You may have heard of Zaggora or have seen them on the side of your Facebook page. The workout pants (aka Hotpants) that uses technology in their fabrics to help you burn more calories. Sounds too good to be true? I was skeptical but I was curious and I know many other women out there in our community are as well. So, I took the Hotpants for a test run.
According to the company, Zagorra’s ThermoFit fabric technology harnesses the body’s natural heat to help increase core temperature during exercise in order to promote greater calorie burn. This helps boost the effects of their exercise routine and ultimately achieve quicker results. The clothing is designed to be worn while you’re active at any level from walking or a full on workout. They suggest wearing them for a minimum of 30-60 minutes a day.
What I did:
I’m not a big fan of working out but I do walk a lot since I don’t drive. So, as recommended by the company, I dedicated myself to wearing the pants each day for 2 weeks – their challenge to everyone regardless of what your physical activity level is. The accompanying literature says to wear them even when you’re doing household chores or picking up groceries and running errands.
What I’ve discovered:
I wore the pants each day for at least an hour. Some days I went 3 hours depending on what my schedule allowed. It was easy enough to wear them around the house, to get the kid from school and while I was running errands. I did make an effort to pick up my speed when I did walk. I was concerned that I would feel hot (not that kind of hot) and uncomfortable but they were fine even where the seaming met my skin. In fact, I actually forgot I was wearing them when I was out. I definitely noticed the sweating everywhere the fabric touched my skin but only when I removed them. Water retention is a concern for many women so, this appeared to help wick away some of that.
I’m not sure if I lost weight over all — I mean, it was two weeks so let’s be realistic. But that isn’t the claim plus I wasn’t doing any major workout activities. Here’s what I did notice about the pants…
1. The fabric that is a similar feeling to wearing Neoprene is thick enough to not show panty lines like other workout wear. They are suppose to fit tight but comfortable.
2. The style of the pants is flattering as it sits over the muffin top so it smoothes that core area that many of us are concerned about and keeps that all in check.
3. When I’m indoors and sitting idle is when I notice that smell of the fabric (kinda synthetic, not sure how to describe it) but after a few washings (and you need to wash them after every wear) it lessened.
4. The more intense the walk I did, the more the sweating seem to happen. When I peeled off the pants that’s when I noticed the sweat. Sorry if it sounds gross but I know you want to know how effective these are. The good thing is that I didn’t notice any sweat marks on the outside of the pants but I had the black coloured ones.
Overall I think the pants are great for shedding the water retention which helped the bloating around the tummy appear to be less than usual. They look great on as the thickness and tightness of the pants kept everything in check. I didn’t take a tape measure out as the company suggested after the two weeks, as I personally go by feel and what I see in the mirror more than numbers (for the record, I don’t step on weight scales either except for at the doctor’s office). If I feel good about the way I look then that’s what matters to me.
While they seem a little pricey initially (my capris are listed at $88 Canadian + shipping from the UK), I realized that they are in the same range as another well-known workout pants.
Have you tried them? What results did you notice?
Zaggora provided me with a pair of their HotPants Capris for review purposes only. I was not compensated for this review. As always, all opinions expressed and experiences are my own.