Product Review – Zaggora HotPants – Hot or Not?

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled when Zaggora sent me a pair of their Viva HotPants to trial.  Billed as amazing fat burning workout pants, with some wearers reportedly losing a jeans size in two weeks, and having been seen on Celebrities both sides of the Atlantic – as a showbiz fan as well as being in need of burning some fat, I couldn’t wait to try them on.

Zaggora Viva HotPants

Ripping open the packaging, my first thoughts on seeing them was “Gosh, they are pink…!” or words to that effect!  There are five colour ways in the Viva range, and I chose the pink ones to try.  But boy these are pink.  Really pink.   Now I’m a girl that likes black clothing, especially in her workout wear, so I’m not sure just how confident I’ll be wearing these outside of my house, and even inside I might need sunglasses, but nothing ventured…

Second thoughts – they’re tiny.  Even after checking on the very handy size guide, they still looked as if there were going to be a struggle to get into.  I was assured by the very helpful people at Zaggora that they would fit, so I trusted their advice and went for it.  Quickly whipping out the tape measure to take note of my Blobby Bits so that I could keep an eye on just how my size changed over the next few weeks it was then time to squeeze them on.

Zaggora HotPants are made of a neoprene type material with a special Celu-Lite technology fabric lining all of which is supposed to enhance your natural body temperature to warm you up in the areas you want to target most (thighs, bum, and legs).  Now, I’ve worn a few wetsuits in my time, and they’re always difficult to get on, but the first time putting the HotPants on was like stuffing a giant sausage into a mini sausage casing – a workout all of its own!  Eventually though, after wriggling and squeezing, hopping and sucking, I managed to get them up to my waist (at this point the sweating had already started, but I’m not sure that’s quite the way they’re supposed to get you thinner) and had managed to give myself a bit of a camel toe – hmmm, not a great look!  However after some more careful pulling and arranging, I created a non-pornographic silhouette, and the pink actually wasn’t quite so bright against my skin as they’d looked without a body inside, and paired with a trusty black t-shirt they looked great.

After the exertion of getting them on, that first night I chose to wear them whilst sitting in front of the TV, partly as I wasn’t sure I could actually work out in them as they felt a little tight, but mainly as I’d already done a hardcore 1hr workout that morning and could barely walk… so no need to go overboard!

Walking around the house however, the third thing that struck me was the sound.  It’s was like I’d got a bag of crisps taped to the insides of my legs when I walked, a kind of crackly sandpapery type swishing…  It was quite funny in the privacy of my home, but I’m sure I’d be pink with embarrassment if I were making that kind of noise at the gym!

Anyway, the first proper session wearing the HotPants was with my Re-Model-Me trainer the following morning. Deciding that we really needed to put the technical claims to the test, my trainer Roger Frampton, spent an hour having me do squats, lunges, planks, plyo lunges, jumping, dips, hopping, anything he could think of to make my legs work hard.  By the end of the session, barely able to walk, the sweat was pouring off me – the pants were definitely doing their work.  Not only were my legs, bum and thighs sweating more than they have ever done before, but it really felt like they were working harder than if I’d been in my normal running leggings, but maybe that was just wishful thinking….  Taking them off however was unbelievable.  Not only were they dripping with sweat (so much I could wring it out of them) but my legs were very smooth underneath.  Oooh, maybe the claims were true afterall…

I tried the HotPants again the following day doing 4 hours of housework and gardening, and again I had the same result.  Although not working the muscles in quite the same way, the resulting sweat and smoothness was identical.  I think I like these HotPants!

Unable to undertake the 2 week challenge that Zaggora suggest for the most immediate of results, due to work and time restrictions, I carried on with my normal twice a week 6.30am workouts with Roger, and over the past 6 weeks I am thrilled and amazed with the results.

According to the Zaggora website the HotPants are proven to use your body heat to increase energy expenditure before and after exercise by raising your core body temperature by up to 18%. Since you’re heating up and your body is using more energy, you are burning more calories; calorie burn increases by 26% in the hour after exercise with HotPants too.  As we all know, as you burn calories, you lose weight.

Lab tests have also demonstrated that in just 30 minutes of exercise, women lost 4 times more weight with HotPants than they did when doing the same exercise in standard workout clothes.  And I have to agree.  My legs really do work much harder in the HotPants.  Just to check, I did my last two sessions with Roger back in my old faithful running capris, and despite doing harder exercises the workout was nowhere near as intensive or deep as when wearing the HotPants.  The skin on my legs and thighs is so much smoother and softer than before (perfect timing for my holiday where I plan on wearing shorts every day) seriously reducing the Blobby bits, and to top it all, I’ve gone down a dress size.  Yes, a full dress size! Amazing!

I was a bit worried about ‘leakage’ and after a full-on session there is certainly a little bit of a tell-tale sign that you’ve been working hard, especially around the seams, but I think that’s a good thing – it shows they’re working!  Also, with my big bottom, for me they are a little short at back when bending over, but a long top quickly covered any blushes, and quite frankly it’s really not about fashion when the sweat is pouring off you…  The attractive camel-toe disappears once you get used to pulling the HotPants on the right way, and with the weightloss I’ve had, they get easier to pull on every time.

An hours worth of sweat

Overall, I’m so impressed with the HotPants that I’ve purchased my second pair, the new Zaggora HotPants 2.0.  Lighter, softer and apparently quieter, I’ve gone for the Black Capris this time, so that I will be able to wear them through the winter months, both inside and outside…  Let’s hope I’m buying my third pair soon – but in an even smaller size.

If you want to get your own pair of Zaggora HotPants, head on over to their Facebook site for special deals and competitions, or just go straight to the website now.  Admittedly they’re not the cheapest of workout pants, but they are definitely worth the money if you’re serious about getting tighter smoother legs, bums and thighs… oh, and dropping that dress size!

~ by BlobbyJogger on 14 August, 2012.

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