Fancy Pants

For the month of January, I’ve committed to posting every day, having accepted the 30-day challenge.
This is day 15 of 30.


So, I got a late Christmas gift in the mail. Later even than you think, since my initial order was placed about a year and a half ago. I’m a big fan of Kickstarter products — there’s something about investing in something that doesn’t exist yet — I feel like I’m helping someone who’s got an idea that they want to get out into the world — and my gift was a long-awaited Kickstarter investment.

And what did I get? Fancy pants.


Go see them in action. No, I’m not inviting you to come watch me work out… I don’t think I could take the catcalling. Or the heckling. Just go to the website.

For those who didn’t take my suggestion and go to the website, here’s the Cliffnotes version of the pants — they’re pants with a brain that connects to your phone. There are sensors in the shorts which record which muscles are firing, allowing you to analyze everything from form to workout difficulty.

[tangent: do kids these days even know what “Cliffnotes” are? I imagine Da Interwebz have made Cliffnotes obsolete, right?]

It’s amazing doing squats and deadlifts and see exactly what muscles are firing, how in balance (or imbalanced!) I am and exactly how hard I’m working. Pretty cool stuff, eh? The downside? My trainer can tell when I’m lying to her when I say, “Nope, no more weight – I couldn’t push another pound…”.

I first received them in the late summer, but a few rounds of exchanging for the right size ate up a few months (my problem, not theirs) and the shorts are now an after-Christmas present. And I couldn’t imagine anything more fun! I’ve always enjoyed working legs — I’m weird like that — but now I absolutely can’t wait.

Of course, after my workout today, I might not be doing anything for a few days. Ouch.

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