The skinny jeans has made a successful and extended come back. it has been in vogue for a few seasons now, and a lot of women are reaching for their forgotten pair hanging at the back of the closet – only to find out it does not fit anymore.
Enter skinny jeans workouts. The fitness industry took advantage of women’s frustration and came up with different versions of the skinny jeans workout.
More than a lower-body workout
These skinny jeans workouts do more than just slim down your lower body. According to WebMD, these exercises are based on "time-tested exercises." Equinox Club Skinny Jeans Workout creator Molly Fox admits to getting inspiration from 80s Jane Fonda exercises while adding some modern bits.
According to Lisa Wheeler, national creative manager of group fitness for Equinox, the skinny jeans workout classes focus on exercises for the abs, glutes, and thighs, including leg lifts, squats, and isometrics, but were modified to include balance, core strength, light weights, plus yoga and Pilates moves for a whole body workout.
Los Angeles fitness trainer Lisa Goldenthal’s version on the other hand uses multi-tasking techniques so, as she explains, you do don’t have to spend so much time working out. For instances, bicep curls and shoulder presses with light weights are already incorporated into squats and lunges. Goldenthal’s Lisa G’s Skinny Jeans Workout also has core strength training moves based on Pilates exercises and yoga-style stretches.
Does it work?
According to skinny jeans workout follower Nichelle Toomire of Los Angeles, the workout actually works for her. She started doing Goldenthal’s program 2 years ago when she was 39, and stuck with it because she saw results after a short amount of time.
"It enabled me to shave inches off my figure, especially my booty," she says. "Now I don’t look like a pear in my jeans anymore!"
According to Fabio Comana, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego, the skinny jeans workout is a good choice because of the motivation factor. He warns though that it is impossible to spot-reduce fat. But still, working the hips, butt, stomach, and thighs as part of an overall fitness program may help you look better in jeans.
Creating your own workout
According to Comana, like any good workout program, the skinny jeans workout has to have cardio to promote weight loss and general conditioning, plus resistance training to build and tone muscles.
To create your own version of the skinny jeans workout, Comona shares the following tips:
- Incorporate lunges and squats – with or without weights, these moves make good resistance exercises for toning the lower body.
- Include cardio exercises that work your lower extremities in your routine. These exercises burn calories and tone muscles overall. 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises, 3-5 times a week should do the trick.
- If you want to include cycling or spinning in your routine, do not mash heavy equipment. Doing this might build more muscle than what you might want. Worse, it can even injure your knees.
- Go easy on running steps and hills. This could build more muscle, which may not be the best idea if you want to fit into your skinny jeans. Running steps and hills however, are good for overall fitness.
- Ellipticals and steppers can work the glutes. But, like lunges and squats, it is important to use proper technique.