Your New Workout Is Just A Pair Of Skinny Jeans Away

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
We’ve all been there. That post-dryer moment when you stuff your thigh into a pair of seemingly two-dimensional skinny jeans. You may have just purchased the pants, but after their first tumble around the dryer, you’re not sure how the waistband, which is currently the size of one butt cheek, will stretch to fit across both. Many of us work out in order to fit into these narrow, constricting denim tubes. But, the truth of the matter is: The act of getting into a pair of skinny jeans is a workout in and of itself.

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During a recent session with a trainer, I noticed that many of the exercises she was showing me were no different than the motions I practiced one day earlier while getting into a pair of freshly washed-and-dried ankle-skimming denim. Squats, lunges, kicks; they were all there. Had I just repeated each skinny-jeans movement a few more times,  I wouldn’t have needed a session with a trainer.

It is with this in mind that I present you The Skinny-Jean Workout — the exercise routine that’s already embedded into your schedule; you just didn’t know it. It may not be as popular or as calorie-burning as a spin at Soul Cycle. Still, it’s safe to assume that many grown women have, at some point in their lives, repurposed the grand pliés they learned in ballet class at age five in order to ensure those skinny jeans sit comfortably.

Now, let’s get physical.
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Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Grand Pliés
1. With your legs slightly farther than hip-width apart, slowly bend your knees until they are over your toes.

2. Using the waistband of your jeans for leverage, pull the pants up as you bend your knees.

3. Repeat until jeans are secured.
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High Kicks
1. With your skinny jeans pulled up around your hips, kick each leg in an upward direction. This motion will enable your jeans to slide into the fitted position on your legs.

2. Repeat on each side until jeans are in place.
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1. Holding onto the waistband for leverage, step forward into a lunge, pulling up your pants as you go.

2. Repeat on both sides.
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1. With your pants around your hips or waist, jump directly up in the air.

2. Holding onto the belt loops, pull your pants up toward your navel as you hop up and down.

3. Repeat until pants are secure and able to be fastened.

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