And yet another one is here. A new class has popped up at gyms across the country, once again targeting women and the obsession we are supposed to have with our bodies. This time it’s the Skinny Jeans Workout – a class specifically designed to get rid of those annoying little bulges and bumps hanging over the tops of our jeans (I supposed “Muffin Top” class wouldn’t sound as appealing, and I also suppose that men don’t have this issue too???).
The Skinny Jeans Workout claims to concentrate on core muscles, balance and posture. A cross between ballet, butt-burning stretches (ooo-la-la) and light weight lifting, the workout involves the entire body.
According to a recent CNN story, regulars swear they’ve dropped a jeans size or two since the class began four months ago, and they say it not only tightens the tush, but also helps develop flexibility and strength to hold the back straight. Lifting and lengthening to zip your zipper is the motto here!
Tracy Cherpeski Bannister, a class instructor, believes posture is key to fitting into tight pants. “We tuck our shoulder blades into our back pockets – so we’re opening the chest as well.”
Once again ladies, we are faced with another dose of ridiculousness to further perpetuate our negative bodily images. The truth is, no Skinny Jeans, Skinny Bikini or Skinny Anything class is going to make us, well, skinny.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL FOR healthy bodies and healthy lifestyles. What I’m NOT FOR is the way that gyms, diet manufacturers and other “get thin quick” companies make us want to believe that if we do X, we will get Y (or in this case Z for zipper). We all know that taking a class doesn’t lead to skinnyville. We also know that not being able to eat or