How Parisian Women Stay Fit: Waterbike

Cruising around the 16th arrondissement of Paris last week I stumbled upon a strange looking storefront showcasing big machines that reminded me of a more stylish Port-O-Lets. Intrigued, I looked closer and discovered the structures are actually designed to host a bike and meant to fill up with water – for exercise. Meet Waterbike, the first ever workout jacuzzi. In a process that combines the benefits of cycling in water to hydro-massage, Waterbike provides an “active” lymphatic drainage which helps control water retention, build muscles and cardio, lose weight and shape up the lower body.

Let’s be clear: how Parisians – women, in particular – stay fit and skinny on a bread, wine and charcuteries diet is a secret everyone in America wants to know, stat. I’ll let the video speak for itself but I’m pretty sure a dozen individual spinning sessions against water would leave my legs without a hint of cellulite! Hopefully after their showcase at the Mondial Spa & Beauté 2012 conference this weekend, somebody’s gonna take it upon themselves to bring this miracle stateside!

A Midweek Meditation On Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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