Imagine going to the gym completely naked. And then, doing your workout routine without any clothes on you. Forget sweat binding and gluing to your workout clothes. Forget anything of that. For the first time ever, a personal trainer launched a nude exercise class in the UK. The premise is exactly that, you can do your fitness completely naked.
The first group included only 10 participants who cast off their clothes to take part in the workout. Called Nude-ercise, the class took place in Southampton.
Helen Smith, who is 35 years old, and is a former recruitment consultant, led the circuits-style workout. The first exercise workout included jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, and partner work.
The first class lasted for one hour, and cost $10. The class was described as a “gentle boot-camp style exercise with partner games and teamwork”. And most importantly, the class was suitable for all fitness levels.
Participants in the first class were between 33 and 70 years old, but according to Smith, adults of all ages are welcomed to try this new activity.
Who is Helen Smith?
Smith is a member of a naturist organization called British Naturism. Describing the class, she said “the main benefit of exercising naked is that you can really see what the instructor is doing in the exercises. For example, if you are doing a plank but wearing baggy clothes, it is hard to tell if you have the correct form or not. Another benefit is you do not have to think about washing sweaty gym clothes after the class”.
In other words, it is a great way to celebrate the body. Women who are not so comfortable about working out naked, can wear sports bras for comfort. Participants can also wear trainers for some exercises if they wish.
Helen came up with the idea after someone on a forum asked her whether she did nude fitness training. She decided to look into it, and couldn’t find anything else like that. So, she is sure that she is offering the first classes of this kind.
“The focus is to allow people to take part in a normal activity, but naked, so people do not feel they are doing anything unusual”.
As for participants, they are required to pre-register by emailing Helen, and show their ID at the beginning of the class. This makes sure everyone is at peace of mind, and there are no unwelcomed intruders.
There is nothing untoward happening in the classes, and if there is any hint of that then the person responsible for the behavior is asked to leave.
Inspiration for naturist
Smith left her job in recruitment some three years ago. She became a full-time fitness instructor, and since then, she runs various classes and boot-camp workouts.
Two years ago, she visited a nudist beach in France, and that inspired her to become a naturist. “I was introduced to naturism in the South of France when I was on a holiday with my partner. We turned up at a beach, and realized it was a naturist beach. I looked at him, and he looked at me, and we thought, ‘let’s do it’ and it turned to be a really enjoyable afternoon”.
Helen thinks people are starting to embrace naturism more and more. On one side, in this day and age, you have pop-stars wearing scantily-clad clothing, and it is being seen as a sexual behavior. And on the other side, you have things like naked bike rides. The idea behind naturism is that it is your natural body, so there is nothing sexual about it.
Can you join the classes?
The classes have their own Facebook group which you can join. They happen once every month. Details are always announced on the Facebook page.