A gym 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 is the first of its kind in Spain, pioneering the peculiar practice of stripping while keeping fit. "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. It discovered that two local swimming pools already offered popular monthly sessions for bathing in your birthday suit.
There are at least 12 naturist beaches in the Basque region, and many more all over the Spanish coast. "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