MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Athletic Club is breaking with its 121-year-old tradition and requiring men to wear suits when they swim — and some longtime swimmers aren't happy about it. Bob Schmidt, 56, figures he has been swimming nude at the downtown club since he was 6, and he greatly enjoys not having to tote a swimsuit with him. 

Club president Bob Bellin said he can understand why the ban on nude swimming, starting Jan. 2, is a little controversial. 'Change is difficult,' he said. 'Some of our older members really enjoy this benefit. But we felt that, in an effort to appeal to younger members, we had to change with the times...' 

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Should health clubs allow nude swimming if the majority of members think it`s okay?
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Athletic Club is breaking with its 121-year-old tradition and requiring men to wear suits when they swim — and some longtime swimmers aren`t happy about it. Bob Schmidt, 56, figures he has been swimming nude at the downtown club since he was 6, and he greatly enjoys not having to tote a swimsuit with him.

Club president Bob Bellin said he can understand why the ban on nude swimming, starting Jan. 2, is a little controversial. `Change is difficult,` he said. `Some of our older members really enjoy this benefit. But we felt that, in an effort to appeal to younger members, we had to change with the times...`

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18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/22/03 - 5:09:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I very much doubt that is the case for the majority of people in my community.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 12/31/03 - 7:20:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
dude...ive been there...before the nude ban...its freaky.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/1/04 - 8:12:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they don't already, they should change only if ALL of them want it, not just a majority. Or if they have their own area. For something like that, they could lose more members than they'd benefit.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/1/04 - 8:14:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's kind of scary...why don't they go build their own pool and swim in it naked. Why should innocent people be subjected to their umm nudeness?!?!? Well.. i guess anyone that had a problem with it could go to a different health club.. hmmm..
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/4/04 - 6:30:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Like I want to see a bunch of out of shape old guys nude.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/4/04 - 5:56:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ahhh...was anyone else slightly confused by that man's pic in KiKi's link. I didn't realize he had his leg bent at first.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/4/04 - 6:36:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
What is the big deal with nudity??

In Japan, you will be kicked out of a hot springs or public bath if you even think about wearing a swimsuit. I have heard that high school swim teams required you to swim nude during practice a generation or two ago. We have become such prudes and this is not a natural condition for humans.

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/19/04 - 10:29:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No... I don't think so.
18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/19/04 - 10:38:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, amazingly enough, this is AMERICA, not JAPAN. Our culture here is vastly different than other countries.
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 7:36:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
the human body is beautiful so sure if others think it is ok
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 8:12:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
well i doubt id be going there, but i suppose if it's made aware to everyone before joining up so there's no big (or little) shocks, & thats what you wanna do, then so be it! im sure there'd be plenty of alternatives if nudity's not your cup of tea
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/2/04 - 8:41:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Gah. It's not as if no one has seen this stuff before.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/10/04 - 9:01:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely....I need the boost of self-confidence from seeing people who look worse nude than me!
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/10/04 - 9:15:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely, swimming nude is wonderful.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 5:39:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
uck no. old men naked.. ugh!
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 6:15:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
They should have set times for the naked swimming so that member that don’t want to look at old men’s balls know when not to go
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 7:57:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
It would be a horrible hardship for all those old men having to put up with naked young women swimming around in the nude. They would probably have to stop going to the pool or get their own nude pool time.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 8:06:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nude swimming is for *other* clubs.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 8:44:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the majority of members thinks it's alright I think they should keep it.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 8:54:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Me too.
18 yrs ago - Thursday 4/29/04 - 6:46:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
to bad it wasnt nude women
18 yrs ago - Thursday 5/6/04 - 7:26:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Keep the bathing suits on I for one do not want to see that.
18 yrs ago - Thursday 5/6/04 - 7:29:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
wait a minute is it only men who go nude? they should just make it everyone--that would get more young people in!
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/3/04 - 9:45:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
they should have separate pools for that that way everyone will be happy
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/10/04 - 7:43:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see how young people would be turned away by the nude swimming policy. We should all be nude all the time

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