I figured we needed a little levity here and the British Sky News never disappoints me….

Well, of course we all know that the word “Gymnasium” is derived from the Romans Greeks who had a habit of hosting the Olympic games in the nude. Well, it seems that some folks in the Netherlands would like to return to the good old days.

Gym Has Naked Ambition
Updated: 18:27, Friday February 02, 2007

The Dutch will be able to pant and puff in the buff thanks to the opening of a naked gym.

Fitworld gym in the town of Heteren will open its doors on a Sunday for naturists to buff up, while in the buff.

Gym owner Patrick de Man said he got the idea after noticing another gym was offering pole dancing lessons.

[Hmmm… good wholesome workout there, eh?]

So he decided to go a step further and dispense with clothes all together.

[I wonder if they offer nude pole dancing lessons at Fitworld?]

“I heard that some other gyms are offering courses on ‘pole-dancing’ as a sport, so I thought: why not bring something new to the market?” Mr De Man said.

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A slight problem arose, however, (get your mind out of the gutter McCain): most folks would prefer to work out with their clothes on. So, we’ll see how this idea “works out” and whether it catches on in the California area! ;)

the story can be found here.

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