What woman does not want an hourglass figure? Whether curvy or petite, it’s the standard that we strive for. Even with diets and exercise, achieving the look of a small waist is really almost impossible, unless you happen to be one of the few women who naturally have that desired shape. Thankfully, waist trainers have made a comeback and they are here to help you achieve your goal of a small and defined waist.
What is a Waist Trainer?
A waist trainer is a piece of durable fabric that has been constructed to provide pressure around your midsection in order to train that area of the body into becoming smaller. It can be found made out of diverse materials and it comes in all kinds of colors and styles with different types of closures, such as zippers and lacing. They are best described as a corset with boning inside of them, although some rely on stitching and pure compression. Some of them are very attractive and even sexy in order to help women confidently wear them for different occasions. Many, however, can simply be worn under workout or regular clothes.
How Do Waist Trainers Work?
They work by compressing the skin to rearrange fat and excess skin. They increase circulation and promote sweating to help you lose fat, cellulite, and inches off of your waist. They can be worn anytime, but are especially useful while training and working out. The waist trainer is meant to be worn for increasing lengths of time (up to 18 hours a day!) and can be slowly adjusted to be smaller and smaller. Besides compression and making your body sweat, the waist trainer will also remind you to keep your stomach muscles and the rest of your core engaged. This builds your ab muscles and will assist you in losing inches off of your waist.
What are the Results of Waist Training?
Waist training is not really painful, but it can be extremely uncomfortable. (How did women back in the day live like this?!) So, is the pain worth it? According to many celebrities and fitness enthusiasts, the answer is a resounding yes. Once you put it on, it immediately improves the appearance of your body. Your waist is cinched in while excess fat rearranged. Of even greater impact, however, is the fact that your posture wil become so much better! While waist training, you have no option other than to sit and stand straight, which makes you look thinner and more proportional. With time, however, you will notice a difference in your body even after taking the waist trainer off. You can actually expect to lose 1.5 to 2 inches off of your waist line in the first month of waist training.
Who Should Waist Train?
Waist training is effective for any healthy woman who wants to improve her figure. It’s important that you don’t have any counter indications (spinal problems, scoliosis, and other such issues are obviously a negative factor for waist training) and that you are careful, progress steadily and slowly, and do not take it to the extreme. Waist training is great for women who work out, but it’s also extremely effective for those who do not hit the gym. Waist training is especially popular for mothers who are looking to get their post-baby body back into pre-baby body shape.
From Kim Kardashian to Amber Rose to Ciara, many celebrities are actively and effectively waist training and sharing their results through their social media accounts. Thousands of regular women have joined in and you can see many videos and posts about their successes and challenges. How about you? Have you tried waist training and do you think it’s worth it?