Naked at the YMCA

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    I never had the opportunity to visit a YMCA. There were no such sites in the area where I was born and raised. My first experience at a Y was the night before my physical to join the U. S. Navy. I was there to sleep and did not even think about using the pool. I was taken to the physical site the next morning and sworn in the U.S. Navy the next afternoon and put on a Plane for Boot Camp in San Diego.
     
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    Lucky guy - but are you sure guys really played basketball naked? Maybe for fun but I can't imagine there was ever time when a guy would decide to play a sport naked (or for that matter do wieghts) just because he felt like being naked, particularly if he was around people who were not naked
     
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    I was in boot camp in san diego also. back in the 80's.
     
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    Chung Dam Spa in the Cheltenham section of Philadelphia is the only place in my area I know of where men are just naked.
     
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    You may not believe this but it's true because I have experienced it firsthand: having a bunch of guys naked in a Y pool was completely non-sexual! Because everyone was naked! Simple as that. No one can do anything sexual because everything is out in the open. Every age group was represented from teens to old dudes. The worst thing to happen was shrinkage, plus guys hurting their balls when they dove into the water incorrectly.
     
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    A couple of pics I came across:
     

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    Great pics Nick.
     
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    I wanna swim naked
     
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    When I was married, my son and I (he was about 6 or 7) would swim naked in our pool in the back yard. (we lived somewhat in a wooded area). It was neither weird, or creepy. Very natural. We would talk about how great it felt without a suit. And being guys, it was a lot easier to piss outdoors. There are way too many hang ups today, surrounding nudity.

    I saw a guy the other day at a beach bar (weather was a humid 93) and he had a polo shirt on with a t-shirt underneath. Seriously? The only reason I could see someone doing that in that kind of weather, is that they were prone to sweating profusely. I agree with the person who said today we are shown, through television, what we are supposed to look like. It's just wrong. This is America because we come in all kinds of shapes, colors, and lifestyles...we should be proud of that fact.
     
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    There wasn't a Y in the area where I grew up, so never got to swim nude as a kid. I moved west in the '70s and discovered Black's Beach. I love 7 miles south of Black's and spent many sunny summer days there. I love being naked on the beach and in the ocean. It feels great to be in the water without any clothing. Unlike the pools at the Y being male only, Black's visitors come in every variety. Males, females, young, old, fat, and fit. Being naked in public in an accepted place is very freeing. IMO, the families who go to Black's are helping their kids to grow up without hangups about their bodies. I'm happy that this opportunity is available to me any time I want it and is only 7 miles away.
     
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    97 degrees yesterday...jumped in the pool about 10:30pm...no suit, felt Great ! My adult sons came out to jump in just as I was getting out....wouldn't have made a difference to me if I was still in the pool or not...no suit after dark !!
     
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    In my case, my swimming naked at the Y was when a friend and I took swimming lessons as prepubescent boys.
     
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    In the town I grew up you could go swimming and gym naked at its Y. all ages all there no second thoughts
     
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    Swimming naked at the Y was one of the great experiences of yester-year that has now been taken from us in most every area. I do not believe it led to any kind of perversions or assaults on under-age guys. It was just a wonderful learning experience for the young guys to understand that men are "built" differently, and that they can expect to grow up with their own individual appearances.

    Bring it back!!
     
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    Well said, Austin TX... I don't think kids grow up with a healthy self image about their bodies these days because they don't have these experiences anymore. The days of showering after gym class are gone and it's just ridiculous seeing guys under 20 and even 30 doing the "towel dance" in the locker room. We used to do it on the beach in Los Angeles because we were in public but when someone wraps a towel around themselves to pull off a bathing suit and change into shorts inside a locker room??? Somewhere we've gotten too uptight about nudity.
     
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    The CAC has indeed changed its policy (early in 2012, I believe) requiring swimsuits in the previously nude (accepted and expected) lower level. Swinging doors have been installed between the shower area and locker areas and the pool. I suspect that this policy change was made to attract new, young-generation members who were uncomfortable swimming and walking around nude. Though I was admitted to the CAC on a day pass on a couple of occasions when swimsuits weren't required, the management and overall casual attitude has changed, and I have heard that some older members have since dropped out because of the new swimsuit-required policy. Management enforces this new policy strictly. It's a shame bacause the CAC was one of the last "true" men's clubs that I was aware of, -where nude swimming was considered normal, natural & acceptable, -and a century old tradition. It would be interesting to compare the number of members who have dropped out versus the number of new (younger) members who have joined. BTW, the new manager is less than friendly in my opinion, and I won't attempt to go back or join as a member.
     
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    It's also interesting that it used to be the WOMEN who were hung up on their body shape, whether they were fat, etc. Men mostly didn't care---and the only guys with all the muscles and all the "cuts" were actual body-builders, Charles Atlas (google it) wannabes; everybody else just looked "normal" mostly.

    Last time I went to LA Fitness, every kid in there was trying to be "Mr. Muscles". Men have gotten to be as fascinated by having "the perfect shape" as only women used to be.

    So, as others have pointed out, if you're LESS THAN perfect, you're going to be less likely (as a young man) to show yourself.

    And I think that's sad, and I think something has definitely been lost.

    BTW, the downtown Dallas and Houston YMCA's still feature nude steam, sauna, whirlpool, showers (though of course the 20-somethings are all doing the towel dance and showering in their boxers). Houston's Y just closed; Dallas's is still there.

    When they were the YMCA only, no women members (the women had, and most preferred, the YWCA), the swimming pools were indeed nude (even the gyms, and yes, I have seen guys in there working out naked and playing basketball naked). The pools used to be mandatory nude, with a mandatory shower beforehand---again, it was felt that was more hygenic. There may be something to that, as studies with gloves in restaurants have shown that food prep workers actually wash their hands more WITHOUT the gloves--so it's actually cleaner for them to use bare, but freshly washed, hands. Perhaps the same is true for the pools---better to be bare and freshly washed.
     
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    I love swimming nude and I visit NYC often. Is your club strictly members only or can you buy a day pass? Would u mind sharing the name of your club?
     
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