Nude workouts are the new fitness trend that might just actually work
One of the big turnoffs when it comes to getting into the gym is the expense. While many people want to get healthy and live a more active lifestyle, the initial outlay can be excessive, to say the least. First, there is the gym membership and sign up fees, next, there is the clothing (which you can easily spend hundreds of bucks on), then, there is the food. Because of Instagram, we're convinced that our gym fuel needs to consist of acai bowl and protein shakes - none of which come cheap.
However, what if I told you that there was a workout class that takes a sizeable chunk of these costs out the equation? You'd be interested, wouldn't you? Well, there is. But there's a catch.
Say hello to nude workouts.
That's right, working out naked is the new thing. Get ready for the downward dog, squats and leg raises to become a whole lot more intense/unappetising. While working out in your birthday suit - complete with all the flabby bits you don't like - may sound like a bad idea; hear me out on this one.
A new study found that working out naked could help boost the way you view yourself as well as improving your health. According to personal trainer Keith McNiven, working out nude will help maximize your workout and it appears that a gym in New York has decided to jump on the bandwagon.
Hanson (no, not the band) Fitness, a chain of gyms used by the like of Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Tyra banks, has decided to launch three weekly naked workout classes; one for men, one for women and one for both. However, if you're not sure about working out with your bits flapping about, you can wear nude underwear.
According to the gym's Facebook page, "The class is designed to be a total body workout that uses your body weight as resistance to work the glute, butt, leg, and core, making you look and feel good naked. Exercising in the nude provides a number of benefits, including skin breathing, the release of endorphins due to Vitamin D from sunlight and complete body awareness so you can see if you're cheating on your exercise routines."
The workout will last about an hour and will focus on fast-paced, cardiovascular movements. There will be no lying down exercises, with the majority of them being standing up. It will be the first class of it's kind and, once they have received feedback from the first few sessions, there may be more to come.
While it may not sound like everyone's cup of tea, the gym claim that "The response has been overwhelming. We received over 500 phone calls and Facebook messages overnight. This could actually turn into a serious business."
So what do you think? Are you a bit freaked out at the idea of having a stranger's wobbly bits flapping about in your proximity while you sweat it out? Or is that just your average Friday night?