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  • 14 Celebrity-Inspired Corset Halloween Costumes

    Halloween corsets

    It’s that time of year again: time to flaunt your favorite corset in a hauntingly sexy Halloween costume!

    A corset can go a long way in slimming your figure and boosting your bust, but also it looks stunning with a variety of costume styles. It’s really too bad there aren’t more opportunities to dress up like this year-round.

    The good news is, even while costumes aren’t worn year-round, corsets most certainly are! So don’t toss yours to the back of the closet; use it daily for a waist training regimen that will help you keep your waist-slimming goals on track every day, any time of year.

    In this way, Halloween is an opportunity to kick-start a waist training regimen! While other people might be getting a little thicker around the middle during the fall and winter months, you can be prepared to stay slim and trim even through the holidays.

    So to kick off the season, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite celebrity-inspired corset styles and how to make it your own.

    Halloween corsetsSaloon Girl

    Get this Old West inspired look with a satin corset and some thigh-high fishnet leggings (don’t forget the garters!) and black-laced boots. Pair an underbust corset with a frill corset, or go solo with an overbust style.  Add a little fan or a feather hairpiece for added flair.

    Halloween corsetsPirate Wench 

    Yo-ho my dear; there are several flirty ways to pull off this look. Use a black underbust corset with an off-the-shoulder long-sleeved top. Add the accessories of your choice: tall boots, a

    Halloween corsetsGypsy

    Create an air of mystery. There are so many variations to this costume, but all the good ones have a corset. We recommend an underbust style paired with a lacy top, off the shoulder. From there, the embellishments are up to you: a head scarf, tall boots, the length of skirt of your choice, and of course lots of gold bands.

    Halloween corsetsBurlesque Girl

    Step out onto the dance floor like you’re going to put on a show! A colorful overbust corset usually works best for this costume, with a barely-there skirt, thigh-high leggings and carters, and a small top hat or feather, gloves and high heels as the final touches. Don’t forget a choker necklace is required too!

     

    Halloween corsetsVampire

    This temptress may outpace them all. Wear the red or black corset of your choice over a skin-tight dress. For added flair use a cape, draping sheer fabric on the skirt or arms, and of course those vampire teeth.

    Halloween corsetsWitch

    It just wouldn’t be Halloween without one! Go simple or go gaudy; either way you’ll have a stunning look. You can’t go wrong with a black underbust or overbust corset; all you need to pair it with is a black dress or skirt and that pointy witch’s hat. For variety try striped stockings, skirts of different lengths and the broomstick of your choice.

    Halloween corsetsDark Queen

    Evil never looked so pretty. Built the foundation of your Maleficent-inspired look with a black corset and skirt and go from there. Try a crown or horns, gloves, thigh-high leggings, boots; whatever helps bring out your secret dark side.

    Renaissance Queen 

    If you want to steer away from the evil side, you can pop a bit more color into your costume with a renaissance-inspired look. Pair just about any corset with long skirts and a white blouse for a top. For added flair, find a dress with sleeves that drape from the elbows; if you want to be a little more magical a la Midsummer Night’s Dream, add wings and a flowery crown.

    Halloween corsetsMarie Antoinette

    Go completely frilly with a French-inspired look: lots of lace, colorful ribbons and of course curls galore. For a modern sexy twist use short skirts and thigh-high leggings and garters with heels. Complete the look with a silly hair topper or masquerade masque.

    Halloween corsetsScarlett O'Hara

    Be the Southern belle of the ball! This authentic corseted look can use a corset over the top or concealed underneath. Make sure your skirts as well as your sleeves are full of ruffles so you can take as much volume as possible on the dance floor. Complete the look with a veil or hat, which a southern lady never leaves the house without.

    Halloween corsetsWonder Woman

    You can go old-school cartoon or modern action flick-style with this one; either way you can’t go wrong. A red corset, blue skirt and high boots are the fundamentals of this costume (don’t forget the headband and wrist bands too!).

    Nurse

    We’d be remiss not to mention this classic. You can go any number of directions with this style, but the basics are white corset and red/white accessories including skirt, thigh-highs, heels, stethoscope and of course that nurse’s hat.

    Halloween corsetsPrincess

    Bring your childhood dress-up dreams back to life! Go Disney or go independent; either way don’t forget the corset! You can use a long skirt, short skirt, mermaid skirt or even no skirt. Whatever you choose, emphasize that tiny waist.

    Halloween corsetsAngel 

    We might be a little biased, but we thought we’d save our favorite, the “hourglass angel” for last. Pair a white corset with a skirt, heels, halo and wings and you’re good to go. To spice it up you might try going as a dark angel in black.

    We hope you’re inspired by these corset costume ideas for Halloween! Your imagination is really the only limit when it comes to constructing the perfect look. And don’t forget, your corset doesn’t have to go to the back of the closet once the party is over. You just might find that it is a must-have no matter what the occasion, any time of year.

    Check out our selection of corsets as well as lingerie pieces to get started building your perfect corset Halloween costume. Contact our professional stylists if you need suggestions. And we’d love to see what you put together! Share it with us #BeTheHourglass and inspire others. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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  • Best Shapers that Shape and Enhance Your Butt Seamlessly

    Best butt-enhancing shapewear

    Want a great butt? Who doesn't!

    While we highly recommend having a butt-enhancing workout plan to help you with that, you can also get a round, full and smooth rear by using the right shapewear.

    There is a wide variety of butt-enhancing shapers available, and what is best for you depends on several factors, including your natural shape, the results you desire and the occasion you’re dressing for.

    Here are four types of butt-enhancing shapers and some of our favorite recommendations that will give you a seamless finish. For the best results, we recommend having several shapers that you can have ready in your wardrobe so you’ll be best dressed for any occasion.

    Shaping Panties

    We’ve heard many people say that once you try shaping panties, you won’t want to wear anything else. It just make sense: you’re going to be wearing them anyway, so why not choose a pair of panties that lifts and rounds your butt? Many styles also create a slimmer, smoother midsection, in addition to lifting your behind. Choose from panties that enhance with padding, or for a natural look you might try and an open-bottom design.

    For effortless, natural enhancement of your backside, we recommend the Butt Lifter Panty by Fullness. It is comfortable and easy to wear and comes in three different levels of enhancement—making it no-brainer solution for everyday wear or for special occasions and nights out. Adjust the straps based on your mood and the occasion you’re dressing for. The high waist design also flattens and slims your midsection for a smooth, hourglass silhouette. This style of panty pairs well with skinny jeans, skirts, shorts and dresses, as it enhances your natural curves with an open-bottom design.

    Don't just take our word for it. One customer said, “Am using this daily. Makes me look great in my jeans and dresses!” As we said, once you find a butt-lifting panty you like, you won’t want to wear anything else!

    Shaping Shorts

    For a little extra smoothing and sculpting, shaping shorts might be just what you need. Most styles come in a high-waist slimming design that prevents muffin top and flattens the tummy. As with shaping panties, butt-enhancing shaping shorts can enhance your rear through a combination or a selection of padding, stitching and an open-bottom design. Some are designed for workouts and others are ideal for everyday wear. Pick yours (or more than one!) based on your personal needs.

    Our recommendation for simple and natural butt enhancement is the lightweight Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima. It combines control and comfort with maximum curve creation with its stunning open-bottom design. The hosiery weight makes it comfortable enough year-round, making it ideal for a variety of styles from summer dresses to your favorite tight pants. It also uses a thermal tummy control panel to provide extra slimming and stimulate thermal activity in your core with it targeted compression. Once customer said, “This is the best I've tried so far. Looks so beautiful in dresses. OH MY GOODNESS! You will be amazed! unlike some that show the seams... no.. these do not.”

    The thermal pant is ideal under a variety of outfit styles, both formal and casual. It is a seamless design, which makes it ideal even under light materials.

    Bodysuits

    When you’re needing all-over slimming, sculpting and enhancement, a bodysuit can do just the trick. There are a variety of styles you can try. Some of the options you may want to consider include compression level, type of coverage and enhancement, whether or not you want straps, and how much butt enhancement you desire. Most bodysuits have an open-bust design and pair well with your favorite bra. If you’re on the fence about whether to try a bodysuit versus a shaping slip, bodysuits generally provide more butt lifting and enhancement.

    Hands-down, when it comes to butt enhancement one of our favorite bodysuit selections is the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette. You can feel confident in your own shape and skin with the open-bottom design. It is ideal under dresses, skirts and slacks. While it naturally firms and lifts the butt, it also provides firm slimming compression for your waist, hips and thighs. You might easily fit into a smaller size outfit (although that depends on how tight your outfit is around the butt!).

    This bodysuit is not only effective at creating an hourglass figure, but it’s comfortable. It uses a cotton inner lining that feels soft and cool against the skin—which you’ll definitely want for all-day wear. As one customer said, “This is exactly what I was looking for! Great quality shaper, very comfortable, after having a baby my body hasn't looked the same as it did but with this shaper I really gained some self esteem!” We’re so glad to hear it!

    Leggings

    No wardrobe is complete without a few pairs of leggings, and shaping leggings are a convenient way to combine sensible, comfortable style with figure-enhancement. We love leggings because of their versatility; they can be used for casual or dress-up attire, and are especially comfortable and effective during workouts. They’re a go-to style choice year-round no matter where you live!

    For everyday wear and powerful figure-sculpting we highly recommend Vedette Rachel Shaping Leggings. These are a perfect combination of form and function, as they can be used as shapewear underneath dresses and skirts or add an extra layer of warmth under your favorite denim or slacks. Their design utilizes a combination of cotton, rubber, latex, spandex and nylon. The result is compression throughout the pant that slims the waist, hips and thighs while rounding and lifting the butt. Grab your pair in black or nude, depending when you want to wear them.

    To sum it up, there’s really no reason you can’t have a great butt, no matter your body type. Which style of butt-lifting shaping do you want to try? If you have any questions, especially about styles and sizing that are ideal for your needs, our expert stylists are available to make recommendations just for you. Also be sure to check out our other articles on butt-enhancing shapers and apparel on our blog.

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  • Interview: How Waist Training Changed DeAndria's Approach to Weight Loss

    DeAndria's Waist Training Transformation

    DeAndria is a full-time customer service professional who spends her free time blogging, reading and enjoying life with friends and family. Despite working out occasionally, she says she hasn't been able to get rid of those tricky "love handles" and other trouble areas around her navel. So, she decided to give waist training a try.

    Immediately, DeAndria loved how the compression slimmed her midsection and enhanced her figure. She continued wearing the waist trainer during exercise and throughout her daily routine, and she started seeing even more results in just three weeks. Now, she's setting her goals even higher. Check out this interview with DeAndria and see what she's striving for next.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I work in customer service full time. I like to shop, read, try new foods and just have a good time with family and friends. My goal is to move on to Clinical Research at my current job and eventually work for myself as a blogger.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I wanted to slim my stomach and see how it would enhance my frame. My trouble areas are around my navel and love handles.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

      I chose the Petite Latex Waist Trainer, just to have something for the stomach/waist area only.
    1. What were your first impressions?

    It was tight and I had to get used to it at first. I felt slimmed instantly! I walked around with it on to get used to it, and I actually liked the tight fit of it.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore it when working out and around the house when cleaning up or sitting down, watching TV.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    It has met my goals, but I’m still striving to make it work for me even more by eating cleaner.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I worked out in it, but not as often as I should have. I ate somewhat healthy. I drink water daily and especially more when working out.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    No real challenges in working out. I’ve always worked on my stomach because that is where my weight really goes, even though I am petite.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started to see results after about 3-4 weeks of wearing the waist trainer.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes, my sister noticed I was slimming down.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    I would definitely suggest waist training with the proper diet and exercise. It's also nice to wear when you want to look slimmer under a nice outfit.

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  • Interview: How Waist Training Became a Game-Changer for this Part-Time Blogger

    Waist Training Transformation with Malaja

    Malaja is a part-time blogger who aspires to help others become the best they can be, one person at a time. But helping others along their journey to self-improvement means that she also needs to better herself. For the last few years, Malaja hasn't been satisfied with her body image. Hitting the gym didn't help—she couldn't find the motivation to take her workouts to the next level.

    That's when she decided to add a workout band to her routine. In addition to the immediate slimming (which was a huge confidence booster), she suddenly found the motivation to intensify her exercise regimen and change her eating habits as well. Within weeks, she noticed starting to see changes to her waistline, and everyone else noticed her results too. We caught up with Malaja recently to learn more about her journey.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a part-time blogger. I aspire to inspire the world, one person at a time, to help them become a better them.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I decided to start waist training to help get rid of a gut that I have been struggling with for the past couple of years.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I choose to use the Curve Creator latex workout band because I am a beginner at the gym, and when I used the workout band, it makes me sweat harder. It helps me tremendously to lose fat in unwanted areas around my torso.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first put the garment on I was about to start a workout at home. I loved everything about it. I found it to be undetectable under certain garments when applied the correct way. I was in front of a mirror both when I first applied it before the gym as well as after my work out.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my garment for about 4-5 days a week, during my gym sessions. I also began to wear it during the summer months when running errands.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    Yes, I did meet my goals. It helped me lower my gut as well as shaped my body.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I was hitting the gym every other day. I started detoxing my body almost every other day as well. I also switched my eating habits to all organic foods.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    I never had the motivation I needed at the gym. I wasn't seeing the results I wanted. I just felt like a slob.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing small results within a couple of weeks.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Everybody has noticed my results! Everybody has asked me what I am doing to get my results. I always tell them that I have been waist training and hitting the gym.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    I always tell my friends and family to go for it. Waist training really works if you do it the right way.

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  • How Often Should You Wear a Waist Trainer?

    How often should you wear a waist trainer?

    Getting started with waist training can be an exciting time. But if you’ve never done it before, you might have a lot of questions about for how long and how often you should be wearing your waist trainer for optimal results. A common question we get is, how many hours and how often should I waist train?

    The answer depends on several factors including your goals, your experience, and what kind of waist trainer you’re using. We thought it would be helpful to give a thorough explanation about what to expect, in addition to a waist training checklist to better equip you for success.

    5 Things to Know Before You Start

    Before we get into more detail about how long you should be wearing your waist trainer, there are a few things you should know when you first start out.

    1. You can get instant results, even without a regimen

    One of the qualities we love about waist trainers is that they provide incredibly results instantly. Just putting yours on can take 1–3 inches off your waistline and flatten your belly. While we highly encourage you to try out a waist training regimen as part of a healthy lifestyle routine, it’s important to remember that you should see results right away, whenever you're wearing the garment. This can help you stay motivated as part of your long-term slimming journey, as you can see what a slimmer waistline looks like and feels like.

    1. The right fit and style for your needs are essential

    You have to be certain that you’re wearing the right garment. Otherwise you’re not going to get the results you want. The most important factor when getting the best waist trainer is fit, so be sure that you’re measuring your waist precisely and following our custom sizing charts. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re choosing the right waist trainer for your body type and lifestyle. Check out this guide if you need help figuring out what’s best for you.

    1. It takes time for your body to adjust

    Once you’ve got the right waist trainer and verified that it fits, you have to be a little patient. If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you may be surprised at just how stiff it can feel. It is a high-compression garment, so the stiffness means that it is working. However, it will take time for your body to adjust. Most people who are serious about a waist training regimen find that it takes several weeks of daily practice before they are completely accustomed to wearing a waist trainer all day, every day.

    1. Your waist trainer needs to be broken in

    Not only does your body need an adjustment period before you start wearing your waist trainer for longer stretches, but the garment itself needs to be broken in as well. It’s a bit like a pair of shoes. If you’re planning on wearing it to a special event, be sure you’ve worn it for at least a few hours before wearing it for a longer stretch.

    Steel-boned corsets especially need to be “seasoned” by wearing them a few times before you tighten the laces all the way. We recommend wearing your corset for an hour or two for at least a week loosely before pulling the laces tight in order to prevent damaging the garment and to ensure that it fits like a glove. Check out this article for more corseting tips.

    1. Not every waist trainer is the same

    Each style of waist trainer is constructed a bit differently, so you might not wear each one for the same amount of time. Workout bands, for example, are designed with more durable material to withstand vigorous movement and are only designed to be worn for shorter periods (a few hours tops). Everyday waist trainers, on the other hand, are designed to be worn comfortably for longer stretches. You might need to experiment with some different styles in order to figure out what style you prefer and how long your feel comfortable wearing it for optimal results.

    Hours and Frequency for a New Waist Training Regimen

    Once you’re more familiar with waist trainer basics, you can decide whether or not you’d like to pursue a waist training regimen—in other words, waist training as a daily practice as one component of a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips for each style of waist trainer.

    Everyday Waist Trainers

    • As we mentioned above, everyday waist trainers are designed to be worn for long hours. When you first start out, you’ll want to wear it for just an hour or two at a time, so that your body, as well as the garment, can adjust.
    • Start at just one hour or less the first day, to get accustomed to the way it fits. Slowly add half an hour to an hour of wear every day. You can take a break for a day once a week or so, but try not to break too much or you’ll slow your progress. You may find it more comfortable at first to break up your wear into two shorter sessions.
    • After a few weeks, you should find it comfortable to be wearing your waist trainer for at least eight and up to twelve hours daily. After a couple of months, you’ll probably find that you’ll be able to tighten the waist trainer to the next row of hooks!

    Steel-Boned Corsets

    • Corsets work the same way as latex waist cinchers, but you put them on and tighten them differently. As was mentioned above, you need to season your corset before you can tighten it fully. For 1–2 weeks at 1–2 hours a day, you’ll want to tighten it to the point that it lies snugly against your torso but doesn’t provide compression.
    • After it’s seasoned, it should fit like a mold against your body once the laces are fully tightened. At this point you can start increasing your daily wear incrementally, just like you would with a cincher, as described above. About a month after you wear your corset, you should feel comfortable wearing it at least eight hours a day.

    Workout Trainers

    This style of waist trainer is designed specifically for workouts, so we generally don’t recommend wearing one all day. You may find that your workout band gets pretty sweaty anyway, so you’ll want to switch it out to keep it (and you) fresh and clean.

    We recommend using a workout band in rotation with an everyday waist trainer or corset. Put it on for your workouts—whether you’re going to the gym, going for a walk, or even doing some housework or gardening. Then, for the best results, switch back to your everyday waist trainer once your physical activity is done for the day.

    You still might have a bit of an adjustment period when you wear your workout band, so start out slow and increase the amount of time you wear it once you get used to it.

    Checklist for Effective Waist Training

    We hope that explains the answer to your question about how long and how frequently to wear your waist trainer for the best results. To wrap it up, here’s a handy checklist you can use when you’re getting started.

    • Get your size and style right.
    • Remember this can be one of the most important factors in an effective waist training experience. Take accurate measurements, follow the sizing charts and always go a size up when you’re in between.
    • Try it on and verify the fit.
    • After you receive your waist trainer in the mail, try it on carefully. It will be tight, but you shouldn’t have to yank or pull hard to put it on.
    • Take measurements and photos to track your progress.
    • Daily training results in gradual changes. While weight loss can sometimes indicate progress, we highly recommend taking “before and after” measurements and photos. Try tracking at least monthly.
    • Start out gradually
    • Real change takes time, so be patient. Wear your waist trainer for just an hour or two at first so that your body will adjust to the way it feels and you break in the garment.
    • Increase the time you wear incrementally.
    • Add no more than an hour at a time. You should be up to a full day after a few weeks.
    • Incorporate a healthy lifestyle.
    • Waist training is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to the most effective slim down journey. Use it with a healthy diet, adequate hydration and regular exercise for the best results.
    • Aim to wear your waist trainer at least eight hours daily.
    • Again, this is once you’ve worked up to that time.
    • Alternate waist trainers.
    • You’ll probably find that if you want to wear a waist trainer daily, you’ll need more than one to rotate through your wardrobe. Start out with an everyday waist trainer plus a workout band.
    • Size down and celebrate your progress!
    • With dedication you’ll be tightening your waist trainer and may even need a smaller size! Be sure to reward yourself for sticking with it!

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  • Waist Training While Exercising: The Secret To Maximizing Your Workouts

    Tips for Exercise Waist Training

    What’s their secret?

    That’s the question everyone started asking when celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Jessica Alba, Beyonce and more started posting their workout selfies with tiny waists, even after pregnancy. And of course, the secret was waist training.

    Fortunately you don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy all the benefits of waist training.

    There are a lot of ways you can use a waist trainer, and during exercise is one of the most effective and popular. If you’re new to waist training, grabbing a waist-cinching workout band can be a great way to start.

    Interested? Here’s what you need to know about waist training during exercise.

    1. Get the right style and fit.

    We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a waist trainer that is fitted to your measurements and is the right design for your personal needs and body type.

    First, let’s talk about fit. You need to take your waist measurements before you order your waist trainer. Using vinyl or fabric measuring tape, measure the narrowest part of your waist, typically a couple of inches above your belly button. Make sure the tape is level and lies flat against your skin, but it shouldn’t be stretched tight. Once you have your measurement, be sure to follow the sizing chart for that waist trainer exactly (You'll find size charts on all of our product pages). When in doubt, always go a size up. Remember that you can tighten your cincher for a precision fit.

    Next, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the right style. Take note that if you have a particularly long or short torso, or if you’re plus size, you may want to choose from the styles designed for your particular body type (you can narrow your selection with this parameters on workout waist trainer page).

    If you desire more support for your bust and/or coverage for your back, you might prefer a vest style workout band. Finally, you’ll want to determine whether you want three rows of fastening hooks or two. Generally, three rows are ideal if you plan on slimming down significantly with your workout plan so that you’ll have more room to tighten the garment. Having two rows of hooks is ideal if you’re wanting to tone up and are already within 2–3 inches of your target size.

    We should also note that in order to get the best results, comfort and appearance, you should invest in a high-quality waist trainer. We have a carefully curated collection on our website to ensure a positive experience for everyone who tries it out.

    1. Plan to sweat.

    One of the reasons waist training during your workouts is effective is because it stimulates more sweat around your core. For this reason, you might prefer to wear a light tank top beneath the waist trainer to prevent skin irritation. We also recommend our waist training gel to keep your skin hydrated and firm.

    You’ll also want to be sure that you’re taking proper care of your waist trainer after you sweat in it—meaning you’ll need to hang it to dry, spot clean and gently wash periodically. If you plan on waist training beyond your workouts, keep two waist trainers rotating through your wardrobe to ensure that they stay fresh and dry, as well as retain their elasticity.

    1. Choose your workout.

    We are asked frequently what kinds of workouts are best with a waist trainer. And the answer is: lots! Here are some ideas to get your started.

    Strength training: wearing a waist trainer while lifting weights will help you sweat harder for higher intensity. It will also help you keep your core tight and your back straight, which is ideal no matter what type of lifting you’re doing.

    Running and cardio: We love cardio + waist trainers so much, it would almost feel weird not to wear on when on a machine or out for a jog. It’s a no-brainer way to add to the intensity of your workout.

    Pilates, planks and more: there are a ton of callisthenic exercises that can be enhanced with a waist trainer. Check out these videos from fitness expert Bianca Jade:

    • Side crunches with leg extension: Target the obliques, arms and legs. We recommend 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
    • Oblique hop plank hold: Target the obliques, chest, arms, back, glutes and legs. We recommend 8 sets of 10 repetitions.
    • Leg extension crunches: Target the abdomen, obliques and thighs. We recommend 6 sets of 12 repetitions.
    • Plank twists: Target the abdomen, deltoids and core. We recommend 3 sets of 20 repetitions.
    • Bridge: Target the back, abdomen and chest. We recommend 4 sets of 25 repetitions.
    • Leg lifts: Target the abdomen, obliques and chest. Recommend 4 sets of 15 repetitions.

    Note that there are a few types of workouts that aren’t ideal to do with waist training. Hopefully you don’t plan on taking your waist trainer in the pool. We also don’t recommend wearing it while doing crunches—although, as you can see above, there are plenty of non-crunch abdominal strengthening exercises that you can use alternatively that are very effective. Lastly, be careful when doing any high-intensity workouts or sports with a waist trainer. Since you’ll be sweating harder, you’ll want to take note if you start to overheat or get dehydrated. If you ever start feeling faint or other physical discomfort while wearing a waist trainer, remove it immediately, walk to slow down your heart rate, and drink water or hydrating fluids. Listen to your body and be smart, as you should any time you exercise.

    We hope you’re inspired by the many ways that waist training can enhance your workout routine. While wearing a waist trainer is part of the secret to maximizing your workouts, the other part is loving what you do and loving your results. Stick with it, and you’ll be more motivated as you make progress. And if you love your waist training workouts, be sure to share your results using #BeTheHourglass so that you can be an inspiration to others!

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  • What It’s Like to Wear a Waist Trainer

    What it's like to wear a waist trainer

    Wearing a waist trainer is a different than any other type of clothing. If you’ve never done it before, you might be surprised by several aspects of the experience

    We thought it would be helpful to put together a post that sets the right expectations, so you won’t have any surprises! With the right waist trainer and the proper fit, you can have a waist training experience that is comfortable and effective, no matter what your goals.

    Waist trainers can be a challenge to put on the first time.

    One of the most frequent comments we hear from new waist training customers is how it was a little tricky to put on their waist trainer for the very first time. Some have even questioned whether it was too small because of how tight it was.

    If you have taken correct measurements and followed the garment’s size chart, it shouldn’t be too small. In fact, you want it to fit tightly because that’s how you’ll know that it is doing its job!

    The trick to putting on a waist trainer with hook and eye closures is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Pull the lowest hook and eye on the garment together around the narrowest part of your waist and start fastening up. You can pull the garment down as you go. You should not have to yank or pull hard in order to make it fit. If you feel any pain, pinching or trouble breathing, take off the waist trainer right away—it may be too small. Waist trainers should feel tight, but they shouldn't hurt!

    If you happen to have a steel-boned corset as your waist trainer of choice, the process is completely different. Step into your body shaper corset with the steel busks in front. You’re then going to fasten the laces in the back from the top and bottom towards the middle, similar to the way you might tighten shoelaces. For the first few times you will probably need help with this, or at least a mirror. Tie off the corset in the middle of the back. However, don’t tighten your corset all the way the first time you wear it. It should hug your torso gently. You should wear it loosely like this for about an hour or two a day for at least a week in order to season it, or break it in. Otherwise you risk warping the corset. Once it’s seasoned, you can pull the laces as tight as you like.

    It will take time to get used to it.

    Firm compression around your torso can feel a little strange—you may sweat more, and it may feel different holding your back so straight.

    For this reason we highly recommend that you ease your way into waist training, especially if you plan on doing it every day. Start out wearing it for just one hour, and then incrementally add half an hour to an hour each day. If you do this consistently, you should feel comfortable wearing your waist trainer all day after a few weeks. If you’re planning on wearing a corset, you’ll want to do this anyway while you’re seasoning it.

    Even if you don’t plan on wearing a waist trainer every day as part of an ongoing regimen, you’ll still want to give your body as well as the garment itself an adjustment period. If you’re planning on wearing it for a special event like a wedding, work your way up to it. Otherwise you might be pretty uncomfortable on the big day, especially if it’s an all-day event.

    You will perspire and feel warm.

    One of the reasons waist training is effective is because it stimulates heat around your core and helps you sweat. This is particularly effective during workouts, as it will increase the intensity.

    For this reason, some women prefer to wear a light tank top underneath their waist trainer, to absorb the extra perspiration. You will also want to keep your waist trainer clean and dry, especially after hard workouts when you sweat a lot. If you plan on daily wear, we recommend having at least a couple of waist trainers to rotate. Many people like one for working out in and one for casual or professional wear. Spot clean or gently handwash the waist trainer you are not wearing and hang to dry.

    If you want to wear a waist trainer in a warmer climate, you might prefer a lighter constructed with cotton.

    You may eventually need to size down. (That's a good thing!)

    One of the benefits of wearing a waist trainer daily is that it can supplement you're other long-term slimming goals. If you are committed to daily wear and a healthy lifestyle, you may find that you will need to tighten your waist trainer or corset after a few weeks or months.

    Eventually you might even find that you need a smaller size garment, which is a reason to celebrate! If you plan on losing a lot of weight during your waist training journey, you might prefer a waist trainer with three rows of hooks or a steel-boned corset, both of which have more room for adjustment if you size down your waist by several inches.

    Note that over time with regular use, the latex in a waist trainer can start to lose its elasticity. This is another reason to size down eventually, as well as keep two waist trainers rotating through your wardrobe.

    Not all are the same.

    Beautiful women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so do waist trainers. That’s why we strive to keep a wide selection, to meet as many needs as possible. You may even find that what works well in one stage of your waist training experience isn’t as effective in other stages.

    Results with waist training can also vary quite a bit. Some women see dramatic results with regular waist training after just a few weeks, while for others it can take a long time before they see substantial changes. Having said this, anyone who tries on a waist trainer that fits and is well suited for their body type will see results of a flatter tummy and a reduced waistline of 1–3 inches with the garment on—instantly!

    If you’re wondering which options are right for you, here are a few to consider, no matter what stage you’re in during your personal waist training journey:

    • Workout waist bands: as was mentioned above, these are ideal for making you sweat harder and getting a more effective workout. They come in a variety of selfie-worthy colors and styles.
    • Everyday waist trainers: these are designed to wear…wherever you want! They can be worn for 8–12 hours comfortably and they come in black or tan, so they can be easily concealable under your clothes.
    • Vest-style: these are ideal if you desire extra support and lift for your bust or coverage for your back. If you have a high bust-to-waist ratio, be sure to get adjustable straps for the ideal fit.
    • Steel-boned corsets: these create a “wow” factor whether you use them as outerwear or conceal them under your clothes. Laces and steel boning create the most dramatic waist slimming results.
    • Long torso: if you’re a taller woman you might require a waist trainer that provides more coverage, particularly through the lower abdomen.
    • Petite: likewise, if you’re on the shorter side, you may prefer shorter cuts that won’t pinch at your ribs or your hips.
    • Three rows of hooks: if you expect to size down considerably with your waist training regimen, three rows of hooks will give you more room to size down using the same garment.
    • Plus size waist trainers: these are designed with the full-figured woman in mind, with stunning hourglass results.
    • Seamless: When you need invisible slimming, these are the best options to hide underneath your clothing.
    • Latex-free: if you have sensitivity to latex or just don’t prefer using the material, there are multiple waist trainer options constructed without latex.

    You will look amazing—and people will notice.

    Time and again, we hear from our customers how their waist training transformations have caught the attention of their friends and family. You don’t even have to lose weight in order to achieve an hourglass waistline and a flat tummy, free of love handles and muffin top. In fact, that is how a lot of people get started with waist training; they see the results of someone they know.

    That’s why we highly encourage you to share your results—whether on Instagram or your other favorite social media platforms, or even just among your closest friends and family. Take progress photos and waist measurements and prepare for everyone to be amazed at the changes in your figure. You never know who you might inspire!

    We hope this gives you a little vision about what it’s like to wear a waist trainer. Ready to get started? Check out this guide along with the other resources we have on our website. You're going to love your new curves!

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  • How to Choose the Right Shapewear for Your Trouble Spots

    Shapewear for Different Body Types

    When you’re trying to get a flawless look, whether or not you should use shapewear isn’t even a question. Stunning celebrities—like the Kardashians, Halle Berry, Oprah, Jessica Alba and more—swear by it, so there’s no reason to be bashful. The question is, which is the right shapewear, especially when you consider your own personal trouble spots?

    While the options might feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re not accustomed to wearing shapewear, finding your perfect shaping solution online is not as hard as you think.

    Step 1: Identify Your Trouble Spots

    Do you know what body type you are? That’s usually a helpful place to start when identifying your trouble spots. Women’s shapes can fall into several categories:

    • Round figured (apple): You have a fuller bust and midsection, with narrow shoulders and hips. Your challenge is defining your waistline.
    • Straight figured (rectangle): Your shoulders, waist, bust and hips are all close in size. Your challenge is adding curves in the right places.
    • Hourglass: Your figure resembles an hourglass: the waistline is smaller than the hips and bust. Your challenge is curve control.
    • Curvy on the bottom (pear): Your hips are wider than your upper half. Your challenge is enhancing your bust or controlling those hips and thighs.
    • Shapely on top (inverted triangle): Your upper half is noticeably larger than your hips. Your challenge is defining your waist and softening your shoulders.

    You can determine which of these shapes best describes you by taking measurements of the bust, waist and hips. But chances are, you probably already know what you are. Based on your body type, you can figure out which areas on your figure need some shaping, slimming, and smoothing with the help of shapewear.

    Step 2: Know Your Occasion

    Once you know your trouble spots, next decide what occasions you will want to use shapewear for. Here are some factors to consider:

    • Formal vs. everyday: Generally you’re going to want a lot of compression and shaping power for formal events like weddings. You may want something a little more breathable for everyday use, whether you’re at home or at work.
    • Workout apparel: What you wear during your workouts is going to be different than what you wear to the office. Workout shapewear is designed to make you sweat for a more effective workout but can also be breathable and is designed to retain its shape during vigorous movement.
    • Temperature: You may want to select your shapewear depending upon the weather and what you’re planning on wearing over the top. In hot weather when you’re wearing very light tops, some shapers might be uncomfortable and hard to hide. In cooler weather you won't mind some heavier shapers.

    Step 3: Know Your Shaping Options

    There are many options when it comes to shapewear, but they generally fall into a few categories. Choose your category based on your trouble spots and the occasion.

    • Bust shapers: There are two ways to enhance your bust: with a great bra or with open bust shapers. The right bra will fill out and support your breasts. Bust shaperwear like longline bras, torsolettes and bustiers have the cups built in and provide firm support. These options are ideal under strapless styles like formal gowns.
      Open-bust shapers are useful for everyday style and can provide an additional boost to your bra. These include strapless styles like waist training bands and corsets, as well as a variety of versatile strapped styles.
    • Bra bulge solutions: Anyone can suffer from bra bulge, no matter what your size. These shapewear bras provide coverage for the back and the support you need for the bust.
    • Shaping panties: These are an easy choice for everyday shapewear. Shaping panties flatten the belly and eliminate love handles and muffin top effortlessly. Choose a style based on how much coverage you want—some cover the lower abdomen, while some are high-waist. Some shaping panties are also designed to enhance the rear and control the hips, depending on the cut.
    • Thigh shapers: Thigh shapewear takes shaping panties to the next level. In addition to waist and rear coverage, these shapers provide slimming and smoothing for the thighs. These work beautifully under dresses and skirts as well as tight pants. And if you like to wear leggings, make sure they are shaping leggings that provide targeting smoothing of your thighs, waist and rear.
    • Butt enhancement: Rounding and lifting your rear is easy and looks stunning. Many of these butt-enhancing shapers also slim the waist for a more pronounced hourglass effect. Try an open-bottom design for natural enhancement of your curves, or padded options. Or, select from thong backs to prevent visible panty line. And if you like denim, check out the natural enhancement of butt-lifting jeans. These are specially designed to create a rounder, fuller look using unique stitching and cuts.
    • Waist minimizers: Every body type can benefit from a slimmer waist and a more pronounced hourglass shape. Some of the most popular waist-slimming options are waist trainers, but there are many others to choose from. Check out bodysuits, shaping camis and more with reinforcement at the midsection to ensure a smooth, flat tummy and flawless hourglass shape.
    • Lower ab coverage: This can be a tricky area to target. If this is a trouble spot for you, you’ll want a shaper that is long enough and strong enough to provide the support you need. Choose from longer waist trainers or shapers that have a panty built in and reinforce the lower abdominal area.
    • All-over shapers: One and done. That's the convenience of bodyshapers. Bodysuits and slips are designed to give full coverage where it counts. These work especially well under dresses and flowing materials, as they provide a smooth foundation for the fabric to fall over.

    Step 4: Choose Your Support Level

    Once you have some options in mind, the next factor you’ll want to consider when targeting your trouble spots is the level of control those options provide.

    Contrary to what you might think, the key to powerful shaping is not a smaller shaper (proper sizing and good fit is imperative—see below). Rather, the level of compression your garment offers is what’s going to determine your results. Check out garment descriptions to determine the level of shaping power.

    • Light shaping: these are thin garments that provide smoothing but don’t offer a lot of extra support or figure contouring. These are most comfortable for casualwear and warm weather.
    • Moderate shaping: these provide firmer smoothing and light shaping by using firm materials like light spandex and tummy control panels.
    • Firm compression: these type of garments provide figure contouring and firm support and can help reshape your figure. They are typically reinforced with extra control panels and firm spandex.
    • Maximum compression: this is as good as it gets when it comes to shaping and control. Powerful shaping materials like latex are typically used and can be reinforced with plastic or steel boning.

    Step 5: Determine Your Size

    This is a vital step in finding the right shapewear for your trouble spots. Our shaping garments have been tested and each one has a custom sizing chart. Do not simply guess what size you need. Using a soft vinyl or fabric measuring tape, take measurements before placing any order to ensure the best fit.

    When it comes to shapewear, the most important sizes are your bust, waist and hips. Your measuring tape should lie flat and firm against your body, but it shouldn’t be stretched tight. Also be sure that it is level with the ground when you take your measurements (use a mirror or a friend for assistance).

    • Bust: measure the fullest part of your bust.
    • Waist: measure the narrowest part of your waist where there is a natural bend, typically two inches above your belly button.
    • Hips: measure the fullest part of the hips.

    Once you have taken your measurements and consulted the custom sizing chart for your garment, choose the closest fit. For waist trainers, the most important measurement to go by is your waist. For other garments that provide shaping for multiple target areas, always go with the largest measurement.

    When in doubt or in between sizes, always go a size up, rather than down. Not only can garments that are too small be uncomfortable, but they won’t provide the most flattering results. Remember, firm compression is the key to shaping power, not garment size.

    A little tip if you have a larger bust: stick with open-bust garments with adjustable straps for the best-fitting and most flattering shaping results.

    Step 6: Trying It On and Looking Fabulous

    Once you receive your shapewear in the mail it might be a little tricky to try it on at first. Step into it carefully and fasten slowly from the bottom up, adjusting as you go. You should not have to yank, stretch or pull hard on garments that fits correctly, or you risk damaging it. Shapewear that fits should look flattering instantly; put on garments over it just to make sure.

    And that’s it! Now you know the secret to targeting your trouble areas. If you have any questions, contact our professional stylists who will be happy to assist you.

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  • Plus Size Shapewear: Get Everything You Need for Your Body Type

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    At Hourglass Angel we believe that true beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, which is why we strive to provide a great selection of plus-size shaperwear.

    We love curves, but it's no secret that they can create some unique shaping challenges. Shapewear designed with plus-size curves in mind takes into account the support you may want for your bust and back as well as contouring and smoothing for other target areas.

    Here are our favorite selections of plus-size shapewear, with tips for making it work for your unique styling and shaping needs.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Waist Trainers

    A waist trainer is hands-down one of the most flattering types of shapewear you can use to enhance any body shape. Firm compression around the core flattens the tummy while creating hourglass curves and a tiny waistline. If you have curvy hips and a full bust, the power of a little waist can be stunning—and it’s very easy to attain with a high-quality waist trainer. Plus-size waist trainers are designed with the curvy woman in mind and will provide full coverage for the torso without leaving gaps or causing pinching and discomfort.

    One of our favorite plus-size waist training options is our very own Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel. It takes up to three inches off your waistline instantly and creates an hourglass shape. The reason it works so effectively is because of the flexible steel boning inside the bodice, combined with the compression of a latex core. While steel like this is typically reserved for lace-up corsets, we decided that we’d combine the best of two styles—and this is what we came up with. Waist trainers work by providing long-lasting maximum compression around the core, which stimulates perspiration and thermal activity. For this reason, this waist trainer is also ideal as a workout band.

    Since we recommend having at least two options if you’re serious about a waist training regimen, check out another workout band ideal for plus sizes, the Latex Workout Band Curve Creator by Hourglass Angel. It offers the same benefits as the Best Waist Trainer, with the convenience of a Velcro closure for when you’re on the go. You’ll experience superb compression during your workouts, which will increase the effectiveness of your exercise program. You can wear this during a variety of cardio and strength training exercises, or even on walks if you want to kick the intensity in your core up a notch.

    We also recommend vest-style waist trainers for plus sizes, particularly if you want additional support for the bust and coverage for the back. The Latex Waist Trainer Vest by Hourglass Angel is a waist-slimming, bust-enhancing everyday waist trainer that will also slim your waist up to three inches in an instant. It also combines the compression power of latex with the durability of light steel boning for maximum waist-slimming power. And of course, it eliminates any fear of back bulge, with more coverage for the upper back, and offers extra support for your bust.

    These waist trainers all run from size XS all the way to 5X, making them effective slimming options for anyone. The Best Waist Trainer and the Latex Waist Trainer Vest utilize three rows of hooks, so if you plan on sizing down, they will adjust to a perfect fit. And the Workout Band easily adjusts to the exact size you need with its adjustable Velcro closure.

    (And here’s a little bonus hint: it’s hard to pick just one, so why not try all three?)

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Body Shapers

    If you’re looking for a full-body makeover, we highly recommend bodysuits. These are ideal for special occasions or anytime you want to make a lasting impression. Bodysuits can hide invisibly under gowns, skirts and suits. Remember that for the most dramatic slimming and body-contouring results, you want high compression, not necessarily a smaller size.

    We have a couple of plus-size options that we love. Which one is right for you depends on your target areas as well as what you’re wearing on top.

    The Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose 4505 By Co'Coon will slim your tummy, midsection and hips into an hourglass shape without flattening your rear. Its special booty-lifting band is unique and works seamlessly with the other components of the garment, including thermal latex tummy panel that keeps the lower abdomen in check. You can instantly reduce your waist and hips by up to two sizes. This garment comes exclusively in sizes 2XL–5XL, so you know it will flatter a curvy woman in all the right places.

    The Leonisa Celebrity Style Body Shaper is another option that provides all-over slimming, with added full thigh control. While it’s powerful enough to wear for special events, it’s also lightweight and comfortable under everyday attire. You’ll experience a trimmed tummy, hip control, thigh-slimming, elimination of back bulge, and all-over smoothing in one simply zip-up garment. It also uses an open-bust design with straps for added support to the bust.

    Both of these options are designed to be invisible under your attire, so be sure to choose the color that suits your wardrobe best!

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    Plus Size Shaping Panties and Thigh Shapers

    One of the best benefits of quality shapewear is that it makes getting dressed in the morning easy! So many of your outfits will be much more flattering with a smooth foundation underneath. A must-have in every woman’s wardrobe is a shaping panty.

    The High-Waisted Panty Shaper with Booty Lift by Leonisa uses a high cut waist and compression to create a flat tummy and eliminate all instances of muffin top. In the back, curved seams and specially gathered elastic create a natural rear-rounding effect, without padding. You’ll get firm slimming of 1–2 inches instantly.

    Another option, depending on your body type and what you’re wearing over the top is a panty shaper with thigh control. The High Waist Firm Control Thigh Shaper by Va Bien is our favorite option and comes in sizes up to 6XL. Satin control panels smoothen your trouble areas including the thighs, hips, tummy and rear. And the garment stays firmly in place with a control waistband and flexible boning right at the natural waist.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Slimming Tanks

    Another shapewear must-have in any wardrobe is a slimming tank. This is an easy solution that you can layer underneath almost anything, and a good one will slim and smooth your whole torso.

    Our plus-size recommendation is the V-Neck Slimming Tank by TrueShapers. Our stylists were blown away by how great this tank looks and feels on several different body types. It can be worn by itself or underneath dresses, blouses and other tops and works for casual or athletic looks. The deep V-neck cut makes it extremely versatile under a variety of styles, including plunging necklines. Just step in and out of it for easy-on, easy-off. We also love how comfortable it is and how it can make a seamless, smooth look effortlessly. We carry it in sizes up to 3XL.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Slips

    The final piece of shapewear to complete a plus-size wardrobe is a shaping slip. Whether you’re an office professional who likes to dress to impress or you prefer more casual dress and skirt styles, a slip will ensure that your dress or skirt falls beautifully over your curves, the way it was designed to.

    Our favorite slip for plus-size figures is the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up. What makes it work so beautifully is its unique design that hooks into your bra. You can customize it to your unique shape by pairing it with your favorite bra, without worrying about any pinching or spillover effect. And back bulge—be gone. The body of the slip is also very effective, as it is designed to slim the waist and hips while providing all-over smoothing. The bottom of the skirt is finished with a lacey, silicone-backed hem that won’t ride up. To sum it up, your dress can flow the way it was designed to, over an hourglass-smooth silhouette.

    Inspired yet? Let us help you find the right shapewear for your body! We’re passionate about helping women of every shape and size find the right shapewear that will make them feel beautiful and confident, no matter what they’re wearing. From special events and weddings to everyday apparel, you can look fabulous every day, no matter what your body type. You just need to start with the right foundation underneath.

    We know the unique challenges that come with each body shape, and that’s why we have expert stylists who are prepared to answer your questions and help you find the perfect shaping garment for your needs. If you’ve done your homework and want some extra assistance putting that perfect outfit together, contact our customer service team and we’ll be happy to answer questions and provide recommendations.

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  • 5 Benefits of Wearing a Waist Trainer

    waist training benefits

    By now you’ve probably heard about waist training, whether you’ve seen celebrities sporting their workout bands on social media or your friends have started wearing them. Waist trainers look cute and appear to make you slimmer, but perhaps you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about.

    Some people love their waist trainers because they do so much more than just make you slimmer for that one Instagram pose. Many of our customers are pleasantly surprised when they discover the unexpected results of our most popular waist-slimming garments. If you’re trying to decide whether to give waist training a try, consider these five benefits.

    1. Immediate Slimming Results

    When you first put on a waist trainer that is fitted properly, you’re going to see results immediately and anytime you're wearing the garment. You’ll notice an hourglass curve at your waist that eliminates muffin top and prevents your belly from sticking out. If you take measurements, you waist could be up to 4 inches slimmer instantly.

    For this reason, waist trainers make excellent special occasion garments, as they can help you fit effortlessly into tight-fitting or flowing dresses, pants and skirts. Every body type benefits from having a more defined waistline.

    In order to achieve the best results when you first try on your waist trainer, it’s important that you garment fits correctly and is a style ideal for your body type and lifestyle. Check out our complete guide to help you determine your ideal waist trainer. Also be sure that you are sizing your waist trainer correctly by following the sizing chart for the garment of your choice and taking accurate waist measurements.

    1. Enhanced Workouts

    It’s a good idea to work on strengthening your core when you’re wearing a waist trainer for the best results. A waist trainer should not take the place of strong core muscles; rather they should complement each other.

    A workout waist band can be an indispensable part of your workout wardrobe, which is designed to provide firm compression during vigorous movement and will help you sweat harder for a more effective workout.

    The garment stimulates thermal activity, literally increasing your body's natural heat. This makes you perspire more in the areas where you're trying to slim down—so you're getting more from your workout without the extra effort.

    Some women prefer using a waist trainer exclusive for working out in. In fact, our most colorful, selfie-worthy waist trainers are ideal for this purpose and are meant to be shown off!

    Wearing a workout band can complement a number of exercises, including but not limited to running, walking, racquet sports, aerobics, circuit training and strength training. We highly recommend you incorporate strength-building workouts for your whole body, but especially your core. Check out these workout recommendations if you need inspiration.

    Workout waist trainers are great on their own, but if you want to follow an everyday waist training regimen, we highly recommend that you also use your favorite everyday waist trainer for the best results and to keep your workout band fresh and clean.

    1. A Supplement to Your Long-Term Slimming Goals

    Many people use waist trainers to supplement their other slim-down goals. And because of the heat-stimulating properties, the more you use your waist trainer, the more you’ll know your efforts are working. For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer 8–12 hours a day, but keep in mind that results will vary depending on your lifestyle, goals, body type and other factors.

    If you’re new to waist training, we recommend starting out slowly. Wear your waist trainer for just an hour or two for the first couple of days and then slowly wear it for a little longer each day. You can take a break in the middle of the day if needed, or even take a day off. But stick with it and be consistent. After 2–3 weeks it will feel totally natural to wear your waist trainer all day.

    Be sure to check out some of our customer stories to discover what real women’s results can look like. These are everyday women of all shapes and sizes who have benefitted tremendously from wearing a waist trainer.

    1. Corrected, More Confident Posture

    One of the unexpected benefits of wearing a waist trainer is better posture. It’s something that many of our customers have been pleasantly surprised to discover, and it’s one of their favorite benefits. Professional women who sit at a desk all day tend to slouch, which is a big no-no for your back. While wearing a waist trainer, the compression forces to sit up straighter and thus provides more posture support.

    The corrected posture is good news for your back, but that's not the only benefit. You’ll look and feel more confident simply by the way you carry your torso. It's a look of confidence. Nonverbally you can send a powerful message just by standing a little taller.

    1. Motivation for a Healthier Lifestyle

    Sometimes one of the biggest hurdles to losing weight or getting healthy is the motivation to get started and keep going. Sticking to a healthy diet and going to the gym day after day can be difficult to keep up, especially if you hit a hurdle or a plateau in your progress.

    That’s where waist training can really benefit you—by keeping you going. Many of our customers have testified that they didn’t start out with healthy lifestyle changes when they started waist training, but once they got a vision for what their bodies could look like, they were more motivated to stick with it.

    It’s tough to make major changes to your lifestyle, but the first start is to just do something. And that something leads to other changes, until you find that being healthy is just a part of who you are. Waist training is just one piece of the puzzle, but for many women it has been exactly what they have needed to get started and stick with it.

    It’s evident that, while a waist trainer can provide instant results in slimming and enhancing your figure, it does a whole lot more. Not only will you love the way you look and feel, but your close friends and family will probably start noticing how you're changing and will wonder what your secret is!

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