As a fitness professional, I believe that physique/appearance is just as important as health. Good health and physique are good for you, both physically and mentally. I think I speak for most people when I say that a slim waist is highly desirable. A slim waist, natural or not, can change your whole look and make you sexier and more confident rocking different types of clothes.
Finding the best waist trainers, together with proper diet and exercise, can help you achieve your body goals and stay motivates in your weight loss or waist slimming journey.
Corsets/waist trainers are stiffened and tight filling garments that help shale your torso and slim down your waist giving your body a fashionably/sexy/chic silhouette.
A little bit of history about waist training
Waist training and corsets are certainly not a new thing. Before the start of the 19th century, corsets were referred to a stiff bodice, stays, or a pair of bodies. The renaissance and Baroque era – the origin of corsets is confusing and somewhat unknown, of course, with the exception of iron and cage lie bodies from the 16th century. Depictions of portraits of Venetian women with stiffened bodies can be traces to 1530. In the early 16th century, Europe referred to corsets as a pair of bodies.
The 17th century – the bodice was made as a different garment from the dress. Corsets were made into a cone shape. The stiff bodice was worn underneath the clothing and more conical shaped. Garments pressed over the bodice to keep it from moving around. Corsets were made of silk brocades and gold trim. Here is when it was made slightly shorter and was tightened by long lace.
Regency and Victorian era –corsets were worn on the natural waistline and made with metal boning. Planchets were used to open and close the corsets. Fashion demanded hourglass silhouette corsets were made. Wasp waists and hourglass figure was the desirable silhouette, bringing the need for corsets. Mass production of corsets began.
1900’s – silhouette changes to a thin, streamlined figure as more women joined sports. Corsets with an elastic material and stiffened hip girdles plus inbuilt bra were created; watered-down versions soon followed. Now – the hippie movement together with the desire for a slimmer waist and hourglass figure, brought back the corset. With the new inventions, you can now find a variety of designs made for different purposes.
How it works
Waist trainers are miraculous tools. They offer you a way of getting solutions, permanent or otherwise, based on multiple factors. It includes using a corset designed in a specific way to cinch the waist down to a smaller /slimmer size.
All corsets include an internal boning structure that whittles away specific parts of the body. What it does is take out and re-adjust the waist area.
It doesn’t just help with the minor adjustment; waist training can do wonders for your figure. It doesn’t just help with the minor adjustments; you can use it to get an even smaller waist and tighten the area around your abdomen.
Does waist training work?
So many people are skeptical about waist training because they actually do not believe that it works. Well, I would say that they actually do, depending on multiple factors.
It is normal for our bodies to change or morph. Just like weight lifting, waist training has a gradual effect on the body. The body will change depending on how much you to change it. Technically, waist training is just a different addition or approach to effective workouts.
From results and reviews from people who have actually used waist trainers show that Waist trainers have been seen to change;
Women with postpartum bodies – they are effective in giving you the pre-baby body you want to have back.
It is the fastest way to lose fat around your belly and give you curves.
Types of waist trainers
There are multiple types of waist trainers in today’s market, all serving different needs.
Corsets – corsets are more like traditional waist trainers. They have metal boning and are worn for long hours to help with the waist snatching. They are the best for drastic changes if worn regularly. You can wear them underneath your clothes if you want immediate waist slimming effects for an event. On the other hand, they are uncomfortable and could be dangerous if overused.
Waist cinchers – these are perfect to use with your exercise routine, intensive or not. They have hook and eye closures, are mostly made of latex or less flexible fabric. You can wear them for a long period, and the less boning makes them comfortable.
Waist trimmers – these are more responsible for burning the fat around your waist and belly than shaping your body. They increase core temperatures and promote weight loss. They are great for workouts and exercise, are more durable, provide back support, and have no boning.
Benefits of /reasons for waist training
- Helps you achieve the hourglass figure
- Helps with weight control
- Back and lumbar support
- Improves your posture and your confidence
- Postpartum Waist Tightening
- Bustline support
Is waist training safe?
As a person who has been using waist trainers for years, I have never had any issues with waist training, and the same goes for those I train who choose to wear waist trainers. As long as you use waist trainers the right way and take your time, waist trainers are safe for use.
It is safe to use trainers for workouts, to get rid of belly fat, get back support, correct your posture, and get the curves you want.
The dangers of waist training and how to avoid them
What to expect when waist training – the negatives
- Feeling of discomfort
- Acid reflux
- Breathing issues
The most important thing to remember, as with anything you do in life, is not to take it too far. Done correctly waist training is safe; however, getting a waist trainer that is too tight and restricts you too much can be dangerous!
Here is how to avoid any potential health issues
Do not make the waist trainers too tight – keep in mind that training will take some time; it does not happen as fast as some of the before and after pictures on Instagram say it does. Starts training with a low tension level like that of tight clothing before your body gets used to it.
Wear a garment under the trainer- some people use a thin garment, preferably made for working out under their waist trainers. This prevents any reaction you might have from the fabric and also helps you to stay comfortable.
Focus on your body and what it needs- everyone responds differently to waist training and the way your body responds. There are very minimal negative results that come with waist training, but it is really important to focus on yourself and your journey more than others more so people you see online.
Find the perfect waist trainer for you
Here is what you do to find a suitable waist trainer
First things first, you need a reason to purchase a waist trainer, which means you are buying it to perform that specific function. There are different types and designs of waist trainer, all working slightly differently. If you are looking to lose weight, you have to find the best waist trainers for fat loss; if you have a back and posture problems, it is easy to find the best waist trainers for posture and so on.
Waist cinchers help pull inches from your body and hide the bulges underneath your clothes. However, this is just a short term solution to the problem. When looking for the best trainer, you need to make a list of all the features you would be comfortable with.
Some trainers have zip closures while others use the hook and eye closures. Some have metal boning like traditional corsets, while modern ones have plastic boning, which is more comfortable. The price of the trainer will also determine if you can make the purchase or not.
Getting the right fit
This is a huge part of the process. The right fit will allow you to be comfortable while you are moving around, working out with the trainer, or you are just wearing the corset.
Your fit depends on many factors but mainly the sizing by the manufacturer. Ensure you get the sizing chart so you can measure yourself before you purchase the trainer. Waist trainers are no different than other clothes; the sizing from one company can be vastly different than the size from another.
When should you wear the waist trainer?
Wearing waist trainers for continuous days and long hours at a time is probably not a good idea. While it is helping you get to your body goals fat, it can have its negative effects.
Sleeping in your waist trainer seems ideal; everyone wants to wake up and curvy. While it seems like a good idea, it will not speed up the process, will likely interrupt your sleep, and you will be less aware of how your body is responding to the waist trainer, which can be dangerous.
When you first get the trainer, take a few days so your body can get used to it. Start with a couple of hours first then slowly graduate to 4-6 hours for more effective results.
To maximize the slimming and snatching results, you need to pair the waist trainer with exercise and the perfect diet. Exercise helps you speed up the slimming and shaping process while a good diet keeps you healthy overall.
As a professional in the health and fitness sector, I totally advocate for waist training as long as it is done in healthy moderation and in hand with exercise and a good diet. If you feel insecure about your waist because it is too straight or too fat or flabby, then waist training will come in handy for you. Waist trainers, when paired with the right exercise and diet, can be very beneficial for your desired figure. The good thing about waist trainers is they can be used for much more than just slimming; if you are having back problems or eager to lose the postpartum belly, then this is the simple solution for you.