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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 3—Total Body Strength Training

    We hope you’re enjoying and using our No Gym Workout Series, written with busy women in mind. In case you missed it, check out Parts 1 and 2: Beginner Bodyweight Workout and Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio

    While you can get great results and burn a lot of calories with bodyweight and cardio moves, strength training is another essential piece to meeting your fitness goals. The benefits of using weight resistance in your workouts are numerous, including not just burning fat, but also building strength and muscle tone, increasing bone density, reducing your risk of injury, improving your posture, and enhancing your mood (source).

    If you’re not using strength training as part of your workout routine, we highly recommend you start! Just cardio is not enough if you’re serious about transforming the way you look and feel.

    Strength training happens to work very well with waist training. Wearing a fitband will increase the thermal activity in your core, which in turn will cause you to sweat harder. This can be especially effective in making strength training workouts more intense, because otherwise they typically won’t get your heart rate up as much as cardio. Using a waist trainer is a way to get some of the benefits of cardio—breathing hard and sweating hard—without necessarily working any harder. What’s more, wearing a waist trainer will remind you to keep your back flat and your tummy tucked in, which is important for maintaining good and safe form in many types of strength training exercises.

    You will need some dumbbells in order to execute these exercises properly. Lift heavy enough that you feel fatigued after 10–12 reps, but not so heavy that your form suffers.

    Full Body Dumbbell Workout Instructions

    This workout is designed to work over your whole body and activates large muscle groups. Not only will this format burn more calories, but it will continue to burn them even as your body is recovering and building muscle mass in place of fat storage.

    You can do this workout once or twice a week. Do each exercise 10 times per set, and repeat the whole circuit X times. Your muscles should feel fatigued when you’re done. Be sure to do a light warm-up before you start to prevent injury (or even a longer period of light cardio), and cool down and stretch when you’re done to prevent soreness.

    Dumbbell clean

    Hold one dumbbell in each hand, standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lower into a full squat with your knees at 90 degrees, keeping your back flat and chest out. Your hands should face inward and be at ankle-level, without touching the ground. As you push back up to standing position, hoist the dumbbells up to shoulder level, using the momentum of your body to push them up. As the momentum of the weights starts to move downward once you are standing up, lower back down into a squat and push yourself up again to standing, so you essentially do two squats with each rep. Lower the dumbbells slowly to your sides to complete the rep and then repeat. The weights should be heavy enough that your muscles feel fatigued after 10 reps.


    Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand at the front of your shoulders. Your elbows should be pointing forward. Lower into a shallow squat, keeping your back flat and your weight centered. Pressing up through your heels, drive the bar directly above your head until your arms are straight. Lower the weights down to your chest to complete a rep.

    Front squat

    Hold your dumbbells at shoulder level, resting them lightly on top of your shoulders with your palms facing up. Keeping your chest up and core tight, lower into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Straighten to drive back up to the starting position.

    Dumbbell crush press

    This move works well on an exercise bench if you have one, but if you don’t you can do it on the floor. Lying on your back, position the dumbbells to sides of your chest with arms bent under each dumbbell. Press the dumbbells up, keeping your elbows close to your sides until your arms are extended. Lower the weights back to the sides of your chest to complete a rep.

    Bent over row

    Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees slightly so that your torso is bending slightly forward. Keep your back flat. Hold a dumbbell in each arm. (Alternatively, you can put one knee on an exercise bench if you want to do one arm at a time; just lift with the opposite arm and then repeat on the other side once all of your reps are complete.)

    To complete a rep, pull the dumbbells up your sides until about rib level. Return until arm is extended and shoulder is stretched downward. Do this move slowly and deliberately.

    Split stance hammer curl

    Hold dumbbells at your sides, your palms facing each other and standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step one foot forward and lower into a lunge until your front knee is bent to 90 degrees and your back knee is just above the floor. Using your biceps, curl the dumbbells toward your shoulders and then lift them directly overhead. Slowly return to the starting position. To complete a rep. Do several reps on one side and then switch.

    Split shoulder press

    Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with one leg forward and one leg back. Lower into a lunge until the back knee is just above the floor and position the dumbbells at your shoulders. Your palms should be facing forward and your elbows should be under your wrists. Push to standing, pressing the dumbbells up until fully extended to complete a rep. Do several reps on one side and then switch.

    Squat curl to press

    With your feet shoulder width apart hold a dumbbell in each hand. Lower into a squat. As your press back up, curl the dumbbells to your shoulders. Continue to push the weights up over your head, with palms facing forward. Complete the rep by lowering the weights back to your waist. Remember to keep your back flat and chest up for the whole move.

    Here’s to a healthier, fitter 2018! Be sure to check out our next video in the series for moves on building your butt!

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  • My Corseting Goal: an Hourglass Figure and a 27-inch Waistline

    Before & After Corset Waist Training Journey

    KathTea is a full-time model who wanted to achieve a more tapered figure, but she admitted that's it hard to accomplish with exercise alone. "100 crunches can't achieve" a hourglass silhouette on its own, she told us, which is why she decided to try waist training with a steel-boned corset.

    KathTea preferred a corset over a latex waist trainer because wanted the maximum strength of the steel boning inside. After wearing her corset for up to 12 hours a day, combined with healthy eating and regular exercise, she's seeing the results of her efforts—and her friends have noticed too. KathTea's goal is to drop from a 29-inch waist to 27 inches. Here's what she had to say about her routine:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a full-time model, part-time photographer and I write as a hobby. Most of my modelling and photography is on Patreon while my written work is on Mookychick.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I started with a 29” waist for most of my adult life. At one point I achieved 26” but could not maintain that result. Now I wanted to try and train again towards a more realistic goal of 27”. I always wanted a tapered waist since my natural ribcage is extremely boxy.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Purple and Black Silk Underbust Corset because I prefer the strength of steel and cotton over a warmer, stretchier cincher.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I tried it on in my home studio and enjoyed how it improved my posture. It's very sturdy yet very beautiful and I could see myself using it often.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my corset post-workout to shape my sore muscles. I also waist trained as I slept at night. That's probably about 8 to 12 hours of lacing a day.

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

    A lot of budget garments aren't as comfortable or lasting as this one, therefore I would say it met my goals.

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

    I was using the 8fit workout plan for exercises and MyPlate to count calories. I am also a part-time personal trainer, so I often researched new routines. In addition to that, I cut unhealthy fats and started taking supplements.

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

    A regular muscle-building routine isn't able to reshape the ribs, while building strength in the core is essential, losing fat in the midsection doesn't change the silhouette even. A corset assists with carving out an hourglass figure, something 100 crunches can't achieve.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    Initially, I started to see that I was less likely to slouch when cinched. Later on, I saw that after corseting, any kind of high-waisted undies appeared to hug my waist much more tightly.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes! I had friends say that I look slimmer and that my figure looked particularly more hourglass.

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

    Corsets are great as long as you get the right size and figure out a routine that works for you. If you are chomping down pizzas and drinking soda while you train, you will NOT see results. Good food and exercise is important; corsets just supplement your routine.


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  • Interview: Busy Mom Uses Waist Training to Define Her Curves

    Victoria's Waist Training Transformation

    Victoria is a busy parent who balances motherhood with a rewarding career in the medical field. But her busy schedule hasn't left her much time to focus on fitness. After having children, Victoria gained excess weight in her stomach, thighs, and arms. She tried various "crash diets" and got a new gym membership, but she struggled to get her old figure back.

     That's when she decided to give waist training a shot. With a new waist training vest from Hourglass Angel, Victoria was able to get an instant glimpse of her slimmer waistline. This motivated her to commit to a regular workout routine. And, by wearing the waist trainer while she works out, she's maximizing her results. We recently caught up with Victoria to see how she did it. Here's what she said:


    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m a mother and I spend a lot of time outside of working with my children. My passion has always been helping people, so being in the medical field allows me to do that. In my spare time, I’m with my children or husband. I also love gardening and I spend a lot of my free time making my backyard look beautiful and relaxing.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    Having children changed my body and I really wanted to try other methods that’ll help me shape my problem areas naturally. I heard about waist training through a few close people and wanted to give it a try.

      1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Hourglass Angel Zipper Vest size XL. This was my first time waist training, so I went ahead and choose the best waist trainer my eyes saw fit.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I was in the bathroom putting my waist trainer on for the first time and it was tough. I wasn’t used to using it and I struggled attaching it and zipping it up. It took me a few weeks of using it to get used to wearing it. When I first put it on, I loved it! My stomach was more defined and putting my shirts on was an immediate difference in my shape, and not to mention a flatter stomach.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my waist trainer while I was at work and removed it once I got home. I worked out with the waist trainer as well. At first, I wore it during work, but I got used to wearing it and wore it afterwards with workouts and outings. Getting used to wearing it, I start wearing it more with time.

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

    Knowing already what waist trainers do and the results I’ve seen, I was expecting great results and my waist trainer delivered. Wearing it shaped my stomach more than my regular routine just at the gym. I would feel a difference with my workouts, but didn’t see a huge difference in my shape. Wearing my waist trainer defined the curves I already had, so I definitely will continue to wear it with the following months.

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

    I’m active daily throughout work, gardening at home, and going out with my family, so I don’t have too much down time. I was going to the gym as much as I could on my free time, but otherwise, I was doing workout videos at home, especially sit ups, because I wanted to see more definition in my stomach area. I ate a lot of fish, vegetables and drank a lot of water.

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

    Having children added a lot of weight in my stomach, thighs, and arms. I’ve tried a lot of crash diets that were hard to stick with and didn’t produce any results. I signed up for a gym, but with my schedule it was harder to go on a frequent basis. Having my waist trainer motivated me to work out, so I could see results. I was simply doing videos in my home and still noticed a difference versus spending hundreds of dollars in gym memberships.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results two months into waist training. The sides of my stomach were more defined, and I could see an hourglass figure coming in, so that made me want to train more. I’m hoping with the passing months, that hourglass shape I’m starting to see will be my reality.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My daughter would tell me how fit I was looking and asked what was I doing new. Little did everyone know, I added waist training into my routine. My clothing options are still the same, so it’s harder for people to really see a difference in my shape. I feel the more months I train, the more comfortable I’ll be in trying new clothing options.

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

    Try it out, stay motivated, and get ready to see results!

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 2—Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio

    If you’re ready to get serious about your 2018 weight-loss goals, you don’t want to miss this series of the most effective workout moves you need to be incorporating into your routine. And the best part is, no expensive gym membership or fancy equipment is necessary!

    • In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of out No Gym Workout Series: Beginner Bodyweight Workout.

    Now it’s time to step up the cardio in this next part of the series.

    Forget about mindless hours on a treadmill; these moves are way more effective at burning calories and increasing your strength and endurance. The key is HIIT—high intensity interval training. Just fifteen minutes of HIIT can burn more calories than an hour of jogging! What’s more, you’ll be burning calories even after your workout ends, as your body works to recover.

    It goes without saying that we hope you’re incorporating a fitband waist trainer into your workouts. The reason waist trainers are a must-have for HIIT cardio is because they take an already intense workout and make it that much harder, without requiring more time or effort on your part. The maximum compression in a quality workout band will amp up your perspiration, which means that your body is working harder to do the same amount of work.

    In fact, if you’re new to waist training, using a fitband several days a week during your workouts is a great place to start. Check out how to get sculpted with our most effective fitbands.

    HIIT Cardio Workout Instructions

    The defining structure of a HIIT workout is a burst of high-intensity movement, followed by a short period of rest. By doing this in intervals, you push your body to the limits while training yourself how to recover quickly.

    Because this style of workout can put strain on your body, you certainly don’t need to do it every day—and definitely don’t do it two days in a row. Your body needs time to recover and build muscle strength (which is why adequate nutrition and hydration is essential!). At most, do a HIIT workout every other day, with strength training on alternate muscle groups or lighter cardio in between.

    Before you start this workout, be sure to get in at least five minutes of a gentle warm-up to avoid injury when you push yourself harder.

    This HIIT cardio workout is done in circuits. Repeat the following set three or four times to get a full workout in (you can take 1–2 minute breaks in between sets).

    Don’t forget you need about 10–15 seconds of recovery time in between each move. But don’t stop completely; do a light jog in place or slow jumping jacks to bring your heart rate down slightly before you amp up again. Use a timer to keep track of the timing of each move and rest period.

    Ready? Here we go:

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    Go all out! Make sure you have adequate space to be able to run your hardest for a full 30 seconds. It’s best to do a full sprint on a flat surface to avoid injury. A running track should suffice, or you can use a neighborhood street, as long as traffic won’t cause you to slow down. If you don’t have access to a good area or the weather is bad, it is possible to do a sprint on a treadmill.

    1. Jumping squats 30 seconds

    You’ll probably still be breathing hard after that sprint, even after a brief rest, so whether you’re able to keep pace with jumping squats largely depends on your fitness level. Standing with feet hip-width apart, lower into a squat with your knees at 90 degrees, press down into your heels and then release upward in an explosive jump. Do as many in a row as you can, but do regular squats if the intensity is too high. For variation you can switch between “ski squats” and “sumo squats,” with alternating narrow and wide stances. Be sure to keep your back flat and your head up no matter what style of squat you do.

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    Your legs will be burning by now! But don’t let up. Push yourself for the full period.

    1. Jumping lunges 30 seconds

    Work different parts of those muscles now with alternating jumping lunges. Lower into a lunge until both knees are at about 90 degrees. Push upward and switch legs so that you land in a lunge on the opposite side. If you need to modify this move you can do a couple of pulses in between jumps, or switch to regular alternating lunges or lunge kick-ups once you’re burnt out or need a less intense move in between jumps.

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    At this point you’ll probably feel winded sooner, but keep pushing as hard as you can!

    1. Curtsy lunges 30 seconds

    For these reverse lunges, start with your feet about hip-width apart and then step back at an angle with one leg, lowering yourself into a “curtsy” position. Switch sides. For variation, try kicking up your knee after you lift out of the lunge, with or without a hop.

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    Just remember that this is the last one for this set!

    1. Side to side single leg squats 30 seconds

    Starting with your feet together, step out to one side and then bend the knee of the leg you just stepped with into a squat position, keeping the other leg at an angle with foot still planted on the ground. You weight should be centered on your bent leg; keep your hips back, your back straight and head up for proper form. Return to the center and then step out and squat on the other leg. Repeat until time is up.

    Remember you can take a 1–2 minute break in between each set before hopping back in. By the end of the series you should be breathing and sweating hard. Be sure to drink lots of water and do a cool down and stretch afterwards.

    Here’s to a healthier, fitter 2018! Be sure to check out our next video in the series.

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  • Waist Training Journey: From Baggy Clothes to Compliments in Just Weeks

    Keshia's Waist Training Journey

    Keshia is a full-time student working toward her degree in Political Science. She'd heard about waist training a long time ago, but she was hesitant to try it, believing the garments were intended more for the slim celebrities she saw promoting them. But when Keshia saw more plus-size women experiencing results, she decided to give it a try.

    Keshia admits that her trouble areas are her belly and thighs, where she tends to gain weight. By combining a waist training routine with regular workouts, she started noticing a difference in how her clothes fit in just three weeks—and even her friends started noticed. Beyond the slimming, Keshia gained the confidence to wear more flattering clothes, and people around her started complimenting how "glowing and vibrant" she looked. Here's how she did it:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m currently attending college, majoring in political science. I’m hoping within the next year, I’ll be done with my Bachelor's and pursuing my Master's. I’m hoping one day to start my own radio station. In my spare time, I love volunteering at the local animal shelters around my home. I have two dogs, Pablo and Diego, so volunteering is very special to me, and my dogs love it as well when I can bring them along.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I heard a lot about waist training via social media, but I was hesitant to try it, because a lot of the women I saw waist training, or advertising it, were already slim. Having more plus-size women come out with results really motivated me to try it. My trouble area has always been my stomach and thigh areas, which is where my weight tends to go. I wanted to waist train to see if I can get results in my stomach area, so I can feel more comfortable in my skin as well as my clothes.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Hourglass Angel Latex Waist Trainer Vest size 3XL. This was my first time waist training, so I had no idea of the perfect waist trainer to use. just picked what I thought would work based off the overall look. I figured a vest waist trainer would give me more results.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    This was my first time waist training, so I had no idea what to expect. Just seeing the waist trainer vest without putting it on, I was worried. All I thought about was, “Will I be able to breathe?” My first time putting it on was difficult, but luckily, I had help to fasten the vest for me. After a week, I was able to put on the vest myself and fasten it with no trouble. It was all about getting use to wearing it.

    1. What was your waist training routine? 

    At first, I wore my waist trainer during workouts, because I wasn’t used to wearing it and I wanted to see how it would feel wearing it for a period of time. After a few weeks, I started wearing it not just for workouts, but while I was at work and school, so I was wearing the waist trainer for 9+ hours each day. Wearing my waist trainer was definitely something to get used to, so I figured the more I wear it, the more results I’ll see and comfortable I’ll get wearing it.

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

    I saw a lot of before-and-after pictures regarding waist trainers, so I was very hopeful. I was expecting extra sweat here and there, but I sweated a lot throughout my stomach and back area, even when I wasn’t working out. I wasn’t expecting to see results on my back area, but I noticed I was getting results on my back area as well as my stomach, so I was very happy about that.

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

    I will admit, I exercised four times a week during my first month. My diet consisted of a lot of fish, chicken, and vegetables. Approaching the holidays, it was hard to stick to healthy eating. Yes, I worked out, but with the food and drinks I was consuming, I was cheating myself out of faster results. Even while I wasn’t making some of the best choices in food, I still was seeing results wearing my trainer. I made sure I was drinking a lot of water as well. Before I started waist training, I was drinking about half a gallon of water a day, but while I was training, I was drinking a gallon or more daily.

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

    I’ve struggled with weight loss for a few years. After a leg surgery, I was on bed rest a lot, so being limited in moving around caused a lot of laying around, sleeping and eating that put a lot of weight on me. After physical therapy, I purchased plenty of diet programs, shakes, etc. and saw little to no results. Having a waist trainer made me feel more excited about my workouts, because I sweated a lot and after each week I was excited to measure my waist and see the difference with each passing week.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I noticed results in a little over three weeks. I felt a difference in how I felt in wearing my shirts. While my shirts felt baggy on me, I still was waiting to see the results I felt. A month into wearing my waist trainer, I noticed the area under my breasts started to decrease. I also saw results on the sides of my upper stomach area after a month, which has been hard for me to lose even with certain workouts. Using the waist trainer definitely made results and definition come faster versus doing my regular routine without it.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My close friends noticed a difference because of my clothes. Before I started waist training, I would wear baggy clothes, because I wasn’t accepting of my body. Two months into wearing my waist trainer, I was wearing clothes of my size and wasn’t looking to hide. I get a lot of compliments of how vibrant and glowing I am, and it felt good when I was able to see what everyone was complimenting me on.

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

    To anyone that hasn’t tried waist training, I recommend you give it a chance. There’s women of all sizes waist training and seeing results, so there’s no need to be discouraged. My only advice is: go in motivated, remain focused, and use your weight loss goal to motivate you each day.

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 1—Beginner Bodyweight Workout

    Are you ready to crush your 2018 fitness goals? Here at Hourglass Angel, we believe that anyone can learn how to work out consistently and effectively, no matter what your experience, current fitness level, or access to equipment.

    In fact, you can work out effectively without any equipment at all! You can sweat hard, boost your metabolism and work towards your weight loss goals with a small workout area and a screen with internet access. We created this workout video with busy women in mind. No fancy gym or equipment necessary! (And if you love it, we’ve got more no gym workouts coming soon.)

    This workout consists of high-intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT. This style of workout is one of the most effective because it gets your heart rate up quickly and keeps your whole body engaged, while working large sets of muscle groups. Just 20 minutes of a focused HIIT workout can be much more effective at burning calories and building your strength than doing repetitive movements on an exercise machine for twice as long.

    Try this workout three days a week and watch as your strength and endurance improve:

    HIIT Workout Instructions

    Jumping jacks: increase the intensity as the workout progresses. Make sure you’re moving your arms and legs with precision and purpose in full extension, rather than flopping them around lazily. Move faster to sweat harder and burn more calories. Don’t let up!

    Pulsing squats: Feel the burn throughout your lower body. Sink low to about a 90 degree angle and then pulse up and down. Make sure that your back is straight and that your eyes are facing straight ahead.

    • Tip: Need to increase the difficulty? Hold dumbbells in each hand.

    Squat jumps: If your butt and thighs aren’t burning yet, they will be! Lower into a squat, and press down into your heels and then release upward in an explosive jump. This move can tire you out quickly, so if you need to lower the intensity, do a regular squat in between jumps.

    Around the world lunges: Standing with your feet about shoulder-width apart, lower one leg into a forward lunge until both knees are at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back straight and tall during the whole exercise. Return to the starting position and then lower into a side lunge with the same leg that stepped forward. Return to the starting position and then lower into a reverse lunge with the same leg to complete a rotation on one side. Repeat on the other side.

    Pulsing lunges: Lower into a lunge position and then pulse for a few seconds. Repeat on the other leg.

    Lunge jumps: Lower into a reverse lunge, but instead of stepping up, jump and switch feet so that the opposite leg is in the reverse lunge position. Repeat as many times as possible until the time is up or you hit fatigue. Throw in a couple regular lunges in between jumps if you need to lower the intensity.

    Plank hold: Hold a plank position using straight arms, or on your elbows if you prefer. Whichever position you use, make sure your back is flat and that your hips don’t droop. If you need a short break you can drop to your knees, but try to return to your feet for as long as you can.

    • Tip: Increase the difficulty by holding the plank for even longer.

    Couch pushups: If full pushups are too hard, try pushups with your hands against an incline like a couch. Keep your back flat and lower yourself as far as possible before straightening your arms. If you need more of a challenge, do regular pushups from a plank position on the floor; if you really want to feel the burn, put your feet up on the couch and your hands on the floor.

    How to Get the Most Out of a Bodyweight HIIT Workout

    One of the reasons HIIT is so effective using just bodyweight is because it gets your heart rate up quickly and makes you sweat. So in order to make the most of it, you’ll definitely want to use attire that amplifies that effort through compression while keeping you dry. Also, make everyday choices that support your weight loss and fitness goals.

    A fit band waist trainer is ideal for this style of workout because it will help you sweat even harder and increase the intensity, even over a short period. And because it helps you maintain a straight posture while you’re wearing it, you’ll be reminded during those squats, pushups and planks to keep your back straight and your tummy tucked in.

    Compression activewear can also add to your workouts. Compression material in butt-lifting leggings will help you work up a sweat with all of the legwork, while at the same time wicking the moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and cool so that you can continue to push your limits comfortably.

    Healthy lifestyle choices are another no-brainer when it comes to getting an effective workout. No amount of exercise or waist training is going to make up for poor choices in diet, dehydration, inadequate sleep, too much stress or substance abuse.  You only get one body; treat it well!

    We’ve got more posts coming up this month about great workouts that will help you burn fat, lose weight and feel great! You can also check out our archives for workout plans for all fitness levels that are ideal to use with fitbands. Check it out:

    Here’s to a fitter and healthier New Year!

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  • Waist Training and Weight Loss: Everything You Need to Know

    How to Lose Weight while using a Waist Trainer

    It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and many people have health and fitness on  the brain. One common question we get is whether you can effectively use waist training with weight loss goals.

    The short answer is: yes! We highly recommend using a waist training plan as a part of your fitness and weight loss journey. However, we can’t stress enough that waist training is not a magic bullet for weight loss (there is no such thing!). It’s just one piece of the puzzle if you want to slim down and tone up. If you just slap on a waist trainer and expect to lose weight without incorporating it into a healthy lifestyle routine, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

    But if you use a waist trainer strategically? You’ll be wowed with the results—just check out these before and after stories!

    If you’re serious about your health and fitness and you want to start waist training (no matter what time of year it is), here’s everything you need to know about getting the best results.

    Waist Training: How it Works

    In order to effectively use waist training to supplement a weight loss plan, it helps to understand how it works. When you wear a waist trainer, it stimulates thermal activity in your core and causes you to sweat around your midsection. This is especially noticeable—and beneficial—during workouts.

    • More sweat means your body is working harder and you’re getting a more effective workout.
    • That’s why many beginners start with a workout band in order to get a feel for how waist training works.

    But it doesn’t just stop there.

    While wearing waist trainer that fits well, you’ll notice an instant drop in your waist size, typically about 1–3 inches. With those kinds of results, you may want to take your waist training beyond the gym.

    • Women who wear waist trainers daily for eight or more hours get the instant results of a slimmer waistline and flat tummy all day long.
    • While wearing a waist trainer, your clothes can fit better, you may have better posture, and you may experience a boost in confidence and positive perception about your body.
    • This can provide a tremendous amount of motivation to help you stick to your weight loss goals and the associated lifestyle habits that go with it.

    What kinds of results you can expect from waist training largely depend on multiple factors including what type of waist trainer you use, how dedicated you are to wearing it, your weight loss goals, your lifestyle and even your body type and genetics.

    Someone who wears a waist trainer all day every day, has a lot of weight she wants to lose, and makes a significant shift in her lifestyle will see very different results from someone who may have less weight to lose and just wants to enhance her workouts. Both may effectively use waist training for weight loss goals, but their journeys will look very different.

    How and Why To Start a Waist Training Regimen

    One of the key factors in order for waist training to be an effective part of your weight loss or waist-slimming journey is having a consistent plan. In order to see noticeable results from waist training—aside from the instant effect you’ll get from putting a waist trainer on—you need to be waist training daily.

    While you might be inspired to jump right in and start wearing a waist trainer 24/7, it doesn’t quite work that way. Like a new pair of shoes, new waist trainers need to be broken in. And if you’ve never worn one before, it takes time for your body to adjust to the way it feels.

    • You’ll want to start out wearing a new waist trainer for only about an hour or so the first time you put it on.
    • Make sure that it fits correctly—it should slim your waistline instantly and create a flattering look for your figure.
    • While it should be snug and might be a challenge to put it on for the first time, it shouldn’t be an ordeal.
    • If you can’t pull the clasps shut, your garment is too small (check out these tips for trying on your waist trainer).

    Once you get a feel for it, slowly increase the amount of time you wear your waist trainer each day by about 30 minutes to an hour.  A great way to get started is to wear a waist trainer whenever you work out. Not only will you sweat harder during your workouts, but you’ll also love the way you look whenever you hit the gym—a great motivator.

    Once you’re wearing a waist trainer for longer periods, you might find it helpful to break it up into a couple of shorter sessions per day (i.e. two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon). From time to time you might want to take a break for a day, but don’t stop for longer than that so you don’t lose momentum!

    If you follow this plan and scale up your waist training daily, you should be able to comfortably wear a waist trainer all day every day after a couple of weeks.

    What kind of progress can you expect?

    It varies. We recommend taking waist measurements as well as pictures weekly so that you can track your progress.

    Note that if you want to wear a waist trainer daily, we suggest having two that you rotate through your wardrobe. This ensures that you will always have a fresh one to wear that is designed for the activity you’re doing.

    • For example, workout bands are designed to withstand vigorous movement, and we don’t recommend that you wear one all day.
    • Everyday waist trainers, on the other hand, are ideal for wearing at the office or dressing up, but usually aren’t designed to withstand repeated hard workouts.
    • If you’re serious about following a waist training regimen, be sure you have at least one of each.

    Some people also prefer using a steel-boned corset for optimal waist training results. Instead of providing compression with latex, these garments use steel boning and a lace-up back to provide a custom fit each time you wear them. Because of the design, a steel-boned corset can last longer than a latex waist trainer if properly cared for. Use this style to step up your daily waist training regimen, particularly if you’re experienced and want to experience precision slimming. Check out this guide to learn more about steel-boned corsets.

    Nutrition Tips to Maximize Weight Loss While Waist Training

    As we’ve said, waist training is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to weight loss. It’s essential that you also follow a sensible diet while waist training.

    In general, our advice is simple:

    • Drink lots of water
    • Stick to whole foods
    • Avoid processed foods and sugars

    Portion control is also important for weight loss, but it’s easier to implement if you’ve got a great meal plan each week with lots of delicious, nutritious food you’re excited about eating. You’re not as likely to go overboard eating too many fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and plant-based fats as you are with refined foods.

    A waist trainer does have a little side benefit in that it can help you with portion control by making you feel full sooner while wearing it. We don’t recommend depending on your waist trainer entirely for this purpose (after all no one’s stopping you from eating when you take it off), but it can help you be more mindful about what you’re eating throughout the day.

    Want some more tips about how to eat healthy while waist training, especially if you want to lose weight? Check out The Hungry Girls Weight Loss Rules.

    Exercise Tips

    Finally, to experience optimal weight loss while waist training, exercise is pretty much a no-brainer. But what type of exercise you do can make a big difference with your results.

    We recommend following a workout plan that incorporates a variety of exercises including strength training, cardio of varying intensity and stretching. You should aim for at least 4–5 days a week of workouts that are challenging and fun. Don’t forget to pack your waist trainer!

    In particular we like to emphasize strength straining and high-intensity interval training as the most effective ways to stimulate weight loss and improve your metabolism. And don’t worry, unless you’re intentionally training to build mass, women’s bodies will not naturally “bulk up” with a regular routine of these types of exercises. Instead, you’ll efficiently burn fat and tone up.

    Need inspiration for waist trainer workouts? Check out these simple, quick and effective fat-torching cardio workouts.

    We hope these tips clear up some of the confusion about waist training for weight loss. When you consistently follow a waist training plan in conjunction with smart nutrition and exercise habits, there's no limit to how high you can set your goals!

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  • Best of 2017: How Our Top-Rated Products Helped Thousands of Women Shine and Slay with Confidence

    The highest rated waist trainers

    Here at Hourglass Angel, we’re proud to have a carefully curated selection of waist trainers, shapewear and accessories that make you love the way you look and feel. We’ve seen thousands of women transform their figures, shine with confidence and slay their body image insecurities.

    As 2017 comes to a close, we're excited to share our customers’ top picks for the year. So with no further ado, here are our top ten body-sculpting products!

    1. Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel

    We’re thrilled to see this recent addition to our collection of accessories top the list. This special formulated gel pairs perfectly with any waist trainer and will tighten, tone and smooth your skin.

    Customer Suzy N. says, “Bought this and [was] kinda skeptical but the result is amazing! I used to buy similar gel that I used with waist training and cost me $60 bucks! This gel is way more affordable and works the same! Buying more soon!”

    1. Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel HA102

    We introduced this workout waist trainer this past year with the curvy woman in mind. Many plus-size women wanted more options for waist training, and so we had this garment specially designed! It uses a unique combination of flexible steel boning and high-compression latex to produce maximum results.

    Michaela G. says, “This is by far the BEST waist trainer I have used. I usually wear corsets, but I found Hourglass Angel, and I am HOOKED! (No pun intended!) This trainer is SO comfortable.. you really look forward to putting it on. And the best part— it is invisible under clothing! During all of my daily activities, I am smiling, just knowing that my waist training goals are speedily being met.”

    1. Faja Reductora 3-Hook Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2023

    One of the waist trainer features that more women are loving this year are three rows of hook-and-eye closures. This allows you to use the same waist trainer even when you size down dramatically. And of course, the Ann Chery brand sets the standard for quality and results.

    Celeste E. says the best thing it has given her is confidence: “Amazing!! Yes it does help with slimming the waist and giving it the hourglass appearance. However to be honest the best thing I like about it is that it corrects my posture. I stand and sit taller, making me look taller and leaner and giving a bit of confidence boost. Remember no matter the size confidence is the sexiest feature a woman can have! Love it.”

    1. Cheap Waist Trainer by Pure Shapes PS012

    You don’t have to break the bank to get started with waist training, and that’s why we recently introduced this budget-friendly waist trainer. But just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean it doesn’t work! This is a great option for beginners and provides instant results.

    Customer Inehita N. was hooked: “This waist trainer really exceeded my expectations. It has already been two weeks and I've lost about 1-2 inches off my waist. Comfortable, true to size, and will definitely be ordering another one soon!”

    1. Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest 2027

    This everyday vest-style waist trainer is a customer favorite because of its power and versatility. The underbust design with shoulder straps provides maximum coverage and support for your bust and back, all while delivering the powerful waist compression that you can expect from Ann Chery.

    Alexandria K. says, “It looks AMAZING! I have never gotten this kind of shape out of any shaper I've ever owned! While not invisible under tight clothes, the front close is also MUCH less bumpy than other cinchers/shapers. I can't get enough of the hourglass I get in this!”

    1. Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia

    Amia is one of our signature brands and is known for its innovative approach to design and an unwavering attention to quality. This workout waist trainer will maximize your sweat and enhance your workout. And it provides instant slimming of 1-3 inches.

    Many customers are raving about this product. Shelby H. says, “I had a hard time deciding which trainer to buy I'm glad I decided on this one! I'm 5'0 tall and this is perfect for my short torso. I wear it while exercising and to work during my 12 hour shifts. I can tell a huge difference in my posture and definitely increases sweating to my core. Currently getting ready to order a smaller size!”

    1. Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery 2025

    Get instant slimming and lifting in this powerful waist trainer that you can wear every day. This is the garment you want to rotate through your wardrobe along with your favorite workout band. It’s designed to wear under your clothes so you’ll feel comfortable and confident on any occasion. It’s no surprise that this has been a top seller for five years in a row!

    Angela V. says, “I'm seriously in love with this waist trainer. It hugs me in all the right spots and fits so well.”

    1. Clasica Black Latex Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2021

    This newer style from Ann Chery was also a big hit this past year, as three rows of hooks are becoming more popular. Customers love its slimming power and fast results.

    Linda C. says, “I am so obsessed I wish I knew about this a long time ago. I wear it to work for 8 hours and don't even know it's there. So far I've got tons of compliment from my co-workers, friends and family. My jeans and work pants use to be tight on me now they are so loose.”

    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102

    This waist trainer has been a top-seller for five consecutive years because it gets results! Its classic waist-slimming design produces instant results as well as quality you can rely on every day.

    Kristine is one of many people who are thrilled with their results: “I just had a baby 4 months ago and this wrap has helped my confidence so much! I just started using it a week and a half ago and I already notice the difference! I love it.”

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    And of course, it’s no surprise that this renowned workout band from Ann Chery tops the list again for the fifth year in a row. Many women have used this powerful slimming garment as a must-have workout companion because of its unbeatable results.

    Check out Amanda H.’s story: “Though I was in very good shape I could never get rid of some problematic areas. I even had a surgeon say the only way was through lipo! Within two weeks my stubborn areas on my back and flanks were gone and everything was very toned (I don't lift weights, just running). It keeps my posture straight and controls my breathing when running. I've found I can go much harder with my workouts, though it does take a week or two to get used to. If I don't wear it during my workouts now I feel completely off. I swear by this product it's a must have!!”

    That’s a wrap for 2017! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Be sure to capture your own transformation and share with us! #bethehourglass

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  • Top 5 Waist Trainers Ranked by Compression Level

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    When you shop for a waist trainer, one of the questions you might have is: which one is the best?

    There are many factors that contribute to what makes a waist trainer effective, including your personal goals, preferences and dedication to wearing it. When it comes to dramatic slimming results, you’ll want to choose a waist trainer based on its compression level.

    Not all waist trainers are constructed in the same way, which is why we thought it would be helpful to provide some examples of waist trainers ranked at different levels of compression.

    Which one is best for you? Those with less compression may be better for beginners or occasional waist training and may provide more versatility and flexibility. High compression waist trainers will slim more dramatically during use and may provide you with the precision results you want, particularly if you’re more experienced and dedicated to an everyday waist training regimen.

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Latex Workout Band Curve Creator by Hourglass Angel HA101

    This is an easy-to-use waist trainer designed for women on the go. Its unique velcro closure design creates a custom compression level. This makes it ideal for workouts because it allows you the freedom to choose a compression level that allows for flexibility during vigorous movement, without sacrificing the effectiveness of a quality waist trainer. Using steel boning to reinforce firm compression, you’ll still experience a firm hold and stimulation in your core every time you put it on.

    You might prefer this style of workout band if you need a quick and easy way to get into your workout gear but still want big results. Simply pull it together and go! Another benefit of the velcro closure is that it sizes down with you as you slim your waistline over time. No need to worry about it being too big, because it’s always going to fit at the exact size you want it to.

    Waist Trainers Compression RankingsWaist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102 and Squeem Waist Cincher 26PW

    These two waist trainers are designed for everyday use and provide firm compression using a latex core and hook-and-eye closures. These are the styles you want to try when introducing a new waist training regimen. You’ll want to start with just an hour or two a day when you’re getting used to it, and then slowly extend the amount of time each day. After a few weeks you should feel comfortable wearing them for at least eight hours a day.

    The Amia Classic Waist Cincher immediately slims your waist by 1-4 inches. It’s ideal for use at the office, in formal attire or at home. The firm compression will stimulate thermal activity in your core and help you perspire around your midsection, while the cotton lining will keep you cool and comfortable all day. The Squeem Waist Cincher provides similar results but is an ideal choice for curvier women as it comes in sizes up to 5XL. Both waist trainers provide unbeatable smoothing for the whole midsection and perform well for special occasions.

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    1. Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel HA102 and Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia A102

    When you want to take your workouts up a notch and optimize your waist trainer results, these high compression workout bands will get the job done. These are designed exclusively for workouts and will withstand rigorous movement and sweat. We recommend rotating a workout band through your wardrobe along with your everyday waist trainer. That way you will always have a fresh and clean waist trainer to wear, and you’ll be getting the most out of each garment.

    The Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel is aptly named! It will produce results instantly of 1-4 inches, while helping you sweat harder during exercise and giving you a more effective workout. This style is made in sizes up to 5XL, so curvy women can get their workout on and feel phenomenal while doing it. The Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia is a very similar style that comes in sizes XXS-3XL. Both styles come in various colors and use two rows of hook-and-eye closures, making them easy to tighten when you’re ready to size down.

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    This workout band is one of our most popular sellers and for good reason: it gets results! The difference that the Ann Chery band provides is its precision fit and targeted compression through the whole midsection. If you don’t take proper measurements, you may find that it runs a bit small. But when it does fit correctly, you get the wow-factor with your results: a firm hold and up to four inches of slimming around the waistline.

    The high compression in this waist trainer makes it ideal as a workout band rather than an all-day garment. But combine it with an everyday waist trainer and you’ll be blown away by the results.

    If you like the precision fit and maximum compression of the Ann Chery brand, you may prefer it as an everyday waist trainer. Check out the Clasica Black 3 Hook Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2021 or the Ann Chery Latex Waist Trainer Vest 2027. The three-hook style will give you more room for sizing down if you hope to have dramatic results, and the vest style provides more support and coverage for your whole back.

    Waist Trainers Compression Rankings

    1. Nude Sand Underbust Corset TUB-210

    If you want to take your waist training experience to the next level and get even more precise results, you’re going to want to try a steel-boned corset. This style laces up in the back, which helps you to tighten it to the firmest compression level possible. Steel boning keeps the garment in place, and it will last longer than latex. If you’re experienced with waist training and you want to invest in a garment that you can keep for a long time, this is the direction you want to go.

    We hope that provides insight into the different compression levels of waist trainers and what they can do for you!

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  • 11 Women Who Slimmed Their Waists (and the Secrets They All Share)

    Waist Training Results

    One of the things we love about helping women is seeing their transformations. Over the past couple of years some of the waist training customers we have worked with have agreed to track their stories and share their progress. If you haven’t seen them, we highly recommend that you check out their before and after transformations! It’s inspiring to see women of different shapes and sizes finding success in losing inches, flattening their tummies and toning up.

    At a glance it might look like these women have little in common other than waist training. But if you look a little closer at their stories, you can see some repeating trends. These commonalities are the key to what makes a successful waist training experience.

    So if you want to make the most of your own waist training experience and get the best results, be sure to follow their example!

    They Researched Their Waist Training Options 

    Not all waist trainers are made alike. Some are constructed for workouts; some are for everyday use. There are corsets and there are cinchers; there are vest styles and even a variety of colors and lengths to choose from! Which waist trainer is best for you depends on multiple factors including your size and shape, personal goals and even fabric preferences.

    When asked, the women we interviewed were all able to explain clearly why they chose the waist trainers they did and what they liked about them. They did their homework and found the best options based on their needs.

    If you’re considering waist training, we highly recommend doing your own homework. A good place to start is our blog; also be sure to check out the reviews on the products you are looking at. If you have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking for but need some more personal guidance, our expert stylists are here to help.

    They Tried Different Styles

    You may notice that several of the women tried more than one waist trainer. For example, Gina is a model who started out with a latex cincher for her workouts and saw great results. But she wanted to take her results a step further and decided to also start using a steel-boned corset. As a result, she experienced a noticeable boost in her posture, the tone of her midsection and her overall confidence.

    Denice is another example of someone who got hooked with a popular workout cincher and has since tried several different waist trainers so that she would have multiple options to work with in her wardrobe. Another reason she needed some new ones is because she sized down out of her first ones! That’s a goal we hope everyone can experience success in.

    They Took Action Based on Their Goals

    Most people have health, fitness and weight-loss goals and dreams. But when it comes down to it, many of us struggle with following through.

    Several of the women we interviewed struggled with their weight and fitness prior to waist training. In particular, several of them had trouble losing weight following pregnancy. But what set them apart from many of us was their determination to try something different and then follow through with it! In other words, they didn’t let past defeats define their current actions. They made a choice to change and it paid off.

    We love what Lillian had to say following her decision to try waist training: “If I can achieve the results I did, then I believe everyone can. I am so much more confident now and for the first time in my life, I love my body. Everyone deserves to feel that way, and if waist training helped me find that in myself, then I recommend others try it as well. My posture is improved, my clothes fit and look better, and I walk with my head held higher.”

    They Followed a Plan

    There’s a bit of a misconception out there that if you just put a waist trainer on whenever you feel like it, you’ll magically get fast results. You might be tempted to think this when you see celebrities posting their teeny-tiny waists on Instagram, but know that they worked hard to achieve that look! And so did the women who showcased their before-and-after transformations.

    It is best to do it daily. It takes discipline, but most of the women we interviewed said that it got easier after about the first week. Once you experience the way a waist trainer can make you feel, it’s easy to feel motivated to want to wear it for the eight or more hours a day we recommend.

    For example, Desire was brand new to waist training. She started with a workout waist trainer for short periods every day. Then, once she saw the effectiveness, she decided to give all-day waist training a try. So wherever you’re at, you can start with what you’re most comfortable and build from there. The most important thing is to get a plan and stick with it.

    They Understood the Importance of Healthy Lifestyle

    Everyone who saw results with waist training was also making efforts to eat clean and exercise. Some women like Ana were already in the habit of daily exercise, so waist training provided the extra boost they needed to get the results they wanted. For other women, like Jessica, waist training helped provide them the motivation they needed to improve their lifestyle habits. Since wearing a waist training immediately makes you look slimmer, you can visualize your goal. This can be an effective motivator; not only will you want to stick with daily waist training, but you’ll be inspired to kick up your diet and exercise habits to the next level as well. As Suzie put it, “These garments have given me so much encouragement! I feel great every day and they gave me the confidence to pursue my fitness goals further! I am now looking into signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.”

    The point is, not a single one of these women ignored the lifestyle factor when it came to slimming their waistlines. Waist training is just one piece of the puzzle.

    They Inspired Others

    One of the questions we asked everyone was whether other people noticed their waist training result, and they were all unified in their answer: yes! Siblings, spouses, coworkers and friends all noticed their transformations, and some even decided to try waist training themselves.

    Denice, who was struggling to slim down after having babies, shared, “My husband has noticed my results and he loves them. He actually said ‘I didn’t think that waist training thing was going to work, but you look amazing!’ My mommy friends and sisters-in-law always ask what I’ve been doing. As a matter of fact one of my in-laws asked if I got lipo! I laughed and lifted my shirt to show my ‘mommy pouch’ and told her it’s my waist training routine!”

    We believe it’s not a coincidence; part of what makes waist training effective is precisely that it does inspire other people! When the people in your life start seeing your changes, it can be a huge boost to your confidence and motivate you to keep it up. Not to mention, when multiple people you know are doing it, you can effectively be each other’s cheerleaders and stick with it together.

    They Didn’t Give Up

    Most of the women reported that it was a bit of a struggle getting started, as it takes some time to get used to the way a waist trainer feels. Some of them also weren’t following the best diet and exercise patterns at the time they started. But wherever they were starting from, each of them stuck with it. They wore their waist trainers daily and tracked their progress. They grew increasingly motivated as they got into the habit, increased their confidence and saw their results.

    What These Women Didn’t Have in Common

    It’s also worth noting that there are several things that these women didn’t have in common. They didn’t all use the same garment. They weren’t the same age or ethnicity. They covered a wide range of sizes and natural body type. They weren’t in the same life circumstances; some worked full time, some had kids, and one was even in the military!

    It goes to show that anyone can be successful with waist training.

    If you want to try it out, we hope that you are inspired by these examples and follow them so that you can experience your own personal transformation. But don’t take our word for it. When asked “What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?”, here’s what they had to say:

    “I would absolutely suggest they try it! Keep hydrated, work out, and eat right and you will definitely see results!”

    “I would say that they should definitely try it! And find the right garment for them, because that is so important.”

    “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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