Waist training is a method of making yourself appear slimmer and requires the use of cinchers or waist trainers. These waist trainers compress your midsection to keep it at a certain size. By doing this regularly and for long periods of time, your waistline will eventually adapt to its new form and naturally reduce in size. Just like other weight loss techniques, this process is most effective when paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise that heavily focuses on flexibility and strength training.
What are waist trainers made of?
What sets a classic waist trainer apart from modern waist trainers and other shapewear is its inner bone structure or cage. These cages are usually made of either steel or hard plastic that is slim and flexible. The purpose of the cage is to hold the waist trainer’s shape and provide extra compression. It is also used to mold to the wearer’s natural form, making it a healthier and more comfortable experience.
The waist trainer is then cinched and reinforced either at the back or front with lace, Velcro, a zipper, or metal hook and eye closures, to create that sought after hourglass curve. If your looking to learn more about what waist trainers are made from check out our blog post.
Are waist trainers painful to wear?
They are not painful for most people, but they can be uncomfortable especially when you are just starting out. Due to its high compression, they can feel stiff and restrictive at first. This would make it tough to wear for long periods of time, or to do it consistently every day.
Just like any habit, it would take some time and determination to keep at it. Here are 5 simple tips for making waist training easier and more comfortable.
Five Simple Tips
- Slowly But Surely
A common mistake people make when starting to train their waist is rushing the process. Just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, you will need to take baby steps and allow your body to slowly adjust to the compression. This time will also allow your waist trainer to mold to your body’s natural form, making both your body and garment more accustomed to each other along the way.
A good place to start is no more than two consecutive hours each day. Once you feel ready, you can slowly add more time to your daily routine, perhaps in increments of one hour would work fine – whatever feels right for you and your body. You can also practice by splitting up your hours per day, such as 2 hours in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.
- Give It Time To Take Form
Classic waist trainers that include an inner bone structure will require a little more patience and special attention as they slowly mold to your natural figure. These types of trainers need to be broken into for about a total of two weeks. Within this time, wear it fastened up but keep the reinforcements loose. Slowly tighten it bit by bit in the coming days as you get accustomed to the compression and start to feel comfortable.
Keep at it for about two hours daily for two weeks before attempting to tighten the reinforcements all the way. Once your waist trainer has fully taken your natural form, you can wear it for longer periods of time. This is also to ensure the inner cage does not warp or break if wound up too tight before it is ready.
If you plan to wear your new waist trainer to a specific event, give yourself enough time in the days leading up to it to adjust and practice wearing it for how long the event will be.
- Use More Than One In Your Routine
Another great way to make waist training more comfortable is to alternate more than one piece into your daily routine. Different kinds of waist trainers may have different levels of compression and type of material used. This helps you ease into it by using tighter ones for a limited number of hours and flexible ones for the bulk of your day.
An example of this type of setup is wearing a workout trainer for a few hours then switching to an all-day trainer for the rest of the day. This is because workout bands are made of firmer material and therefore offer more compression. All-day bands on the other hand are constructed for breathability and comfort.
Another way to go about this setup is to alternate between short cut and full length trainers to get more breathing room. Shorter ones are great for achieving an hourglass figure and emphasized curves, while at the same time providing more room to breathe. Full length ones are also beneficial to a pronounced curved but does not provide as much breathing room because of its full coverage.
- Waist Train On Sundown
This method may not be for everyone but some find it more convenient to waist train at night instead of during the day. If you find it comfortable enough to sleep while wearing one, you can get your daily hours in easily compared to wearing one while going about your day to day activities.
There are, however, a few things to consider. Since a waist trainer will keep your torso straight for most of the night, this might be uncomfortable depending on the sleeping position you are most accustomed to. You can ease the pressure and distribute your body weight more evenly by adding some pillows or rolled up towels. Just the same, you can alternate night training and day training as you please.
- Know Your Body
At the end of the day, there is no one size fits all solution to making waist training more comfortable; it all depends on how your body responds to it. Just like in all things, we should listen to our body and know when to give it the break it needs. Some days will be easier and better than others, some days it would be more beneficial to give ourselves rest.
Pay close attention to any pain or restriction in breathing when wearing your trainer because this is a sign that it is not the best fit for you or that it may have gotten warped. If you do feel any pain or have a hard time breathing, take it off and inspect for damages.
For times when you feel itchy or sweaty, you may want to opt for a different material or wear a light cotton top underneath your trainer to minimize direct contact. Always be sure to clean your trainer properly and keep yourself hydrated.
There may be instances when you feel acid reflux or heartburn, this is totally normal since your midsection is being compressed and restricted. If you experience this, try to eat slowly and in small portions. It is also best to load up on fiber and protein in order to stay full for longer periods of time.
Lastly, a good exercise routine, no matter how simple, will help ease things along. Apart from helping reduce your waistline, strength training and flexibility exercises will help you maintain a strong core and back when your waist trainer is off.
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