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Nudists shed clothes, pounds at gym

March 5, 2007

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— A dozen middle-age and elderly men were game enough for a Dutch gym's invitation to work out nude. But they were vastly outnumbered by the dozens of journalists watching them lift, row and cycle in the buff.

Fitworld owner Patrick de Man allowed the media in for the first session of "Naked Sunday" after receiving inquiries from as far away as Russia and Australia.

The response from nudists was more lukewarm.

A smattering of men trickled in and out throughout the day at the gym in the small town of Heteren, 60 miles east of Amsterdam. They found the exercise room packed with photographers, TV crews and reporters who jostled for interviews and pictures while the nudists hit the machines and free weights.

"We already had naked swimming ... but a gym, that's unique," said one white-haired bespectacled man, who gave only his first name, Henk.

"It's spectacular!" he said, as he pedaled away.

A few local politicians and a nudist tourism company also watched. There was no group aerobics or naked instructors. Staffers wore aprons with a nude body painted on.

De Man thought there might be interest in nude exercising after two of his regular customers asked why he had separate dressing rooms for men and women. He said he expected a bigger turnout next Sunday, especially after all the publicity.

Although the Dutch Federation of Naturists endorsed the idea, most of its 70,000 members said in a poll they would rather hike or garden than go the gym in the nude.

Comments

Confrontation 8 years, 6 months ago

Yuck! I hope they had to use towels when they sat on the equipment.

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