March 5, 2007 12:14 PM
The Dutch are experimenting with a new idea: nude gyms.
HETEREN, Netherlands (AP) - A dozen middle-age and elderly men were game enough for a Dutch gym's invitation to work out nude. But they were vastly outnumbered by the dozens of journalists watching them lift, row and cycle in the buff.
Why is it that old, unattractive men are the ones who are drawn to this type of thing? Never any one young and fit, and (much to dismay of an old guy named Henk) never any women:
No women showed up for "Naked Sunday," even though eight were among the 100 people who had signed up for the event.
"It's always the same - the first ones to shy away are the women. You see that at nudist camps too," said Henk.
Yes, it's a story that's old as the hills. Women are always the first ones to shy away from naked stationary cycling. 'Twas ever thus.
"We already had naked swimming ... but a gym, that's unique," said one white-haired bespectacled man, who gave only his first name, Henk.
"It's spectacular!" he said, as he pedaled away.
Dying to see a picture of Henk. No? Well, too late:
No need to blur the image if you pedal fast enough. Thanks Henk! You're spectacular!