Should Your Thighs Touch?
There’s a lot of talk out there about Chip Wilson, the CEO of Lululemon, defending his pants pilling. Here at our Fuse Pilates DC studio, we’ve been talking about it, too. Recently, he said that if a woman’s thighs didn’t rub, the pants wouldn’t pill. Therefore, it’s the woman’s thighs being inappropriately sized for the pants that are the problem. Meaning, his pants don’t pill under “normal circumstances.” It's not a problem with the manufacturing. It's not an issue with the fabric. It’s his customers’ big thighs that cause the destruction of his $90 pants. In addition to this being insulting, it’s also problematic for several reasons. Apparently, it’s now a “thing” for women and girls to want a "thigh gap." It’s a goal – sort of like graduating from college or getting a great job, except that this goal is really effing stupid. Unobtainable aesthetic goals are a product of false advertising and its use of overly thin models. But we all already knew that, right? So did you know that it’s anatomically inaccurate to believe a woman’s thighs shouldn’t touch? The goal should be proper leg alignment, and in that alignment, almost everyone’s thighs will touch. Let’s discuss. I’ll be the example. My thighs don’t touch. My thighs don’t touch, not because I’m skinny, but because I’m a little bow legged. That’s actually a structural flaw away from the ideal. Its official name is genu varum, which definitely sounds like something you don’t want to have. If you stand up with your feet together (all zipped up – big toes and ankles touching), then the top of your thighs, as well as your knees, calves and inside ankle bones should touch. Stand up and see if that’s true. For me, my knees don’t touch, which means the majority of my inner thigh musculature doesn’t either. Now reread the above paragraph about ideal alignment. Do I have ideal alignment? Nope. Also, my ankles don’t “lightly touch” as is the goal; my ankles smash together. That’s because I have pronated ankles – another problem (hey, let’s make neutral foot the “next big thing”). So, since those knees aren’t touching and the ankle bones are touching too much, what does that mean? Does that mean I can be safely approved to wear Wunder Unders without chub rub? Nope. It means that I’m prone to knee injury and getting osteoarthritis at some point in my life. Should that be your goal? I think we can all agree that the answer is “no,” and there’s nothing actually wrong with our thighs. Also, my pants are still pilling. (Note: Wilson did apologize – not to women’s thighs but for the “repercussions of his actions”). Until next time. Stay hard core, Mariska