When it comes to tools that modify your body, you want to ensure that safety, comfort, and effectiveness are all up on your list of priorities. Lacking even just one of these can cause a string of negative effects and may be difficult to remedy in the long run. We all know that hourglass waist trainer belts are supposed to be snug, but exactly how tight is too tight?
3 tips on how to choose the right fitting trainer
- Measure yourself
The best way to ensure you purchase a corset that fits you is to get your exact measurements. When wrapping the measuring tape around you, see to it that it is snug but not too tight. 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 midriff.
The areas that you should measure are:
- Full bust (if you opt to get an overbust-styled)
- Under your bustline
- Try the first hook
When looking for a trainer, try wrapping it around you and closing the first hook. It definitely will not be easy but it should at least be possible. If you cannot seem to close it, or if it took an unreasonable amount of time and effort, try the next size.
- Take it for a spin
Did the first hook close already? Great, now on to the next step. Similar to when you are shopping for other types of clothes, take it for a short spin before making a purchase! It is expected to be a bit of a challenge to slip into, do not be too shy to ask for some assistance. Once it is on, walk a few steps, sit down, try raising your arms, and get the feel of the undergarment on you. If you are extremely uncomfortable, have difficulty breathing, or can barely move in it at all, try one size bigger.
Still unsure? Here are 5 ways to tell if your trainer is too tight:
If you purchased a corset that closes all the way, is tolerable enough to move around in, and does not interfere with your breathing, you may have found the right compression band for you. However, if any of these listed below is present while wearing it, perhaps it was just almost the right fit, but not quite the one yet:
- If your cincher rolls up your body when you move around.
- If your cincher bulges anywhere, and the hooks look like they are trying their best to hold on before snapping.
- If the inner steel bones, outer seams, or the enclosures have left marks on your body, regardless of whether they are deep or not.
- If you feel any sharp stabbing around your abdomen or any other kind of pain while wearing it.
- If you feel extreme discomfort or soreness once you take them off.
What are possible negative effects from wearing a trainer that is too tight?
As previously mentioned, there are multiple negative effects an ill-fitting trainer may have on your health. These include, but are not limited to:
Feeling dizzy. When a trainer is too tight, it will narrow your lung capacity and obstruct your breathing to the point where it can be dangerous. Because of low oxygen levels, you will then start to feel dizzy and nauseated.
Weak muscles. With an unhealthy level of constriction, the muscles within the abdomen will fail to function properly and will eventually weaken over time.
Reshaped bones. With too much pressure on our bones, they may be forced to reshape and adapt in an unnatural and alarming way. The only two bones that can be shaped when wearing a tummy belt are your bottom most ribs called “floating ribs”. Other than those, it is not advisable.
Damaged organs. Similar to your bones, your internal organs will be placed in harm’s way if your tummy belt is too tight. Organs are naturally meant to move around, just take for example the beautiful cycle of pregnancy. However, if the constriction squeezes them to a point where they cannot function properly, it can have adverse effects on your well-being.
Bruising. Needless to say, an undergarment that is way too small for you will leave a few scars and bruises on your skin.
Unproductivity. All this plus the discomfort you would feel while having it on can hinder your capability to go about your day and finish tasks. It can also affect your mental health and drive you to become irritable, self-conscious, and low in confidence.
What you should do if your corset is too tight
In situations wherein you are left with a cincher that is way too small, we do not recommend you tolerate the pain and just get on with it. If your trainer utilizes hook and eye enclosures, try purchasing additional sets of eyes that you can attach to it, they are usually found in major department stores.
If the bodice itself is the issue, the best you can do is have it altered by someone who is well versed with compression undergarments and know how to properly fix it. Otherwise, we recommend trying to return it to the store. If that is impossible, sell or gift it to someone then purchase a tummy belt that fits you just right.
3 we recommend
Classic– Designed after the traditional corset with inner steel bones that help provide extra compression.
Since 2016, Hourglass has been delivering the women of Australia with the best cinchers, shapewear and booty enhancing wear. With multiple shapes, our cincher are designed to fit women of all ages, sizes and sexual orientations! Comfortable and easy to conceal, Hourglass products can be worn anywhere at any time, driving in the car, working out at the gym or studying at university. Hourglass corsets are the perfect self-care tool to help you burn calories and find your unique shape! At Hourglass we believe it's vital to supply women with the right knowledge and education when it comes to waist training. Providing correct and up to date information on exercise routines, as well as diet, ensuring you get the most out of your core training.
Regular use of a tummy belt will help to burn fat around the midsection, tummy and hips region in the long term, giving you more confidence and a better positive self-image. In the short term, a cincher can be used to smooth out undesired areas, leaving you looking and feeling fantastic for special events. Other benefits you can experience from core training is better posture, stronger back muscles and an overall better outlook on life. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, the team at Hourglass can assist you in reaching your goals.
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.