Wondering what the difference is between modern compression bands and the Classic Waist Trainer? There are a few notable disparities. The classic hourglass trainer is considered more advanced because the lining is embedded with multiple inner bones, which are typically constructed with either steel or hard plastic that are slim and flexible. These act like a cage circling the bodice and offer a wide array of benefits that gives the cincher an edge above the rest. These include:
- Provides extra constriction around your midsection
- Offers additional support to both your core and back
- Keeps the garment’s shape, preventing it from withering or scrunching up
- Holds the cincher in place and prevents it from rolling upwards
- Its degree of compression molds to your natural form, making your waist training routine more comfortable and safer
Every compression band offers heat retention advantages, allowing your midsection to perspire and flush out water weight. This feature, together with the benefits that the steel bones provide, means that you will experience a more rigorous waist training routine and can expect to slim down much faster.
How to properly put a classic cincher on?
An important factor to take into consideration is that the inner cage requires the garment to be “broken into” first before it is safe enough to constrict it all the way. Closing it by the tightest setting on your first round may lead to breaking or warping your corset. In order to let it adapt to your natural form, wear it fastened up but keep the reinforcements loose for at least the first two weeks of your waist training routine. Gradually tighten it in the coming days as you get accustomed to the compression and start to feel more comfortable with your program.
Where should you wear it?
Now that you know how to properly put one on, where should you wear it to? This entirely depends on how your body adapts to the narrowed environment. If you can confidently say that you are comfortable with it on the tightest setting, without any pain or discomfort, then perhaps you can even utilize this type of garment as an everyday compression band.
However, if your waist training goals are not that ambitious, we recommend bringing this piece out for special events and occasions where you want to look and feel your absolute best. Consider it the next time you have a reunion, wedding reception, business meeting, or even just a fun night out with the girls.
How did classic waist trainers start?
It dates back to when Catherine de’Medici, wife of King Henry II, was the queens consort of France and had an extensive political influence over the country. She banned the entrance of thick waists at court, forcing women to find quick and effective alternatives to a long and rigorous weight loss program. Thus, the corset was born.
The practice of binding one’s torso continued until a cincher was a staple layer to a woman’s daily outfit for centuries. In today’s fashion, both men and women enjoy wearing it to accentuate their natural curves or as a statement piece.
Other compression bands we recommend:
Our favorite daily corset! It is durable and versatile, making it comfortable enough to wear just about anywhere while still getting the benefits out of your waist training routine.
This garment is perfect for maximizing your workouts for many reasons. It has excellent thermal benefits to help your perspire more, it gives great support to your back when lifting, and it is flexible enough to perform different exercises.
Hannah - Manager at Hourglass
Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.