I would love to know about that in the comments. Thanks. In both the U.S. and Germany gyms are pretty
common, but I’ve been a member and gone to gyms in both countries, and there are definitely
some differences that I’ve noticed. For one, water fountains. Always present at all of the gyms that I went
to in the U.S. Nowhere to be found in the gyms that I’ve gone to in Germany. Now, as I mentioned in my video on you know
you’re in the U.S. when…yes, water fountains are simply in general more common in the U.S.
than in Germany, but I would think that at least the one place where they would be present
in Germany would be at the gym! You’re exercising, running on the treadmill,
chugging down your water, and then bam it’s empty. In the U.S. you can just jump off the machine,
run over to the water fountain that’s on the wall, fill up your bottle, and keep going. In Germany you could go into the bathroom
and try to fill up your water bottle, but depending on the sink, your bottle might not
even fit underneath the faucet. So then you are left with two choices: either
you suffer through the rest of your work out with dry mouth – ugh – or you have to give
in to buying a usually pretty expensive bottle of water from the gym. And that, oooh, that just irks me to no end. I’m already paying monthly, sometimes a
lot of money depending on the gym. And now you’re gonna make me pay another
2 or 3 euros for something to drink? Come on! Water fountains guys, water fountains. I’ve also noticed that in Germany it’s proper
gym etiquette, if not an official rule of the gym, to bring your sneakers with you;
so you wear some other pair of shoes on your feet when you journey to the gym and carry
your sneakers into the gym with you and then switch the shoes in the changing room. As far as I know, this was not something done
in the gyms that I went to in the U.S. In fact it seemed like a lot of people, myself
included, didn’t even go into the changing room. There are gyms that I went to in the U.S.
whose changing rooms I can say I don’t think I ever even saw or ever considered going into. I would just show up at the gym, already dressed
in my workout clothes, work out, then leave and shower and change and do everything else
back at home. Now this is different from places with special
flooring, like a racquetball court or a basketball court. There I do remember that you had to wear shoes
with special soles so as not to mark up the court. But in the “normal” just gym in the U.S.,
I never heard anything about having to change into different shoes upon arrival at the gym. Perhaps one reason for this difference is
that in the U.S. you usually drive your car to the gym, so maybe your shoes don’t get
as dirty. Whereas in Germany, especially in the winter,
if there’s that dark sludge snow left on the ground, your shoes can get pretty disgusting
on the way to the gym. Although, I mean, your shoes can also get
pretty gross just walking through the parking lot too. Especially if you have to park at the back
of the lot. So I don’t know. I don’t have an explanation for this difference. One last gym thing before I move on, when
I was living in the Czech Republic, I experienced something really cool at the gym that I had
never experienced in the U.S. and Mr. German Man said that he’s never seen this in Germany. So at the gym in Prague, I could buy a package
of gym visits, and then go any time that I wanted to. So I didn’t have to pay per month or get a
gym membership. I could just buy a package of, say, 20 trips
to the gym and then go whenever. And it was cheaper than paying per single
visit, but I didn’t have to commit to a per month payment. A difference that I’ve noticed for exercising
outside is one that I find very fascinating. So as I’ve mentioned in lots of different
videos by now, in general people in Germany just seem to be more open and comfortable
with nudity than, in general, people in the U.S. In the summer when I walk through the parks
in Munich it’s pretty common to see guys sunbathing in their underwear and women lounging around
topless. But you know what I have never seen here in
Germany even in the heat of the summer? Women running outside in just a sport’s
bra. Which, from my experience in the U.S., is
totally common and totally normal and a completely accepted thing. Whereas in Germany, where total nudity is
pretty accepted, it’s been my understanding and my experience that people would just kind
of…I don’t know, look at me a little funny if I ran around outside in just shorts and
a sport’s bra, with no shirt on over it. As far as I know, it’s just not something
that is done here. And I don’t think that people would say
anything to me or, you know, do anything. They’re not gonna run me down and, like, put
a shirt on me if I run around German in just a sport’s bra. But I just feel like I would stick out as
doing something that veers away from the societal norms here. So my question for you is: what other gym
or exercising differences have you noticed around the world? Good experiences, bad experiences? Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much for watching and liking and
commenting and subscribing to my channel. I really hope that you enjoyed this video,
and I also hope that you’ll enjoy the bloopers that are coming up next. Until next time, auf Wiedersehen! My stomach is grumbling. All this talk of exercising is making me hungry. With special soles so as not to walk up, mark
up…whoa! So today, I’m gonna look at how exercise…does
something. And… And… And… – Action! – There you go!