PUMPING I RON
March 5th 2007 21:22
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NUDE WORKOUTS? NO SWEAT SAYS GYM
March 6, 2007
THE first clothing-free workout at a Dutch gym went ahead as planned — and participants and observers said it met expectations.
About a dozen middle-aged and elderly men braved the glare of nearly twice that number of journalists, photographers and at least five television crews at Fitworld gym in Heteren, to fulfil their dream of exercising naked.
"There are things that you like to do, and for a nudist, it just feels better to do them with your clothes off," said Ron van der Putten, who drove for more than an hour to take part in the event, dubbed Nudifit, or Naked Sunday.
"You feel more free," he said.
Patrick de Man, owner of Fitworld, got the idea from two regular customers who asked why he had separate dressing rooms for men and women.
"That was the spark," he said, and he went ahead and opened the gym on Sundays for nudists.
The response was overwhelming — both positively and negatively.
Some clients were a little worried about whether it would be sanitary.
Mr de Man opened the inaugural session to the media after receiving inquiries from as far away as Russia and Australia.
No women nudists attended, though Mr de Man said eight had signed up, out of almost 100 applicants.
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