Inside the Invite-Only Workout Loved By It Girls Across the World

11/21/2015 at 11:01 AM ET

Courtesy Russell Bateman

The latest impossible-to-get-into celebrity favorite isn’t a nightclub or restaurant, but a workout.

The Skinny Bitch Collective is an invite-only exercise class started by trainer Russell Bateman. The name may rub some people the wrong way, but that’s okay with him.

“I like making people’s ears prick up, and the name is always going to get attention,” Bateman tells PEOPLE. “I always had a reputation for training lean models in groups, and that led to a girl retorting, ‘Got the skinny bitches today?’ It was born out of that.”

Bateman says the workout is “more of an experience than a class.”

“It’s raw, it’s evolving, it’s emotional, it’s bonding, and it’s built to make a girl leave the session leaner and stronger,” he says. “No class is ever the same. You will do things you’ve never done before, and experiencing these movement patterns is integral to breaking out of your comfort zone.”

While Bateman did not divulge specific exercises, he said the class often involves interaction with others, and may involve holding hands or being blindfolded.

“Come to it knowing I’ll test your limits,” he says. “If you don’t like it, leave!”

The class is so in-demand, that Bateman has kept it invite-only. If you want to score admission to his VIP classes (Suki Waterhouse and Ellie Goulding are both reportedly attendees), the best way in is through a referral.

“I am picky, and I expect a certain dynamic and unity,” says Bateman. “It’s like a dinner party. You need some intensity and some personality, and at the same time you need to be able to embrace the class. If I don’t like someone or they lack effort, then they won’t be invited back.”

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Anonymous on

What an a**. Get over yourself, you’re a trainer.

msliftbig on

I’m in shape and I’m still offended by the “skinny bitch” thing. Really? That’s ridiculous and tacky!

Susan on

Let him have his 15 minutes .. celebs are constantly changing what is new and hip.. the flash in the pan moment will be over soon but he will always be a wannabe a$$.

goodie on

What an absolute crock! Trying to make a club as if that’s what we base our self worth on. I hope people do not go to such a nonsense idea!

bugsforever on

I don’t know about the “bitches” part, but those ARE some skinny girls. Whatever they’re doing in his oh-so-special classes, they aren’t building muscle.

Linda on

He only wants to feel more important by making it elite – only for tall, skinny, pretty girls, like the ones in the photo.

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