Thursday, February 20, 2014

No Pants Subway Ride...WHAT??? Thoughts & a Workout

As I’m flying across the country, I am reading the airline’s magazine, Hemispheres. In the January 2014 edition, page 76 lists some off-the-beaten-path activities for the year. First up for January? No Pants Subway Ride in New York City. 

Am I the only person who has never heard of this??? Apparently this event has been around since 2002 in NYC, and is now carried out in multiple cities worldwide. It just happened Jan 12, 2014 (damn….) So what happens? Transit users hop aboard sans pants and do their best to act normally. The only rule is that participants must wear underwear.

My initial thoughts:

1. I would never join this tradition, but if I did, I would have to stand for the entire ride. How could you possibly want to sit, ever again, knowing that all those undie-only clad booties made direct contact with the seat? I used to ride the train to work. On more than one occasion some random drunk guy sat on me, mistaking my lap for a seat. A pant-less version of that would have made me vomit, or punch someone.

2. It would be like walking among Bodyrockers if everyone was fit….half naked people in their skivvies everywhere you look.

3. If I made eye contact with anyone, I would bust out laughing.

4. January in NYC without pants?? I can’t imagine being scarf-less in that weather, let alone pant-less.

5. Do people workout more ahead of time, knowing their lower halves will be bare for all subway-goers to see?

6. Modesty and hygiene aside, it sounds like silly fun.

Have you heard of, or better yet, participated in one of these events? If you did participate, was it a one-time thing, or do you look forward to it annually? Did you make friends? Did a drunk guy sit on you (I hope I’m not alone in that club). I wonder how many people get dates out of it….

Please share your pant-less subway stories!!

Here’s a quick lower body workout with cardio to get you ready for the big day next year:

Set your timer for: 10 sec rest/50 sec work
7 exercises per round = 7 min per round.
Aim for a minimum of 2 rounds, but do 3-4 if you can.
Equipment: timer, jump rope (both optional….find a free timer here, and sub other cardio for jump rope if you need to)
Make sure to warm up and cool down.

Written for the Daily Hiit; the original article can be found here.

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