Several months ago a story of naked men doing CrossFit began to circulate the
internet. It began in Aarhus, Denmark, when the owner of the Danish gym ‘Spartan
Mentality’ Steffen Haldrup Andersen, decided to pull an April Fools joke
with an ad featuring some ripped, muscular dudes throwing down a few CrossFit
Workouts of the Day. CrossFit movements and exercises which included rope
climbing, wall ball shots and some weight lifting, most that are arguably
uncomfortable to do in the buff – well at least the rope climbs!
attitude was that people only wear the briefest of clothing when they come to do
CrossFit at the gym anyway, so why bother with wearing anything at all. The ad
upon going viral online resulted in a mad rush of requests from men in the
surrounding areas who wanted to exercise naked. So, with more thought given,
Sunday evening classes started…
Unfortunately, for those men that were keen to WOD (Workout of the Day) in their
“birthday suits”, the naked training sessions were soon abandoned, mostly due to
overwhelming media pressure.
The 4 benefits of working out, living free and naked
You ever wonder what the etymology of the word “gymnasium”?
Greeks used to exercise nude all the time, hence creating the Greek word gymnos which
As soon as you get home from work, the first thing you want to do is strip and
change into loose casual clothing. However, you probably weren’t aware, there’s
actually health benefits attached to being naked, especially during the hot
Feel Good Benefit: Think
about it, we lather ourselves with sunscreen when out in the sun for any
length of time, terrified of what may happen to our skin if we don’t.
According to a Mumbai dermatologist, Dr. Satish Bhatia, you should allow
yourself time in the nude in the early morning for ten to fifteen minutes
for your skin to absorb the sun rays. This aids in producing Vitamin D and
it also acts as a fantastic mood booster.
Cleansing Benefit: The
human skin needs air to breathe and by covering up in tight, restricted
clothing, you’re actually weakening your skin by way of reabsorbing
the toxins that are released
from your body through sweat. So being naked allows your body to release
those toxins that would otherwise be shielded by our tight skinny jeans and
baby-gap sized t-shirts. Hmmm… where do I sign up?
Economic Benefit: Also,
did you realize that the Global economy would have a surplus of $1,200,000,000,000 if
we decided globally to live naked? I wonder the effect this would have on
the world both from an economic standpoint, but also, do you think wars
would be fought the same way?
Longevity Benefit: (just
you noticed that the furry Norway Rat only lives 2-3 years, while the Naked
Mole Rat survives
to be 28?
Advantages of Exercising in the Nude
Exercising without any clothes on allows muscle groups to tone better without
being confined in workout clothing, which restricts blood flow and acting like a
sponge, collects all the sweat. This is a routine however that you can only do
in your own home (most global gyms, CrossFit boxes and the like wouldn’t
approve). Now of course, if we all spent more time naked we’d probably pay
better attention to our health, fitness and diet. The more aware we are of our
bodies, the more we’d strive to keep our unclad vessels looking (and feeling)
How do you like to exercise: Nude or Clothed?
Most people are happy to workout at their local gym, either daily before or
after work, or two or three times a week as they are able to fit it in their
schedules. For the masses, we don’t seem to mind that our sweat soaked workout
clothes collects toxins, and after all, when the workout is done we’re satisfied
to shower, rinse off and put on some dry clothes anyway.
And you know what, that’s perfectly all right. (heck, you aren’t going to find
me working out nude at the local box anytime soon)
Which group, do you fall in to, working out in the buff or clothed?