When it comes to heading to the gym, security is probably not at the forefront of our minds. Most of us would probably assume that our belongings were safe in a locked locker, but it can be easy for a professional thief to break in and steal precious personal belongings.
In this post, we’ll be looking at which padlocks we’d recommend for gym lockers, and what steps you can take to protect your possessions at the gym.
What you can do
- Limit the number of personal items that you bring to the gym. Try not to bring your wallet, car keys and driver’s license if you can help it.
- Choose a locker that’s in the main area, close to the showers, steam rooms or the gym itself. Choosing a locker that’s isolated means that it’s more likely to be targeted for theft.
- Use a strong padlock. Look for one made from hardened metal, so your padlock is difficult to cut. Shackle clearance should be at a minimum, so thieves don’t have space to apply cutters to your padlock. However, bear in mind the type of lock you’ll be using in the gym, as you may need a certain amount of clearance to use your padlock easily.
Our favourite padlocks for gym lockers:
The advantage of a combination padlock in a gym setting is that you don’t have to carry around a key. Instead, all you have to do is remember your combination. Your combination can be unique to you, so it should be easy to remember!
Squire CP40 Combination Padlock
Made from die-cast alloy with a hardened boron steel shackle, you can rest easy in the knowledge that this padlock will keep your possessions safe.
Abus 165/30 Brass Combination Travel Padlock
Strong and durable, this padlock’s combinations can be set by the individual.
ABUS Super Code 158/40 Combination Padlock
Easy to use, this die-cast solid zinc padlock has a 3-digit number combination that can be set individually.
Yale Y150 40mm Brass Combination Padlock
Great value for money, this padlock has a small shackle diameter, making it perfect for gym use.
Unlike combination padlocks, keyed padlocks don’t require you to remember a password, and you don’t have to fumble around on the pad, but they do require that you carry your key. This can be tricky if you don’t wear garments with pockets at the gym.
You can buy wrists straps that are designed to hold a locker key and are suitable for swimming and exercise, which can reduce the risk of loss. Alternatively, consider a lanyard, worn around the neck, that can be tucked into a t-shirt.
Don’t buy low cost keyed padlocks, as low-cost options are often manufactured with a number of key repeats. This means that it’s possible that someone else in the gym has a key to your padlock.
Here are our favourites:
Yale YE3 32MM Aluminium Padlock
With pink vinyl casing, this padlock will make sure that you remember which is your locker after a session at the gym. And, at only £5, it’s a great budget option. Also available in 38mm and black.
Abus Titalium 64TI/40 Padlock
This padlock boasts a hardened alloy steel shackle, which means that they’re harder to cut, making them perfect for use in a gym.
Abus Brass 65/40 Padlock
With anti-corrosive internal components, you can trust this padlock to withstand the test of time.
Yale YE1 Essential 40mm Brass Padlock
With a hardened brass body, this padlock offers great value for money and a standard level of security.
Price: £ 6.46
Still haven’t found the padlock for you? Browse the full range of padlocks for lockers here.