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  • The Ultimate Corset Training Guide

    Complete Guide to Corseting & Waist Training

    Don’t you just love the classic look of a steel-boned corset? There’s a reason women have used (and flaunted) these shaping garments for hundreds of years. These days, you can use a high-quality corset for a sexy vintage look as outerwear, or you can use a corset as part of an ongoing corset training regimen—over your clothes or hidden beneath.

    We get a lot of questions about waist training, cinchers and corsets. This guide is designed to give you a complete overview on how to use a corset for your waist training regimen and the benefits of corset training in general.

    What is Corset Training?

    Corset training is a form of waist training, and often the two terms of are used synonymously. You may have heard of waist training, made popular by celebrities like the Kardashians. Simply put, the practice involves wearing a corset or other waist-cinching garment for up to 8–12 hours daily as part of an overall healthy lifestyle that includes regular fitness and a nutritious diet. The goal is what it sounds like: to “train” and slim your waistline.

    The trend that the Kardashians like to post about on Instagram generally refers to latex waist trainers, or cinchers. In contrast, corset training—also called corseting—often refers to a steel-boned corset, instead of a cincher. While the process is essentially the same, many women prefer the benefits of a corset.

    Differences Between a Corset and a Waist Cincher

    While the end goal is virtually the same (dramatic midsection slimming), there are several key differences between latex waist cinchers and steel-boned corsets:

    1. Construction

    As the name indicates, a steel-boned corset is reinforced with lightweight but strong steel boning. The boning is what provides the compression that pulls in the midsection. You tighten a corset with laces at the back of the garment. The rest of the material is typically soft and smooth: satin or satin-like polyester is often used on the exterior, while the lining is typically cotton.

    Waist cinchers are most commonly constructed with latex, which provides the compression necessary for effective waist training. The most common style uses hook-and-eye closures in the front of the garment.

    1. Durability

    As it is constructed with steel, a steel-boned corset is built to last. The garment’s compression will generally not grow weaker with time. And, because it is tightened with laces, a corset has the ability to size down dramatically. You could potentially drop several inches from your midsection and still fit into the same corset, just laced tighter.

    In comparison, a latex cincher, while very durable, will eventually lose some of its elasticity and compression strength after a few months of daily use. Keep in mind that latex cinchers often have two to three rows of hook-and-eye closures, so that you can tighten the garment as you size down. But if naturally drop a few inches from your waistline, you'll probably need to order a smaller size.

    How Does It Work?

    Besides sculpting your figure whenever it’s on, a corset’s firm compression stimulates perspiration and thermal activity in your core. When supplementing a healthy lifestyle, it can play a part in your goals to slim down your midsection—in a sense, “training” your waist.

    Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I pick out a corset?

    Here’s what to consider when shopping:

    1. Size

    For corsets, sizing may seem a little tricky at first, but it's easy to understand you know how to measure. First, you’ll want to accurately measure your waist size. Using fabric or vinyl measuring tape and keeping it level, measure the narrowest part of your waist. This is about two inches above your belly button, where your waist bends naturally when you lean to one side. Make sure the tape isn’t tight; you should be able to fit a finger underneath.

    After you’ve determined your waist measurement, subtract 3-4 inches so that you have an even number (so if your waist is 29–30 inches, you’ll want size 26). When in between sizes, go up, not down.

    Depending on your torso length, you may also want to consider varying corset lengths. Some are designed for shorter women while others provide more coverage. If your torso measures short (in which case you are probably just short in general) you may want an option like the Brocade Design Underbust Corset by Bonitaz. Use this sizing guide to determine where your torso length falls.

    1. Style

    This is where it gets fun. Note that for effective corset training, you’ll want an underbust style. Choose from there based on variations in color, fabric, and print. Some corsets effectively double as outerwear. Some vary slightly in cut; those with more of a cupped cut beneath the bust can provide more bust support.

    What should I do when my corset arrives?

    There’s nothing quite like a brand new corset, rolled up all pretty in its package. Unroll it gently so that the laces are facing up.

    • First things first, try it on and make sure that it fits. We suggest using a mirror or getting a friend to help you.
    • Pull the laces apart, loosening the X’s starting from the center.
    • Put it on loosely and hook the clasps in front; the clasps should be on your right side.
    • Never pull or tug on the hooks; if it’s too tight, loosen the laces some more.
    • Once the corset is in place, you can start tightening the back. Pull the laces, starting at the top and working your way towards the middle, tightening the loops as you go.

    Think of it like tightening shoelaces, only there’s a top and a bottom. The pull loops should be at your natural waist. During the trying-on phase, pull the laces snugly but not so tight that they are providing firm compression. When snug, tie the laces at the middle.

    It should be fairly obvious whether or not the corset fits. When tightened gently like this, it should rest comfortably on your waist without pinching or causing discomfort. It should create a flattering silhouette when you look at yourself in the mirror.

    Okay, this part is important

     Once you’ve determined that the corset fits, you need to “season” it for a week or two before you tighten the laces to maximum compression. Wear it loosely like this for about an hour a day. This will help the corset mold to your unique body shape and will prevent the clasps from warping.

    How to Start Corset Training

    Once you’ve seasoned your corset, you can start corset training right away. We recommend gradually increasing the amount of time wearing your corset each day.

    Note that the laces can be pulled very tight. You might be surprised by how tight it feels when you first start, but your body will become accustomed to it quickly if you stick to a plan. Stop wearing it immediately if you start to feel pain, shortness of breath or discomfort beyond the initial tightness.

    It can be helpful to look at your corseting schedule on a weekly basis. Start out by wearing your corset for an hour or two at a time and then gradually add a little more time each day. It can help to break up wear into two sessions; for example, wear your corset for four hours a day in two sessions. If desired, take a rest day every now and then.

    Here’s an example of what a corset training schedule can look like. Your goal is to be wearing a corset for the allotted number of hours by the end of the week.

    Week 1: 3–4 hours

    Week 2: 5–6 hours

    Week 3: 7–8 hours

    Week 4: 9–10 hours

    Once you’re comfortable with daily wear, we recommend that you maintain your corset use for 8-12 hours a day for the best results.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long until I see results?

    We get that question a lot, and if you're referring to long-term results, that depends on several factors, including body type, lifestyle and how committed you are to wearing your corset along with a healthy diet and exercise routine.

    We can say, however, that you will immediately see a difference whenever you are wearing your corset. One of the benefits of steel-boned construction is how dramatically it can compress your midsection in an instant—several inches, in fact. While we still recommend a regimen for the optimal results, we think you’ll still be thrilled with how you look by just putting it on!

    How do I care for my corset?

    We’re glad you asked, because corsets are built to last when properly cared for! For starters, if you want to wear a corset daily, we highly recommend rotating at least two through your wardrobe so that they can rest. Air them out after each wear by draping them lining side up over a hanger or chair. You can also spot clean as needed with a mild detergent and let them dry. Whatever you do, don’t put them in a washing machine! If necessary, take them to a dry cleaner.

    When taking a corset on and off, make sure it is fully loosened to prevent damaging the front busk. You might also want to wear a light cami or other clothing underneath a corset to protect it from your skin’s oils and any lotions you wear.

    Any additional corseting tips?

    As with any type of waist training, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to pair your corset training with a healthy lifestyle. It’s especially important to strengthen the muscles in your core.

    Note that most corsets aren’t designed for workouts (try a waist training workout band instead—those are typically designed to stimulate heat and increase your perspiration during exercise, so you can maximize your workouts). Be sure to stay hydrated, as you will be sweating more around your midsection, and stick to a nutritious diet that avoids processed foods.

    We hope this guide has been helpful to get you started on your corseting journey! If you have any more questions, please contact our customer service team.

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  • 30-Day Stronger Booty + Slimmer Waist Challenge

    30-day butt-lifting waist training schedule

    For many women who waist train, slimming down the waist can be a motivating goal. But we ALWAYS recommend supplementing your waist slimming with a fitness challenge that also strengthens and tones your muscles, to benefit your overall health and fitness.

    Do you like Pilates? Want to give your rear a workout? Then you’ll love this 30-day "Stronger Booty Challenge," which combines waist training with Pilates to strengthen your core and lift your butt. And even if you’re new to Pilates, this is a great way to kickstart a fun new routine.

    Like all of our fitness challenges, this routine helps you gradually introduce your body to waist training as well as the fitness exercises. We recommend taking progress photos as well as drinking lots of water and eating a clean diet.

    Here’s how it works. Below are the guidelines for how to start waist training. Next are the fitness exercises, followed by the amount of each one you should do every day. You can supplement with cardio if desired, although by the end of the month you might find that these are pretty good cardio routines in themselves!

    Ready to get started? Give it a shot and remember we want to see your progress on Instagram! #BeTheHourglass 

    Waist Training

    Week 1: Starting out at just an hour or two a day, aim to wear your waist trainer for 4-5 hours a day by the end of the week. If desired you can take one rest day and break up your time into two sessions. Don’t forget—wear a workout band during your workouts for the best results!

    Week 2: By now, waist training should feel more comfortable. Start where you left off at the end of the first week and add a little bit more time each day. By the end of the week, you should be able to wear your waist trainer for 5-6 hours a day. Keep it up! Take a rest day if desired.

    Week 3: At this point, you should be wearing your waist trainer for most of the day (try it on the job if you work—most waist trainers are easily hidden under clothes). You can break it up into a couple of sessions if you like, but by the end of the week, try to be wearing your waist trainer for 7-8 hours uninterrupted.

    Week 4: You're a pro now! Try to be wearing your waist trainer for 9-10 hours daily. Don’t forget to take pictures to record your progress! We’re sure you’ll love the results.

    Strong Body Pilates Challenge

    You’re going to be doing some of the following five exercises every day, with increasing number of repetitions as your progress. For a printable daily checklist and more instructions, see check out this workout on Blogilates.

    1. Squats: You probably know this one. With your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight, lower your butt and bend your knees to about 90 degrees, like you’re sitting in a chair. Keep your head up, facing straight ahead.
    1. Pointed Butt Lift: Get down on your hands and knees. With your toe pointed and your knee maintaining a 90-degree bend, kick one leg straight up into the air. You should feel it in your glutes. Do the number of reps for the day and then repeat on the other leg.
    1. Fire Hydrants: Yep, you get to pretend you’re a dog. Staying on all fours and keeping your knees bent at 90 degrees, lift one leg straight up to the side until your thigh is parallel with the floor. Do the number of reps for the day and then repeat on the other leg.
    1. Heel Kicks: On all fours, straighten one leg all the way, with your foot flexed and toes on the ground. Keeping your leg straight and foot flexed, kick your heel straight up as far as you can lift it. Do the number of reps for the day and then repeat on the other leg.
    1. Bridges: Lie flat on your back, with your knees bent and your feet flat, pulled in towards your hips. Keeping your feet anchored, push your hips straight up as far as they will go while keeping your shoulders flat. Hold your weight on your shoulders and your feet, not on your neck. Return your hips to the floor and repeat.

    Okay, here’s the schedule – let's get moving!

    30-day butt-lifting challenge

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  • 25-Day Slim Your Waist + Love Handles Challenge

    How to get rid of love handles

    Love handles: they have a cute name, but no one wants them hanging around! We all know that love handles—those pesky bulges of excess fat around the waistline—are one of the most challenging “trouble spots” to slim down. But we’ve come up with a 25-day challenge to help you finally kick those love handles to the curb.

    The key to getting a trim look around your whole midsection is dedicated waist training in combination with a core-strengthening routine that blasts fat and builds up your abdominal muscles. Follow this waist training regimen and do the following workout three times a week (you can do additional cardio on the off days). And of course, stick to a healthy diet of natural, unprocessed food.

    Ready to say goodbye to those love handles? Let's get started, and be sure to take before-and-after photos—we’d love to see your results on Instagram! #bethehourglass

    Waist Training Routine

    Week 1

    For the first week, aim to wear your waist trainer for five days, at four to six hours a day. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll get. Don’t forget to wear a workout band when you’re doing your core-strengthening routine in order to maximize the effectiveness (workout waist trainers heat up your core, making you sweat more with less effort when you exercise).

    Week 2

    By now you can wear your waist trainer for eight hours a day, split into two four-hour sessions. Do this for five days this week, keeping up your diet and exercise routine.

    Week 3

    Eight hours should feel great by now; see if you can do it all in one stretch. Aim for 5–7 days this week.

    Week 4

    Push through this final week at 10 hours of daily wear in your waist trainer! (By now you’re probably wondering how you ever got dressed without one.)

    Core-Strengthening Fitness Routine

    This routine will have you sweating hard and your abs burning (see more details at Change in Seconds). Do this entire circuit three times (resting up to 60 seconds between intervals to catch your breath), three days a week.

    1. 20 Burpees

    Drop into a squat, then kick back into a plank. Return to a squat, then jump straight up, reaching towards the sky with your hands. Repeat.

    1. 20 Dumbbell Side Bends

    Standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell in each hand. Keeping your hips steady, lean with your torso to one side and then the other. Repeat 20 reps on each side.

    1. 20 Side Planks

    Lie straight on one side with your feet stacked, holding your weight on one elbow, your hip and your ankle. You can rest your free hand on the floor for balance or on your hip. Keeping your back flat, push your hips straight up until you are in a side plank position. Return to starting position and repeat 20 times on each side for one set.

    1. 20 Russian Twists

    Sit with your feet in front of you and knees slightly bent. Holding your hands in front of your chest, twist your torso to one side and then back to the other to complete one rep. For added difficulty, suspend your feet in the air and/or hold a dumbbell in your hands.

    1. 20 Bicycle Crunches

    Lying on your back, kick your legs in a “bicycling” motion, while keeping your hands behind your head and elbows our. Whenever one knee is closer to your head, crunch up so that the opposite elbow reaches toward the knee. Repeat on both sides to complete one rep.

    1. 20 Hip Bridges

    Lie flat on the ground with your knees bend and your feet flat, as close as possible to your hips. Keeping your back flat, push your hips upward as far as they will go without putting pressure on your neck. Repeat.

    Don’t forget to repeat this entire circuit three times to complete your workout!

    At the end of 25 days you should see a difference! To keep up your results, we recommend that you continue waist training and exercising regularly.

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  • 20-Day Full-Figure Sculpting Challenge + Waist Training for Dramatic Results

    Want to dramatically transform your figure in under three weeks? Whether you’re getting ready for a fall wedding or just want to kickstart your fitness routine, we’ve got the figure-sculpting challenge for you! Use this progressive waist training regimen in combination with fat-blasting workouts and watch a new you emerge by next month.

    Ready for the challenge? Here is your waist training schedule, followed by a quick 20-minute HIIT circuit. Using the workout as scheduled should give you great results. Be sure to take before and after photos and share your results!

    20 day waist training fitness plan

    High-intensity drills in a circuit with interval rep sessions are one of the most effective ways to burn a lot of calories and get in shape fast.

    This circuit contains 15 exercises and lasts 10 minutes. Do it twice to complete your workout. Be sure to warm up beforehand with some light cardio and cool down and stretch afterwards. For more details about this particular workout, check out Fitness Republic.

    Waist training challenge

    1. Jumping jacks (60 seconds): keep your arms and legs strong as you jump at a fast past with controlled breathing while engaging your core.
    1. Side lunges (30 seconds): Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, lunge to one side. Your working leg should lower to 90 degrees while your back is straight and your core is engaged. Repeat on the other side.
    1. Squats (30 seconds): With your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed on your feet, squat down. You’re your back straight, head up and arms in front of you. At the lowest point your legs should be at 90 degrees. Stand back up and repeat.
    1. Jogging in place (60 seconds): You can vary the intensity of this interval depending on how high you lift your feet. For variation, try doing high knees.

    5: Burpees (30 seconds): Start in a standing position and, bending your knees, quickly squat low until your hands reach the floor just in front of your feet. Kick back into a plank and then right back to the squat. Return to standing and, reaching straight up with your hands, jump up powerfully, all with one motion. Repeat.

    1. Lunges (30 seconds): Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart with your hands on your hips. Lunge forward with one leg until it reaches a 90 degree angle, with your knee directly above your ankle. Return to the starting position and alternate with the other leg.
    1. Jumping rope (60 seconds): During this interval, be sure to keep your back straight and your core engaged as you jump steadily.
    1. Mountain climbers (30 seconds): Start in a pushup position and kick your knees up towards your chin, one at a time. Move quickly and keep your hips up and body straight.
    1. Speed skaters (30 seconds): Jump from side to side. Use your arms and your non-jumping leg to help propel your movement, the way a speed skater would. Bend your knees slightly. It should all be one smooth movement.
    1. Butt kickers (60 seconds): As you jog in place, kick up your heels so that your foot hits your butt.
    1. Lunge kicks (30 seconds): Lunge forward, and once you have your balance, kick your back leg out in front of your body. Return it back to where it started and then step back to the starting position with your lunging leg. Alternate on each side.
    1. Squats (30 seconds): Repeat as described in #3.
    1. March in place (60 seconds): Catch your breath as you keep moving in this slower interval.
    1. Side lunges (30 seconds): Repeat as described in #2.
    1. Pushups (30 seconds): Keep your back straight and don’t sag your hips. Repeat as many times as possible. If you just can’t do another rep in a full plank, you can drop to your knees to lessen the weight.

    Don’t forget to repeat this whole circuit twice! Be sure to rehydrate with plenty of water afterwards. And as always, we want to see your results! Share your photos and exercise feedback on Instagram with the tag #bethehourglass.

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  • How to Get Fit without Ever Going to the Gym

    Get in shape: full body fitness routine for women

    You’re busy, we know. With so much going on in your day-to-day life, how are you supposed to get to the gym?

    Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the gym daily—or even have a membership at all—to be in great shape. All it takes are some targeted workouts that will get you sweating, burning fat and building muscle, all in the comfort of your own home.

    Here’s one full-body workout routine that does it all. All you need are some hand weights (we highly recommend a waist trainer as well!). Your weights should provide enough resistance that your muscles are fatigued at the end of each set—and after three sets they should feel maxed out.

    Ready to get started? Try going through this entire circuit three times, with a 1-minute break between sets. Exhale during the hardest part of each motion.

    1. Squat Tricep Extension

    - Hold a dumbbell with both hands above your head with your elbows straight.

    - Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower into a squat, keeping your back straight and your weight evenly spread between your heels and the balls of your feet.

    - During the squat, bend your elbows so that the weight is behind your head.

    - When you stand back up, straighten your elbows.

    - Do this for 60 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Around the World

    - Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

    - Hold a dumbbell above your head. Bring it down with one hand and pass it to the other hand underneath your knees.

    - When you bring it back to the top of your head, switch directions and pass it back the other way.

    - Do this for 45 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Wood Chop

    - Use a dumbbell or a kettlebell in this exercise.

    - Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and holding the weight with both hands, lower into a squat and twist your torso so that the weight is on the outside of one knee.

    - Push up and twist so that momentum carries the weight until it is above the opposite shoulder. Keep your arms straight the whole time.

    - Continuing with the momentum of the weight, return to the squat and repeat.

    - Do this for 30 seconds, then switch sides for another 30 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Chest Press

    - Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat (you can use a workout bench if you have one).

    - With arms straight, hold two dumbbells directly above your shoulders with your palms facing your feet.

    - Slowly bend your elbows until they almost reach the ground, keeping your palms forward.

    - Return to the starting position and repeat for 45 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Lawnmower Pull

    - Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell in your left hand.

    - Squat and rotate your torso to the right so that the dumbbell goes down toward your right foot.

    - Stand up and fully rotate to the left while bending your left arm—as if you were starting a lawnmower.

    - Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch sides for another 30 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Standing Side Bend.

    - Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell with both hands directly over your head.

    - Bend your torso to the left and then slowly to the right, repeating for 45 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Reverse Lunge Shoulder Press

    - Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell in each hand and position them at your shoulders.

    - Lunge backward with your right leg.

    - When you push back up to standing, lift your right knee to waist level while extending your arms straight overhead.

    - Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch sides for another 30 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Plank Straight Arm Kickback

    - Start in a plank position with your wrists under your shoulders, feet hip width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand.

    - Lift one arm straight back, keeping your elbow straight, so the dumbbell is near your hip.

    - Return to starting position and repeat for 30 seconds; then switch sides for another 30 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Split Squat Curl

    - Stand in a split leg position, with one leg forward and the other back; hold a weight in each hand.

    - Bend your knees into a squat while curling your biceps (be sure to keep the elbows back).

    - Lower your arms as your return to standing position.

    - Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch legs for another 30 seconds to complete 1 set.

    1. Wall Sit Rotation

    - Start in a squat position while leaning against a wall, with your thighs parallel to the floor.

    - For an extra challenge, hold a dumbbell or a medicine ball with both hands above your thighs.

    - Twist your torso to the right and then back the other direction.

    - Repeat for 60 seconds to complete 1 set.

    This workout routine was adapted from Spotebi; if you enjoy it, you might like to check out some of their other at home workout options for women.

    If you try this workout, we’d love to see you getting your sweat on! Share with us on Instagram #bethehourglass.

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  • Post-Surgical Shapewear Designed to Support Your Recovery


    When you have cosmetic surgery, your surgeon will recommend post-surgical compression garments to wear while your body heals. Because of your body’s sensitivity following the procedure, it’s important to have a high-quality shaper that is both comfortable and supportive for whatever stage of recovery you're in.

    We highly recommend Marena products for the post-surgical period, particularly for procedures like liposuction or abdominoplasty – but we have a variety of garments to choose from, so you probably have lots of questions.

    Here are some of the common questions we receive regarding the recovering period:

    Should I measure myself before or after my liposuction procedure in order to size myself for my garment?

    Generally, we recommend that you take measurements before your procedure for the ideal fit. If you’re going to experience major changes, your doctor can guide you in finding the right size and garment based on the expected results of your procedure.

    How long will I have to wear my post-operative garment after surgery?

    That depends on the procedure, so talk to your physician for advice. Generally, most will recommend that you wear a compression garment for at least two months after surgery, as the tissues underneath the surface of the skin will still be healing. You may find that over time the compression feels looser as swelling decreases, in which case you will need a smaller garment.

    How do I know what garment style to choose?

    Post-surgical shapewear: what to expect

    Choose based on the type of procedure you are having. Again, your physician can guide you. Two of our best options that are ideal for surgeries around the abdomen and buttocks are First Stage Marena Suit With Suspenders And No Leg By Comfortwear (FBA), which provides dependable support during your recovery, lessens swelling and may even help reduce pain.

    For the second stage of your recover, we recommend Second Stage Marena Suit With Suspenders And No Leg By Comfortwear (FBA2) – this provides the same great support and benefits as the First Stage shaper, but with a little more compression and a slightly smaller garment.

    What are the benefits of wearing a Marena post-operative, medical-grade compression garment?

    Marena garments are constructed to provide the ideal amount of compression to promote lymphatic stimulation and skin tightening following surgery. In comparison, most non-medical grade shapewear does not provide enough compression to result in the same skin tightness, smoothness and healing.

    What’s the difference between first and second stage?

    First-stage garments are ideal for the first three weeks following your procedure. They are easier to put on with zippers and/or hook and eye closures. Second-stage garments are typically worn during the period following the first stage garment, typically from about three until eight weeks after surgery. A stage-two shaper tends to have more compression and is sized slightly smaller than a stage one garment.

    How do I put on a post-operative compression girdle?

    Open the garment up completely, making sure the sizing label is on the back. While sitting down, put your legs into the openings and gently work the garment up your body. Once it is around your hips, check and make sure it is properly aligned. The inseam should run down the inside of your legs. Fasten any closures carefully, adjusting as you go as needed. Please be careful with fingernails, as they can damage the material.

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  • How to Measure Your Torso

    Finding the perfect fit for your torso

    When it comes to finding the perfect fit for your shapewear, you need to think beyond standard dress sizes. For the best results, whether you’re wearing anything from a waist trainer to a bodysuit, you need to take accurate measurements for your whole torso.

    Note that the most important measurements depend on the garment; for example, for a waist trainer, your waist size is most relevant. Torso length can matter in garments like full-body shapers that go from your bust down to your legs.

    Here are the measurements you should be taking:

    1. Bust

    Wear a well-fitting, non-padded bra during measurement. For the underbust measurement, wrap your measuring tape snuggly around your ribcage, under your breasts. For your bustline, measure the fullest part of the breasts. For both measurements, make sure your tape is level with the floor.

    The band size on a bra is the underbust measurement, plus four or five inches (whichever gets you an even number). To determine your cup size, subtract your underbust size from your bust size. Every inch of difference represents a letter in your cup size. So, if you have a 31-inch underbust and a 35-inch bustline, you are a 36D.

    1. Waist

    Your natural waist is about two inches above your bellybutton; you can also find it by bending to one side. Standing straight, take a level measurement that fits comfortably around your waist. You should be able to fit one finger between the tape and your body. Be sure to refer to our size chart if you’re measuring for a corset.

    1. Hips

    Measure the fullest part of your hips, which should be about 8 inches below your natural waist. Keeping the tape level, measure the fullest part.

    1. Torso

    Find someone to help you as you run measuring tape full circle from your shoulder at the neck, over the fullest part of your bust, down between your legs and back to the starting point.

    Knowing your torso length can be helpful, particularly with full-body shapers. If it’s long, you may want to order a size larger or a shaper designed specifically for long torsos. If you’re petite, just avoid the long torso products. Here are some average comparative dimensions for reference (in inches).

    Bust 35 36 37.5 39 40.5 42.5 44.5 46.5 48.5
    Waist 27 28 29.5 31 32.5 34.5 36.5 38.5 40.5
    Hips 37.5 38.5 40 41.5 43 45 47 49 51
    Average Torso 60 61.5 63 64.5 66 67.5 -- -- --
    Long Torso 62 63.5 65 66.5 68 69.5 -- -- --
    Short Torso 57 58.5 60 61.5 63 -- -- -- --

    As always, if you ever have questions about what size and what style of garment is best for you, contact our customer service team. We’re happy to help you find the perfect fit!

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  • 45-Day Waist Training & Posture Challenge for the Career Woman

    Waist training & posture challenged for the career woman

    When it comes to staying in great shape, one of the greatest challenges women face is a desk job. Not only do you burn very few calories, but also, it’s too easy to slouch in your chair or hunch over your computer all day. Poor posture can affect the rest of your health and decrease your confidence level too.

    The good news is, wearing a waist trainer while you’re sitting at your desk can improve your posture immediately – not to mention your silhouette. Check out some the benefits of maintaining good posture below and try our 45-day challenge to enhance your waistline, your posture and your overall health.

    Benefits of Good Posture

    In case you’re not already convinced, here’s how good posture benefits your health.

    • Joint protection: when you hold yourself up properly, there is less wear and tear on your joints, and you decrease the risk of developing arthritis later in life.
    • Energy boost: you put less strain on your muscles, thus exerting less energy.
    • Spine protection: any chiropractor will tell you that fixing your spine in abnormal positions can cause you a lot of trouble.
    • No more back pain: good posture can prevent chronic backache and muscle pain.
    • Confidence boost: good posture will make you look and feel more confident.

    How to Sit Properly at Your Desk

    In addition to wearing a waist trainer, how you position yourself at your desk can make a big difference in your posture, especially for long hours. The goal is to hold a good neutral posture whenever you’re sitting in front of a computer.

    • The top of your screen should be eye-level, about 28 inches from your faces. Tilt the screen slightly upward to avoid glare.
    • Keep your shoulders relaxed.
    • Keep your upper back straight (imagine a wire going through the top of your head down to your hips).
    • Your lower back should have lumbar support so that your lower spine can rest flat against the chair.
    • Position your wrists so they won’t have to bend.
    • Keep your elbows close to your body.
    • Your mouse and keyboard should be level.
    • Your knees should not be touching your seat and should be slightly below hip level.
    • Incline your seat so that it’s slightly forward; choose an ergonomic design.
    • Keep your feet flat on the ground (no crossing your legs!).

    Posture-Improving Exercises

    Finally, when you do this challenge, be sure to work on strengthening your core so that you will naturally hold better posture. Incorporate these exercises into your fitness routine.

    • Side leg raises: lie on one side while resting your head on an extended arm. Your other arm should be in front of your body with your palm facing down. With legs straight, slowly raise your top leg as high as you can, pause and return to the starting position.
    • Hip flexors: kneeling with one knee on the floor and the other foot in front with your knee at 90 degrees, push your hips forward while keeping your back straight. Hold this position for 10–30 seconds before switching sides.
    • Plank: starting in the push-up position, except with your elbows on the floor. Keep your knees and your torso straight so that your whole body is a straight line. Your head should be relaxed while you look at the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and work your way up over time.
    • Back extensions: lying face-down on the floor, place your hands behind your head. Tighten your abs and squeeze your back so that you lift your chest a few inches off the ground. Lower your chest and repeat 1–3 sets of 10–16 reps.
    • Bridges: Lying on your back, bend your knees and keep your heels flat on the ground and in line with your butt. Raise your hips as high as you can without moving your feet, while tightening your abs and glutes. Lower slowly to the start position and repeat 8–10 times.

    Waist Training Plan

    If you’re new to this, we always recommend easing your way in to a waist training regimen. If it’s still difficult at first, try breaking it up into small increments throughout the day. Here's how and when to wear your waist trainer:

    45-day waist training and posture improvement challenge
    Good luck! Be sure to take before and after photos and share your results on Instagram! #BeTheHourglass

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  • 30-Day Waist-Trimming Challenge

    Core-strengthening fitness and waist training challenge

    Summer’s winding down, but that’s no reason you can’t keep working to make your waistline stay trim and chiseled! Getting into a great routine this fall will ensure your sexiest look as you prepare for the upcoming season: fall weddings, Halloween parties and other festive gatherings.

    For a jumpstart to slim down, we've got a killer 30-day waist-trimming challenge that you can start right away. This program incorporates daily waist training with core-strengthening exercises to produce results that you'll love seeing in the mirror. Be sure to take progress photos and share them with us on Instagram #bethehourglass.

    Week 1

    Waist training: start out with the challenge by gradually incorporating waist training into your lifestyle. If you’re brand new to this, only do it for a couple of hours for the first couple of days.

    Aim to wear your waist trainer for 5 days this week. By the end of the week, you should be able to wear it 4–6 hours a day.

    Fitness: start your core exercises and up the intensity little by little. On the first day, start with 15 crunches*, 6 leg raises and holding a plank for 10 seconds. Feel free to add your own cardio and additional strength training to this routine if you’re up for it.

    Each day, do the same routine but add 5 more crunches, 2 more leg raises, and 5 seconds to your plank. By day 7 you should be doing 45 crunches, 18 leg raises, and holding a plank for 40 seconds. You're doing great – don't give up!

    See here for the infographic on this fitness challenge from Fitness Republic.

    *Note: if you’re wearing a workout band as part of your waist training, be sure to remove it when you’re doing crunches. 

    Week 2

    Waist training: aim for 5 days a week again wearing your waist trainer. You should work up to wearing it for 6–8 hours a day. You can break it up into smaller sessions of 3-4 hours each.

    Fitness: continue with the same core exercises, adding 5 crunches, 2 leg raises and 5 seconds to your planks each day. By day 14 you should be doing 80 crunches, 32 leg raises, and holding a plank for 1 minute, 15 seconds. Keep going!

    Week 3

    Waist training: your goal should be to do 5–7 days of waist training this week, at least 8 hours a day. Try to do each session uninterrupted. You can do it!

    Fitness: you might be pushing the limits more on your fitness level now! Keep it up as you continue to add 5 crunches, 2 leg raises and 5 seconds to your planks each day. By day 21 you should be doing 115 crunches, 46 leg raises, and holding a plank for 1 minute, 50 seconds. Feeling the burn? Good! That means it's working.

    Week 4+

    Waist training: wear your waist trainer for all 7 days this week for 10 hours a day. We’ll bet you can really start seeing the difference!

    Fitness: if your abs weren’t on fire before, they will be now! Keep adding add 5 crunches, 2 leg raises and 5 seconds to your planks each day. By day 30 you should be doing 160 crunches, 64 leg raises, and holding a plank for 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

    Have fun and good luck! We can’t wait to see the results.

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  • How to Get Your Shapewear Order Right Online

    Tips for ordering shapewear online

    Ordering something online that should fit your body like a glove can be a little scary, right? Don’t you wish you could try out each garment personally and really know what you’re getting? Oh wait, you can! (In the comfort of your own home, at that.)

    We think we have a pretty good system going here at Hourglass Angel – because we're committing to matching every customer with the perfect shapewear for her body and goals. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you can get exactly what you want when you order online.

    Do Your Research

    Before you place your order, we highly recommend browsing our website thoroughly so you know what your options are! For some very helpful tips that you might not have considered, browse our blog and subscribe to our emails. We're constantly releasing new guides to buying and wearing shapewear, waist trainers, corsets and other garments.

    Know Your Body Type

    Do you know your body type? Someone who is a natural hourglass shape is going to have different needs than someone with a "curvy-on-the-bottom" shape. By understanding your body type correctly, you can target which curves you want to enhance and which curves you want to minimize for a balanced look overall.

    Determine Your Shaping Goals

    Do you know your trouble areas and what your shaping/smoothing goals are? This will help you decide what level of compression and shaping power you want. A garment with light compression is effective for smoothing, while maximum compression garments provide firm support and sculpting. Understanding the difference will help you find the shaper that meets your goals.

    Pick the Right Size

    This one is a biggie! It is very important that you take accurate measurements and select a garment in the correct size! Follow our sizing charts for each garment very closely. Remember, if you’re in between sizes, we always recommend going a size up for the best results. To make sure that you’re taking your measurements correctly, please check out our sizing guide.

    Read the Reviews (and Leave Them, Please!)

    All of our shapewear is customer-reviewed. Even if someone has left a negative review, keep in mind that often means the garment wasn’t what they were looking for—but it might still be what you are looking for! Read carefully to help narrow your search.

    Talk to an Expert

    Our stylists love helping our customers find exactly what they need. And they use a lot of the shapewear themselves, so they know what they’re talking about. If you’ve done your research and you still have questions, we’re happy to take your call.

    Try It On

    Be sure to try on your shapewear as soon as you receive it (wearing panties underneath the garment, when applicable). Don’t remove the tag until you’re absolutely sure you want to keep it. Be sure you step into your shaper (don’t pull it over your head) and make sure you’re fastening it correctly. Don’t wear it longer than a few minutes for trying it on—until you’re sure you want to keep it.

    Exchange It

    It happens to the best of us…sometimes an order just doesn’t work out. That’s why we have a guarantee: you can return your order within 30 days of your purchase for an exchange or full refund. See here for our return/exchange policy.

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