When you hear stiletto bootcamp workout, what do you envision? For me, it's a sprained ankle and a bag of ice. I consider myself a pretty talented wearer of heels of all heights -- from wedges to pumps -- but I wasn't exactly sure I'd be able to do push-ups in a pair of four-inchers.
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Of course, that didn't stop me from signing up for a stiletto workout class at a local gym here in New York City. My goal: To complete the workout successfully without the need of emergency care. I wondered: Would I have the chance to channel my inner Playmate? Did I have on the right clothes? I had no idea, but I was more than ready to find out.
I'll tell you one thing, my feet weren't what hurt me the most.
First things first: My weapon of choice. I chose these nude slingback peep toe pumps from Charlotte Russe. I've only worn them a few times, and despite their height, they're actually wicked comfortable. Not to mention, I figured if I was going to give this class a go, I was gonna give it my all.
What I expected: Call me naive, but I didn't expect to sweat. As a runner, I'd like to think I'm decently physically fit. And really, how could prancing around in a pair of heels for 45 minutes actually give me a workout? The instructor had the most amazing pair of gams I've ever seen, so clearly this works. I was excited.
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What it was: Well, I sweated. In fact, within the first five minutes, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, standing up, through the whole thing.
The class itself consisted mostly of squats, kicks, knee-lifts, with some arm work using 5-pound dumbbells. It was constant. Never would I have expected a drill sergeant to come in such a tall, slender package, wearing stilettos. I didn't want to hate her, I knew she was doing this for my own good. But she didn't show one ounce of sweat or fatigue, and WOW my thighs were killing me. Yup. My thighs. Not once did I think about my feet. In fact, after the class was over, I could have walked home in my heels, if I wanted.
Would I do it again? Of course! This bootcamp totes gave me a chance to concentrate on other muscles not targeted during my average workout, giving me that good type of sore feeling. Yes, the added height took a bit of getting used to, but finding that center of balance helped engage my core. And while I may not be wearing heels the next time I do a knee-lift, I'll surely never underestimate a woman in heels, ever again.
Would you ever try a stiletto workout class?
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