This evening, I was reading a post at one of many online fitness forums I visit and someone mentioned a group of nudists requesting “Naked Sundays” at a gym in the Netherlands. One of the commenters posted,
I can’t even imagine what would inspire someone to do this. I can’t think of one single good thing about it.
I have a small collection of training programs/books/etc including an early edition of the Charles Atlas program (the one advertised in the back of comic books since the 1930s (maybe even earlier?)).
I haven’t looked through it in years, but I remember there was a reference to performing his ‘dynamic training’ methods naked in front of an open window (he was also big on fresh air/deep breathing exercises).
Now I dunno who Chuck A’s neighbors were, but I certainly wouldn’t want to catch even a glimpse of any of my neighbors doing those workouts when I’m enjoying a bowl of cocoa-puffs in the morning. In fact, I’d much rather have sand kicked in my face.
My neighbors notwithstanding, there are plenty of examples of this practice in early physical culture.
The ancient Olympians competed completely naked (I suspect this was to prove there were no hidden weapons in the athletic adaptations of war games).
Maybe it wouldn’t be a such a problem for a shot putter or discus thrower, but wrestling? (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course).
One of the ‘luxuries’ of training at home is that if I ever get the urge to deadlift in my underwear, then dag-gummit, move over Michael Jordan. (“as long as they’re Hanes”)
Oh well, when in Rome…
(does anyone else notice how frequently I use parentheses in my posts?)