Ten participants bared all to take part in the first Nude-ercise class on Saturday night.
Former recruitment consultant Helen Smith, 35, led the circuits-style
workout, which included jumping-jacks, sit-ups, push-ups and partner
The hour-long class, which costs £8, is described as
“gentle boot-camp style exercise with partner games and teamwork”
suitable for all fitness levels.
People aged between 33 and 70-years-old to part in the first class in
Southampton, Hants., but Helen welcomes adults of all ages to try the
Helen, who is a member of naturist organisation British Naturism, said:
“The main benefit of exercising naked is that you can really see what
the instructor is doing in the exercises.
“For example, if you are doing a plank but wearing baggy exercise
clothes, it is hard to tell if you have the correct form or not.
“You also don’t have to think about washing sweaty gym clothes after the class, and it’s a great way to celebrate the body.”
“I think people are starting to embrace naturism more and more.
“It’s interesting, because in this day and age you have on one hand
pop-stars wearing scantily-clad clothing, and that being seen as quite
sexual behaviour, and on the other hand you have things like naked bike
She added: “Participants are required to pre-register by emailing me,
and to show ID at the beginning of the class, just for everyone’s peace
“Nothing untoward happens in these classes, and if there was any hint of
that then the person responsible would be asked to leave.”
“The idea behind naturism is that it is your natural body, and there is nothing sexual about it.”
Nude-ercise classes will soon take place in London and across the south east.