Like most Yanks who have lived in Europe for awhile, my attitude toward nudity has really relaxed over the past couple years.
I’ve been completely won over to the whole naked sauna and cold plunge into the sea routine, and have even been known to do a little topless sunbathing on occasion. During last summer’s heatwave, Dr. Darling and I implemented "Shirtless Thursday" at The Penthouse-Nordic and felt no need to amend the practice one Thursday evening when our pal Nicci came round for dinner.
But even I would draw the line at working out naked…an option being given to members of a gym in the Dutch town of Heteren starting next month. The following article explains the rational for offering fitness buffs one day a week when they can get fit in the buff. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Interestingly enough, the gym owner decided to go ahead with te plan even though a recent survey of the 70,000 members of the Dutch Federation of Naturists showed that most nudists preferred to work out with ther clothes on. (I’m beginning to suspect the guy’s a bit of a perv.)
Evidently a good portion of the gym’s clientele isn’t too thrilled with the idea either…with many of them asking the management if such a practice was "sanitary". Good question! I mean, would you go anywhere near a stationary bike that Courtney Love had been riding naked?