What’s Up With Waist Training?


Corsets have made a full fledged comeback! Well, maybe not the classic victorian style corsets you may be thinking of, but rather adjustable corsets made out of workout friendly material, known as waist trainers. You may have heard of the waist training craze, as it is extremely popular amongst celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Jessica Alba, and all of our favorite Kardashian and Jenner girls. So what exactly is the deal with this bodyshaping craze? Is it healthy? Is it safe? Well, if you’re interested, here’s all you need to know about this new trend.

Is it safe?

Although there is not any documentation of any medical issues or emergencies when wearing a waist trainer, it’s important to note that these corsets do promote organ compression. Our organs do possess the ability to shift and be compressed, especially during circumstances such as pregnancy, however the idea of this makes some people understandably uncomfortable. Waist trainers may also limit stomach and lung capacity, which again can be uncomfortable. 

Is it effective? 

If you’ve decided to get past the organ compression, and try training your waist then you might be wonder, “Well does it even work?” It does work, however it does take time and consistency. Many women have been able to take a significant amount of inches off of their waist by the consistent use of a waist trainer. 

How does it work? 

Essentially the longer you wear your waist trainer, the more quickly you see results. It is suggested that beginners wear their waist trainer three to four times a week for 3-4 hours. Others might wear it up to six times a week for up to eight hours. Extreme users will wear their waist trainer all day except when bathing, but that’s extreme. 

It’s important to say that this form of body toning is not for everyone, and you should only try it within the realm of your own comfort. A lot of women, especially those who have recently given birth, swear by their waist trainer’s ability to help get their pre-baby stomach back. Many women also praise waist trainers for helping with core strengthening, and even helping with their posture as it is difficult to slouch in. A lot of women wear their waist trainers during their workouts to further their abdominal muscle growth. Even if you never plan on waist training, it’s always fun to know what the buzz is all about! 

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