There are at least 12 naturist beaches in the Basque region, and many more all over the Spanish coast. Every year, in nearby Sopelana, there is a mass naked run along the sands.
Now a gymnasium in Spain’s Basque region has come up with an eye-catching way of battling the recession. It has begun offering naked workouts, for nudists.
Easy Gym in Arrigorriaga, the first of its kind in Spain, is following in the footsteps of Heteren in Holland.
“With the crisis we noticed there were fewer people using the gym,” owner Merche Laseca explained to the BBC. “I’m not a nudist myself, though I have no problem with it. But this initiative is about the money.”
The gym did its research before opting to chase the nudist euro. “With the crisis we noticed there were fewer people using the gym,” owner Merche Laseca explained to the BBC. It discovered that two local swimming pools already offered popular monthly sessions for bathing in your birthday suit.
“We’re always interested in new activities,” explains Maite Vicuna, president of the Basque Naturist Association, who attended a trial run of the naked gym last week.
A poll of the group’s members showed 90% support for a facility offering the full range of nude workouts. “Doing sport without clothes is natural – and much more comfy,” Ms Vicuna argues.
Easy Gym stresses it does provide towels for comfort and “to prevent slippage” on the equipment.
From May, the gym will operate every Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday – exclusively for the uninhibited.
A teacher has already been in touch to offer naked yoga classes.