Considering a waist training regimen? Do you think you have what it takes to start waist training? Then you have come to the right place.
Starting a waist training regimen, you have to follow certain steps and instructions to get the best results. Waist training is the process of wearing a constrictive garment, such as a corset, on a daily basis around your midsection so as to reduce your waist size.
Waist training is not really complicated to do as what others perceive it to be. To help you simplify this process, all you have to bear in mind are the three factors, namely: the dedication that you will invest in doing this process, the time that you will spend, and the patience that you will take. These factors are seemingly hard especially for beginners, and probably you are one of them. But again, take note that this process starts with your dedication. If you already have this one, the rest will just smoothly follow.
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- A good waist trainer starts with the fit. It shouldn’t be so tight as to cause you pain, and it shouldn’t be so loose as to feel like you’re wearing normal thermal underwear.
- A good waist trainer should feel like a fitted, tight glove. A bit uncomfortable, but not painful or overly constrictive.
To take your measurements for a waist trainer, you need to do the following:
- Measure Your Bust
Using a measuring tape, measure your underbust and your bustline. Your underbust is your ribcage directly under your breasts, and the bustline is the fullest part of your breasts. Make sure you wear a properly fitted, non-padded bra to take these measurements. Subtract your underbust size from your bustline to get your cup size.
- Measure Your Waist
Your waist is about two inches above your navel (belly button), which is more prominent when you bend sideways. Using your measuring tape, stand straight and measure your waist at a comfortable level, and not too tight.
- Measure Your Hips
The fullest part of your hips is what you measure, and they should be about eight inches below your waist.
- Measure Your Torso
For this, you will need help. Measure around your shoulders at the neck; your bustline; and down between your legs.
The measurement of your torso is necessary for full-body shapes if you don’t want just a waist trainer. You can check the size chart to get an idea of what to expect with your measurements.
2: Choosing a Waist Trainer
Finding the perfect waist trainer for you is very important, just as choosing the right diet for you is important. There are different types of waist training garments for different needs and situations, and this can be a bit overwhelming if you are new to waist training. So, to narrow down your options, use this to determine what waist trainer you need for yourself.
- Petite/Short Torso
If you are about 5’2 or shorter, you fall into this category. Most waist trainers are made for long torsos, so they won’t be the right fit for you. You can go for a workout band, which has a shorter torso and is perfect for everyday use.
- Tall/Long Torso
This applies to you if you are about 5’8 or taller. A waist trainer that offers extra coverage for the abdominal area would be perfect for you.
- Plus Size
It can be quite difficult to get waist trainers if you are plus-size, but you can always see several great options for your body shape.
- If you are a career woman, or new mum (congratulations!), or a busy stay-at-home mum, waist training is for you.
- Waist training is perfect for any lifestyle, as long as you get the shapewear appropriate for your situation.
It would be advisable to consult your medical practitioner if you have any medical or health problems before waist training. Waist training is a safe practice, but you might have issues that may make it unsafe to do it. Check with your doctor fist before getting a waist trainer.
3. How To Use A Waist Trainer
When you finally get your waist trainer, be it a latex cincher or a steel boned corset, make sure you do the following:
- Ensure that the waist trainer is two inches smaller than your natural waist size (could be more, depending on the manufacturer).
- Do some core strengthening exercises before you start waist training. A strong core (your stomach muscles) is important for basic things such as standing up or walking. Waist training without core exercises will make your core muscles to atrophy, to become weak due to disuse. Do not depend on the waist trainer for core support, but do exercises to keep your core strong.
- Break in your waist trainer – Also known as ‘seasoning‘, breaking in your waist trainer gives you midsection time to get used to the constrictive garment.
- For the first three days, wear your corset or cincher for an hour a day. Your corset shouldn’t be laced too tight, and your cincher should be hooked on the very first (outermost) row of hooks.
- From the fourth day onwards you can increase your waist training time by an hour or thirty minutes. In about two weeks you should be averaging six hours a day (for a corset) or eight hours a day (for a cincher).
- Do not insist on wearing your waist trainer for 24 hours every day. You can wear it 8 hours a day and till get results.
- A healthy lifestyle is important if you want to waist train. Eating right and exercising regularly are paramount in getting the best results from waist training.
- If your waist trainer starts to bulge or roll up, that means you need to get a new one. Talk to the manufacturers or to customer reps on waist training sites to get more information on sizing and measurements, as this will help you get the best waist training device for your body.
There you have it, your waist training guide. Waist training will definitely boost your confidence and give you a slimmer midsection, and a defined hourglass shape, but only if you strictly follow the rules involved and you don’t get carried away with it. Remember, anything excessive and extreme is never a good thing.