By Julie Bain, reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on October 2


pressPopular exercise programs aim to get your butt, abs, and thighs in shape — and help you fit into those jeans.

Many women have a love-hate relationship with their jeans — especially their “skinny jeans.” You might define your skinny jeans as that pair hanging in the back of the closet that fits only when you’re at your slimmest. Or you might think of them as the super-tight, hip-to-ankle style that’s been in vogue the past few seasons. Either way, those jeans don’t lie! They’re a barometer of your weight and how you feel about yourself.

The fitness industry is capitalizing on this obsession by creating “skinny jeans workouts” designed to shape up what you show in that form-fitting denim. A TV commercial for Bally Total Fitness promises to help you look better in your skinny jeans. Equinox offers one-hour Skinny Jeans Workout classes at certain clubs nationwide. Many independent trainers and fitness clubs are offering some variation of the skinny jeans workout.

“I think fitting into any pair of tightly cut jeans is motivating,” says Fabio Comana, anexercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego. When you can slip into that special pair that really flatters your physique, you feel slim and sexy, and you get second looks and compliments, he says.

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