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  • SOLVED: 6 Most Common Shapewear Problems

    Shapewear Problems Solved

    Is shapewear a part of your wardrobe? If not, you may want to ask yourself why. Celebrities and everyday women alike of every shape, size and background use it daily! Everyone deserves to look and feel their best, so what’s holding you back?

    Unfortunately, since shapewear is so popular, you might run into some lower-quality garments that could jade your experience. But just because something is labeled as shapewear doesn’t mean that it’s going to get the job done for you. In fact, ill-fitting or poorly designed shapewear might make you look and feel worse!

    First, let’s talk about why everyone can benefit from shapewear, and then we'll look at some of the common problems that are easily fixed.

    The Benefits of Shapewear

    A lot has changed in shapewear since the days of your grandmother’s girdles. Modern shapewear is designed for modern women in modern attire. In addition to making you look smoother and slimmer, there are a few other benefits you might not know about.

    Reshaping your whole figure: If you’re less than satisfied with any of your natural curves, shapewear can effectively help you look more like an hourglass, no matter what your shape. Most garments are designed to slim the waistline and flatten your tummy. With a variety of styles you can also enhance your bust, lift your rear and minimize your hips and thighs. The key is choosing a garment with high compression for the most dramatic reshaping results.

    Improving your posture: With a shaper that focuses on the midsection, like a waist trainer, not only will you be reducing your waistline, but you’ll find that you’re forced to sit and stand up straighter. This is better for your back, and you’ll naturally look more energized and confident.

    Creating a smooth foundation: Clothes are designed to lay over a smooth surface like a mannequin, so it can be frustrating when your favorite top or dress doesn’t seem to fit quite right or draws attention to the wrong areas. Shapewear can fix trouble areas like muffin top, love handles and bra bulge instantly.

    Providing motivation and confidence: When you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, shapewear can give you an instant body makeover, which in turn can provide you with the inspiration and motivation that can help you follow through with your goals. Plus, when you drop a dress size instantly, just by putting on the right garment, it’s hard not to feel great about yourself.

    Opening up a world of style options: Think you can’t pull off skinny jeans or tight sweaters? Shapewear makes it possible to wear a variety of fashionable styles without having to worry about revealing any of your trouble spots.

    When Shapewear Goes Wrong

    It is possible to have a poor shapewear experience, which is why some women may turn away from it altogether, and possibly even warn their friends against it! Whether you’ve had a bad experience in the past or you know someone who has, rest assured that every shapewear problem has a solution. Our expert stylists have dealt with just about every issue and know how to get around it:

    1. Rolling up or down: Nothing can be more frustrating than having to constantly adjust your shapewear. The waist of the garment may roll down, or the legs or skirt may roll up. This is a sign that your garment either doesn’t fit well or is poorly designed. The solution is to make sure that you are wearing the right size and that your shaper is designed to stay firmly in place.

    One feature to look for that will prevent rolling is silicone. For example, the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip has silicone in the hem that prevents the skirt from rolling up or shifting out of place. Another feature to look for that prevents rolling is high compression at the top or bottom. Quality waist-slimming garments often have either reinforcement around the midsection or a thick band that ensures the garment will stay in place. If you’re still having trouble keeping your garment up, try a waist minimizer with adjustable shoulder straps. It won't roll down!

    To ensure that your shapewear fits properly, take accurate measurements of the bust, waist and hips. Follow your garment’s sizing chart precisely. Every piece of shapewear in Hourglass Angel’s store has been carefully curated and tested, and our sizing charts have been adjusted accordingly.

    1. Complexity of using the bathroom: Afraid you won’t be able to realistically get in and out of the ladies’ room when you’re wearing shapewear? Quality shapewear is designed with this need in mind.

    For bodysuits and other high compression garments that might seem difficult to get over your hips quickly, there is a very simple solution. Panty-style garments like the Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit typically have an easy-access opening called a gusset that holds in place with a hook-and-eye closure.

    1. Visible lines: Understandably, if you’re wearing shapewear you probably don’t want the world to know what your secret is. When it comes to invisibility, you’ll find a lot of variation in your shapewear options.

    One feature to look for that can help you avoid your shapewear poking through is anything that is “seamless.” Garments with this distinction are constructed so that their seams and closures are in inconspicuous places. These are ideal to wear underneath thin or otherwise revealing fabrics, although they may not offer as powerful compression as other garments.

    The visible panty line can also be a concern, but the trick with shapewear is the same as any other undergarment; choose a thong back or a garment with leg openings that are lower on the thighs instead of right around the seat. Which style you choose depends on how much shaping you want for your hips and thighs.

    Regardless of what type of shapewear you’re wearing, it’s always smart to try it on under the clothes you intend to wear it with before going out in public. Some shapewear works beautifully with some types of outfits and not as well with others. That’s why we recommend having a variety of shapewear that you can rotate through your wardrobe, to ensure that you’ll always have what you need.

    1. Bra bulge: No one likes to talk about this, but it can be a big problem! Women of all shapes and sizes can suffer from bra bulge around their bra strap, particularly in the back.

    The first step to prevention is having the right bra. Make sure that you’re wearing one that fits you well now and that provides adequate support. We recommend measuring your size once a year or so, especially if your weight has fluctuated or if you’ve had a baby. What fit well last year might not work anymore. If you struggle with bra bulge, choose a bra style that uses a thick band.

    When it comes to shapewear, you can further prevent bra bulge with styles that provide more back coverage. If you want to try waist training, consider a vest style that is designed to pair with your favorite bra and provides compression coverage for the upper back.

    1. Bunching up or slipping: Quality shapewear should stay in place all day. If yours is bunching up or slipping around, this may indicate that it doesn’t fit well, is poor quality or is wearing out.

    A shapewear garment that fits correctly should firmly hug your figure without causing discomfort or pinching. You should be able to put on a garment without having to yank it, although it might take some wriggling as it will be tight. If your shapewear slips on a little too easily, chances are it is a bit loose. Again, it is vital that you take accurate measurements and following our sizing charts precisely.

    Over time, shapewear does wear out, especially if you wear it frequently. Be sure to properly care for your shapewear so that it lasts as long as possible! You’ll know its time is up when it has noticeably lost its elasticity and effectiveness. You may also find that your shapewear doesn’t fit as well if your weight fluctuates, in which case it’s also time to get something new.

    1. Bent boning: Some shaping garments contain either plastic or steel boning: long, thin strips that help reinforce shape (similar to underwires in bras). It is possible for them to be bent, in which case your garment may be extremely uncomfortable.

    Usually improper care and use is what causes this kind of warping. Remember to be very gentle with your shapewear! While it is designed to be strong when it comes to slimming power, it is not designed to withstand rough handling. When you are putting on your shapewear, always do it slowly and try to avoid hard yanks and pulls. Most garments are designed to be stepped into, rather than pulled over the head. If you can’t get your garment on without using force, it is probably too small or you are not handling it properly.

    Again, it’s worth noting that you should always take proper care of your shaping garments and replace them after they have worn out.

    Remember, you can eliminate several of the most common problems by choosing high-quality shapewear that fits well and by taking good care of it.

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  • Simple, Quick and Effective Fat-Torching Cardio Workouts

    Simple Quick and Effective Workouts

    If you’re serious about getting fit and losing weight, not to mention living an active and healthy lifestyle, then you know that cardio is a super important to being successful.

    Cardio strengthens your cardiovascular system, boosts your endurance and helps you burn off the fat, so that you can show off your lean muscle underneath.

    While you need to be doing strength training as well in order to see the best results, the type of cardio you do and the intensity you do it at is going to make a big difference when it comes to reaching your goals. While going long as slow might boost your endurance, you’re going to see better results in muscle tone and fat loss with higher intensity routines.

    First Things First: Get Your Gear in Gear

    Of course, before you get started with any workout routine, you want to make sure you have the attire and gear that are going to maximize your workouts and keep you motivated! Feeling great about the way you look in your activewear can inspire you to wear it and show it off, which means you’ll be more likely to actually use it!

    Compression activewear is a must no matter what you’re doing for your workouts. It stimulates perspiration so that you’ll experience a higher intensity workout and get the burn that you need. A workout waist trainer is also a must for amping up the intensity and targeting thermal activity in your core. And a supportive, breathable sports bra ensures that you get the support you need while staying dry and comfortable.

    So, what you need is compression leggings + waist trainer + breathable, supportive sports bra and you’re almost good to go! The last piece is a pair of cross training shoes, which are going to be the most versatile and give you the best support and flexibility you need for varying cardio moves. Otherwise, if you go on long runs, switch to high quality running shoes.

    HIIT Intervals

    High-intensity interval training (HIIT) will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to effective cardio workouts. Even if you do just twenty minutes of varying moves, you will sweat hard, breathe hard and burn a lot of calories.

    It’s important to follow intervals that keep you moving and work all of your muscle groups quickly. Generally it’s helpful to join a class or follow a scripted circuit for timed intervals. Check out this 20-minute HIIT Circuit that pairs perfectly with a waist training routine.

    Elliptical Training

    An elliptical machine can be a great choice if you’re looking for a low-impact cardio alternative to running or stair climber routine. Just be sure that you’re getting the most out of your workout. You could zone out on a low speed for an hour and see minimal results.

    To boost the intensity, vary the speed, incline and resistance on the elliptical so that it is making your muscles burn and your heart to beat fast. You can use a programmed routine or adjust to your own ability level. A high incline will work your glutes harder, while a lower incline will work your quads. Try to hit all of your muscle groups.

    Remember, quality over quantity is what works when it comes to burning fat! Choose a 20-minute routine of challenging intervals rather than a longer, less challenging routine.

    Stair Climber

    Climbing stairs requires more muscles than walking, but be sure to vary your speed to get the best results. Overall this is a great way to strengthen your legs in a functional way. Do be cautious, however, if you have bad knees, as a stair climber can be hard on your joints.

    As a way to mix it up, try climbing stairs for just a short portion of your cardio routine along with some other strength training or cardio exercises. The variety will more effectively work your muscles and keep you sweating.

    Running

    As with any other cardio exercise, the effectiveness of running all depends on the way you approach it. If you regularly run for an hour at a slow speed and little to no incline, you’re going to be building a distance runner’s body, which is lean but might not have a lot of muscle tone or shape. Even if you are training for a longer run like a half or full marathon, it’s still advisable to vary your routine so that you’re building strength and burning fat in addition to increasing your endurance.

    You can actually get a very effective running workout in a short period of time by adding variations like hills or intervals of varying speeds. You can do this on a treadmill, or you can plan your running routes accordingly. If you’re going out on your own, you should be running hard and breathing hard enough that you’re unable to carry on a conversation without gasping for air between words. Save the small talk for your warm-up and cool-down, and get down to business during your workout. You can effectively burn a lot of calories this way in just 20 minutes.

    Sprinting

    There’s a reason student athletes call sprinting intervals “suicides” and coaches use them for punishment. They’re hard, and they work! While it can be hard on your body to do a whole lot of sprinting, adding some of it into any workout routine will be highly effective. If you’re on a track, try sprinting for a lap and then jogging for a lap to recover. Running around town, sprint for a block and then jog for a block. On the treadmill, sprint for 20 seconds and then jog for a minute. Do this for about 20 minutes and you’ve finished a very effective workout!

    Rowing

    This is a unique and effective approach to cardio because it requires your whole body to do it and can get your heart pumping quickly. As will all exercises, you’ll get the best results if you vary your speed and do short “sprints” in between longer periods at a moderate pace. To work all of your muscle groups, make sure you’re keeping your chest up and consciously rowing with your whole body.

    Try this quick, effective rowing workout: set a clock for 20 minutes. Row about 800 feet as fast as you can, go at a recovery pace for one minute, and repeat until the clock is up.

    Cycling

    To get the most out of a cycling workout you have to be willing to sustain a pretty grueling pace with decent recent and not succumb to getting too caught up in distractions like a smartphone or a TV. This is why at the gym it’s probably most effective to join a class with an instructor who will help you vary your speed and keep up an intensity that will challenge you. If you really focus on sweating hard, you can get a good cycling workout in 30 minutes or less.

    And it’s challenging to keep up a good speed and resistance going if you cycle outside, it’s still worth the effort if you can bike when you can, especially if it replaces the time you would have spent sitting in a car.

    Strength Training Circuits

    While lifting weights isn’t exactly, you can easily integrate some fat-torching cardio in a strength training circuit if you’re smart about it. By lifting heavy and focusing on alternating muscle groups so that you don’t take long groups, you’ll be sweating pretty hard by the time you’re done. In general, since leg exercise require a lot of exertion, they will get your heart pumping effectively. Try this circuit of simple booty-building exercises as well as this 30-day Booty-Building Challenge. Any routine that swings kettlebells will also strengthen your muscles while kicking up your heart rate.

    Jumping Rope

    When you’re short on time and equipment, a simple jump rope is all you need to get sweating hard and fast. You can do a quick stand-alone workout, or do some jumping at the end of a lifting routine.

    To wear yourself out, just see how long you can go! If you can keep it up for 30 minutes, you’ll burn a ton of calories. You can also try jumping as fast as you can for a minute, recovering for about 30 seconds and then repeating until you’re exhausted.

    Bodyweight Only Moves

    There are a lot of ways you can get a quick workout in when you’re in a time crunch. You can “take ten” with your waist trainer and a yoga mat with these moves, or try these sculpting exercises that are especially effective at firming up your midsection when used with a waist trainer.

    The options are limitless when it comes to fun, quick and effective ways to get in the cardio you need to build your endurance and burn away the fat. Do some of these routines either in between your strength training workouts or even woven into them, like in between sets or after you’re done lifting.

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  • New Mom Guide to Corseting, Waist Training and Shapewear

    What We Recommend for a Speedy Postpartum Recovery

    What We Recommend for a Speedy Postpartum Recovery

    Whether you’re expecting or you’ve already delivered, one of the biggest questions new moms have is when they can get their body back.

    While the answer to that questions depends on a number of factors including the amount of weight you gained during pregnancy, your genetics and your lifestyle, we can definitely recommend waist training as an effective part of your postpartum slim-down strategy.

    Waist training after pregnancy can be safe and effective if you follow these tips. Here’s a comprehensive guide to looking and feeling great at every stage. And be sure to check out all of our postpartum waist trainers and shapewear. As always, consult your doctor before proceeding prior with the tips below.

    Immediately Following Delivery: Belly Binding:

    When you give birth, your whole body goes through a lot of change, and as any doctor will tell you, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get a lot of rest, water and healthy food. Enjoy those early days as you get to know your baby.

    As far as waist training goes, we recommend belly binding for at least the first week. This is actually an ancient method of postpartum recovery: for years, women have used compression on their torsos to ease the swelling as their bodies naturally flush out the extra fluids they were carrying around during pregnancy. The compression helps to gently reshaping your midsection while you wear the garment, and it feels good on the weakened muscles in your core and back.

    We recommend the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks for this purpose. It is soft, gentle, designed to keep dry, and will not irritate your skin following a C-section. As your abdomen shrinks, you can adjust the Velcro to fit.

    First 3 Months: Waist Training

    Once you’re past the first week following childbirth, you can start to explore firmer compression methods. A waist cincher, also known as a waist trainer, is a perfect way to start stepping it up a notch. Try one with a latex core for effective results, or choose from our latex-free materials as well. We recommend a front-closure style with three rows of hooks so you’ll have the most room for slimming down following your pregnancy. You can also try a Velcro-closure option.

    While you might be eager to maximize your routine, be patient and ease your way into waist training. Listen to your body’s cues; if you’re uncomfortable in any way, take a break. Make sure that you have a waist trainer that is fitted to your current size rather than the size you want to be; otherwise you will be extremely uncomfortable and may not even be able to get your waist trainer on properly. Read this guide to learn more about picking the right waist trainer.

    Start out slowly; wear your waist trainer for just an hour at first and then slowly add a little bit of time each day. If you’d like to have continual compression throughout the day, switch back to the postpartum belly binder when you’re not wearing a high-compression waist trainer.

    After several weeks of daily wear, you should feel pretty comfortable with wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours a day. You may also start noticing that it is time to size down, particularly if you’ve been watching your diet and avoiding unhealthy foods. Try fastening the waist trainer to the next row of hooks once it is easy to put it on and off and it’s not feeling as tight.

    Once you’ve passed the six-week mark postpartum, assuming all is well, you should get the go-ahead from your physician about starting to exercise. This is a great time to introduce a workout band into your waist training regimen.

    Wear it whenever you work out or are physically active, whether you’re going for a walk with the stroller or getting your core muscles back into shape at the gym. A workout band is an effective way to boost the intensity of your workouts by helping you sweat harder. Aim to work out in some capacity at least four times a week. At this point you’ll want to rotate between your workout band and an everyday waist trainer in your wardrobe.

    Corseting: 4 Months and Beyond

    At around four months, if you want to take your routine up a notch, now is the time to consider a steel-boned corset. Because of the way it is constructed and its lace-up design, a corset will give you the most dramatic results. By this point you may have already lost several inches from your waistline naturally following childbirth, so you can plan on investing in a corset that will last for many months, depending on how often you wear it.

    Some things to remember if you want to try corseting: first, you’ll want to make sure that you have sized your corset correctly (check out this guide to learn how). Once you have the perfect corset in the perfect size, be sure you season it before tightening it all the way. This means wearing it for an hour or two for one to two weeks so that the corset can mold to your torso’s shape. After that, you can lace it up tightly and see just how dramatic corseting results can be.

    You can use a corset for waist training just like you would with a cincher. For the best results, we recommend wearing it daily for eight to twelve hours. You can also rotate corsets through your wardrobe along with cinchers. Some women like to use corsets for special occasions or for a particular look, while others like to use corseting exclusively for waist training.

    Shapewear: Anytime!

    Waist training isn’t the only way to sculpt your figure and feel attractive during the postpartum period. You can use a variety of shapewear styles as well that can create a slim and smooth midsection, a firmer butt and sculpted thighs. You don’t have to follow any timetable after pregnancy to get the most out of your shapewear.

    You can pair shapewear with a waist trainer, or you can try wearing it whenever you’re not wearing your waist trainer. For example, you might want to switch into a shaping cami after wearing a waist cincher or corset all day. A lot of new moms also love the results they get for the rest of their figure when they wear shaping leggings or butt-lifting jeans with a waist trainer. And don’t forget, if you’re breastfeeding you will definitely want some trendy nursing tanks on hand.

    To get the most flattering results of your shapewear, it is again very important to wear shapewear that is sized correctly for your current size and shape, not your goal size and shape. While it can be tempting to use your pre-pregnancy size, the results will be uncomfortable and unflattering if it is too small. Just remember that, if you do size down, investing in some new shapewear in a smaller size can be a reward you give yourself!

    Lifestyle Tips for Postpartum Waist Training and Shapewear

    As always, what you wear is only part of the picture when it comes to how you look and feel. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way, especially during that postpartum period when you are going to have more demands on your time, your energy and your body.

    Here are some basic tips to follow (which are helpful whether you’re postpartum or not!)

    • Hydration: everyone should watch their water intake, but it is especially important during the postpartum period. First, your body is going through a healing process following childbirth, and adequate water will ensure that you’re flushing out toxins and helping your body repair itself. Make sure you’re getting at least 64 ounces daily. If you’re breastfeeding you’ll need even more—probably around a quart, to stay hydrated and maintain adequate milk production. Finally, if you’re waist training you may want to drink even more because of the extra perspiration it causes. Drink up!
    • Nutrition: just as it needs water, your body also needs vital nutrients to optimize the healing process during childbirth. Stick to whole foods as much as possible and try to avoid added sugars. And while it might be tempting to track your calories so you can lose weight, try not to worry about it too much at this stage. If you’re drinking adequate water, wearing a waist trainer and eating whole foods, you may find that you’ll feel more satiated and the weight will come off naturally. If you’re not seeing results after a few months, then you might want to watch your calorie intake a little more closely.
    • Exercise: follow your physician’s advice; if everything is normal you should be cleared for exercise about six weeks postpartum, or perhaps a little more if you had a C-section. Start out where you left off with exercise before the birth; if you were already pretty fit, you’ll find that you can get into the routine again relatively quickly. But if you’re new to exercise, add it in slowly. Get a mixture of cardio, strength training and stretching and gradually increase the intensity (just like you’re slowly waist training more).

    Remember: it takes time for your body to return to its pre-baby figure. Be patient, stick to your routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle to see the fastest results possible

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  • How to Get the Sculpted Look with Our Most Effective Fitbands

    Sculpted Look with Fitbands

    Want a thin, sculpted waistline? A fitband is definitely the way to go.

    Since there are so many options, we thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the most effective workout bands we offer, as well as tips for achieving optimal waist training results.

    You can pick the ideal fitband based on your body type, goals and style preferences. Here are our top six, so you’ll be certain to find at least one that is a great fit for you.

    (Be sure to also follow our recommended lifestyle tips below!)

    Latex Workout Band by Hourglass Angel

    Latex Workout Band Curve Creator By Hourglass Angel HA101

    We designed this fitness band in response to our customer’s needs. It has several unique features that set it apart from other waist trainers for creating a killer workout.

    First, it's designed with a Velcro front closure rather than hook and eye fasteners, for a precision fit each and every time you put it on. In addition to high-power latex, this workout band also utilizes flexible steel boning for additional compression and support through the core—providing a maximum slimming effect and boosting the intensity of your workout by stimulating perspiration. You can use it for many types of physical activity, from walking and biking to strength training and more.

    Animal Instincts by Ann Chery

    Animal Instincts Latex Waist Cincher By Ann Chery 2024

    Flirty, fun and effective: that about sums ups this fitband from one of our most popular brands, Ann Chery. This waist trainer, which comes in pink or yellow animal print, was obviously made to be shown off. It’s a selfie-favorite style on social media, so if you’re wanting to share your results, be sure to have this piece on rotation in your workout wardrobe.

    True to the quality of the Ann Chery brand, this workout band is powerful. It uses a latex core and flexible boing to provide maximum compression, which not only makes your workouts more effective by stimulating more sweat, but helps you stay motivated to achieve your long-term waist training goals. This garment features two rows of hook-and-eye closures and will size down with you when the inches comes off.

    Active Band by Amia

    Waist Trainer Active Band By Amia

    This simple but powerful waist trainer is a classic favorite among waist training enthusiasts. It sculpts 1–3 inches from your waistline instantly so you’ll immediately see a slimmer figure. Like all good fitbands, it is designed to help you sweat harder and intensify your workouts.

    The Amia brand is known for quality, effectiveness and simplicity. Constructed with two rows of fastening hooks at the front of the garment, this Amia waist trainer is designed to size down with you during your waist-slimming journey. It’s highly recommended for anyone wanting to try waist training out for the first time and comes in three classic colors: blue, pink and black.

    Highest Compression Waist Trainer by Trueshapers

    Highest Compression Workout Waist Trainer By TrueShapers 1063

    If you’re looking for a latex-free waist training option, we highly recommend this fitband from TrueShapers. This brand uses a unique fabric blend to create firm compression in the core, and this garment uses the additional strength from flexible steel boning for a maximum slimming effect. Thermaboost technology increases perspiration for increased intensity during your workouts. You’ll look up to two sizes smaller just putting it on.

    If you have sensitivity to latex, this waist trainer is a must-have! It is just as effective as a latex waist trainer, which is great news for anyone who has avoided waist training due to this concern. We recommend rotating it through your wardrobe with another TrueShapers waist trainer if you want to follow a daily waist training regimen.

    Petite Latex Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel

    Petite Latex Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA100

    You can get the dramatic curves you want from this waist trainer, which was specially developed for petite figures. Designed by our experts right here at Hourglass Angel, it is cut shorter than the average waist training garment, which can be too long on a shorter torso. The shorter cut ensures a comfortable fit as well as better slimming results if you’re under 5’2” or have a short torso.

    This piece contains flexible steel boning for optimal immediate shaping power that also boosts heat in the core for maximum slimming power. It’s the perfect foundation for your workout wardrobe, for instant slimming as well as an essential piece of your long-term slimming journey.

    Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    Workout Waist Trainer By Ann Chery

    This classic waist trainer is one of our customer favorites and rates among the highest with reviews. It provides instant slimming through firm compression and will decrease your waist size by 1–3 inches.

    Ann Chery’s workout band is ideal for the gym but also can be worn under everyday clothes. The band is constructed from a latex core with a soft cotton exterior and interior lining, for maximum compression. By stimulating thermal activity in your core and boosting perspiration, it will give you the waist-slimming results you desire in the short and long-term.

    How To Get the Most Out of Your Workout Band

    Once you find the ideal waist trainer for your body type and goals, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the best results by following these tips, including lifestyle choices as well as optimal ways to wear it.

    Healthy Lifestyle

    Like any health and fitness strategy, waist training isn’t a magic bullet; it works best as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Here are some best practices that will ensure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

    • Hydration: when you’re wearing a waist trainer on a daily basis, you will be sweating a lot more around your core. So not only should you get the bare minimum of about eight glasses of water a day, but you should actually aim for more to make up for the loss of water. The benefits to staying hydrated are numerous, from boosting your energy to controlling your appetite. Don’t let your hard work and dedication to waist training go to waste by getting dehydrated!
    • Nutrition: there’s a ton of advice out there about which foods to eat and when, but when it comes to your health there are just a few factors that matter most when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight: eating “whole” foods and limiting processed ones, and monitoring your calorie intake and activity level. We highly recommend getting help from a nutritionist if you’re not sure where to start with this.
    • Physical Activity: This is obviously hugely important if you want to get the most out of your fitness band! For the best results, do a combination of strength training exercises as well as cardio of varied intensity four to five times a week; this will burn a lot of calories and increase muscle mass, which is what ultimately leads to weight loss. Your fitness band will help you intensify your workouts and keep you motivated! See more in this article: Waist Training While Exercising: The Secret To Maximizing Your Workouts

    Waist Training Best Practices

    In addition to wearing your fitband during workouts, we highly recommend an ongoing waist training regimen to amplify your waist slimming results. Here are some best practices for anyone serious about waist training:

    • Use at least one everyday waist trainer or corset in addition to your workout band. While you can wear some fitbands under your casual or business attire, we don’t recommend it for long hours, as workout bands are constructed to be worn no more than a few hours at a time.
    • For the best results, wear a waist trainer for at least eight hours a day every day. You can combine the use of your fitness band and everyday trainer.
    • But don’t jump in too quick! If you’re new to waist training, you need to ease your way into a regimen. Start out with just and hour or two a day with a waist trainer and gradually increase the amount of wear each day. The fitness band is a great place to start with that. After three to four weeks you should feel comfortable wearing a waist trainer all day.
    • Prepare to size down your waist trainer after a couple of months! If you are dedicated to the practice and the healthy lifestyle suggestions we made above, you should notice that you’re able to tighten the waist trainer after a couple of months or even switch to a smaller size if it’s already fastened as tight as it will go. But remember, results vary from person to person, so don’t be too stuck on a calendar goal. Just stick with it and you’ll see results.

    We hope this article answers your questions about waist training with a fitband and that you’re inspired to try waist training (or even step it up to the next level if you’re already doing it)!

    Want more tips and advice? Be sure to check the other articles on our blog or contact our expert waist training stylists on our customer service team for advice.

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

    Gina’s Waist Training Transformation

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

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

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

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

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

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

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

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

    1. What were your first impressions?

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

    1. What was your waist training routine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. When did you start seeing results?

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

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

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

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

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

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  • 4 Ways to Incorporate Shapewear into Your Outfit this Fall

    4 ways to incorporate shapewear into your outfit

    As the weather cools off, your style can heat up!

    Fall is a time not only of pumpkin and apple flavors, but flowing material, warm colors, boots and a time to show off a slender silhouette. You can make fall work for you if you have the right outfits and the right shapewear underneath.

    Check out our favorite styles that are flattering on a number of body types. Mix and match colors, fabrics and patterns for endless combinations.

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    1. Low-Cut Top + Skinny Jeans + Bodysuit

    Just because it’s cool outside doesn’t mean you can’t show off a little bit of skin. Try a peplum blouse or other style of v-neck with loose sleeves. Accentuate your waistline with a fashion belt or tie around the waist. The low cut, in combination with a cinched waist, will draw attention to an hourglass shape by accentuating the bust and shaping your midsection

    Contrast the flowy top with dark wash, skin-tight skinny jeans, preferably that are high waist and can further accentuate your midsection. In effect your legs will look longer and leaner, and with the tight cut you can show off the curves around your rear. Finish it off with high heels or chunky booties and you’ve got a stunning look that transitions easily from day to night.

    And of course, we’d be remiss without mentioning the foundation of the whole outfit: a bodysuit that enhances the bust, minimizes the waist and firm your butt and thighs. We recommend the Stephanie Firm Control Convertible Bodysuit by Dumi. You’ll instantly look one, two or even three sizes smaller and will instantly eliminate muffin top and love handles. This is the key to making the look come together because no matter what your body type you can emphasize your waist while enhancing the rest of your curves.

    While this style is ideal with dark wash or black jeans, you can mix it up with colored skinny jeans in gray, brown or olive. Try a solid-colored top accentuated with lace, or experiment with button-down, striped and other patterned styles. You can easily pull of variations of this look in multiple ways and never get tired of it the whole season. Go casual during the daytime with flats and soft makeup, and get a bit sassier in the evenings with heels and more dramatic makeup and accessories.

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    1. Pencil Skirt + Chiffon Top + Shaping Slip

    We love the versatility and femininity of a pencil skirt, which can be flattering for several reasons. First, it emphasizes the natural waistline, making it ideal for adding shape when you’re needing more curves and drawing attention to the right place when you already have curves. Second, it creates a lengthening effect since it ends high at the waist but also reveals a good portion of your leg starting at or above the knee. And finally, you can pair a pencil skirt with a variety of fabrics or colors depending on your skin tone as well as your personal preference.

    A shaping slip is essential to making sure that a narrow pencil skirt lies smoothly over your figure. Try the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up, which creates a flawless foundation from the braline to the thigh. This unique style hooks into your bra so you don’t have to be concerned about back bulge or muffin top anywhere. It creates hourglass curves effortlessly and stays in place all day with the silicone-lined lace at the hem.

    There are several stunning ways to style a pencil skirt, and one of our favorites is with a loose  top in a lightweight material like chiffon. Tuck it into the skirt and bring more emphasis to a narrow waist. And don’t forget that the right shoes can make a big statement as well. Black or accent colored heels work well.

    1. Long-Sleeved Dress + Shaping Slip

    Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t keep wearing fun and stylish dresses! Instead of a sundress or maxi skirt, transition to fall with long sleeves and a short skirt. Depending on the climate you’re in, go with bare legs or style it up with some tights.

    Once again, the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up gets the job done underneath, especially with a figure-hugging dress that accentuates all of your curves. With a slip that doesn’t ride up or slip out of place, you can ensure that your foundation will be smooth from your bust to your hips. We especially recommend this slip for curvier women, as it does an unbeatable job keeping you comfortable and confident. We recommend completing this look with your favorite boots and statement jewelry.

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    1. Oversized Sweater + Toning Biker Shorts

    For those days when you want to be a bit cozier, we’ve got you covered. An oversized sweater is a fall favorite and goes great with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. Pick from a variety of colors, cuts and fabric styles and you’ve got a winning combination for anytime you want to snuggle up by the fire, hang out around the house or run some errands.

    To get the most out of this look, you’ll want to be sure that your thighs and legs are smooth and firm. We recommend Naomi and Nicole Unbelievable Comfort High Waist Thigh Slimmer. The unique knits in the fabric smooth your hips and thighs for a sleeker, more svelte shape. These shorts are both extremely comfortable and powerful; they won't ride up or down as you move about your day.

    The versatility of this outfit allows you to accessorize the way you like, whether dressing it up or going for more comfort. Wear ballet flats or sneakers, or kick it up a notch with some fashion booties. Go basic or go flashy with your jewelry. The sky is really the limit!

    More Shapewear Styles for Fall

    Hopefully by now you’re inspired to take your style to the next level. For every fall outfit, there’s a shapewear option to make it look flawless.

    Skinny jeans look great under loose tops like sweaters and cardigans and also provide contrast when you’re wearing a chunky scarf or fashion jewelry. Why not try some butt-lifting jeans to complete the look? You’ll make your rear look naturally rounder and fuller, while slimming your midsection with a high cut.

    Waist trainers and corsets can be flattering under virtually anything. A dramatically slim and smooth waistline creates a perfect foundation for tops and dresses and will help emphasize your curves from top to bottom. Try one under sweaters, blouses and anything you layer. If you like the style of lace-up corsets, try styling one as outerwear over a thin, long-sleeved top. You’ll be slimming your waistline and making a fashion statement—a two-in-one win!

    Waist training vests are another great waist-slimming option that are especially effective if you want extra support for your bust and coverage for your back. Use them under the same outfits you would wear with a traditional strapless waist trainer.

    Shaping panties make getting dressed in the morning easy, especially if you’re a no-fuss, jeans and t-shirt kind of person. A high waist cut will instantly eliminate muffin top and make your jeans fit in a flattering way, while tops will fall smoothly and naturally around your whole midsection. Once you try them you’ll wonder why you ever wore any other kind of panty!

    Full body shapers that provide shaping and contouring from the bust through the thighs, depending on your needs, are go-to options for special occasions like fall weddings and formals. Be sure to bring your shapewear to your fittings to customize an elegant look. Choose the shaper that meets your body shape’s needs. Pretty much all of them slim the waist, but you can also choose from styles that focus more on lifting and shaping the butt or slimming and minimizing the thighs.

    Shaping leggings are a must-have for your fall workout wardrobe. Keep warm, boost your perspiration and workout intensity and look curvy and sexy while you’re doing it. Remember, these leggings can complete your selfie-worthy workout waist trainer look. If you’re not working out, these leggings pair well with baggy sweaters and long button-downs and tunics.

    Shaping camis are the perfect foundation for fall layers. You’ll effortlessly slim and smooth your whole torso with a style of garment you would probably be wearing anyway, so it’s a win-win! Use an open-bust style to customize your fit and get optimal shaping, or use a style with a built-in bra for an easy foundation that goes with you from office to night out, as it layers well with professional or party attire.

    Butt-enhancing shapers with an open-bottom design are the perfect choice for figure-hugging skirts, dresses and pants. You’ll naturally enhance the curves you already have without fear of visible panty line.  

    We hope you’re making the most of the fall weather! Find more year-round style tips on our blog and be sure to contact our customer service team if you need any advice.

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  • Best Booty-Building Results: Try These Simple Exercises

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

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

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

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

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

    Reshape Your Butt in 30 Days

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

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

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

    6 Booty-Building Exercises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Recommended shapewear to enhance this target area: butt-enhancing panties that create a natural lift in your rear and slim your waist.

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

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

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

    Back Leg Elevated Lunge: strengthen butt, hamstrings and quads

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

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

    Renegade Row: strengthen shoulders, arms, core and chest

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

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

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

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

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

    Windshield Wiper Abs: strengthen abs and obliques

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

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

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

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

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  • 30-Day Booty Building Challenge

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

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

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

    Butt-Building Myths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Myth #4: High-rep training gets results.

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

     The Right Butt-Sculpting Exercises

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

    1. Squats

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

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

    1. Deadlifts

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

    1. 3. Hip Thrusts or Bridges

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

    1. Lunges

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

    1. Romanian Deadlift

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

    1. Bulgarian Split Squat

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

    1. Butt Blaster/Glute Blaster

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

     30-Day Butt-Building Workout Routine

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

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

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

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

    Day 1: Lower Body

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

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

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

    Day 3: Lower Body

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

    Day 4: Rest or light cardio/stretching


    Day 5: Lower Body

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

    Day 6: Rest 

    Day 7: Rest

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

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

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

    Diet Tips

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

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

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

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

     Stay Motivated with Butt-Lifting Garments

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

    Here are the styles we recommend:

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

    Are you up for the challenge?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ten-Minute Waist Trainer Workout

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

    1. Side Stretches

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

    1. Inch Worms

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

    1. Superman

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

    1. Child’s Pose

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

    1. Bridge Leg Lifts

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

    1. Bird Dog Pulls

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

    1. Plank

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

    1. Dead Bug

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

    1. Alternating Starfish Crunch

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

    1. Cobra and Full-Body Stretch

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

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

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