Stiletto Workout? No, Thanks

shutterstock_110909420I just discovered something I want to do less than hauling my ass to the gym – hauling my ass to the gym and working out in a pair of stilettos. The new “Stiletto Workout” is all the rage ladies! The New York Times says so.

Nicole Damaris, the woman behind the idea, thinks she’s helping women learn how to feel comfortable in their 3-inch heels. I don’t own a pair of 3-inch heels, but if I did I may consider taking her class after hearing her talk about it. She’s very convincing: ”Women are going to wear high heels, regardless of the warnings,” she said. ”So if they’re going to do it, they need to have a really good understanding of how to stand, walk and balance in their shoes.” This is true, I guess. I mean, I don’t personally wear stilettos, but I’m sure there are many women who do.

One of the Stiletto Workout instructors at Simple Studios, a rehearsal space in Chelsea, said she liked ”working out in a sexy way.” I wish I was one of those women who felt sexy at the gym. I don’t think I’ve ever felt sexy at the gym. I don’t think a pair of stilettos will fix that.

Not surprisingly, she makes her clients sign waivers before they take the class. I’m guessing they say something like, “I will not sue Ms. Damaris if my ankle splits in half or I concuss myself after tripping with a 5-pound weight in my hand.” Sign on the dotted line, please!

I joke, but it’s actually a pretty good idea. Have you ever been to the Meatpacking District on the weekend? Seeing hordes of women navigating cobblestone streets, trying not to get their stiletto stuck in a groove in the pavement is difficult to watch. I’m sure it’s twice as difficult to accomplish. These women need tools. Expertise. Stiletto Workout classes.

When hell freezes over and I buy a pair of stilettos, I might consider taking one of these classes. Wait, what am I saying? No I won’t. More power to ladies and gents that pack stilettos for the gym, though. I’m not a hater.

(photo: Croisy/


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