Skinny Bitch might sound like a slang and might not go well with the feminists and the sensitive chunk of the society, but before you get any ideas, let us clear the air. By ‘Skinny Bitch’ trend we are talking about a fitness trend dominating the international celebrity fitness regime. Yes.
Skinny Bitch is all about reshaping into a lean, strong and a sexy body and Russell Bateman, the owner of Skinny Bitch Collective, has no qualms about calling his London based studio by this name.
He is a celebrity fitness trainer, who has been training models and celebrities for many years. The tongue in cheek title, ‘Skinny Bitch’ originated from a joke between Russell and his friends, where Russell was constantly teased on training only skinny bitches. Hence, the name sounded perfect to the celebrity fitness trainer, and why not? We have to accept, it does have a zing to it!
Sweeping the world with the rigorous, hard-core exercise regime, SBC or Skinny Bitch Collective is an invitation only studio, & a lack of sufficient supply paves way for aggressive demand. With about 101k followers on Instagram and 19,000 followers on Facebook, Russell Bateman is now a global name through indirect endorsement by celebrities like Suki Waterhouse and Ellie Goulding, as they & many other models keep posting their gruesome workout videos on social media platforms. Attended by high cheek bone models and other mortals, Russell offers a statutory warning on the fitness level required before hand to almost all those who are invited to the 1000 calorie burn party.
SBC official website’s landing page welcomes the visitor’s with a bombshell in the SBC merchandise Bikini on a pristine beach. Sculpted to perfection, this model first slays the viewer with her seductive eyes and then creates an appropriate brand image in the eyes of the onlooker.
A sorority of elite crop of British fashion swears by SBC and are not only trained to look drop dead gorgeous, they are also taught the significance of nutrition and food.
Couple with bruises and aches, this workout is known to help the practitioner in keeping up the insane shape the models ought to maintain in order to survive in the cutthroat industry.
Kathlean Hou from The Cut magazine in the article “I Got Initiated Into the Skinny Bitch Collective” referred to the exercises as ‘animalistic set of frenetic exercises’ and added Russell’s thoughts on the style of workout. He said,
“It’s raw, evolving, and intense. I want girls to get fearful of the workout because fear feeds emotion, which fuels intensity. That’s the key. I want girls to get as far away from their comfort zones as possible and remember to never underestimate themselves because, deep inside, they are stronger than they think.”
While we agree with ‘get out of your comfort zone’ ideology, we are not so sure about fear fueling one’s workout motivation.
Is it worth the obsession?
Every new or old form of workout has some take aways attached to it. The $45 class of SBC is flooded with wait listed girls and celebrities alike, but is it truly worth all the wait and effort? Though the workouts are intense, challenging, fun and do add to the endurance levels of the practitioners, the fitness fraternity is questioning the safety & wellness concerns these workouts pose. A model needs to be on her toes to achieve the insane body standards set by the beauty industry, but for people like us, it seems a little too unrealistic to perform these workouts on an everyday basis.
Of all the videos, I came across on all the social media sites, it did excite me at first, but after reading all the reviews and suggestions from reliable sites like Cosmopolitan.com etc. , I gaged, it is not really a thing for us mortals. We need something that we can keep up on a regular basis and if like me, you prefer something fun & challenging as well, then why not opt for a high intensity or a Tabata style workout? This is not to say, Fabfit has any less respect for those who practice at SBC, we merely intend to live by realistic standards. Although, trying a class or two, if given a chance, should be a great activity to try one’s hands on!
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