The New York Times reported yesterday that more and more women are replacing traditional bachelorette party activities (getting wasted; eating penis cake) with workouts. Like workout workouts: Cycling classes, weight lifting, pilates and stuff like that:
Dancing on tables used to be the only activity remotely resembling exercise at a bachelorette party. Not now. The prewedding rite has taken to the gym — and the stationary bike, the yoga studio, even the 10K road race. During prime wedding season, April to October, Exhale Spa’s Midtown branch alone hosts an average of four bachelorette parties a month (cost: $675 to $1,200) for its signature Core Fusion workout, a barre-based blend of weights, interval training and stretching.
I know plenty of brides who’ve decided to do something fun like a pole-dancing class, which seems vaguely more appropriate simply because it involves something sexual. But stationary bikes?
Maybe I just don’t understand because I’m too young: “People are getting married a little bit older, and they know who they are more and that’s reflected in the bachelorette parties,” a personal trainer from Seattle told the Times.
Or maybe I just don’t get the whole craze to lose weight for a wedding. A recent bride explained that she chose a workout-centric bridal party because it was more ‘productive’: “When you’re trying to be really fit and lose weight, you really are thinking of it as every day counts, so why not make working out part of the celebration?”
Whatever the cause of this new trend in pre-wedding parties, it all makes me wonder: How much to most women really like working out with their friends? Magazines have been telling me for ages that I should buddy up with a friend to make me more accountable at the gym; they even give us entire partner workout plans.
But as much we talk about it over brunch, I never really go to the gym or attend fancy exercise classes with my friends. We hike. We run, sometimes. And occasionally, we sign up for the same 5K as a prelude to the aforementioned brunch.
But I want to know: Do other women really like the idea of swapping out happy hour for a yoga class with their girlfriends? Tell me:
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