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  • Interview: Busy Mom Drops 2-3 Sizes Instantly with Waist Trainer

    Waist Training Before & After Interview

    Jessica is a hardworking mom who is balancing her education with a part-time job. Her busy schedule has made it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But when she tried waist training, everything changed. Her waistline instantly looked 2-3 sizes smaller, and this gave her the confidence she needed to pursue her long-term slimming goals. Since she can wear her waist trainer almost anywhere, she's been able to wear it 8-9 hours a day without interfering with her hectic schedule. We recently reached out to Jessica for an inside scoop on her results – check it out!

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    My name is Jessica. I work and go to school part time. I'm a full time mother and wife. I love crafts and couponing! My aspirations for the future are to be able to manage all of the above with a healthier lifestyle!

    2. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I decided to give waist training a try because I wanted to enhance my trouble areas—my midsection mostly. After giving birth, your body is not the same, especially your midsection! I wanted something to reshape me and help me tighten my tummy. And the waist shaper helped a lot!

    3. What garment did you use, and why?

    I used the Ann Chery metallic edition waist cincher. I loved the latex-and-metallic look! Also loved the fact that I was able to go down a hook as I've seen changes in my body!

    4. What were your first impressions?

    The first time I put the garment on I was so impressed! I became obsessed the minute I put it on! I had just gotten it by mail and couldn't wait to put it on! I struggled a little to put on but it was only because I had never tried one on. As I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe how fast and dramatic you were able to notice a difference. You really go down 2-3 sizes! My stomach was flatter and my waist was smaller. The moment you put on, you become obsessed!

    5. What was your waist training routine?

    My routine with my waist trainer was daily for about 6 hours to start, after a week I was so comfortable I was wearing 8-9+ hours a day! It became so that I couldn't walk out the house without it! It gave me confidence and better posture.

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

    The garment exceeded my expectations! It not only helped with reshaping my body but also my posture! I suffer from scoliosis and it gave my back extra support! Can't live without it!

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

    My diet and fitness habits changed. I was super exited and motivated by the waist trainer! I started eating healthier and drank more water.

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

    I've faced many challenges with weight loss! Tried various diets and nothing worked! I like to see fast changes like anyone else. The waist trainer gave me hope for the future! It gave me a visual of how my body could be if I keep up a healthier lifestyle.

    9. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results within a week and a half. I would notice that my posture would stay the same even after I took it off! It also made my midsection flatter with it off. Within two weeks I was able to go down a hook.

    10. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Everyone noticed my results as soon as I put it on! I had a lot of compliments. Everyone wanted to know what I was doing. My family has also noticed the results of my shape without the waist trainer on!

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

    My tip to anyone that is thinking of getting a waist trainer is keep your garment on for the hours recommended! You will feel a little discomfort at first but it's only because your body is not used to it. A few days later the discomfort will go away, as your body gets used to it! Great way to slim your body, especially mothers after giving birth. It's never too late to try! You will become obsessed!

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  • Corset Fit 101: Why Measurements Are Important

    How to put on a corset

    If you’re looking into ordering your first corset, picking one out can be a very exciting process! Whether you’re planning on starting an ongoing waist training regimen with your new corset or you just want to have it for special occasions, you’re in for a real treat when you see just how dramatically a steel-boned corset can pull in your waistline.

    One of the most important factors to consider when picking out your corset online is making sure your order a size that fits. Corsets fit tighter than a glove, and a poor fit can create an uncomfortable and unflattering experience.

    In this post, we’ll explain how and why to take accurate measurements for your corset. This will ensure that you’re getting the perfect fit, no matter what you want to use your corset for.

    How to Measure for Your Corset

    You’ll find a lot of measurement guidelines when it comes to intimates and shapewear, but there’s typically only one that really matters for a corset: your waist.

    You’ll want to get an accurate measurement in inches for a precision fit. If you order a corset that’s too small, you’re going to find yourself forcing your way into it. If you order one that’s too big, you may not get the very best slimming results.

    To take an accurate waist measurement, use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape. While keeping it level to the ground, measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is about two inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your torso. The tape should lay flat against your skin or a very thin tank top, but it shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath.

    We’ll note that if you have a particularly short or long torso, you may prefer a corset that has a short or long cut. If you have a petite build and your corset is too long, it can dig into your ribs or your hip bones and not give you the ideal hourglass shape. If you are tall or have an especially long torso, a corset that is too small might not give you full coverage, particularly for your lower abdomen. We recommend these options for short torsos and these options for long torsos.

    What Waist Measurements Mean

    This part is important: your waist measurement does not equal your corset size. Many people make this mistake. Refer to your garment’s sizing chart to find your ideal size based on your waist measurement. For most steel-boned corsets, the size is 4–5 inches less than your actual waist measurement. So if you have a 28–inch waist, you would order a size 24 corset. This is more or less what your waist measurement should be once you have fully tightened the corset.

    Some corset brands go by S, M, L, etc. It is very important when ordering one of these brands to be sure that you are following the instructions on the sizing chart accurately. Do not simply rely on what size dress or top you might wear, which will not give you the best fit. Follow the chart.

    How to Put On Your Corset Correctly

    Once you’ve selected your ideal corset and it arrives in the mail, you’ll still want to try it on to ensure that it fits. It’s very important that you put it on correctly so that you don’t damage it in case you need to do an exchange. See our policy for more information on our 100% guarantee.

    First, unroll your new corset and make sure that the laces are loose and the busks are fastened. The steel busks will go in front and the laces will go in back. We recommend using a mirror or help from a friend when fastening it.

    Step into the corset and gently begin tightening the laces. They are somewhat like shoelaces, except you’re going to tie them off in the middle instead of the top. Work your way from the top and bottom inward, pulling each row of laces a little bit tighter as you go.

    It is very important not to yank the laces as tight as they will go the first time you try the corset on. You’ll risk warping the garment and damaging the busks, in which case you won’t be able to send the corset in for an exchange or return. Instead, tighten it until it is relatively snug and stays in place but is not tight. You may want to wear it over a shirt or sweater when you’re first trying it out.

    How to Tell if Your Corset Fits

    A corset that fits your body correctly should fit snugly over your midsection and create a flattering hourglass shape even when it’s not tightened all the way. While it will feel stiff, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort, digging or pinching. If your corset has a modesty panel, it should only just cover the area underneath the laces when it is loosely tightened.

    What Next?

    Once you are certain that you have found the perfect fit, you’ll still need to season your corset before you tighten it all the way. To do this, wear it for an hour or two a day for at least a week before pulling the laces tight. This will give the garment time to break in and mold to your torso’s unique shape. By the time it’s ready, it should easily cling to your midsection and create a stunning hourglass finish. Seasoning a corset is similar to breaking in a pair of shoes, so be sure to give yourself time to do it if you’re ordering the corset to wear at a special event. If you’re using your corset for regular waist training, you can go ahead and start slowly increasing how long your wear it fully tightened each day.

    We hope you feel confident picking out the perfect corset! Contact our waist training experts if you have any more questions, and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.

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  • Stealth Corseting: Everything You Need To Know

    How to wear a corset under clothes

    Steel-boned corsets are growing in popularity now that waist training overall is becoming trendy, but one the questions we often get is: is it possible to wear a corset underneath your clothing?

    Latex cinchers with hook-and-eye closures are pretty easy to conceal, but what about slightly bulkier lace-up corsets?

    It is definitely possible to waist train with a corset while concealing what you are doing (although it can be a lot of fun to wear a corset as outerwear too!). The key is knowing what types of outfits to wear. Here is everything you need to know about stealth corseting so that you can keep your waist training routine a secret.

    The Most Flattering Waistlines

    Women have been corseting for hundreds of years, and they never had an issue hiding their corsets underneath their everyday attire. If you think about it, up until recently, women’s clothing always came in at the natural waist, making it natural to sport a corset underneath. This held true for a variety of gowns as well as pants and jeans when women started wearing them more.

    It got trickier over the last few decades, particularly when jeans started riding a lot lower. If you try to wear a corset with hip hugger jeans, you’re going to have a strange, bulky look around your lower abdomen.

    That’s why it’s important when you’re waist training with a corset to pick outfits with waistlines that come in at the natural waist. You should want to do this anyway, since if you’re waist training, you’re going to want to show it off! Luckily, high waist styles are coming back into fashion, so don’t hesitate to pair your steel-boned corset with some higher waist jeans, pants or skirts. Dresses and suits tend to highlight the natural waist more frequently, so try those as well.

    It’s All about the Fabric

     It should be obvious that the thinner the fabric, the more difficulty you’re going to have concealing anything underneath. If you’re having a hard time hiding your panty line or bra, then of course your corset is going to be pretty visible as well. If you want to wear thin, fitted blouses or dresses, you’re going to have much better results wearing seamless shapewear for those occasions rather than your favorite corset.

    Having said that, you just might be surprised about how many outfits you can pull off wearing a corset. Try tops and dresses with ruching, ruffles and other embellishments that not only draw attention away from whatever texture there might be underneath, but can also be used to highlight your hourglass shape.

    Even if you prefer wearing a t-shirt and jeans, you can still pull it off with a little trial and error. Remember to wear jeans with higher waistlines, and choose t-shirts in darker colors, prints or patterns. Just experiment with what you already have in your closet and you might be pleasantly surprised.

    Belts, Belts, Belts 

    We’ll let you in on this corseting fashion secret: belts are going to be your best friend. If you have a corseted waist, you’re going to want to show it off, and what better way to do that than with cute belt?

    Some of our favorite outfits to wear with corsets are long tops paired with leggings and finished off with a belt. Your tiny waist will look amazing, and the long shirt and leggings will help elongate your figure, giving you a longer, leaner hourglass shape.

    Dresses 

    There are a lot of options when it comes to wearing dresses over your stealth corset. As with all of the outfits discussed so far, your results are going to depend on the fabric and the cut. Many dress styles come in at the natural waist, so it will be easy to wear your corset underneath. Where you may get into trouble is with any lightweight dresses that tend to show off every little curve. A belt can come in handy again; you might also do well pairing your corset with other shapewear like shaping panties, tights or leggings.

    For the best results we recommended dresses will frills and ruffles, with a stiffer structure, or with thicker fabrics. You’ll also do well with belts to draw attention to your tiny waist.

    And of course, we have to mention that corsets make some of the best bridal undergarments! They create a stunning silhouette for brides and bridesmaids alike. We especially recommend using them with A-line, ball gown, mermaid and strapless styles.

    Layers

     Anything you can use to layer your look can go a long way in styling your stealth corset outfit. Aside from belts, jackets and vests also create some natural camouflage. You can also use cardigans and scarves to your benefit.

    Corseting is a little bit easier in cooler weather because you’re naturally going to be wearing loose-fitting sweaters, which pair beautifully with most corsets. But don’t worry; you don’t have to give up waist training in the summer months or warmer climates. Just choose loose-fitting or textured fabrics that can highlight a slim waist without giving away your secret.

    Does the Type of Corset Matter?

    Some corsets are more effective than others when it comes to invisibility under clothing. First, the color can be important. If you’re planning on wearing any light-colored clothing, be sure to choose a corset closure to your natural skin tone (like nude or black), rather than some of more colorful varieties. Second, some corsets are lighter than others and are easier to conceal.

    When It Just Isn’t Working

    There are certain styles that simply won’t work with a lace-up corset due to the cut and the fit of the materials. But not to worry—you can still enjoy the benefits of waist training even if you need to find an alternative to your favorite lace-up corset.

    While the results will be a little less dramatic, using a latex cincher in place of a corset when you just have to wear a certain outfit can solve your wardrobe problems. There’s definitely a benefit to having both styles of waist trainers in your wardrobe, depending on what you’re wearing. In particular you might want to have a no-closure cincher for absolutely seamless slimming. That way you can wear more figure-revealing outfits without getting set back in your waist training regimen.

    If you’re very committed to waist training, remember that it’s okay to take a break every now and then. You don’t have to wear your corset to the beach, after all. Just be sure to get right back into your routine whenever you’ve skipped it—or wear your waist trainer at odd hours in order to make up for lost time. Some women even like to waist train while they’re sleeping.

    Outfit Suggestions

    Here’s the fun part: getting inspired with corseted outfits! It's easier than you might think when you have the right inspiration.

    Outfit 1: Casual black dress with belt

    Not only will you look stunning with that tiny little waist in your corset underneath, but wearing a belt over a black dress will create a statement for your outfit. We told you belts would be your best friend!

    Outfit 2: Long tops with leggings (belt optional)

    This can be a go-to comfortable-yet-stylish outfit for pretty much anyone! Go without a belt for a more flowing look, or add the belt to emphasize that shaped waist.

    Outfit 3: Butt-lifting jeans plus t-shirt

    Our butt-lifting jeans are ideal to wear with corsets because the waistlines are cut higher and will fasten easily around a corseted midsection. You can wear these jeans with any number of tops. Wear your favorite graphic tee or printed top for a casual, sexy look.

    Outfit 4: Frilly summer dress

    If you choose a fabric that has lots of little ruffles or other texture, it will work beautifully with your favorite figure-slimming corset. We also recommend choosing prints and patterns, but experiment and see what works for you.

    Outfit 5: Fitted pantsuit or skirt suit

    Make a statement at the office by wearing a fitted suit with a corset. If you choose a blouse that has appropriate ruching, ruffles or thickness to conceal the corset, you can look sexy and professional.

    Outfit 6: Corset on top

    Okay, we know this article is about stealth corseting, but don’t forget that corsets double as amazing outerwear! See what new looks you can create simply by putting your corset on over your favorite tops.

    In conclusion, it is definitely possible and recommended to do waist training with a corset underneath your everyday attire. You just have to know what types of fabrics, cuts and accessories work best with your lifestyle and personal preferences.

    Do you already wear a corset under your clothes? We’d love to see some of your results and outfit recommendations! Give us a shout on social media and show us your stuff! #BeTheHourglass

    And as always, if you need additional styling advice, be sure to contact our team of experts who can help you find the perfect waist training solution for your needs.

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  • How Will a Corset Look on You? Corset Shaping Examples

    Wearing a corset is a classic, yet trendy way to slim your midsection and get an hourglass shape – and the results are truly stunning.

    Some people like corsets for special occasions and for styling, while others use them as part of an ongoing waist training regimen. Not everyone’s results are the same. How you look in a corset can very quite a bit depending on a variety of factors including your body type, the type of corset you’re using, and how committed you are to wearing one.

    Wondering how a corset will look on you? While you won’t know for sure unless you try it, here are a few factors that can affect your immediate and long-term results.

    It's worth noting that this article primarily explores corsets, which are identified as lace-up garments, typically reinforced with steel boning. These aren’t to be confused with waist training cinchers, which typically fasten in the front with hook-and-eye closures. See this post for more information about what results you might expect when wearing a latex cincher.

    Before we explore the differences between corsets, it’s also important to note how different your results can be wearing a corset versus a latex cincher. Lace-up corsets can be fastened very tightly and therefore have more dramatic results. While wearing a latex waist trainer typically reduces your waistline by 1–3 inches, a steel-boned corset can instantly reduce it by at least 3 inches and more. You’ll notice more emphasis on the natural bend in your waist when wearing corset, and you may have varying results if you choose to wear a tightened corset every day.

    Corsets on Different Body Types

     Your natural build, no matter what your weight, is a huge factor when it comes to how a corset is going to look on you. Corsets can be flattering on every body type; you just need to know what style is going to work best for your curves. Here are some common body types and what to look for when choosing your ideal corset, plus some examples of what real people look like when they wear corsets. 

    Petite

    You have a petite figure if you’re shorter than about 5’2”. This could also apply to you if you have an unusually short torso for your height (do tops always hang longer on you?). You’ll get the best results in a corset with a shorter cut; the longer style can feel uncomfortable and may even look awkward. Overall, you can go a long way in emphasizing your curves to flatter the petite build. Check out these recommended corsets for short torsos.

    Long Torso

    If you’re taller than about 5’8”, or if you know you have an unusually long torso, you will probably prefer a corset designed for long torsos. This is to ensure that you get full coverage, particularly on your lower abdomen and back. Otherwise, even if you get cinching at the middle, you might not have the most flattering look from an ill-fitting garment that provides incomplete coverage. Check out these recommended corsets for taller women and long torsos. The results are stunning when you emphasize your curves on a longer silhouette.

    Curvy Bust

    If you have an especially curvy bust, you are going to love the extra support that you get from wearing an underbust corset. For special occasions or lingerie you might also enjoy the lift that an overbust corset provides, although this style isn’t as ideal for everyday waist training. Just remember when you pick out your outfits that you’re going to want styles that provide balance to your figure. Try not to wear too many embellishments on your top half. You might also enjoy some butt-lifting shapewear or jeans to create more curves to complete that hourglass look.

    Straight Figure

    If you have a long and lean body type, a corset can be a huge benefit because it creates curves that are otherwise lacking. There are a lot of great corset options for you—in fact, unless you have a short or long torso, you really can’t go wrong with any of these gorgeous corsets. Plus, even if you’re already slim, you may be surprised to find just how much narrower your waist can get.

    Naturally Curvy

    A corset can be a curvy or plus-size girl’s best friend because it can help you emphasize what you’ve already got. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you want firm control for your figure, a corset helps you define your shape. As with any body type, it is very important to get the right size, and when applicable, the best torso length. Note that many corsets come in number sizes as opposed to "small, medium," etc. These numbers do not represent your waist measurement! Rather, the number is typically several inches less than your waist measurement to represent approximately what it will be once you’ve tightened the corset. Follow the size chart for the garment you want exactly to find the precision fit.

     “Average” Build and Proportions

    If you don’t have any body type features that might make a difference in your corset choice—if you’re of average height, weight and measurement ratios—most corseting options are probably going to look great on you. Choosing which corset is best is going to depend mostly on your personally preferences and goals, which we explore in the next section.

    Corset Shaping examples

    Check out how our favorite steel-boned styles fit our lovely employees here at the office. Click on the pictures to shop their style. 

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    C. Hoffman

    Measurements: Waist - 26" -Hip - 39" - Underbust - 30" -Height 5'3''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUD-044 & TUB-210

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    E. Salgado

    Measurements: Waist - 33" -Hip - 38.5" - Underbust - 33.5" -Height 5'3''

    Shop her favorite styles: BONI-035 & TUD-210

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    G. Chavez

    Measurements: Waist - 25" -Hip - 37" - Underbust - 29" -Height 5'4''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUD-044 & TUB-210

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    J. Ruiz

    Measurements: Waist - 34.5" -Hip - 38" - Underbust - 33" -Height 5'4''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUD-210 & W-03

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    M. Uriostegui

    Measurements: Waist - Waist - 36.5" -Hip - 46.5" - Underbust - 37" -Height 5'2''

    Shop her favorite styles: BONI-035TUD-033

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    R. Uriostegui

    Measurements: Waist - 39" -Hip - 50" - Underbust - 40" -Height 5'1''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUB-210 & TUD-003

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    Y. Lopez

    Measurements: Waist - 27" -Hip - 33" - Underbust - 28" -Height 5'3''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUB-210 & BONI-49

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    Other Factors to Consider

    While body type is a large factor when imagining your corseting results, you may also want to consider variables including your personal corseting goals, lifestyle and style preferences.

     Personal Style

    Customers commonly ask us how difficult it is to conceal corsets under clothing. It really depends on what you’re wearing on top. While thicker materials look fine over the top of corsets, you might run into problems with tight-fitting or very thin fabrics. It can be a trial and error process when figuring out how to style your corset. For this reason, you might want to choose a corset based how you planning on dressing when wearing it. You may prefer a cincher style waist trainer or taking a day of from waist training with your corset whenever you want to wear a more revealing outfit.

    On the other hand, many people love how stylish corsets can be as outerwear! Use a corset to create curves over a thin top, for a vintage or burlesque look. Imagining how different styles of corsets look in your favorite corseted styles can help you decide which style is ideal for you. 

    What About Workouts?

    Corsets are not designed for working out. You might be tempted to do it, especially considering that a lot of people use waist trainers during their workouts very effectively. But using a lace-up corset for this purpose will be very uncomfortable and could possible result in its damage. Go with a latex workout band instead.

    Even if you primarily use a steel-boned corset for your waist training regimen, we highly recommend that you try using a workout band during your exercise routine.  This style of waist trainer is designed with the durability that can withstand heavy sweating and vigorous movement; it is also constructed so that it will provide more freedom of movement.

     Waist Training Goals

    Steel-boned corsets can be very effective as part of an everyday waist training routine, and many women prefer them because of their sturdiness, durability and slimming power. Because of the laces, they can be customized every single day to the exact shape of your body. With dramatic slimming power around your waist every single day, you’re going to have dramatic waist-slimming results long-term.

    Having said that, just how dramatic your results will be depends on other factors including your lifestyle, how much you wear your corset, your body shape and even your genetics.

    We love corseting at Hourglass Angel and hope that this post inspires you to check it out! We encourage you to research your options thoroughly before you make a purchase to be sure that you’re getting the best garment for your body type, lifestyle and preferences. What’s fun about corsets is that once you start, you’ll most certainly want another. Our advice is to just try it, and once you get into a groove, you’ll have a better idea about what your personal preferences are.

    And you don’t have to exclusively wear a corset; you can pair one with a latex waist trainer as a part of your ongoing routine depending on your personal style and your fitness routine.

    Still have questions?

    Contact our expert stylists, who are experienced not only in helping people with their waist training decisions but also do it themselves. They come in various shapes and sizes just like everyone else and can personally guide you to your ideal recommendations.  Call or email after you’ve browsed our collection of corsets and we’ll be happy to help you make a decision.

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  • Waist training 101: Waist Trainers vs. Corsets (What’s the Difference?)

    Difference between waist trainer and corset

    One of the questions we get the most frequently is: what's the difference between a corset and a waist trainer? And which one is better to use?

    The truth is, we actually recommend both styles of waist-slimming garments! Which is better for you depends on a number of factors including your personal goals, style, shaping needs and overall preferences.

    First, here’s a brief definition of each garment:

    A corset is a garment, typically constructed with steel boning, that slims the waist with the aid of tightening laces in the back.

    A waist trainer, also known as a cincher, is a garment that slims the waist with the aid of compression material, typically constructed with a latex core and hook-and-eye closures in the front.

    It’s important to note that both terms can actually refer to either style of garment. This can obviously be a little confusing. In general, we use the term “waist trainer” because it refers to the results that you can achieve with regular use: an overall slimming of the waistline. The term “corset” can also be a general term for waist-slimming garments. For the rest of this post, however, the term “waist trainer” will refer to the cincher variety, and the term “corset” will refer to the lace-up variety.

    In this article, we’ll explore the main differences between waist trainers and corsets, and then we’ll discuss the benefits of each.

    Materials

    The most immediately noticeable differences between corsets and waist trainers are the materials. The fabric in corsets is typically cotton, satin or leather, with long flexible steel rods to give the garments their structure. On the front of corsets, you’ll usually see small steel busks that fasten into place. Satin laces in the back are used to pull corsets very tight, typically resulting in an immediate reduction in the waistline between 3 and 6 inches.

    Waist trainers, on the other hand, are constructed with synthetic materials like nylon, latex, and Spandex. They also use some plastic or occasionally steel boning to help retain their shape. Waist trainers are fastened using hook-and-eye closures in the front. Instead of using laces to slim the waistline, the materials provide firm compression, which typically results in a reduction of 1 to 3 inches from the waistline. You can size down a cincher by fastening the tighter row of eyes with the hooks.

    How to Wear Them

    Waist trainers and corsets are typically both used as styles of undergarments that are hidden underneath your attire. Corsets are slightly more difficult to conceal underneath clothing because of the slight bulkiness of the busks and the laces. For these reasons, some wearers prefer waist trainers for everyday use and might pull out their corsets for special occasions. Having said that, it can sometimes be tricky to wear waist trainers under clothing too. If you plan on wearing something that is very revealing or tight-fitting, you might prefer a no-closure cincher or even a different style of seamless shapewear.

    There are occasions, however, when corsets and waist trainers both function well as outerwear. A corset can be a stunning statement piece worn over a thin top; it can also function well as a part of a burlesque outfit. Some corsets even have an overbust design, although these typically are used more for special occasions and as costume pieces, rather than as everyday waist trainers. But they are quite flattering on any body type; not to mention, they provide additional bust support.

    If you have an Instagram account, then you are probably already aware that workout waist trainers can be worn over a light tank or with just a sports bra. Many of the bright colors, sheens, and patterns are meant to be shown off! Whether you’re working out at home and want to take some shareable selfies in your waist trainers, or if you want to draw attention to yourself at the gym, a workout band makes a statement in your workout wardrobe, in addition to its waist-slimming benefits.

    Uses and Results

    Both waist trainers and corsets are effective for a waist training regimen. If you are wearing either style for at least eight hours a day over an extended period of time, you may see some great results because of the added heat stimulation to your core—not to mention some added posture support and overall confidence boost.

    Some women prefer corsets because overall you will get a more dramatic hourglass shape when you wear one. But others prefer the ease of use that comes with waist trainers, as well as the versatility they have under clothing.

    One benefit that waist trainers unquestionably have over corsets is their effectiveness during workouts. In fact, many styles are made exclusively for that purpose. They come in a shorter cut and are flexible yet durable. You will have ease of movement while increasing the intensity of your workouts. And, as mentioned above, they definitely add to your workout wardrobe – the bright colors make them fun to flaunt at the gym. Corsets and even everyday waist trainers, in comparison, are not designed for this purpose—in fact, using them during workouts could damage them or cause you unnecessary discomfort.

    Some women like to do waist training in their sleep, and in this case, we recommend that you use a waist trainer for more comfort. Some people use old, looser waist trainers for exactly this purpose. You may prefer a no-closure style cincher to ensure that you won’t have any discomfort lying on hooks for any part of the night.

    Additional Comparisons

    If you’re still not sure which style of waist slimming garment is best for your purposes, it really comes down to a matter of preference. Here are additional factors that may help you choose one over the other.

    1. Durability

    Hands down, a lace-up corset is going to be the most durable and long-lasting options for a waist training regimen. The steel boning will not wear out any time soon, and since you will be tightening with laces, you will not lose any of the compression benefits. What’s more, you will always have a custom fit and should have no problem keeping the garment tightly fastened as your waistline starts to slim down.

    A latex cincher, on the other hand, will eventually need to be replaced if you're wearing it regularly. With time, the latex loses its power and may not provide as firm of compression as a new garment will. Furthermore, as your waistline sizes down, you may find that a cincher has limitations in how tight in can fasten.

    1. Comfort

    Both styles of garments have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to comfort. Since they are made with compression materials, you may find that waist trainers lack breathability—although, making you sweat is part of the reason they work. Corsets are generally a bit more breathable. But, on the other hand, corsets are definitely less flexible (hence why waist trainers are better for workouts).

    One added benefit of waist trainers is that many of them come in a vest style. If you have a larger bust or would like more compression coverage for your back, this can be a preferable alternative for you.

    1. Style Options

    Corsets can be very fun to wear if they fit with your personal sense of style. You can find them in a variety of colors, cuts and even with certain embellishments. Waist trainer styles are a completely different look, which you may or may not prefer. Corsets give you that feminine, vintage, or burlesque look. Waist trainers come in a variety of bring colors and prints, as well as classic black and nude to hide underneath lighter-toned clothes.

    If you are going to be wearing them under your clothes this may not be a huge deciding factor for you anyway—unless your outfits tend to be more revealing. In that case, waist trainers would probably be better because they are easier to conceal.

    1. Pricing

    While there are high-end and low-end choices for both corsets and waist trainers, in general corsets are going to be more expensive. Waist trainers are typically in the $50–$70 range, while most steel-boned corsets are at least that much, and often over $100.

    1. Ease of Use

    When it comes down to it, corsets are tricky and time-consuming to put on, while waist trainers tend to be more user-friendly (although they can be tricky too!). Both garments just take practice. However, if you tend to be in a rush when you get dressed in the morning, the waist trainer may be the more practical option.

    We hope this article has cleared up some of the confusion and questions that many people have when trying to decide between wearing waist trainers or corsets. Ultimately, we love both garments and recommend either or both, depending on your preferences and needs. And remember, you can always reach out to us if you have any more questions!

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  • NEW! Introducing the Hourglass Angel Collection

    New Hourglass Angel Waist Trainers

    Here at Hourglass Angel, we love celebrating the uniqueness of every woman. Every single person has beautifully different curves and a natural shape that is gorgeous. Our goal is to create solutions for every woman’s body shape and unique curves.

    That’s why we developed the new Hourglass Angel Collection of waist trainers. After receiving feedback from many customers, we were able to cultivate shaping solutions based on your body type, lifestyle, and goals. Whether you’re tall, short, petite, plus-sized or anything in between, we’ve got what you need to make your waist training experience a success.

    Check out these five NEW waist trainers and discover your personal solution to your shaping needs.

    Hourglass Latex Waist Trainer

    New Hourglass Angel Waist Trainer

    Latex cinchers are among our most popular sellers. So what makes this one different? There are a couple of features that you can only find at Hourglass Angel.

    First, not only does this garment rely on latex for maximum compression; it also uses flexible steel boning in its construction. This ensures that you can maintain your hourglass shape while still being able to bend and move easily. It’s like combining the comfort and convenience of a latex cincher with the shaping power and durability of a lace-up steel boned corset. Like all of the very best waist trainers, it will take 1–3 inches off your waistline instantly, while providing the firm compression that stimulates thermal activity and perspiration in your core. It’s ideal for many types of workouts and will help you sweat harder. Yet you won’t be sacrificing comfort: while the core of the garment is constructed with latex, you’ll enjoy the softness of cotton lining that will keep you cool and comfortable.

    Second, this waist trainer comes with three rows of large hook-and-eye closures. This feature makes it easier to cinch up and creates a strong, secure fit. Sizing down your cincher as your body slims down is simply; simply fasten the hooks on the next row. Since you have more room to size down and a more durable garment with steel boning, you can use the same waist trainer for an extended period of waist training. It truly does slim down with you.

    Petite Latex Waist Trainer

    Petite Latex Waist Trainer

    If you’re a woman on the shorter side, or with a short torso, one of the challenges with waist training is that many of the standard size garments are just too long for your figure. If you find that a typical waist trainer is uncomfortable because it jabs at your ribs and hips, you'll want a garment that is designed with the petite woman in mind. This waist trainer is cut shorter so that it is more comfortable for the petite figure. It is also a great option if you aren’t petite but just want to get that extra slimming and compression right around the waistline.

    Like the regular Hourglass Latex Waist Trainer, the petite option is constructed with maximum compression latex and reinforced with flexible steel boning. This ensures maximum effectiveness as well as comfort and flexibility for your workouts. It also uses three rows of large hook-and-eye closures for easy fastening and the capability to size down with you as your drop inches from your waistline. This is the perfect supplement for any healthy lifestyle routine, whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply want to intensify your workouts and create an hourglass shape.

    Curve Creator Latex Workout Band

    Hourglass Angel Workout Fitband

    One of the waist training needs we heard about from our customers is convenience. We get it—we’re busy women and we need no-fuss solutions when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle each and every day. We’re excited to introduce a new workout band that is highly effective and easy to use.

    Put on this waist trainer in seconds with its easy-to-use double Velcro closure. This is significantly faster to use than traditional hook-and-eye closure waist trainers. It’s the perfect solution for the grab-and-go woman who doesn’t have time to fiddle with getting dressed for a quick workout. And the convenience doesn’t sacrifice effectiveness. The double layers of thick Velcro provide a strong, secure fit that will stay snug no matter how intense your workout is.

    This workout band is just as effective as our other workout waist trainers. Its latex core boosts the thermal activity of your core and intensifies your perspiration around your midsection, ensuring a killer workout every time. The cotton-spandex lining absorbs moisture and feels soft against the skin.

    Sculpting Vest Latex Waist Trainer

    Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer

    Some people love the extra support that you can get from a vest-style waist trainer, which is why we simply had to include one in our new line. This sculpting vest has all the same features as our standard Hourglass Latex Trainer with the added benefit of adjustable shoulder straps, which provide extra support for the bust and coverage for the upper back. This is an ideal solution if you have a curvy-on-top natural shape. Its three rows of large hook-and-eye closures provide ease of use as well as a customizable fit that slims down with you. And of course, it features flexible steel boning that makes our collection unique.

    Core Slim Latex Waist Trainer with Zipper

    Hourglass Angel Collection Zipper Waist Trainer

    Last but not least, say hello to this unique waist trainer with double layers of slimming support. Cinch up with one of the three inner rows of large hook-and-eye closures, and then zip up for a firm hold. Like other waist trainers in this collection, it uses our signature flexible steel boning for power shaping. This versatile waist trainer is ideal for wear under any outfit: professional, casual, you name it. It also is ideal as a postpartum waist trainer and will help new moms regain their pre-baby figures faster. Alternate it with the workout band of your choice and you’ve got a waist training solutions tailored just for you.

    We hope you enjoy the new collection! As always, we love getting your feedback and answering any questions when you contact the shapewear experts on our customer service team.

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  • Waist Training Exercises to Try at Home

    Sample Waist Training Exercises

    Ready to slim down your midsection? Getting an hourglass waistline doesn’t require endless hours at the gym with expensive equipment or a restrictive diet. But what you do need is a dedication to waist training, eating smart and choosing exercises that you can do at home (or just about anywhere).

    Waist training is the practice of wearing a waist trainer daily, which can help you slim your waistline instantly, while also supplementing smart eating habits and an exercise plan. Waist training works by stimulating perspiration and thermal activity in your core, which can be especially effective at intensifying your workouts.

    At Hourglass Angel, we believe that not only is it possible, but just about anyone who wants to try a waist training regimen can have fantastic results with the right approach. If you’re wondering how to get started, here’s how to jump-start your waist-slimming plan, with simple but effective exercises that you can try at home.

    The Best Exercises for Waist Training

    There are many different exercises you can try with a waist trainer. The only ones we don’t recommend are any types of crunches. If you insist on doing crunches or similar torso-bending moves, take the waist trainer off during that portion of your workout.

    Depending on your preferences, be mixing in at least three days a week of allover strength training exercises with medium to high-intensity cardio—for 30–60 minutes a day, five days a week. Some people like to spread out different muscle groups over five days, while others like to do more intensive strength training on three days, with cardio on the rest days. Just be sure not to work out the same muscle groups two days in a row (not counting cardio).

    Here’s a roundup of the most effective exercises you can do at home with a waist trainer.

    You can also wear a waist trainer very effectively with just about any type of cardio including running, walking, biking or on your favorite piece of fitness equipment.

    Finally, don’t forget to include all-over stretching as a part of your regular fitness routine, so that your muscles can heal and stay limber. You can try yoga or any relaxing routine that you prefer.

    Choosing the Right Waist Trainer

    In addition to having a great workout plan, another important factor in a success waist training regimen is having the right garments.

    For the best results with your workouts, you’ll want to use one of our workout bands. These are constructed with a more durable design so that they’ll hold up no matter how rigorous your workout is or how hard you sweat. You can choose a traditional band style, or for additional support and coverage for the bust and back, you may prefer a vest style.

    While some people choose to wear a workout band for the rest of the day, we actually recommend that you choose an everyday style, which will provide firm control and be comfortable enough to wear all day once you’ve grown accustomed to it. Wearing at least two different waist trainers also allows the latex to rest and retain its elasticity, and you can keep them fresh and clean.

    There are many different styles of waist trainers to choose from; what works for you depends on your personal preferences, body type, and goals.

    • Steel-boned, lace-up corsets are latex-free options with a classic look that are completely customizable and easily size down as you slim down.
    • Waist training vests provide additional support for the bust as well as more complete coverage for the upper back, which can be ideal for women with larger busts. Be sure to choose an option with adjustable straps if you have a high bust-to-waist ratio.
    • If you are petite or if you have a long torso, you may want to consider options better suited for your body type. There are also some garments that have more options in plus sizes.
    • Most latex cinchers hook up in the front; some have two rows of hooks and some have three. You may prefer three if you plan on sizing down considerably as part of your waist training goals.

    It’s also very important when selecting your ideal waist trainer to get the correct size. Take the measurement at the narrowest point of your waist, where there is a natural bend above your belly button. Use fabric or vinyl measuring tape and lay it flat on your skin, keeping it parallel with the floor. It shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t fit a couple of fingers underneath.

    Be sure to follow the sizing chart of your garment of choice exactly. We have carefully curated and tested every waist trainer that we sell and have adjusted the sizing charts accordingly. The sizing can vary a bit by brand and style. If your waist trainer has number sizes, don’t mistake the garment size for your waist size, because they won’t be the same.

    Getting Started with Your Waist Training Regimen

    If you’ve never tried waist training before, there can be a bit of an adjustment period when getting started. Don’t simply jump in without breaking in your new garment and letting your body adjust to the way it feels.

    Before you even begin, make sure that your waist trainer has a great fit. If it fits correctly, you should love the way you look immediately after putting it on. It will feel very tight, but you shouldn’t have to yank it on or feel extremely uncomfortable. These are indications of a poor fit.

    It can be a little tricky getting waist trainers on the first time; see here for detailed instructions on how to put on a latex cincher and corset, plus how to break them in. It’s especially important that you wear a corset loosely several times before you begin tightening the laces fully; otherwise, you risk warping the whole garment.

    Once you’ve tried on your waist trainer and it’s broken in, it’s time to jumpstart your waist training plan. Your goal is to be wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours every day, for a maximum of about twelve hours. It takes time to build up your endurance to this amount of time, but if you stick with a daily habit, it shouldn’t be a difficult transition after about a month or so.

    Here is an example schedule of what a beginner’s waist training regimen might look like:

    • Day 1:
      Get a feel for your waist trainer by wearing it for about an hour. Test it out in different positions: sitting, standing, walking, etc. Be sure to take some “before” selfies so you can track your waist training progress. Today might also be a good day to try out some different outfits and see what looks most flattering with your new hourglass waistline.
    • Day 2:
      Aim for two hours today. You should be starting to get a feel for it.
    • Day 3:
      You don’t have to wait for today, but if you haven’t yet, try working out in your workout band. Go for a brisk walk or try some other type of cardio so you can grow accustomed to how it feels. You should have a waist trainer on for about three hours today.
    • Day 4:
      Your goal is four hours total waist training today. If needed, break it up into two sessions. Today is also a great day to test out some of our recommended strength training exercises. From here on out you will want to be aiming to work out five days a week with a health mix of strength training and cardio. If you’re not in the habit of exercising it will take time for you to build up your endurance, but just remember that getting and trying it is half the battle.
    • Day 5:
      You guessed it: five hours of waist training! You’re going to be sweating more around your midsection, so be sure you’re getting adequate water. Measure out at least 64 ounces a day. Be sure to get in some cardio again today.
    • Day 6:
      You’re almost all the way there to a full schedule of waist training! Do some more strength training.
    • Day 7:
      Take a day off and congratulate yourself for making it this far, unless of course you’re pumped up and want to keep going.
    • Day 8–14 and beyond:
      This whole week, you should be settling into a consistent waist training routine. By the end of the week, you should feel pretty comfortable wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours daily.

    By the end of the month, we recommend taking some “after” photos. You might even need to size down your waist trainer, so keep up the great work!

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  • Tips for Sleeping in Your Corset

    Tips for Sleeping in Your Corset – Hourglass Angel

    One of the challenges that comes with regular waist training is finding the time to stick to the commitment of 8–10 hours a day. While some people have the opportunity to wear their corset or cincher during the day hours, for others it can be difficult (for example, during the summertime when you’re wearing certain cuts or fabrics that don’t really work with most waist trainers).

    If this the case for you, you may have another option.

    Serious waist trainers know that one way to get in more hours wearing a corset is to wear it while you’re sleeping. It might sound odd, but there are several reasons you might want to try it:

    • You are serious about waist training and want have a waist trainer on as much as possible. While we don’t recommend an around-the-clock waist training schedule, overnight can be a convenient opportunity to get in more hours.
    • You can’t wear your corset as much as you’d like during the day. This could be for a variety of reasons such as your line of work, your required style of attire or even your preferences. Again, the night hours provide a convenient time to get in the recommend 8–10 hours of waist training per day.
    • You have already reached your goals with waist training and would like to maintain your waistline without having to wear it during daytime hours.

    Whatever your reason, waist training while you’re sleeping at night is definitely doable. However, if you’d like to try it, consider that your experience can vary quite a bit depending on how you sleep and what kind of waist trainer you decide to wear.

    Here are some different tips about what to expect with nighttime waist training and how to get the most out of it.

    Different Sleepers, Different Experiences

     How do you sleep? Do you roll around a lot or do you lie still most of the night? Are you a heavy sleeper or do you wake up at the slightest noise or disturbance? Do you have a firm mattress or soft mattress? Do you have a fluffy pillow, flat pillow or now pillow? Do you sleep on your back, side or tummy?

    All of these questions can affect your experience sleeping in a corset. You may not know what your particular challenges might be until you try it, but here are how these different factors can affect nighttime waist training.

    Soft Versus Firm Sleeping Surface

    The type of mattress and pillows you have can greatly affect the way you sleep. While the choice of mattress hardness is largely a matter of personal preference, know that when your torso is corseted, it is going to be stiff and straight. You may need to adjust the amount of cushioning you have accordingly so that you are more comfortable. Consider the various sleeping positions and how they might be affected when wearing a waist trainer…

    Back Sleepers

    If you normally sleep on your back, when wearing a waist trainer you may find that your pelvis and hips can sag down, particularly if your mattress isn’t very supportive or dips in the middle. The key to making your sleep experience more comfortable is to support the curve in your lumbar area, in the lower back. Use small pillows or rolled up towels beneath the small of your back as well as under your knees. This will take the pressure off your back and help distribute your body’s weight more evenly.

    Side Sleepers

    This position can be somewhat awkward when you’re wearing a corset because you’ll find yourself trying to keep your balance due to the rigidity of your torso. You may need to engage your core muscles to maintain that balance, which can grow uncomfortable and may prevent you from getting enough sleep. You may also find that there is a big gap between the corset and the mattress. Depending on how firm your waist trainer is, your hips can shift in a way that is not very comfortable for a solid night’s sleep.

    The solution again is to provide some cushion in order to relieve pressure caused by the rigid curves in your torso. As for back sleepers, a small pillow or towel roll can do the trick. Place it between your waist and the mattress to keep your spine straight with your hips properly aligned. You might also be more comfortable if you place a pillow behind your back to prevent rolling over. And, as anyone who has ever been pregnant could tell you, you can relieve additional pressure on your hips and back by placing a towel or pillow between your knees. You might even enjoy a full body pillow, which you can use in a couple of positions to support your hips and back.

    Tummy Sleepers

    If you tend to sleep on your tummy with your head turned to the side, there are a couple of considerations that can make your overnight experience in a corset more comfortable. First, you’re very likely be more comfortable in a latex cincher as opposed to a steel-boned corset with busks that clasp in the front. Second, you may experience more pressure on your neck since the corset prevents your spine from curving as much as it would otherwise. To prevent this discomfort, you will probably prefer sleeping without a pillow. If you need a softer surface to lay your head on, try a pillow-top mattress.

    Other Potential Issues

    Since a waist trainer provides a somewhat unique sleep experience, it isn’t uncommon if you experience the following:

    Acid Reflux

    It makes sense that, because your midsection is more restricted and you’re lying down, stomach acid might make its way into your esophagus. There are a couple of ways to prevent this. First, don’t eat any food before going to bed; in particular, steer clear of acidic and sugary foods. You should finish your last meal or snack of the day at least two to three hours before you lie down for the night. Second, try elevating your torso so that you can use gravity in your favor in keeping the stomach acid down. You can use extra pillows or a wedge, on top or even below the mattress. 

    Nighttime Bloat

    Have you ever noticed that your abdomen feels a little bit fuller at nighttime? That’s because when your body is resting, your nervous system is getting to work in what’s often referred to as “rest and ruminate” mode. Blood flow is directed away from your extremities and towards your core and your internal organs so that you can fully digest your food and do daily maintenance on those organs.

    To remedy the discomfort caused by this slight swelling, you’ll want to either loosen your corset or wear one that is already a little bit loose. If you have a latex waist trainer that has room to loosen, simply hook it up on the looser row. If you have a lace-up corset, simply don’t pull the laces as tight. In general, if you have an older waist trainer that you don’t use as much anymore, this might make the perfect nighttime solution.

    Wear and Tear

    Some nighttime corset wearers find that their waist trainer wears out faster. This might happen for several reasons. First, there could be additional friction from rolling around. Second, your corset could come into contact with more oils from the body, which have accumulated on the sheets and can wear down the color of the outer fabric (which may or may not be a problem depending on how you like to wear it). Third, corsets are designed to hold the body in a neutral standing position rather than a reclining one. Lying down in a corset could put uneven stress on different panels of the corset.

    This isn’t a huge concern if you dedicate one of your waist trainers exclusively for sleeping in. It’s another reason why you might want to save your old, looser fitting corset or cincher for nighttime use.

    The Best Waist Trainers for Nighttime Wear

     In general, waist trainers are not always designed for sleeping in, so you might have to just find the style that works for your distinct sleeping patterns and environment. But here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to figure out what will work best for your situation.

    • Older, larger, worn garments are probably going to be more comfortable, for multiple reasons mentioned above.
    • If you don’t have an old waist trainer to use, you might prefer a no-closure option.
    • There are benefits and drawbacks to using a steel-boned corset. On one hand, depending on how you sleep, you might find it more rigid, or that the busks in front are uncomfortable. On the other hand, it’s easier to adjust the tightness to exactly where you want it to be.

    Have you ever tried sleeping in a waist trainer, or would you try it now that you know it’s possible? Let us know what you think!

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  • How Sitting All Day Hurts Your Body and What To Do About It

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    In the U.S. we hear a lot about our health problems and the blamed culprit is usually our diet and lack of exercise. What many people often forget, however, is how many of us are also sitting for long stretches every day as a result of the modern professional environment, which consists primarily of sitting at a desk all day.

    Even if you exercise for a few minutes each day, it is difficult to offset the detrimental effects of constant sitting. Our bodies were designed to be in constant movement, not just 30–60 minutes a day. The average American adult spends 9–10 hours a day in a chair, resulting in a variety of negative consequences to their health. (See this article for a more in-depth overview.)

    One of the health issues that we talk about frequently at Hourglass Angel is back health. Here’s what a sedentary lifestyle can do to it:

    Neck and shoulder strains: if you spend any amount of time in front of a computer, you probably know what this feels like. You may tend to hold your neck and head forward; in addition you might cradle a phone to your ear. As a result your cervical vertebrae may suffer strains, which over time can lead to permanent imbalances. In the immediate aftermath you may suffer from chronically sore shoulders and back.

    Back pain: When you’re sitting you put more pressure on your spine than when you’re standing; it’s even worse when you’re hunched over a computer. An estimated 40 percent of people who suffer from back pain spend long hours in front of a computer screen each day.

    When you move around, the disks in your back expand and contract, which allows them to absorb blood and nutrients. But when you’re sitting, these disks are compressed. Over time they can lose their flexibility and even become herniated. Ouch!

    It’s a sobering fact that a desk job can be so bad for your health, even if you exercise regularly. But don’t despair; there are a few steps you can take to combat the effects of this kind of work environment.

    How Wearing a Waist Trainer Help Your Back

    While many people are attracted to waist trainers because of the benefits of a smaller waistline and a thinner appearance, there are other benefits as well.

    Wearing a waist trainer forces your torso to keep a straighter posture. Wearing a compression garment for an extended period provides back support because of the binding and cinching effect. The boning inside a cincher or corset also provides firm abdominal support, which creates a constant reminder for you to sit up straight throughout the day.

    (Bonus: you’ll also be encouraged to have better portion control during snacks and meals, which could help curb the weight gain that goes hand in hand with long hours of sitting.)

    The key to getting the most back-supporting benefits from your waist trainer is wearing one that fits correctly. If you choose one that is too tight, not only will you be extremely uncomfortable, but you won’t be doing your body any favors by smashing your abdomen. Be sure to consult our sizing charts and follow these tips for choosing the best waist trainer for your shape, size and lifestyle.

    It’s also very important to use waist training as a complement to a healthy diet and consistent exercise. While you might like the way your waist trainer makes you look with minimal effort, there's so much more to gain by implementing a workout routine at the same time. Be sure to incorporate strength training and high-intensity cardio to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your waist training regimen.

    More Tips to Counteract Long Hours of Sitting

    A waist trainer can be a huge aid to your back health as a part of healthy lifestyle plan, but you may still need to address the fact that being stuck in a chair all day can hurt you. Here are some simple changes you can make to get moving and get healthy:

    • Take every opportunity to stand up when you can. Walk across the office to talk to a coworker rather than sending a message.
    • Park your car farther away from the entrance, wherever you go.
    • Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator.
    • Use a tracking device to count your steps and work up to 10,000 steps a day.
    • Organize your office space so that you have to stand up in order to retrieve files, answer the phone, etc.
    • Find alternative ways to work at your desk like an exercise ball, a chair without arm rests or even a standing work station.
    • Set a timer to remind yourself to be standing for at least ten minutes during every hour.
    • Try some simple desk exercises throughout the day.
    • Choose to walk or bike to work or when running errands instead of driving. If you take public transportation, remain standing when possible.
    • Use your free time to engage in active movement instead of continuing to sit. Try doing some stretches while watching TV instead of lounging on the couch.

    When you’re motivated and you put your mind to it, living a more active lifestyle is not very difficult. And it can do wonders for your health. If you’ve ever suffered from chronic neck, back or shoulder pain, then you know just how much it can put a damper on your overall wellness. While it can be tempting to simply reach for pain-killers or expensive medical treatments, you will only get so far in addressing the symptoms without getting to the root of the problem.

    Waist training can be an essential and very effective part of your healthy lifestyle plan. Just remember that while it’s an important piece, it’s still just one piece. You have to put the whole package of healthy eating and movement together in order to achieve the very best results and stay healthy for a lifetime.

    Have you benefited from corrected posture as a result of wearing a waist trainer? We’d love to hear about your experience! Share it with us by contacting us directly or using #BeTheHourglass on social media.

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  • Army Soldier Shows How Waist Training Discipline Pays Off

    Before & After Waist Training Success Story

    Ana is an American soldier who knows a thing or two about what it takes to be in great shape. She is also a new mom and has struggled with getting back her pre-baby body after pregnancy. She was thrilled to discover how effective waist training can be and recommends it for everyone! We talked with her recently about her experience:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a supply specialist and soldier in the U.S. Army. My plan is to remain in for three more years while working on my Human Resources degree. I also like to cook and to work out. Spending time with my son is my main hobby, though!

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    My goal still is to lose weight and have an hourglass figure. I’m loving the results!

    1. What garment did you use, and why?

    I used the Amia Sculpting Vest, which is very good because it covers the upper back.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I was at home when I first tried it. It felt a little uncomfortable but after two days I got used to it. Every time I looked in the mirror I felt fabulous!

    1. What was your waist training routine? 

    I wore it every day, 8–10 hours a day, sometimes more. I also worked out in it. Sometimes during the weekend, I would just take a break but that's it!

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

    Yes, it did and still does, making my waist look its smallest. I love it!

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

    I was working out 5 days a week also eating healthy as well (at least I tried, haha)!

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

    I just had a baby, so yes, I was having difficulty getting my body back. I’m still working on it, and this waist trainer has helped me become more confident while helping me reach my goal.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I saw results two days after using and I'm still seeing results now.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes!!! They said, “How your waist is getting so small?” I told them that I waist train and they should consider it too (I let them know about your website)!

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

    Just do it, it is very worth it!

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