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  • Interview: Corseting Boosted this Model’s Confidence [Before & After]

    Gina’s Waist Training Transformation

    Gina is a professional promoter/marketing specialist with her own promotions company as well as a published model. She lives an active, healthy life. She has always been very curvy and while overall happy with her appearance, she has wrestled with her hips, thighs and lower abs.

    We interviewed Gina back in July, after her successful 8-week journey with a latex waist trainer. But she wanted to go even further. With a steel-boned corset, Gina was able to step up her waist training game. The compression was even more dramatic, and she boosted her routine: instead of wearing it just during workouts, she wore the corset every day. Over the following weeks and months she was able to drop from a size 4 to a size 2 and tone up her abs. During photo shoots, her photographer noted the huge improvements in her posture and her confidence.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a professional promoter/marketing specialist with my own promotions company. I am also a published model. I try to stay active and healthy, and I enjoy a wide variety of activities such as cooking, swimming, jogging, and reading.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    Overall I am happy with my appearance, but my trouble spots are my thighs and lower abs. When I started waist training my goal was to tone up and correct my posture. I feel like I had begun to achieve this with the first waist trainer I used (Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery), but I was looking for something to wear when I wasn’t excerising that would be comfortable and fashionable at the same time.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset because I absolutely loved the look of it. I was looking for something both functional and fashionable. I was also very interested in trying a different type of garment than my last one to see what the differences were and what the different benefits would be.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first tried the garment I was at home. It was easy to put on. I found it to be both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.  I was very excited to begin using it for waist training.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    When I first started using the garment I would put it on for a few hours at a time. I used it pretty much every day and increased the amount of time I wore it each week. I also made use of it for photo shoots and as a fun fashion accessory.

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

    This garment definitely lived up to my expectations. Overall it was comfortable, easy to put on, easy to clean, and went well with everything I wore it with.  I got exactly what I was looking for: a comfortable and fashionable waist trainer that actually worked.

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

    I kept my routine the same. I always try to eat healthy and I work out regularly. While waist training, the only thing I did differently was intensify my workouts. I did a little more cardio and strength training.

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

    I have always been very curvy. My hips are a full foot wider than my waist. It has always been a challenge for me to lose weight in my hips and thighs. I also struggle with my lower abs a little. I really feel this garment has helped me to tone up and greatly improved my posture. My photographer says he can definitely see a difference in my posture and confidence when I shoot.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I was able to feel results before I could see them. I felt my posture getting better by the second week, and I could see my stomach getting a little smaller and tighter by the end of the first month. By the fourth month I could physically see a huge improvement in my posture as well as loss of mass. I am down to a size 2.  I was a 4 when I started waist training with this product.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My boyfriend, friends, family, and photographer have all noticed a difference. They all say my posture has improved and I look “smaller” or “toned”.  My photographer has noticed an improvement in my posture and overall confidence level as well.

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

    I think it is very important to find exactly what you need to achieve the results you are looking for. Make sure the product you choose fits you properly and will serve its intended purpose. I was not looking for undergarments that slim me until I take them off. I was looking for long term results and an improvement in my posture and overall health. I feel because I used the trainer as part of my routine it has helped me to achieve my goals. I will definitely continue to use it regularly and I can't wait to try more products from Hourglass Angel!

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  • Best Booty-Building Results: Try These Simple Exercises

    There are a few secrets to having a toned, firm butt.

    Some of us are naturally endowed with, well, a curvier backside. But even if you are a natural hourglass or curvy-on-the-bottom body shape, you still might have to do some work to perfect your look by making your butt look smoother and firmer.

    Butt-enhancing shapewear will give you immediate, effortless results that can help you feel confident and sexy whether you’re working out, hanging out in casual wear or dressing up for a formal event or work.

    But when you’re on the beach or otherwise a little more exposed, you want those curves to hold up.

    What will really produce results is an exercise program that focuses on strengthening your glutes, quads and hamstrings (as well as your core, and really all over). Cardio alone will not get it done! You need strength training to effectively reshape your figure, as it will help you burn fat and build muscle mass.

    Reshape Your Butt in 30 Days

    We put together this booty-building routine as a simple way to focus on your lower body and to create a rounder, firmer butt. Exercises that produce the best results focus on movements that require support from multiple muscle groups. This will also result in more caloric burn and sweat—making it effectively some pretty decent cardio!

    You will need a set of dumbbells, a Swiss ball, a resistance band, a step and as a kettlebell if you have one (otherwise substitute with a dumbbell). The weights and resistance should be strong enough that your muscles feel very fatigued after 10 reps. Start out light if you’re not sure, but increase the weight if you’re not feeling tired after your workout (being sore the next day is a good sign!).

    To do this routine, complete a circuit that includes 10-15 reps of each of these strengthening exercises. Then complete the whole circuit three times, resting for a minute or two between each round. You should be able to do the whole routine in 30 minutes or less.

    6 Booty-Building Exercises

    1. Deadlifts
    • Hold a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip in front of your thighs, keeping your arms straight and elbows loose. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, with your knees slightly bent.
    • Slowly bend at the hips, keeping your back straight, your chest and shoulders up and butt out. It can be helpful to look at a mirror to make sure you’re not bending forward at the back. Lower the weights, without changing the bend in your knees and continuing to keep your torso straight.
    • How low you can bend depends on your flexibility, but stop when you can no longer lower the weights, keeping them close to your body, without bending your back (typically when your torso is about parallel with the floor).
    • Squeezing your glutes, lift the weights back up until you’re in the starting position. Do 10 reps to complete the set. Since this movement uses multiple muscle groups in your legs and core, you should try to lift quite heavy.
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    1. Step-Ups
    • Holding a dumbbell in each hand at your sides, place one foot on the top of a step directly in front of you (the higher the better).
    • With that foot, push your body upwards until the leg is straight; you’ll be holding all of your weight on the one foot that is on top of the step.
    • Slowly lower your back leg to the ground. Without taking your foot off of the step, do 10 reps of the step-up.
    • Switch to the other leg and do 10 reps again to complete one set before moving on to the next exercise.
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    1. Single-Leg Jumps
    • Balance on one foot. Bend your knee and jump as high as you can off the ground or a step.
    • Land softly on the same foot, bending your knee. Keep your hips squarely behind you and try not to lean too far forward onto your toes.
    • Do 10 jumps on one leg and then repeat on the other to complete one set.
    1. Single-Leg Hamstring Curl
    • Lying flat on your back, elevate your feet by placing your heels on the middle of the Swiss ball. Press your hips up so that you are in a bridge position, with your weight on your shoulders and your hands planted firmly on the mat to help you keep balance.
    • With one foot firmly planted on the ball, bend the other knee into your chest.
    • Using the foot on the ball, roll the whole ball in towards your body. Extend your leg to return the ball back to starting position.
    • Do 10 reps on one leg and then repeat with the other leg to complete one set.
    1. Kettlebell swing
    • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent, holding a kettlebell or heavy dumbbell in front of you with both hands.
    • Bending your hips, but keeping your knees steady, lower your torso so that the kettlebell swing down between your legs. Your torso should make about a 45-degree angle with the floor.
    • With your arms straight and using your glutes for power, thrust your hips upward and straighten your knees so that the momentum swings the kettlebell up until your arms are about at a 90-degree angle with the floor.
    • Do 15 reps to complete a set.
    1. Lateral band steps
    • Wrap a resistance band around your legs just above the knees. With your feet hip-width apart, lower into a squat position as if in an imaginary char. Keep your back straight and your shoulders and chest up.
    • Step one foot out wide to the side and then step your other foot halfway in. Then step this same foot back out wide and the other foot halfway in to complete a rep.
    • Do this 10 times to repeat a step.

    Are you up for doing this booty-building challenge for 30 days? We’d love to see your results! Tag us @hourglassangel on Twitter or Instagram and use #BeTheHourglass.

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  • Top Exercises that Sculpt an Hourglass Shape—How To Optimize Your Waist Training Results

    Waist training is a highly effective way to slim your waist and create an hourglass shape instantly, but you can maximize your results by adding some curve-creating workouts. These are ideal for women who are serious about sculpting their shape by building up the right muscle groups throughout the body. Combine this plan with a smart diet and you’ll be amazed at the results.

    With moves that provide all-over toning and strengthening, aim for 3 sets of 10–12 reps each, and repeat the entire routine 2–3 times per week. Be sure to warm up before and cool down after each workout. You can supplement your workouts with cardio and stretching on the off-days, but don’t do any additional strength training; otherwise you may risk overtraining or injury.

    In order to complete this workout you’ll need two dumbbells at least 8 pounds each, and a Swiss ball. You can easily complete the series at home. Start out with light weights or no weight until you’ve mastered good form. For maximum effectiveness and faster results, you’ll eventually want to work your way up to 10- to 20-pound dumbbells. By the end of each set your muscles should feel fatigued and pushed to their limit.

    As an added bonus, we’re recommending the shapewear that you can wear in the meantime to enhance your hourglass figure while you’re working on creating it. Looking great whether you’re at the gym, in casualwear, at the office or out for the evening can help you stay motivated on your waist-slimming, hourglass curve-creating journey.

    Stability Ball Shoulder Bridge: strengthen abs, obliques, chest and shoulders

    Lie flat on your back and place your feet on top of the Swiss ball. Your arms should be stretched out on the floor next to your sides, palms facing down. Pressing your hands into the floor, press your hips up into a bridge, making sure to engage your core and keeping your back flat and butt engaged. Use your hamstrings and quads to roll the ball slowly towards you until the soles of your feet are on top of the ball. Extend your legs and push the ball back to the starting position to complete one rep. Without dropping your hips, repeat the rolling 10–12 times to complete the set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: workout waist trainer (use it during this whole series for accelerated results)!

    Stability Ball Plank Tap-Downs: strengthen abs, obliques, chest and shoulders

    Start in a tall plank position, keeping your shoulders stacked above your hands with your feet on top of the Swiss ball. Keep your core tight while lifting up one leg and slowly touching the toes on that foot on the floor next to the ball. Put your foot back on the ball and do the same thing with the other leg to complete a rep. Without lowering your body, complete 10–12 reps for one set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: everyday waist trainer or steel-boned corset for the rest of the day. Try a regimen of 8+ hours a day for the best results.

    Back Leg Elevated Deadlift: strengthen hamstrings, butt and lower back.

    Stand while holding a dumbbell in each hand, a few feet in front of a chair with your back facing it. Reach one foot behind you and rest your toes on the seat of the chair. Next, bend at your waist while lowering the weights down to about your shins. Be sure to keep your back straight. Using your butt and your hamstrings, pull yourself back up straight, but keep your foot on the chair. Repeat 10–12 times on one side and then switch.

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    Alternating Curtsy Lunge with Bicep Curls: strengthen hamstrings quads, shoulders and biceps

    Hold your dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing in. Stand with your feet together, toes facing forward. Step back diagonally with one leg into “curtsy” lunge by crossing it behind your standing leg. Keep your shoulders standing tall above your hips. During the lunge, curl your arms up with the weights towards your shoulders. Be sure to keep the tops of your arms and your torso straight (don’t lean or pull your arms forward during the curl). Stand back up by pressing up with your front heel and put your feet back together in the starting position. Repeat the curtsy lunge on the other side while curling your biceps again to complete one rep, and then complete 10–12 reps for a set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: an all-over bodysuit that enhances the rear and slims the midsection.

    Back Leg Elevated Lunge: strengthen butt, hamstrings and quads

    Standing a few feet in front of a chair with your back facing it, hold dumbbells in each hand. Reach back with on foot and place it on the seat of the chair. With your shoulders straight over your hips, bend your front knee and lower your body down until your thigh is parallel with the ground. Push back up with your heel to a standing position, while keeping your other leg on the chair. Keep the weights at your side during this time. Repeat this motion 10–12 times and the switch legs to complete one set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: try butt-lifting jeans to make your natural curves look fuller and rounder.

    Renegade Row: strengthen shoulders, arms, core and chest

    Grab your dumbbells and lower into a tall plank position, holding the weights so that they are parallel to each other on the floor, with your palms facing in. Your shoulders should be stacked above your hands and your body should be a straight line from your head to your heels. Keep your elbows close to your sides as you lower your whole body down without touching the floor. If this motion is too difficult from your toes, you can drop to your knees (or do this after you’ve done several full pushups and have reached muscle fatigue). Press back up to the starting position. Your back should remain flat, your butt should be down, and your core should be engaged the whole time. Once you’ve completed the push-up, pick up one hand with the weight by bending your elbow towards the ceiling until it’s at about 90 degrees. Keep your hips square with the ground during the row. Repeat with the other hand to complete one rep. Repeat the sequence 10–12 times complete a set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: try an open-bust shaping cami that can smoothen your torso while enhancing your bust when you pair with your favorite bra.

    Stability Ball Weighted Pullover: strengthen core, chest, triceps, upper back, legs and butt

    Holding two dumbbells, lie on your back on a Swiss ball, supporting your shoulders, neck and head while bending your knees at a 90-degree angle. Your feet should be flat on the ground about hip-width apart, and your hips should be in line with your shoulders throughout the movement. Place one of the weights across your pelvis and hold the other weight at one end of it with both hands. Bring this weight straight over your chest, keeping your elbows soft. Lower the dumbbell over your head and towards the floor as far as you can without actually hitting the floor. Bring the weight back up over your chest, using your shoulders, chest and triceps to complete a rep. Repeat 10–12 times for one set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: try a shaping slip with a flirty dress to show off a smooth and sexy figure from shoulders to thighs.

    Windshield Wiper Abs: strengthen abs and obliques

    Sit back on the floor with your forearms behind you on the ground in a way that you are leaning back on them, with your fingertips facing your butt and your shoulders directly above your elbows. Your legs should be outstretched. Using your core, point your toes and lift your legs up together. Keeping your hip to the floor, move your beet to the right, back to the center, to the left and back to the center to complete a rep. Do this 10–12 times to complete your set.

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: try a waist training vest to slim your torso and provide extra support for your bust and back. Wear as desired or 8+ hours a day every day for the best long-term results.

    Try doing this workout 2–3 times per week for 30 days and be amazed at the results! Anyone can have hourglass curves if they know how to target the right areas.

    And remember, for the best results we recommend pairing this routine with a waist training regimen and a healthy diet. Good luck!

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  • 30-Day Booty Building Challenge

    We all want a lifted, curvy and firm butt, right? Is it possible to get one without having the right genetics?

    Absolutely! While genetics can go a long way in creating your natural curves, it is possible to greatly enhance your backside with the right workouts and diet.

    And the best part is, it doesn’t have to take plastic surgery or years of training! We’ve got a 30-day plan to help you build your booty fast.

    Butt-Building Myths

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty of enhancing your butt, let’s dispel some myths first. Get these false facts out of your head so that you can focus on what’s most effective.

    Myth #1: You can achieve targeted fat loss with butt-focused cardio.

    This might be a painful one to let go, but stop wasting hours on cardio machines trying to get results. Even while your butt might feel like it’s burning after walking on an incline treadmill for an hour, you simply cannot trim your body fat in targeted areas of your body in this way.

    While you will be burning calories and building some muscle strength—and you might be losing body fat overall throughout your body—you can’t isolate the butt in the way you might think.

    Instead, you should focus on overall fat loss (primarily through diet) as well as building the right muscles, which we’ll discuss below.

    Myth #2: It’s impossible to get a round butt without a crazy regimen of complicated exercises.

    The fact that this is a myth is great news because what you really need is a consistent set of simple exercise, which you should do with progressive intensity.

    One thing you should know is that the gluteus maximus is just one muscle, which means your training can be quite simple and get great results.

    Myth #3: You need to isolate the butt and use fancy machines.

    The most effective way to sculpt your butt is to actually get off the machines and do simple compound movement exercises like squats and deadlifts. In fact, you don’t even need a gym membership to practice some highly effective workouts; you just need a set of weights.

    Myth #4: High-rep training gets results.

    Women fall into this trap a lot! If you don’t lift heavier weights, especially with your legs, you are going to quickly plateau with high reps. While you can do some supplemental lifting with some light weights that focus on more targeted areas, the majority of your strength training should use compound movements with heavy weights.

     The Right Butt-Sculpting Exercises

    You can build a great butt in just 30 days with just seven—that’s right, seven—highly effective exercises. And you don’t need a gym membership; you just need some heavy weights, proper form ad the drive to do them.

    1. Squats

    Squats might me the most effective single movement that can build total lower body strength and muscle.

    Some tips to make your squats most effective include squatting deep (hips should be at 90 degrees) and using a wide stance. Use weights as heavy as you can while doing 4–10 reps for 2–3 sets.

    1. Deadlifts

    This is another highly effective exercise that effectively strengthens your hamstrings and glutes. Again, lifting heavy is important in order to get the best butt-sculpting results. You should be squeezing your glutes as you lift and should feel the burn when you get to the top.

    1. 3. Hip Thrusts or Bridges

    There are several approaches to this. You might want to start out without weights and then add resistance once you’re more comfortable. You can do a traditional hip thrust if you have the equipment available at a gym, or just do weighted bridges at home—we recommend single leg glute bridges.

    1. Lunges

    Your glutes are very involved when you pull yourself back into a standing position. So while you might think of this as an exercise more for your quads, remember that this compound movement is very effective for your butt, whether you do a forward or backward lunge.

    1. Romanian Deadlift

    This is a deadlift variation that targets the hamstrings, which is important for making your butt strong!

    1. Bulgarian Split Squat

    Like a lunge, this exercise effectively targets the quads and glutes for maximum effectiveness with compound movement.

    1. Butt Blaster/Glute Blaster

    If you do happen to have a gym membership, this is the one piece of equipment we do recommend. You can’t easily replicate this movement with free weights. However, if you are working out at home, don’t worry about leaving this one out. You’ll still get effective butt sculpting with just a barbell or dumbbells.

     30-Day Butt-Building Workout Routine

    To make things easier, this is actually just a 1-week program that you can repeat 4 times for phenomenal results.

    This strength training is effective on its own and will even double as cardio when you’re lifting heavier weights! If you want to add more, do some light to moderate cardio and stretching, but don’t do any additional high-intensity exercise or strength training or you’ll risk overtraining and injury.

    We’ve included upper-body strength training exercises, too, for maximum full-body effectiveness.  Remember that rest days are just as important because your muscles need to recover in order to build strength.

    And don’t forget to warm up and cool down each day!

    Day 1: Lower Body

    • Squats: 3 sets of 4–6 reps
    • Romanian deadlifts: 3 sets of 8–10 reps
    • Hip thrusts or single-leg bridges: 3 sets of 8–10 reps

     Day 2: Upper Body See this article from Muscle for Life for instructions on these exercises.

    • Incline barbell bench press
    • Close-grip bench press: 3 sets of 8–10 reps
    • Seated or standing military press: 3 sets of 8–10 reps
    • Dip (chest variation): 3 sets of bodyweight to burnout

    Day 3: Lower Body

    • Deadlifts: 3 sets of 4–6 reps
    • Weighted lunges: 3 sets of 8–10 reps
    • Hip thrusts or single-leg bridges: 3 sets of bodyweight to burnout

    Day 4: Rest or light cardio/stretching


    Day 5: Lower Body

    • Squats: 3 sets of 8–10 reps
    • Bulgarian split squats: 3 sets of 8–10 reps
    • Hip thrusts, single-leg bridges or glute blaster machine: 1 set of 8–10 reps 

    Day 6: Rest 

    Day 7: Rest

    We highly recommend that you take hip measurements before and after doing this series, as well as photos so you can see your progress.

    Some other training tips: rest for three minutes in between your 4–6-rep sets and for two minutes in between your 8–10-rep sets to ensure your muscles have enough time to recover. By the end of each set, your muscles should feel pretty burned out (shaking is good!). If you’re not struggling, switch to a heavier weight. But if your form starts to suffer, switch to a lower weight to prevent injury or overtraining.

    Check out this article for more tips on this workout plan.

    Diet Tips

    You can do all the lifting in the world, but you’ll be seeing slow progress if you’re not feeding yourself with the right foods in the right amount in order to burn fat and build muscle.

    There isn’t a single “miracle diet” because everyone is different. What you need depends on numerous factors. Here are four to consider:

    • Energy balance: if you want to lose weight, you have to consume fewer calories than you burn. In other words, you need to watch portion control.
    • Macronutrient balance: getting the right ratio of fats, carbs and protein is very important if you want to build muscle and make progress in your strength training.
    • Food choices: While “clean eating” isn’t the whole story (since you can still be overweight on a whole foods diet due to portion control), lean meats, whole grains, many fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy are going to be your best option for losing fat and burning muscle, as well as delivering the most beneficial nutrients. They are relatively low in calories but high in volume and satiety.
    • Nutrient timing: this is important to consider when you’re strength training because eating protein before and after weightlifting workouts can help you build muscle and strength over longer periods of time.

    Check out this article for in-depth tips about effective meal planning.

     Stay Motivated with Butt-Lifting Garments

    While you’re working on sculpting your natural curves, you can get excited about a rounder firmer butt by wearing butt-lifting shapers and jeans.

    Here are the styles we recommend:

    Butt-lifting jeans enhance your natural curves with a unique design that makes your butt look rounder and fuller without padding.
    Butt-lifting leggings are flattering option for your workouts.
    Butt-enhancing panties create curves either with padding and design that lifts and fills out the rear.
    Butt-enhancing shapewear slims your figure without flattening your butt, in a variety of styles including open-bottom shapers that provide natural enhancement.

    Are you up for the challenge?

    It takes commitment, but you really only need to commit to these intensive workouts a few days a week, along with smart food choices. We’d love to see your results! Share them with us on your favorite social apps with #BeTheHourglass.

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  • 'Take Ten' to Tighten and Tone Your Waist with this Back and Ab Workout

    Think you don’t have time to get an effective workout in? What if we told you that all you needed was ten minutes?

    You live a busy and full life, which means that you want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your workouts. This means that you’ll want to select exercises that kick up your heart rate, fatigue your muscles quickly and make you sweat.

    Here’s a quick workout that really only takes ten minutes! Do it the first thing in the morning, during a lunch break or at any other time you can squeeze it into your day.

    All you need is an exercise mat, a workout waist trainer and some comfortable workout clothes (we recommend compression activewear for the best results).

    And when you do have extra time, just run through this whole circuit two or three times—if you can handle it!

    Ten-Minute Waist Trainer Workout

    Go through each of these exercises for approximately 60 seconds each. Push yourself harder as your muscles warm up to get the most of the workout—it packs a powerful punch into a short period of time. Be sure to bring along a bottle of water as well, to keep yourself hydrated after you sweat.

    1. Side Stretches

    Start out by warming up your torso with these feel-good stretches that will also get your heart pumping a little bit. Raise your arms directly above your head and pull your whole torso from side to side. Since this is a warm-up and the goal is to get the blood flowing, hold to each side for no more than a few seconds. After a minutes you should be feeling pretty warm throughout your abdominals. You can do this exercise standing or on your knees.

    1. Inch Worms

    Continue to warm up that core. From a standing position, reach to the ground with your hands, keeping your knees as straight as is comfortable. “Walk” yourself down using your hands into a tall plank positions. Your arms should be locked and straight directly beneath your shoulders, while you are simultaneously holding your position on the balls of your feet. Keep your hips and back straight in a plank. After holding for one or two seconds, walk your hands back up until you can lift back into a standing position. Repeat.

    1. Superman

    Lie face-down on the mat with your hands stretched out in front of you, as if a flying superhero. Lift your arms and your legs off the ground, creating an arch in your back (keep your legs straight). Bend your elbows and pull them back behind you as far as they will go, then lower back down into the starting position. Try not to touch down your hands and feet all the way to the ground, although you can if you need a short break. Another easier alteration is to just lift with your chest while keeping your legs on the floor.

    1. Child’s Pose

    Stretch out your back and have a short break in the feel-good pose. Start on your hands and knees and then slowly sink back until you are almost sitting on your heels, while keeping your arms outstretched and palms flat on the ground. Once you’re all the way back, reach forward with your fingertips to deepen the stretch.

    1. Bridge Leg Lifts

    From a sitting position, lift your torso into a bridge. Your shoulders should be directly above your hands and your elbows straight. Your knees should be at a 90 degree angle and your back should be flat, parallel with the floor. Alternate lifting each leg so that it is straight, while keeping the rest of your body in the bridge position. This takes significant core strength and can also be a challenge on your shoulders. Focusing on keeping your hips up and engaging your core throughout the exercise.

    1. Bird Dog Pulls

    Return to your hands and knees with a flat back. Reach forward and straighten one arm while lifting and straightening the opposite leg. Then crunch the same arm and leg underneath your torso, keeping your core tight. Straighten the arm and leg back out again and repeat for five reps, then do the same set on the other side. Do as many times as possible within one minute. If you need an easier alternative, you can keep your knees on the ground and just do the exercise with your arms.

    1. Plank

    Hold yourself in a plank position for as long as you can. Keep your back straight and your core engaged. Your wrists should be directly underneath your shoulders. If your shoulders get tired you can drop to your elbows. If your core gets tired you can drop to your knees, but try to push back up into a full plank after a few seconds if you do decide to rest.

    1. Dead Bug

    Lying flat on your back, lift your arms and your legs straight above your shoulders and your hips, bending your knees at 90 degrees. Keeping it straight, drop one arm so that it is reaching above your head, while simultaneously dropping the opposite leg until your toe taps the floor (don’t rest it). Return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite arm and leg. Keep a continuous motion going for the whole minute, engaging your core the whole time.

    1. Alternating Starfish Crunch

    Lying flat on your back, lift one leg straight up above your hips, keeping the knee straight. Reach up into a crunch with your opposite arm and do five reps. Switch and repeat with the opposite arm and leg. Complete as many sets as possible in a minute.

    1. Cobra and Full-Body Stretch

    Let those muscles cool down and relax. Lying face-down, bend your arms and put your palms underneath your chest, fingers pointing forward. Push up from the hips into a cobra stretch, which should give you a nice stretch through the whole core. Once you’ve achieved a good stretch after about 30 seconds, lie down on the mat again and reach forward with your arms and back with your legs, giving you a nice stretch from head to toe that focuses on the back.

    And that’s it! You’ve accomplished a great workout in just ten minutes.

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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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