There are certain types of garments that need a little getting used to more than others, and waist trainer are the perfect example of that. Some may struggle to adjust with it and some may find it a breeze to keep on. If you are yet to find out where exactly you fall under that spectrum, here are a few things to expect during your waist training routine.
They can be a little tricky getting into
Waist trainers are made to be snug – that’s how they’re most efficient. However, a lot of beginners would understandably question if they purchased a size too small or if waist trainers are safe in the first place because of how challenging it is to put on.
If you are certain that you have measured yourself correctly, you are on the right track despite how clenched it must feel on your mid section. There are ways to make it easier to slip into depending on the type you opt for.
Hook and eye. Trainers with hook and eye closures are best fastened by the lowest clasp first on the most slender part of your midriff then closed one by one as you work your way up. Tug the trainer down as you progress, adjusting with every fastened closure. However, you should not have to tug hard or feel pain as you do this. Should you start to feel discomfort and trouble breathing, take it off as your trainer may be too small or has been damaged.
Zipper. Trainers with a zipper work similar to those old denims we try to fit into. Lock it at the bottom and slowly tug as you pull the zipper up. If you feel that it is starting to pinch you or won’t nudge higher, your trainer may be too small.
Inner bone structure. Trainers with an inner bone structure, which are usually made of steel but are sometimes made of high quality plastic, have an entirely different process. More often than not, these are secured with adjustable laces or multiple columns of hook and eye closures. Because the inner cage can be warped or damaged when not properly broken into, this type of cincher will take a little time and patience.
While starting out, avoid fixing the laces or the hook and eye clasps to the tightest setting. Wear it loosely but still snug enough to feel the effects of a trainer. Continue this for the first two weeks for no longer than two consecutive hours a day. Once the inner cage has adjusted to your natural form, you can slowly tighten it and add increments of 30 minutes to an hour daily.
It may take some time to get used to
There will be a few changes to your day once you start wearing a trainer. One shift you can notice right away is how straight you need to keep your back while having it on. This may not be a big deal for those with impeccable posture but it will definitely pose as an adjustment for the majority of us.
The constrictive nature of a tummy belt will also feel uncomfortable at first. Because of this, you may notice a slight change in your breathing pace but it will feel natural after a while. Your eating habits will also adapt for the better since the constriction will physically make it hard for you to eat so much. It would be best to split them up from the usual 3 main meals to 5 or 6 smaller ones.
Make waist training more comfortable by starting off with no longer than two consecutive hours a day and slowly add after a couple of weeks or when you feel ready. Even if you only plan to wear it to a special event, give yourself enough time to adjust weeks prior so that you will breeze through the big event when the day comes.
They make you sweat more
The trainer stimulates heat around your abdomen, which makes you sweat, feel warm, and lose excess water weight. This is why wearing a waist trainer to the gym can make your exercise routine even more effective.
Because of this, you should take into consideration the type of material your trainer will be made of, and what clothing you will pair it with. In tropical areas, a trainer with a cotton bodice, or a shirt made of cotton would be best.
For hygiene purposes, we recommend having 2 or more trainers in rotation to ensure it is clean and dry with every use.
You might need a smaller size eventually
They are not only there to help you look slim for an important event, but corsets can help you lose weight and trim those inches off for the long run - granting a maintained routine paired with nutrition and exercise. As you go along, you may need to tighten your trainer further until it’s time to get one in a smaller size.
To maximize your trainer, opt for those with multiple columns of hook and eye clasps or a lace closure – these have more room for adjustment and will last you longer as you drop down dress sizes.
Trainers come in different forms
Thanks to research and technology, there are now many types of cinchers that are specifically made for varying needs and occasions. For example, your trainer for special events should differ from the one you wear to the gym. Similarly, the trainer that works best for you while still starting out may be different than the one most effective for you in later stages. Here are ways to wear a waist trainer.
Exercise bands. All trainers stimulate heat but these bands offer extra thermal effects and help you sweat even more for an efficient workout. They are also made of flexible material that won’t be as restrictive when moving about.
Everyday trainers. These are designed to be very flexible and comfortable so they may be worn for longer periods. You can wear these to work, on errands, overnight, or even when you’re just lounging at home.
Steel-boned waist trainer. These are on the more advanced side of waist training but offer the most results in a shorter period of time. The inner cage is what creates a defined hourglass figure. As mentioned above, these will need more time to adapt to your natural form before tightening all the way.
Vests. Some trainers continue upwards in a vest-like form designed to give extra support to your bust and coverage to your back.
Long vs. Short. Trainers come in varying lengths depending on what suits you best. Get one that provides ample coverage to your mid section without nudging other areas.
Plus-sized. Just like other types of garments, tummy belts come in plus sizes as well. After all, every full-figured woman should enjoy that hourglass figure, too!
Materials. What are trainers made of? It varies depending on usage! Exercise bands usually come in latex or neoprene while classic ones usually come in latex or cotton. Though it is the most common material used, latex-free options are available for those sensitive to the fabric.
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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.