Staying in shape and getting the perfect hourglass figure has always been everyone’s dream. You might have heard about waist trainers on TV or seen people going crazy over them on Social media. If you’re a regular Instagram user you cannot help but have seen celebs such as Nicki Minaj, Lindsay Lohan, Kardashian sisters all flaunting their waist trained hourglass figures.
Whether for your personal style, fitness or body shaping, waist trainers can help you achieve the beautiful, feminine silhouette you desire.
If you are new to waist training, getting started can be a little intimidated and confusing at times. We get a lot of questions from our customers who aren't sure where to start from and what to expect out if it!
In order to clear your doubts, let’s rewind to the very basics of waist training that will help you understand waist training better and guide you through the amazing journey.
Read on for our guide on waist training for complete beginners.
What Is Waist Training?
Waist training is the process of wearing a cincher or corset daily to slim your waistline instantly and supplement your long-term fitness goals. Many waist trainers are designed to stimulate thermal activity and perspiration in your core, so they can maximize your workouts while making you look great at the gym (and beyond).
Every time you exercise it will be more effective and you’ll have the added benefit of improved posture too. If you ever thought hourglass curves were a fantasy, a waist trainer could be just what you need.
Of course, a good diet and exercise are important to help trim your waist but they’re even more effective when combined with a waist trainer. Put them all together and you’ll soon have a silhouette to die for.
To achieve best results, it’s really important to pick the right size for you.Choose the one that fits or else they could be very uncomfortable and may even give you a rash or small bruises on the skin.
If you want toned body then never go for a smaller size, it won’t quicken the process! Instead, choose a waist trainer that offers a higher level of compression.
Should the waist trainer be tight?
The first thing you'll notice when putting on a waist trainer for the first time is how strong the compression is. It may feel tight at first, but your body will learn to be accustomed within a few days.
If the material starts to roll or you see any bunching, the garment is probably too small. You may want to exchange for a larger size – or, just save it for future use. Keeping a smaller size will come in handy because once you lose weight and get a toned waist, you’ll need to buy a smaller size.
Pain or discomfort? Remove it
if you ever feel pain or discomfort beyond the expected firm fit, take the waist trainer off immediately. Listen to your body and don't overdo it.
Use a liner.
It's important to wear a layer between your body and waist trainer. Our skin has naturally occurring oils and moisture that can affect your corset. Since your waist trainers need to be washed regularly, a liner will help to keep your corset fresh and easy to clean.
Choose the right type of waist trainer
The shape of the corset affects the areas of the body that need to be enhanced. There are usually three shapes of waist trainers that women go for:
Hourglass Shape – These fit around the ribs of women and promote a somewhat curvaceous appearance. These are ideal for women who do not wish to go for extreme ways of reshaping their bodies. Women who are only starting to wear corsets may try the hourglass shape first.
Conical Shape – These have straight sides which taper down to the waist from the top. These are cone shaped and can be tougher to wear as they reshape the floating ribs. These are not ideal for beginners. Make sure that the lace fitting doesn’t hurt your ribs. It usually takes about 8 months to a year to give you the desired results.
Waist Cincher –The “waspie” is a small, non-restrictive corset that only covers the stomach region of your waist. These are ideal for moderate waist training as they provide support to the belly only and do not shape the ribs. These are perfect for the beginners who are trying to tone down their waist and tummy area before taking the next step towards their dream shape.
Avoid the S type corsets or the pie stem which can twist and shape a woman’s body into unnatural forms and are not suggested for beginners
Duration of Training
In the beginning, waist trainers should be worn for at least 2-3 hours for the first 2-3 days. You should adjust the period according to your capability for first few days and then gradually increase the amount of time you wear it.
Take your time lacing yourself down tighter ... don’t rush it! We know you want to see your results TODAY, but you risk damaging the corset (and yourself) if you try too much too soon.
Begin with reducing only 2-4 inches
Do not go for a reduction of more than 4 inches if you’re just starting out.
It is important that you give your body the time to get used to the corset. Comfortable corsets in the beginning will be easier for you to work with. You don’t want to push yourself beyond.Once you’ve broken in you can get yourself a further reduction and flaunt the perfect hourglass body.
Be Safe and Sensible
It's important to start slowly with your waist training.
The seasoning process when wearing a new corset is meant to be gradual to avoid harming your ribs, or any of your organs.
Rushing through the seasoning process can of course, also damage your corset. Chances of wearing a really tight corset may result in irritation and itching.
Even a normal one will make you sweat and it is advisable that you bathe every day and moisturize right after you are done as the skin tends to get drier every time and extra sensitive.
The process of training your waist with corsets is as gratifying as it is time-consuming. You need to be willing to put in the time and effort. Enjoy the process, and be patient. You won't see progress overnight, but when you do, it'll be so worth it!
We recommend pairing a waist training regimen with a healthy lifestyle that includes nutritious eating habits and exercise. While you're wearing your waist trainer you might find yourself eating less because your stomach is constricted, but it's important to mindfully consume nutritious meals and lots of water.
There is no danger of sleeping in your waist trainer. It’s not a smooth experience but the good news is that they are available in variety of material, fabrics, boning as well as choice of closures. It is important that you buy one that fits you like a second skin, let’s you breathe comfortably while also offering the maximum benefits of binding. This will ensure a better fit as it is slept in.
Once worn, it should fit snugly and not roll around all over the waist. At the same time, it should not restrict or interfere with your breathing.
Waist trainers are extremely durable and long-lasting providing they’ve received the proper care during their lifetime. If you want your waist trainer to continue to deliver high compression, this is what you’ll need to do:
- Only hand wash your waist trainer using unscented detergent and using lukewarm water
- Do not put your waist trainer in a tumble dryer; always dry it flat. Do not use any other kind of heat on your waist trainer.
- Where possible, alternate two trainers rather than wearing the same one every day. This will increase its longevity by allowing them to rest between wears and be properly aired. This process of resting allows the waist trainer to regain its elasticity.