“I always guessed it would be a shock for anyone who saw me hiking naked that first time a few years ago. When it did happen, I thought I’d picked a good spot. Out in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside, miles from the nearest town and marked trails. Still, the reaction wasn’t a negative one. The couple who passed me were long-time ramblers, and rather than look away they stopped, smiled (after giving me the once over) and after I offered to cover up, we had the most interesting chat.
The couple, although not active nudists, were fascinated in my nude hiking and engaged in a long series of questions about how, why and when I got in to it? Like most nudists, I enjoyed the feeling of fresh air on my body. Being able to appreciate the countryside in my natural unclothed state was something that just felt right. The couple nodded enthusiastically and admitted that they were often naked in their garden during the summer and seeing me had inspired them to take the next step.
My profession as a Personal Trainer and interest as a nudist had never really mixed before, but after chatting to this couple it got me thinking about how I could combine my skills and interests to benefit other nudists. I started by offering Naturist Pilates classes to local nudist groups. I was amazed at the response! The classes soon filled and I was asked to teach on a one-to-one basis for couples and the more socially shy individual nudists. To this day, my naturist Pilates classes are the most popular service I offer.
Within a few months I had extended my naturist services to other aspects of fitness including personal training, weight loss, walks, runs, cycling and stretching sessions. Again, the interest was surprisingly massive! Working out without clothes is an experience that all of my clients get such a buzz from.
Most people imagine Yoga when they think of working out naked. It’s true that Yoga and Pilates are best done without clothes. The movements can be more accurately assessed by the instructor and the client feels totally free within the exercise. Its a very liberating, relaxing, yet sometimes tiring session. You definitely feel it the next day!
Today I continue to teach naturist fitness and I welcome clients around the world. Although I am based in the North of England, I consult and teach clients from further afield using Skype. For those with an interest, you can contact me on Twitter @NaturistFitness where I’m happy to answer questions. Or maybe you have a more detailed question I can answer in my next column. Stay Nude! Col.