How Did Exercising In The All Together Start?

Have you ever thought it would be nicer to go through your exercise regime in the 'all together' and be more liberated?

Well, not many people want to workout totally starkers, do they? For one thing the dangly bits would get in the way.

And who wants to see the nether regions that would be exposed in such a simple exercise such as 'touch your toes?'

However, there are advantages.

  • No sweaty clothes to wash so I suppose you could say it's more hygienic.
  • You can quickly lose your inhibitions if everyone in the gyms in the same state of deshabille.
  • Cheaper - no designer competitiveness.
  • You'd put more effort into building those pecs or firming those gluts.

How did it start?

Apollo and Herakles, the male gods of ancient Greece and the patrons of sport, were often depicted as naked.

In the city of Sparta, it was considered the norm for adult men to be attracted by the beauty of young boys. The problem they had, was how to express those desires and so the custom of exercising in the nude was introduced. The association with pedasty is obvious..

This custom spread throughout Greece and the Olympic games were almost totally conducted in the nude. As a result, foul play was hard to disguise but if discovered the culprit was immediately chastised in full public view.

One of the few disciplines to escape such exposure was the chariot race, probably due to the fact that the body wasn't available to be aesthetically admired.

It is believed that religion played a large part in the nakedness of the competitors, as the winners would often be represented as a nude statue in the temples.

At the end of the day I don't think it would go down too well if our athletes were encouraged to participate in their chosen field disrobed.

After all, who wants to watch a load of sweaty young men running across a field after the ball or hitting a ball to each other over a net. Where would you look? Silly question and I must stop repeating that word ball.

Though I do seem to remember a certain famous English footballer by the name of David Beckham being named 'golden balls' so perhaps it would be quite interesting after all.

However, in today's society there are many many naturist clubs and resorts where nude exercise is encouraged and welcomed.

Swimming is an obvious recreation that is much nicer done naked without the restrictions of swimwear.

The practice of yoga requires only the barest of essentials and is often a preferred way to gain total absorption.

However, in my opinion,  its entirely up to the individual as to how they dress or otherwise for their workouts.



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