Monday, August 10, 2009

'Skinny Jeans' Class Aims To Aid Your Zip

The Skinny Jeans Workout concentrates on core muscles, balance and posture. A cross between ballet, butt-burning stretches and light weight lifting, the workout involves the entire body. Lisa Grimmer, a group fitness instructor, teaches the class. ‘What I love about Skinny Jeans is it takes everything from Pilates -- the core workout, which would be the tightening around of your abdominal muscles, your lower back. People think of that as ‘the core.’ But there's also the shoulder girdle, which we work out a lot in Skinny Jeans, too,’ says Grimmer. ‘So really we're thinking about anything that would be postural or placed into your jeans, so you've got your abdominals, of course, and we work the inner and outer thighs that go into the jeans.’ Tracy Cherpeski Bannister, another class instructor, believes posture is key to fitting into tight pants. The class is usually taught in bare feet, for maximum balance. It forces ‘our bodies to be smarter,’ says Bannister. She reasons that by freeing up your feet, you have to use your brain as well. ‘You have to think and feel what's happening. If you don't [go barefoot], then it's not a waste of time, but you don't get as much out of it as maybe you should.’”

1 comment:

Eric said...

This workout sounds a lot like pilates to me, and that's a good thing. Pilates is a hard core workout, so I'm sure Skinny Jeans classes will work really well.