By R.A. Schuetz
The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Caitlin Elby is the creator of “Hell on Heels”, a fitness class where clients bring their own heels — but they start the class barefoot, targeting the muscles they are going to need. Slowly, the class transitions to learning how to stand properly, by pulling up on the pelvic floor, and then they begin walking, then dancing.
Many women know wearing heels can be a pain.
They’ve experienced throbbing in the balls of their feet, and pinching or cuts by what had seemed a cute, strappy design.
Jay Kleeman, an orthopedic foot specialist at Norwalk Hospital, who has never worn a heel, says heels not only cause fleeting pain, but they can cause long-term foot and back problems.
But, as Lola proclaims in “Kinky Boots,” “The sex is in the heel!”
So what’s a girl to do?
Caitlin Elby, a Connecticut native and recent Norwalk transplant, believes she can help.
In 2011, Elby received her bachelor’s degree in dance and moved to New York to make a career. Almost immediately, she was asked to dance in heels.
“It’s one of those not talked-about things. If you watch ‘Good Morning America’ — which she has been on a few times — “or any of those shows, and you see what those girls are wearing, they’re wearing heels.”
As a dancer, Elby had taken classes in kinesthesiology and anatomy. “So I learned a lot about walking and what muscles you use to walk.”
Elby quickly adapted to the heels, and she began offering classes in New York to teach others the same.
Now that she is back in Connecticut, she has brought the fitness class with her — Hell on Heels, as the class is called, which debuted in Norwalk on Saturday.