An interesting examination of the clothes free fitness trend in Australia
A GLOBAL TREND WITH HISTORIC ROOTS
While exercising in the nude is enjoying an international revival, the Greeks were happily competing in track, field and martial arts without clothes 2500 years ago.
Historians seem divided on the actual reasons for the ancient clothes-free competitions. Some claim that rather than being the great leveller, having to compete nude separated the upper-classes from the working classes as the pampered rich were able to train more frequently and therefore look more ripped and have an all-over tan.
Whatever the ancient Greeks’ reasons for nuding up, a wave of global sports enthusiasts are again embracing the idea of naked events and exercise.
There have been nude bike rides in London; nude cross-fit classes attracted so much attention (both positive and negative) at a Danish gym, they had to be taken off the timetable; nude yoga classes are all the rage in New York, while across the US “nakations” (nude vacations) are growing in popularity