Activewear recent invention — because earlier people exercise naked.
Activewear recent invention — because earlier people exercise naked.: No, really. The word “gymnasium” is Greek for “place to be naked” or “place to exercise” — which, in ancient Greece were synonymous anyway. (We bet naked discus was super fun to watch.)
Kind of puts the transparent yoga-pant problem into perspective, doesn’t it?
The Naked Truth About “Gym” and “Gymno”
Our word gymnasium comes from a Greek noun meaning “place to be naked,” or “place to exercise.” The adjective was gymnos, “naked.” Greek athletes exercised in the nude.
The Greek gymnasium was for more than just working out. It was also a place for bathing and having scholarly discussions.