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Waist Training

  • Our Most Powerful and Effective Waist Training Solutions

    Reasons to try a steel-boned corset

    If you’re serious about waist training, you’ll want to know the most effective techniques and the most powerful garments available to give you the best results. And hands down, the must-have for every dedicated woman is a steel-boned corset.

    There’s some confusion out there about the difference between latex waist trainers and corsets, so we’d like to clarify the benefits of corseting versus other kinds of waist training and show how to get the most out of your corseting experience.

    What Makes Corsets Different

    Corsets are different from latex waist trainers in several ways.

    First, while both styles of garments slim the midsection and create an hourglass shape using compression, corsets are constructed differently. Waist trainers with latex and hook-and-eye or Velcro closures use latex and either plastic or boning to help stimulate heat in your core to stimulate perspiration. They fasten in the front of the body and can be sized by either closing them on the next row of hooks or by pulling the Velcro tighter.

    Steel-boned corsets, on the other hand, are not made with latex and are tightened by pulling the laces at the back of the garment. Steel boning reinforces the slimming throughout the midsection. Corsets are generally sturdier and will last longer than latex waist trainers, and can be customized to the tightest fit each time you put them on.

    While both styles are effective for waist training, corsets will provide more dramatic results because of the laces. While a latex waist trainer can generally provide up to 3 inches of slimming, a corset can potentially slim by even more.

    Corsets can also be more breathable than latex waist trainers, depending on the material they are constructed with. So while they provide a tighter fit, you might find them more comfortable for all-day wear.

    Which is better? It depends on your shaping needs. We actually recommend having both in your wardrobe (latex waist trainers for working out, for example). But a steel-boned corset will ultimately get you the most powerful slimming results.

    Getting Started with Corseting

    Just as with any style of waist trainer, getting into a regular regimen with corseting takes some time to work up to.

    When you first receive your corset, you need to wear it loosely for an hour or so at a time for at least a week, until the corset has been seasoned, or broken in. It is similar to breaking in a new pair of shoes. Once it has been seasoned, your corset should fit snugly to your unique curves like a glove and you can tighten it firmly.

    Putting a corset on is somewhat tricky at first, but with practice it will become as natural as tying your shoe. Step into your corset and gradually tighten the laces by working your way from the top and bottom towards the middle of the garment. It is similar to tightening shoelaces, as you pull one row at a time to get the laces tight. Tie off in the middle when you’ve achieved the desired tightness of the laces.

    When you start wearing your corset with laces fully tightened, start out by wearing it an hour a day and then gradually increase your wear. After a couple of weeks you should feel comfortable wearing it at least 8 hours a day. Wear it daily as a part of a healthy lifestyle routine that slims your waist.

    We love the versatility of corsets. They work beautifully as undergarments and can dramatically enhance your figure under everything from everyday attire to formal gowns. But they can also be styled as outerwear, which makes them twice as fun! Layer your corset over thin tops for some more daring styles. You can also use corsets as part of a burlesque costume or even as lingerie. Pair an underbust style with a flirty bra and you have a look that’s to-die for.

    Our Favorite Corsets

    We’ve found that many corsets that are available on the market can be expensive for the average person, which is why we are determined to offer high-quality corsets at an affordable price. These pieces are excellent options for whatever occasion corseting is called for.

    Underbust Waspie Mesh Corset By Hourglass Angel HA201

    This sexy little garment packs a powerful punch when it comes to creating a slim waist, but it’s also breathable and comfortable under other layers. Don’t let the lightweight look fool you; the steel boning and lace-up back keeps your midsection in check even while the mesh lets you show off some skin. This is the perfect solution under form-fitting skirts, dresses and tops. It also lifts the bust, so pair it with your favorite bra for an enhanced look. With its shorter cut, you may also prefer this style if you have a short torso.

    Underbust Cotton Corset By Hourglass Angel HA202

    This waist-slimming corset is powerful yet comfortable with its soft and breathable cotton construction. It is an ideal undergarment that provides slimming and coverage with a classic underbust design curving beneath the bust and ending above the hips. It contains waist tape to keep it firmly in place at your waistline along with the other classic corset features: secure front closures, 14 pieces of flat steel boning, and sturdy laces that pull tight in the back. The effect is a flawless hourglass waist, which enhances virtually any outfit.

    Underbust Mesh Corset By Hourglass Angel HA206

    Get a flirtier, airier version of our cotton corset with this mesh corset that lets air circulate to your skin. This is longer than the waspie corset and provides full coverage, from beneath the bust to just over the hips. This beautiful garment is comfortable, affordable and stays in place while providing maximum slimming results that only a steel-boned corset can provide. Wear it under casual or formal attire for a stunning, flawless silhouette.

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  • 5 Ways to Create a Smooth Silhouette

    How to wear shapewear

    Looking your best, whether dressing for a formal event, for work or for casual attire, starts at the foundation. With the right shapewear you can create a smooth silhouette, which makes your clothes fit better and flatters your figure.

    Here’s why: most clothing looks best on a flat, smooth surface like a mannequin, but few women are actually built this way! A silhouette perfected by shapewear is such an important piece to your look. No matter what your body type, when your clothes are lying over a smooth foundation they will fall in the right places and highlight your curves.

    Which shapewear is best for you depends on several factors including your trouble spots and the occasion you’re dressing for. Here are five different ways you can get the effect of a smooth silhouette by using shapewear.

    1. All-In-One Shapewear

    All-over body shapers are the best way to create a smooth silhouette from top to bottom. They combat a number of trouble areas in one simple piece, including taming the tummy and lower abdomen. They smooth the whole midsection, lift the bust and control the hips. Some bodysuits slim the thighs as well, depending on how long the cut is in the legs.

    Slips are another style of all-in-shapewear that provide uniform coverage and smoothing for the torso and hips.

    All-in-one shapewear is an ideal choice for formal attire because gowns and dresses fit and flow better. All-over shapers also stay in place and can usually be adjusted for the best fit. Some women also prefer this style of shaper under professional office attire for the same reasons. Suits, trousers, pants and skirts all fit well and look good over top of a smooth shapewear foundation.

    Some different options for all-over shapers include overbust and underbust, removable or adjustable straps, open bottom, slips and varying degrees of thigh coverage. You will also find that they come with different levels of compression. High compression garments create the most dramatic shaping and slimming results, while garments with less compression provide all-over smoothing and are typically a bit lighter and more breathable.

    While we love all-over shapers for many occasions, there are a few downsides (which is why it’s important to have other styles of shapers in your closet, which we’ll talk about below). They are not easy to get on and off, which makes getting dressed take longer. Some styles can also be quite warm, which isn’t ideal in warmer climates—although there are some lightweight options. And depending on the compression level, some garments might restrict your movement, which is not ideal when you’re working out or on the move.

    For those occasions when you want simple shaping solutions that are less restrictive and a bit more breathable, you may want to consider some alternative options for a smooth silhouette.

    1. Panty Shapers

    You’re going to be wearing panties anyway, so it only makes sense to wear a panty that doubles as shapewear. Shaping panties tame the tummy and lower abdomen, prevent muffin top and can also enhance your rear. They are ideal for everyday use and create a smooth foundation whether you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or are dressed up.

    There are several types of shaping panties that can work for you depending on your needs and the occasion. Here are some of our favorites:

    • High-Waist Control Panties By Spanx 2746: With these high waist panties you’ll eliminate tummy pooch and muffin top immediately. They are ideal under skirts, dresses, work attire and everyday outfits. Spanx is known for being lightweight but powerful; you’ll be comfortable all day while controlling these common trouble spots.
    • Cassandra Thong Back Waist Cincher By Rago 801: Do you prefer a thong back for your panties? Say goodbye to the visible pantyline with this panty shaper that slims the waistline and flattens the tummy. With moderate compression, you’ll get a comfortable but firm hold and an hourglass waist.
    • The Butt Lifter Panty By Fullness: This versatile garment enhances your natural curves. It sculpts your tummy and smooths your midsection while instantly boosting your rear (without padding!). This is the ideal option for your most fitted skinnies, skirts, shorts and dresses.
    1. Waist Trainers

    We’d be remiss not to mention our customer favorite waist trainers as essential parts of creating a smooth silhouette! These garments pack a powerful punch and can help you drop several inches from your waistline. They also lift the bust and eliminate muffin top, so you can easily achieve that hourglass waistline. Here are some of our favorites:

    • Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102: This is the classic latex style waist trainer with hook-and-eye closures that instantly slims and smooths. With maximum compression you’ll love how dramatically it slims your waist and creates an hourglass look. This piece works well for casual, professional and even formal attire.
    • Zipper Latex Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA104: With this slimming garment you’ll get extra hold and slimming power. It fastens with hook-and-eye closures and is reinforced with a zipper to make it tighter and even more seamless under tight clothes. You’ll instantly look up to three sizes smaller.
    • Petite Latex Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA100: This waist trainer is designed for shorter figures so you can get waist-slimming power that is comfortable. You’ll instantly drop 1–3 inches from your waistline when you put it on. It also makes a great workout piece that will let you move while working up a sweat.
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    1. Corsets

    You can kick the slimming power up a notch with corsets designed to provide maximum sculpting for your whole midsection. While they are similar to latex waist trainers in the effects, steel-boned corsets use laces and steel boning to provide a customized fit and dramatic slimming of up to several inches. We carry corsets that are comfortable and sexy:

    • Nude Sand Underbust Corset TUB-210: This classically designed corset rests just below the bust. There are 26 spiral steel stays, a steel busk closure and flexible steel boning to provide maximum slimming effects. Laces in the back provide a tight, custom fit. Use this corset for everything from formal wear to everyday waist training.
    • Underbust Waspie Mesh Corset By Hourglass Angel HA201: Get breathable but firm slimming and support with this mesh-style corset exclusively from our shop. Don’t let the flirty material fool you; it packs a slimming punch with steel boning and a tight-lace back. And it effectively keeps all of your trouble spots around your midsection under wraps so you can achieve a smooth foundation under a variety of apparel.
    • Underbust Cotton Corset By Hourglass Angel HA202: This is our most comfortable corset, constructed with cotton for breathable all-day comfort. It smooths trouble areas on the belly, hips and back and can be used as part of an everyday waist training regimen, or for special occasions.
    1. Thigh Slimmers

    If you want to slim and control your thighs and hips while also tucking in your tummy and smoothing your waistline, these everyday thigh slimmers are the way to go. You’ll get many of the same effects you’ll find in an all-over bodysuit in comfortable, breathable material that you can incorporate into your everyday wardrobe, including casual, dressy and professional styles.

    • Naomi & Nicole Unbelievable Comfort High-Waist Thigh Slimmer 779: This moderate compression garment is so comfortable, you may even forget that it is there. It is seamless and invisible under clothing, while it effectively keeps your tummy and lower abs under control while keeping those thighs and hips smooth and firm.
    • High Waist Spandex Shorts By Spanx 2745: There’s a reason the Spanx brand is so popular: you can enjoy effective and comfortable all-day control around all of those pesky trouble spots. These shorts not only slim your waist and control your hips, but they also lift and firm the butt for a perfectly curvy hourglass silhouette. While these are comfortable enough to wear every day, they also work well as special occasion wear.
    • Best Body Shaper by Vedette A104: Get a beautiful figure, all over, in this easy-to-wear garment that slims from below the bust to the mid-thigh. This moderate compression garment will be your secret weapon under skirts, dresses and suits for a flawless silhouette. You can also it with your favorite bra and get an extra lift from the adjustable straps.

    Between all of these options you can find the best shaper for pretty much any occasion. If you really want to have a versatile wardrobe, we recommend that you have several shaping garments that you can rotate through your wardrobe. With proper care, they will last a long time, and you will feel confident and beautiful every time you get dressed for the day.

    Need help to select the perfect shapewear for your body type or a particular occasion? That flawless silhouette is just a click or call away! Our team of expert stylists would love to help you find the best style and size based on your unique shaping needs.

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  • My Secret to Losing 6 Inches with Waist Training (Interview)

    Dominique's Waist Training Before & After

    Dominique is a retired U.S. soldier, fashion blogger, full-time student and a busy mother of four. Losing weight has always been a struggle for Dominique, partly because "I JUST LOVE FOOD," she says. (We can all relate!) Over the years, she's tried numerous fad diets, but she couldn't maintain the discipline to make healthier food choices or limit her calorie intake. Plus, a knee injury from her time in the military made it difficult to maintain a rigorous working routine.

    She tried waist training with the hope of slimming her figure in spite of these obstacles, and the results were far more dramatic than she expected. Dominique says she lost 6 inches from her waistline by sticking to a consistent waist training routine. We recently caught up with her to learn her secret.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am 33 years old, a wife, a mother of four kids. I am a retired US soldier, a full-time student, and Domestic Goddess (stay-at-home mom). I am studying Political Science with future hopes of attending law school. Some of my hobbies include shopping, reading self-help books, yoga, outdoor activities with my family, cooking, and doing volunteer work. I like to volunteer at elderly homes, homeless shelters, and other charitable organizations. I’m also a huge DIYer and fashion blogger.

      1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I started waist training after the birth of my first child in 2004. I knew that long ago women would use corsets or other banding methods to reshape their bodies after childbirth…(thanks Mom!). I didn’t want to use corsets because they were a little uncomfortable, so I researched latex waist trainers and saw that I could use them to reshape my body and also lose weight in the process. So after my most recent delivery, seven months ago, I started waist training with the attempt to shrink my stomach back to size and hopefully lose a few inches.

      1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I started with the Classic 3-Hook latex Ann Cherry waist trainer. I started with this one because the description noted the garment was from Colombia and I know that the garments made in Colombia would be durable. After my first Ann Cherry, I purchased two more of the same kind, and I also started using the Hourglass brand. I did try the Amia and Squeem, but they are not in the same league as the Ann Cherry and Hourglass kind.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    The first time I tried the Ann Cherry, I could not put it on myself!!! My husband had to help me fasten the clips as I laid on the bed. It was not comfortable, but it wasn’t uncomfortable either. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to breathe or bend over, but I quickly settled in after I noticed that after only ten minutes of wear, my core was already sweating.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I had a few waist trainers that I switched out for different routines. I would wear a waist trainer when I worked out, under clothes, or just walking around the house. I love waist trainers and they quickly became a part of my daily fashion. I started out wearing the waist trainer for six hours and then quickly progressed to 15-24 hours. I can sleep in my waist trainers now. On a typical day, I wake up, shower, use the Hourglass Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel on my torso, and slap on my waist trainer of the day! By the time my husband is home from work, I’m done waist training. Not that wearing it around my husband would be a problem, because he likes it when I wear them for him!

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

    The Ann Cherry and Hourglass garments more than exceeded my expectations. I thought of my first waist trainer as an investment in myself. I wasn’t really expecting to lose inches off of my waist, but I was hopeful. I thought waist training would be so uncomfortable based off of stories I had heard from others, but I found the best garments that were comfortable for me and stuck with them. I ended up losing six inches!

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

    I tried to work out daily, but I have a knee injury from the military that was re-aggravated during crossfit and that took me out for a while. In fact, I was on crutches for a while during this experiment. Because I couldn’t work out, I was all the more determined to stick to my waist training routine. I did make healthy eating choices. That wasn’t too hard for me because I don’t like sweets (weird, right?). I munched on veggies throughout the day.

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

    I have always been a heavy girl. Always. I’m happy with myself now, but growing up, it was brutal. I was teased by my peers and siblings. I think the insult that has stuck with me all my life was when someone told me I was so fat, I looked like a linebacker. So I literally tried every fad diet that came out, Herbalife, Metabolife, Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Hydroxycut... Nothing worked! The reason why none of these worked is because I JUST LOVE FOOD! (LOL!) I was never disciplined enough to make the right food choices or I just didn’t know when to stop eating. When I was wearing the waist trainer, it squeezed my midsection which made it very hard to overeat and I also felt fuller longer!

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I mentioned earlier that my husband had to help me get the waist trainer fastened for the first time, but it only took about two days for me to be able to get into my trainer alone, because my midsection started shrinking after Day 1!!! No joke. I don’t want to be gross or anything, but this waist trainer is the best detox I’ve ever had! I never realized how much waste and other toxins are just sitting right there in the torso and the waist trainer clears all of that out. After four weeks, it was noticeable to everyone that I was losing weight and my curves were crazy! I was starting to achieve my hourglass figure. Now, eight weeks later, my curves are so much more defined, my stomach is tight and flatter, and I’m no longer able to fit plus size clothing. However, I still wear a size 13/14 because I can’t fit my #GAINS into a size 11.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    ALL of my friends have noticed my results. They all tell me that I look great and wonder how I stopped doing crossfit and still lost more weight than them! My butt receives the most compliments though. I used to be shaped like a box. Imagine Spongebob...that was me! Not anymore. People are quick to point out my “new” butt and ask if I have gotten implants. Nope! What I have found to be mind blowing is that my friends who are visibly smaller than me, weigh far less than me, but my waist is smaller than theirs! Like, how!? So definitely, when people see my waist, it’s always a conversation piece.

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

    Just TRY IT! Invest in yourself. You won’t regret it. Waist training is a lifestyle...not a fad. Be consistent, don’t give up...you’ll love the results!!

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  • 10 Signs You Should Invest in a Waist Trainer

    Is Waist Training Worth It?

    If you’re interested in starting—or improving—a waist training regimen, you know that it’s investment. Not only is in an investment of money, but it’s also an investment of your time and effort, especially if you're using waist training to supplement a dedicated workout routine.

    If you’re on the fence about whether to take the plunge into waist training, here are 10 signs it's right for you.

    1. You Want More Back Support

    While most people are aware that waist training is a great way to slim your waistline and flatten your tummy, you may not be aware of the added perk that it provides for your posture. The firm compression of a waist trainer makes you to pull in your core and straighten your spine while you’re wearing it.

    This can be a huge benefit for several reasons. First, improving your posture provides the instant benefit of making you appear more confident—which in turn will help you feel more confident. Photographers know this, which is why they tell the subjects to sit or stand with their backs straight for the best results.

    If you sit at a desk for most of the day, chances are you’re spending a lot of hours in a slouching position. Bad posture can cause shoulder and back pain. Wearing a waist trainer will help you sit straighter and correct your posture.  Likewise, if you stand a lot during the day, wearing a waist trainer will help you stand straighter as well.

    1. You Want More Balance in Your Figure

    While pretty much every body type benefits from a slimmer waist, that’s not the only effect of wearing a waist trainer. It can also help provide balance to your natural body type. Here’s how it can work with the different types.

    • If you’re a pear shape, a waist trainer will lift your bust and create a fuller bust.
    • If you’re an apple shape, a waist trainer will create a more defined waistline and emphasize your bust.
    • If you’re a rectangle shape, a waist trainer will define your waist and create more curves.
    • If you’re an hourglass shape, a waist trainer will further define and smooth your natural curves.
    • If you’re an inverted triangle shape, a waist trainer will provide more support for your bust and definition for your waist.
    1. You Want to Optimize Your Workouts

    If you’re ready to increase the intensity of your workouts, a waist trainer may be the way to go! Wearing a workout band during exercise stimulates thermal activity in your core and helps you sweat harder. This in effect helps you to experience a sweatier, more intense workout, which is the kind of workout you need if you want to get results.

    As we mentioned above, a waist trainer also helps you maintain good posture while you’re wearing it, which can be helpful in a number of workout moves, including cardio and strength training. Most fitness instructors will tell you to keep your back straight and your abs pulled in tight—and your waist trainer will help you do just that.

    1. You’re Losing Weight and Want to Maintain Your Curves

    A waist trainer can play a part in your diet and exercise plan. For starters, a waist trainer can be a great motivator. Since you’ll immediately smooth and slim your midsection when you put one on, you may find a boost in confidence in your self-image that will help you stick to your goals. A waist trainer can also help you manage your portions while you’re wearing it, as you’ll feel fuller faster because your stomach can’t expand as much.

    And as we mentioned above, not only does a waist trainer help you achieve a smaller waist, but it can also help you enhance your curves. During your weight loss journey, a waist trainer will help you maintain the curves you love as you shed off the pounds from your exercise routine.

    1. You’re Building Muscle Tone and Want to Keep Your Tummy Firm

    With the right exercises, you can use a waist trainer to supplement workout routines that are designed to build lean muscle and firm abs. Through firm compression, a workout band stimulates heat around your core muscles, helps you sweat and optimizes your workout. For the best results, be sure to do a variety of cardio and strength-training exercises that target all of your muscle groups, as this will help you burn the most fat and show off your muscle tone.

    Wearing a waist trainer outside of your workouts will also help emphasize all the hard work you’ve done in the gym by pulling in your tummy and keeping it flat.

    1. Your Waist Trainer Isn’t as Tight as It Used to Be

    If you’ve already been practicing waist training regularly, you’ll eventually need to order replacements. Taking proper care of a waist trainer will help extend its life, but the latex does eventually wear out and lose its elasticity.

    You might not notice immediately when your waist trainer needs to be replaced, as the wear will be gradual. One way to tell is to record your results. If you feel like you’ve plateaued after making good progress but haven’t reached your goals, you may want to assess the condition of your old waist trainer. It should feel very tight, warm, and difficult to bend in. If doesn’t seem as tight as it used to be, even on the smallest setting, it might be time to invest again.

    1. You’re on the Tightest Row of Hook and Eye Closures on Your Waist Trainer

    Sometimes you may be ready to get a new waist trainer even when it hasn’t worn out yet. If you experience such incredible results that your waist trainer is too big, then that’s a time to celebrate and reward yourself with a new one!

    You’ll be able to tell when it’s time to order a new waist trainer because even when it is pulled to the tightest row of hooks, it will still feel loose. You’ll know because it just won’t feel as effective as it used to, and your results may plateau.

    If you expect to lose a lot of weight during your waist training, this is one reason why three rows of hooks might be preferable—so you’ll get the most out of your trainer. If you’re pretty close to your slimming goals but mostly want to tighten and tone, two rows may be the better option.

    1. You’re Not Able to Waist Train Every Day Because You’re Waiting for It to Dry

    Waist trainers get wet—you sweat a lot in them, and occasionally you need to hand-wash them. If you’re wearing a waist trainer as much as we recommend for the best results (8 or more hours a day), then you’re probably going to find that this is difficult due to drying time!

    That’s why, for dedicated waist training, we recommend rotating at least two waist trainers in your wardrobe. A good rule of thumb is to use one for workouts and one for everyday wear. These two styles are constructed differently and optimized for different activities. You may even want to introduce a third if you have different style preferences.

    1. The Boning is Starting to Bend

    When you first break in a waist trainer, it’s normal for the boning inside the core to warp slightly—it is molding to your figure and will fit like a glove. But over time, whether your waist trainer wears out or your figure changes significantly, if the boning is bending uncomfortably, then you’ll know it’s time to replace the waist trainer. You’ll know because the waist trainer won’t fit as well as it used to and may be uncomfortable to wear.

    1. You’re Ready for a Waist Trainer That Provides More Support

    Once you’re waist training regularly, you may find that a different style provides better support and results. Two styles to try if you want maximum compression and support are vest waist trainers and steel-boned corsets.

    Vest style trainers are like strapless cinchers, only they feature shoulder straps for additional back coverage and breast support. They are an open bust design so you can wear them with the bra of your choice.

    Steel-boned corsets are the next step up for people who are serious about waist training. They lace up in the back rather than fastening in the front, which means that you can create a custom fit every time you wear it, even as you slim down. Compression is created by the shape of the bodice, reinforced by steel boning, as well as the lace-up tightening. For this reason, steel-boned corsets can be more durable and have more potential slimming power than latex cinchers. (Many women find that they actually like to have both!)

    So, are you ready to invest? Be sure to check out our specially curated selection of the best waist trainers and expert advice—only at Hourglass Angel.

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  • Interview: 'Waist Training was the best thing that ever happened to me'

    Maria's Waist Training Transformation

    Maria is a busy mom who had difficulty losing weight, due to a medical condition that caused her to gain 45 pounds. When she looked in the mirror, she was no longer happy. And while she wasn't sure if she'd ever get her slim body back, she knew she needed to make a change. Trying a waist trainer turned out to be the key to jumpstarting her transformation.

    Maria started going to the gym and wearing her waist trainer nonstop. Within two weeks, she was already noticing results. And by simply wearing the waist trainer, her self-esteem skyrocketed. We caught up with Maria recently to find out more about her 8-week waist training journey.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I worked in customer service from the age of 14 to 23. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters. I love to do all kinds of crafts: I sew, crotchet, make jewelry, make soaps, candles etc. About 2 years ago I started to try and live a healthier lifestyle, but once I found out about my health problems I decided I really needed to change a lot.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I wanted to do waist training because I gained over 45 pounds due to a health condition. When I would look at myself in the mirror I wasn't happy. I knew I needed to change. I decided that on my 28th birthday I was going to join a gym and start losing weight. Even if I didn't make it back to 115 pounds, I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and be happy. I saw a lot of ads about how waist training helped women lose weight and keep their curves, so I decided I wanted to get a waist trainer.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the latex waist trainer because I was always at the gym and it helped me sweat a lot.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first put on the waist trainer, I was in front of a mirror and the first thing I did when I saw myself was smile. The waist trainer gave me a boost of self-esteem I needed. The second thing that I did was run to my boyfriend and asked him how I looked. He said "Wow, you look great. But I love the way you look, no matter what."

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my waist trainer almost every day. Some days I would wear it for 12 hours. I worked out in it and I wore it daily. Since I sweated a lot I would have to wipe it down every day. After the first week of wearing the waist trainer I didn't even realize that I was wearing it.

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

    The waist trainer exceeded my expectations. I couldn't believe the difference it was making day by day. I wanted to try the butt lifter and waist trainer together, but I couldn't get the proper fit. My stomach is much flatter and my curves are more defined. I am so happy I wish I could buy all of Hourglass Angel’s products, because I know that they must be amazing since the waist trainer was more than amazing.

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

    I was very active I went to the gym 6 days a week and I ate very healthy. I did catch a cold towards the 5th week so I took a little break from the gym, but I still ate healthy and did yoga.

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

    The waist trainer helped me because when I would go to the gym I was always worried that people were looking at my stomach. When I put the waist trainer on I felt more confident and I wasn't worried that people were staring at me. I loved the way I looked and felt wearing the waist trainer.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results almost immediately, about two weeks after wearing the waist trainer. I was losing weight and seeing it.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Everyone I know has noticed my weight loss. I get so excited when someone tells me that I lost weight or that I look good. I am so much happier that I started this journey with Hourglass Angel.

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

    I would tell them that waist training is the best thing that ever happened to me when it came to losing weight. Also, the bonus of using a waist trainer is you can wear it on a daily basis. While you are on your weight-loss journey, you can put on your waist trainer and go out and about, and no one will know that you are wearing a waist trainer. Waist training is the best when you want to lose weight or when you want to improve your curves.

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 5—Ab and HIIT Workout

    It’s 2018 and it is time to get fit!

    We'll say it again: you DO NOT need an expensive gym membership or complicated equipment to get fit. Anyone who wants to get in shape can grab a waist trainer and some dumbbells and get in quick, effective workouts.

    (In case you missed it, check out Parts 1–4: Beginner Bodyweight Workout, Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio, Total Body Strength Training, and Body Building + Booty Building.)

    In this last workout of the series, we’re going to get your heart pumping again so you can burn a lot of fat in a short amount of time.

    To get the most out of your HIIT workout, we highly recommend compression workout apparel. It starts with a waist trainer designed to help you sweat. For many people, a fitband is the perfect way to start with a waist training regimen. You can use one of many styles of latex waist trainers with hook-and-eye closures, or try a Velcro-closure reinforced with flexible steel boning for maximum compression. Just make sure that you are using a waist trainer designed for workouts, as they are sturdier than everyday waist trainers, which are designed more for wearing under professional or casual attire.

    You can complete your workout outfit with compression leggings, which will provide compression, style and comfort. Compression apparel helps keep your blood circulating and your skin perspiring for an effective workout, while also wicking away moisture so you’ll feel dry and comfortable. And with the right pair of shaping leggings, you will love the firm look of your thighs and butt. Take those progress selfies with confidence!

    And don’t forget, if you need help finding the perfect fitness apparel, our customer service team specializes in helping you find the right gear for your needs. Depending on your fitness goals, body type and style preferences, we can help you find your new favorite waist trainer, shaping leggings or compression shorts. Just ask!

    Ab and HIIT Workout Instructions

    HIIT workouts are effective because they get your heart pumping using a burst of high-intensity activity followed by a short rest period. With intervals you can push your body to the limit while also building your endurance. The more you do it, the faster you should be able to recover. At most, do a HIIT workout every other day, with strength training on alternate muscle groups or lighter cardio in between. Do at least 5 minutes of light warm-up exercises before jumping into this routine at full speed, and do a cool-down and stretch when you’re don.

    Do each exercise in this workout for 30 seconds. Be sure to include about 10–15 seconds of recovery time in between each exercise. Complete the circuit three or four times to complete a full workout, with a 1–2 minute break between each circuit. Recovery time can include light movement like jumping jacks or jogging in place to bring your heart rate down slowly.

    High Knees

    Jog in place, but with each step drive your knees upward in front of you to about hip level. You can either pump your arms to keep up your speed, or hold your hands at hip height in front of you so that your knees can slap against the palms of your hands.

     Up Down Plank

    Start in a high plank position, with your shoulders stacked above your wrists and your back and legs in a straight line all the way to your heels. Keep your back flat and your tummy and butt tucked in. Lower onto your elbows one arm at a time, keeping your core engaged and back flat. Keep a continuous movement as you rotate between a high plank and an elbow plank. Alternate which arm you start with at the beginning of each rotation.

    Burpees

    From a standing position, quickly lower your body into a crouch position and put your palms flat on the floor in front of you. Jump your feet backward into a plank position and then jump them back. Regain your balance on your feet and take your hands off the floor. In an explosive movement, jump straight up, extending your arms towards the ceiling. Repeat, keeping the movement fluid. If you need to lower the intensity, step back into and out of the plank one foot at a time instead of jumping.

    Bicycle Crunches

    Lie on your back with your knees bent gently and put your hands behind your head. Bring in one knee towards your chest and lift the opposite shoulder blade off the ground, reaching with your elbow towards the nee. Don’t pull on your neck. Make sure you’re engaging your core and not just moving your arms. Using fluid movement, return your shoulder to the ground and touch the alternate knee with the alternate elbow.

    Mountain Climbers

    Starting in a loose plank position with your palms flat on the floor, move one leg forward. The knee should be directly beneath your chest and support your weight on the ball of the foot. The other leg should stretch straight back. In a jumping movement, alternate which foot is bent beneath your body and which is stretched back.

    Leg Raises

    Lie flat on your back with hands facing palms down and supporting your hips. Keep your legs straight and feet touching. Keeping your feet together and knees straight, lift your feet until they are directly above your hips. Slowly lower them back to the floor and repeat. Keep your movements slow and deliberate. If your abs are burned out at any point, you can modify the movement by bending your knees.

    Lunge Jumps

    From a standing position, lower one leg into a backward lunge until the knee is at about 90 degrees. In an explosive movement, jump up high enough so that you can land with the opposite leg in back. Lower into a lunge with that leg and repeat. If you get tired, you can switch to a non-jumping lunge.

    With all the workouts in this series, you can absolutely get into great shape in 2018—without a gym. Let us know how it goes! #BeTheHourglass

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 4—Body Toning + Booty Building Training

    Are you enjoying our January No Gym Workout Series? In case you missed it, check out Parts 1–3: Beginner Bodyweight Workout, Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio and Total Body Strength Training

    Anyone who is serious about getting fit spends a lot of time focusing on their legs. And we’re not talking mindless repetitive movement on a treadmill; we’re talking power moves that burn calories, work up a sweat fast and make your butt round and firm.

    Your butt and legs consist of some of the biggest muscles in your body and they are involved in a lot of your functional movements. Working them hard is a central part of getting your whole body toned as well as getting a high-power workout in a short amount of time. And bonus: the leg moves we feature here also work your core at the same time.

    This workout is ideally done with a fitband waist trainer. Wearing one will help you to sweat even harder, amplifying the intensity and helping you get more “bang for your buck” during your exercise session. It will also remind you to keep good posture with a flat back and tummy tucked, which is essential in several of these moves.

    Repeat the following circuit three or four times to get a full workout in (you can take 1–2 minute breaks in between circuits). You can take 10–15 seconds of recovery time in between each move. Do a light jog in place to keep the blood flowing during your rests. Be sure to do about five minutes of warm-up before starting as well as a cool down and stretch when you’re done. This prevents injury and soreness, so don’t skip these parts!

    As will all workouts, you will get the best results if you’re giving your body adequate water and nutrition during its recovery time. Make sure that you’re getting enough protein to build your muscle tone—it should be 25–30% of your calorie intake (source). Also drink half an ounce to an ounce of water daily to ensure that you’re replacing the fluid you’ve lost during the workout, flushing out toxins and aiding in the muscle-building process.

    Body Toning + Booty Building Workout Instructions

    Single-Leg Glute Bridge

    Start lying on your back with your feet flat and knees bent. Raise one leg off the ground, extending your leg. Push your hips up using the opposite leg, driving through the heel. Extend as far as possible into a bridge and then return to the start position. Repeat 12-15 times on one side and then on the other to complete a set.

    Hydrants with Leg Extension

    Start on your hands and knees, with your knees directly beneath your hips and your hands under your shoulders. With your knee bent, lift one leg up and out to the side as high as possible (you’ll see why this is called a hydrant). Then extend the leg straight back so that it makes a straight line with your torso. Return to the starting position. Repeat 12-15 times on each side, either alternating or one complete set per side at a time.

    Rainbows

    Starting from your hands and knees, straighten one leg and extend it out to the side as far as you can, pointing your toe. Lightly tap the ground and then extend your toe upward and back in an arc, until your toe taps the ground across the back side of your anchoring leg. Touch back and forth 12-15 times, and then repeat on the other side.

    Curtsy Lunges

    Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, step into a backward lung, but cross your moving leg back behind the stabilizing one until you are in a “curtsy” position.  Lower as deeply as you can so that the stable leg is at about 90 degrees. Return to standing and then lunge on the opposite side to complete one rep. Repeat 10 times. To make this move even harder, carry a dumbbell in each hand as you lunge, either at your sides or by bending your elbows and resting at your shoulders.

    Heel-Lifted Sumo Squat

    Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders and your toes turned out. Lower your hips to the floor in a squat. Slowly lift your heels while in this position, and then lower them back to the ground. Return to standing position to complete the rep. Repeat 15-20 times. To intensify the move, hold dumbbells in each hand, either in front of you or at shoulder level.

    Bear Plank Leg Lifts

    Starting in a plank position, with shoulders directly above your wrists and your body in straight line from head to heels, lift one leg and bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. Keep your foot flexed. Next push your heel upward as high as you can. Return to a full plank position. Repeat 10-12 times on each side, either alternating or one complete set per side at a time.

    Single-Leg Deadlift

    Stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent. Bending at the hip, lower your torso forward while extending your free leg behind you to keep your balance. Keep your back straight and try to lower so far that it is parallel to the ground. Return to the upright position. Repeat 15-20 times on each side, either alternating or one complete set per side at a time. Hold a dumbbell in each hand or a kettlebell to increase the intensity.

    Sumo Squat to Calf Raise

    Starting with your feet wider than your shoulders and your toes turned out, lower into a sumo squat until your knees are at about 90 degrees. Return to standing and in a continuous motion, slowly lift your heels up and stand as high as you can on the balls of your feet. Return to standing to complete one rep. Repeat 15-20 times. To intensify the move, hold dumbbells in each hand, either in front of you or at shoulder level.

    Keep it up! We’ve got one more workout left in the series. Here’s to a fit and healthy 2018!

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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 12-15 times per set, and repeat the whole circuit 4-5 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.

    Push-press

    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 one rep.

    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.

    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  Dobule Layer 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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