My first experience of a naked workout today and it was absolutely brilliant! Helen Smith, a British Naturism member who has featured in a lot of recent press articles about her nude venture, is now running classes in London as well as Southampton.
I help Naturist London with my colleague Karen so women have a female point of contact for the swim and aim to be at the swim on a monthly basis, hosting Ladies meet ups before the swim. Today we broke with tradition and took part Helen’s first class between 11:00-12:00am before heading back to Energybase for a swim.
I’ve taken part in a lot of exercise sessions in the past and can say with absolute certainty that you need a reasonable level of fitness to take part. A mixed group, six men, two women, we warmed up before the fun began and it really was – the time flew!
I’d liken the class to a rugby-warm up so don’t book in thinking you’re in for an easy ride but Helen makes the class light-hearted and she’s encouraging and attentive to the varying fitness levels in the group.
The venue we trained at was clean and functional, affording excellent privacy so there was no chance of lascivious voyeurs drooling over our attempts to emulate Helen’s seemingly effortless stretches. We chopping and changed under Helen’s direction, working in twos, fours, individually. There was no time to get bored and lots of banter.
Towards the latter part of the class various timed planking challenges were thrown into the mix, culminating in a plank off. I’d love to say I won with my competitive nature. I absolutely didn’t but had great fun trying!
As for Barbie, she evidently doesn’t cheat. To ensure we didn’t slip into to reducing the impact of an exercise we had to make like Barbie. You’ll have to take part in one of Helen’s classes to break out the Barbie arms.