When looking for a comfortable waist trainer, it is important to get one that fits like a tight hug but allows you to still breathe easily and move freely. Many might take this too far and end up getting a trainer that is too loose. Of course, safety should never be compromised when choosing an undergarment, but neither should efficiency – otherwise, your time and efforts would all be for nothing.
In other cases, some may find their waist training belt fitting perfectly at beginning but start to get loose as their routine progresses. This means your training is working like a charm. In order to get a good fit before purchase, or to determine when it is the right time to size down from your current undergarment, we have listed a few tips below.
What style of core trainer should you look for?
If you are petite. Certain waist trainers might be too long for someone with a small build. This will lead to the undergarment pinching or digging into your ribs and hips. Opt for a trainer with a shorter design to avoid this. Similarly, check the size chart to see if that particular trainer comes in a shorter option.
If you are tall. If you have a long torso, some waist training cinchers might not provide the best coverage on your lower abdomen. Best to check for undergarments with longer cuts.
If you are curvy or plus sized. Trainers with straps provide more support and coverage for those on the curvier side. It is also recommended to get one with multiple rows of hooks, so that you may easily adjust as you size down.
3 tips on how to choose the right sized corset
Once you have figured out the perfect style for you, make sure you get it in the right size!
- Get your measurements
The surefire way to purchase a midesction belt that fits you is to measure yourself beforehand. The measuring tape should be wrapped around snug – not too tight or too loose. For beginners, we recommend getting bands 2 to 4 inches smaller, while more experienced trainers can comfortably get bands that are 4 to 6 inches smaller than your waist.
The areas that you should measure are:
- Full bust (if you opt to get an overbust-styled waist trainer)
- Under your bustline
- Test out the first hook
Try putting on the trainer and closing the first hook. You do not need to test it in the tightest setting, but if it was too easy to fit into, or if you still have too much breathing room even on the tightest hook, try a size smaller.
- Walk around a little
Once you have found a snug yet comfortable fit, try walking around, sitting down, raising your arms, and basically get the feel of the undergarment on you. If you feel it sliding around, falling down a little, or does not support your back in an upright position, try a size smaller.
3 signs your trainer is now too loose
If you have successfully purchased a well fitting undergarment but find it getting a little too comfortable, here are 3 signs it might be time to get a smaller one.
1) If your waist training corset slides around as you move
It is important to note that a midsection belt expected to fit better with time. After the initial adjustment period, both your body and garment slowly adapt to each other, making your training more comfortable and not feel as tight as your first day.
However, if even after setting it on the tightest fit and the undergarment starts to slide around as you move, it is definitely too big for you. A little breathing room is fine as long as you can still feel it hugging you tight enough to work its magic.
2) If there is little to no heat around your waist
A big factor into how effective training your waist can be is the amount of compression your abdominal region is exposed to. This healthy level of constriction triggers heat around your waist, helping you sweat out excess water weight while holding your body down in its narrow shape. If you are not feeling the heat, then there is not enough compression to go by and your trainer is too loose.
3) If there is a lack of support and you start to slouch
Another benefit of waist training is how it greatly improves your posture. The constriction on your torso forces you to sit upright and keep your back straight. If you find yourself being able to slouch of carry on a poor posture, there is not enough support and your trainer is too big.
What you should do if your cincher is too big
Carrying on with an undergarment that is too loose for you will only lead to discomfort, inconvenience, and wasted time. There is little to no impact a tummy belt can have on your body if it will not be able to provide ample support and compression. On top of that, it can be uncomfortable to wear one that will keep moving around under your clothes.
The best you can do is find a seamstress experienced enough with compression garments to alter it for you. Other options would be to sell or gift it to someone then just buy a new set. If it is still new and unused, try your luck by returning it to the store in exchange for a smaller tummy belt that fits just right.
3 waist trainers we recommend
Classic waist trainer – Embedded with inner steel bones that help provide extra compression and support.
Operating since 2016, Hourglass Waist has delivered the best tummy belts shapwear and booty enhancers in Australia! We stock the largest range of waist training belt, coming in multiple sizes, shapes and designs. All our waist corsets are made to fit any shape or size, helping you feel comfortable, confident and sexy! Wear Hourglass when you're driving in the car, shopping at the mall, working out in the gym, studying at university or in the office.
As soon as you start waist training you will notice calories and fat burn away in the core, hips, waist and thigh regions! Short term, as soon as you place on a waist trainer you will feel more confident as your body smooths out and looks fabulous.
Long term a tummy belt helps to shape and burn fat away from key areas, leaving you looking and feeling more healthy and happy. Hourglass Waist believes in providing women with the correct waist training information, guiding women on appropriate exercises and diet. That is why the Hourglass team is filled with ex personal trainers who are passionate about waist training & health.
No matter where you are on your fitness journey the team at Hourglass Waist can help you achieve your goals! Tummy belts can not only help burn fat, in fact, they also assist in lower back-related issues. These include rounded shoulders, back & neck pain, poor posture, muscle tension and strains.
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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.