Can one say a berakha in a locker room? For instance, after using the restroom to say 'Asher yatsar', or when putting on talet katan to say '`al mitsvat tsitsit', or before and after eating a protein bar/drinking a protein shake.

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    A lot of locker rooms have a separate area for toilets and lockers and changing rooms, no?
    – ezra
    Commented Nov 9, 2017 at 21:23
  • Most locker rooms have toilets that are separated by walls but don't necessarily have doors to be considered different rooms. Which is why I ask the question. Is it enough for the toilets to be separated by a wall, or does the restroom has to have a door in order to be considered a different room from the changing room.
    – AdM
    Commented Nov 9, 2017 at 23:16
  • Judging that since many shuls I've been two have two doors between the sanctuary and the restroom, I'd assume there needs to be a door. But I could be wrong.
    – ezra
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 0:40
  • I have to hunt a bit, but I sense that there's a M.Y. question that addresses the idea that a wall is sufficient. I think the main concern with making a bracha is that there should be no foul odor of urine or feces nearby. I don't think sweat odor is a problem. The other part is if there's a problem making a bracha around other nude people.
    – DanF
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 0:57
  • @DanF I didn't consider the issue about saying a bracha around nudity. You are right, one is not allowed to mention haShem's name with ones genitals exposed or in front of other people who are naked.
    – AdM
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 3:12

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Yes you can provided that

  • you wear underwear or a bathrobe and ideally a Tshirt and a kippa (see here)
  • you turn away from nudity (closing your eyes is not sufficient)
  • your hands are clean
  • you are four amot from any source of foul odors (see here and here)
  • you do not see tzo'ah (feces)

See here for a question on praying and learning Torah when a bathroom door is open. My answer contains more sources backing up the above.

For original sources, see Mishne Torah, Hilchot Kriat Shema 3:3 and following.

Of course, ask your rav before implementing anything you read here.

  • Offhand, for most locker rooms, it seems like nudity is the main impediment. Of course, there are many different types of locker rooms, anyway. I'm assuming you're referring to a pool or gym locker room or where there are showers. Some physical therapy places have locker rooms, but as there are no showers, it's less likely that there would be nudity in such places.
    – DanF
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 1:12
  • I am referring to gym locker rooms with showers.
    – AdM
    Commented Nov 20, 2017 at 14:04

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