Monday, November 21, 2011

A Post for Women Only

Here's a little secret.  I love to eat.  I've never met a meal I didn't like. When I was younger, I could eat pretty much anything and not gain weight.  But age, cookies, and sitting at a computer terminal all day have finally caught up to me. I've decided for the sake of my health and a tiny bit of vanity, I'm going to lose weight and get in shape. (Plus Cathy at Life on the Muskoka River just lost 50 pounds! Inspire much?)

I've started taking a class called Zumba.  It's like aerobics but to better music. I am convinced that my Zumba instructor is a Red Bull fueled cyborg who eats energizer bunnies for breakfast.  I have no idea where she gets the energy.  Anyway, if you've ever taken a Zumba class, you know that the dance moves are like one continuos double dog dare.  How far are you willing to go in front of an audience to the tune of I'm sexy and I know it?

As I was bent over with my hiney in the air tonight,  I was completely irritated by the injustice of men's vs. women's athletic garb.

If this guy ever shows up to
Zumba, I am NOT staying.

Men's athletic clothing consists of roomy and comfortable T-shirts and shorts.

Women's athletic wear consists of form fitting stretchy fabric, specially created to hug every curve and roll. And the tops conveniently have triangles of lining in them that shift in the wash.  Forget to straighten those puppies out and not only do you look like you stuff your bra but that you use the tissue box to do it. Sure, you can get pants in different lengths and shirts with sleeves but women's athletic clothing is cut curvy not boxy.  So no matter what size or style, all of your design flaws are painfully on display.

Maybe this is why the Indian woman next to me was doing Zumba in her jeans and a T-shirt.  I think she's got the right idea. Next time I might opt for one of my husband's boxy T-shirts.  That or stick to the back row.

Here's your visual. This is not my class but same dance.


  1. ROTFL! I never thought of it that way but you're right. Men's work out clothes are unfairly comfortable. We need a comfortable women's workout clothes revolution!

  2. That looks like so much fun - you know, if you're coordinated... remember all that jazzercise in the 80s? Or line dancing in the 90s? I was the one who always screwed up the next move. I could screw up a push-up, now that I think about it. Good for you for taking the class! And yeah, wear a big old t-shirt and some old-fashioned gym shorts then shake your hiney with uninhibited abandon. Go GP go!

  3. Hahah....Red Bull fueled cyborg. I can't stop laughing! So visual. Love this post!

  4. Thanks Heather and Sherry!

    Cathy - I am that person that goes the wrong way and plows into the line. Yes indeedy.

  5. I've seen unspeakably tight male exercise gear.

    Oops. I've spoken of it.

  6. I really love this post because it contains the element about soe fashion update for women also.Good Work.


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