THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO waist training

Everything you need to know about waist training, how to get started, which styles to wear and how to get the curves you've always wanted.

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WHAT IS A WAIST TRAINER?

Let’s start with the basics: what is a waist trainer? A waist trainer is a high-compression shaping garment that you wear around your midsection to slim your waistline instantly and supplement your fitness goals. Most waist trainers stimulate thermal activity in your core, making you sweat more with less effort during exercise. The benefits of waist training include: a more effective workout, improved posture, and dramatic hourglass curves—instantly.

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WHAT IS WAIST TRAINING?

When worn daily, a waist trainer—along with proper diet and exercise—can help you stay motivated and confident on your waist slimming journey. In this waist training guide, we'll explain exactly how to do it, so you rock your new curves right away.

IS WAIST TRAINING RIGHT FOR ME?

You don’t have to be a Kardashian to get amazing new curves from corset waist training. Anybody can achieve a skinnier waist by wearing a corset. And by choosing the right garment for your body shape, you can ensure your waist trainer will always be comfortable on your body. It’s all about finding the right material and the right fit. We're here to help.

DO WAIST TRAINERS REALLY WORK?

The effects of wearing a waist trainer are instant. You'll look 1, 2 or even 3 sizes smaller as soon as you put on the garment. Waist training is also a great way to supplement the long-term slimming goals from your fitness routine. Does it work? See for yourself based on these incredible Waist Training Results, including waist training before and after photos from our customers.

BEFORE & AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS

Does waist training work? Don't just take our word for it – check out these amazing results from real customers who were able to transform their figures using a daily waist training regimen. Below, you'll also find simple tips for finding the right waist trainer for your body.

ALL ABOUT RESULTS

HOW SOON WILL YOU SEE WAIST TRAINING RESULTS?

The beauty of waist training is that the slimming and posture correction is instant! If you're trying waist training to supplement a fitness routine, results vary widely depending on your fitness level, when you start, how dedicated you are to your waist training regimen, your diet and exercise, and even your genetics. Our recommendation: keep going! Stick with it long enough and you could see some dramatic results in the mirror sooner than you think.

HOW TO GET THE BEST RESULTS

Waist training is most effective when used as part of an all-around healthy lifestyle. To ensure that you are getting the best results and tracking your progress you should:

  • Take photos of your progress.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Follow a fitness routine that includes cardio & strength training.
  • Eat small, nutritious meals throughout the day.
  • Once you’ve worked up to it, wear your waist trainer 8–10 hours a day.

DIET RECOMMENDATIONS

When eating, wearing a waist trainer may make you feel fuller faster, thus making your portions smaller – so it's important to pack each meal with the nutrients your body craves. We don’t recommend “going on a diet,” because that generally doesn’t teach you to make a permanent adjustment in your lifestyle to better your health. Instead, you can use a cleanse to jumpstart your lifestyle change. After that, stick to whole, unprocessed foods that give you energy and make you feel good!

WORKOUT TIPS

Wearing a sexy workout band waist trainer can be very motivating, so make the most of your workouts. It’s important to mix different levels of cardio intensity with strength training to make those core muscles stronger in your fitness journey.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR START

If you’re new to waist training, you might have some surprises! Here’s what is totally normal but perhaps unexpected:

  • Waist trainers are difficult to put on the first time (it gets easier)
  • In the beginning, you can only wear your waist trainer for a few hours at a time.
  • You may notice fast results.
  • You will be less likely to overeat.
  • You’ll wonder how you ever dressed without one!

Here are a few more unexpected surprises you might experience once you start corset waist training regularly.

GET STARTED WITH STYLES THAT WILL FIT YOU BEST

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Everyday Waist Trainers

Designed for professional, casual, or formal wear. Most styles are invisible under your clothes and create a flawless foundation for your sexiest look. Best worn at work, after work—anywhere! Fits mom, student or professional lifestyle.

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Steel-Boned Lace Up Corsets

Designed for dramatic slimming results and special events. Tight laces provide a firm, customizable fit with an extremely durable garment. A favorite for everyday waist training as well as costumes. Fits a social lifestyle best.

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Workout Waist Trainers

Designed for intensifying your fitness routine. Increases perspiration for the most effective workout. Best worn for cardio or strength training. Fits an active lifestyle best. 

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Vest Waist Trainers

Designed for maximum support and slimming for everyday use or special occasions. The vest design provides additional support for the bust and coverage for your back. Best worn under professional, casual or formal attire. Fits any lifestyle!

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER FIT

For the best results, your waist trainer should fit like a glove and should not cause any discomfort. That being said, most waist training corsets feel very tight when you first put them on. Don't worry – your body will grow accustomed to it very quickly. It’s important to break in the garment before wearing it for long stretches. When your waist trainer first arrives, wear it loosely a couple of times for an hour or so before you start increasing the length of wear. 

FIND THE RIGHT SIZE

Remember: a waist trainer corset must be the right size for your body to create the most dramatic and most flattering results. But sizing depends on the product, so always follow the specific product’s sizing chart.

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HOW TO MEASURE

Use a standard cotton or vinyl tape measure. Make sure the tape is level and not too tight or too loose. Take a look at the graphic that demonstrates how to measure effectively.

SIZING TIPS

When measuring, use fabric or vinyl measuring tape and make sure that it is parallel with the ground when you’re taking the measurement. A waist trainer that doesn’t fit will not be comfortable or effective. To properly size a corset, subtract three to four inches from your waist measurement. For example, if your waist measurement is 32, you should consider a size 28 corset.

Ultimately, if you are in between sizes, always size up for the best results.

WHEN TO WEAR

How do you waist train when you're busy all day? Simple: you can wear a waist trainer just about anywhere, with almost any outfit! Since there are many different styles to choose from, you can select your cincher based on the clothing you want to pair them with.

STYLING SUGGESTIONS

For everyday wear, choose a color that you can conceal under your clothing. You may also want to choose a seamless option under clothing that is very thin or tight. Did you know waist trainers pair well with several other types of shapers? We love the full effect of using a cincher along with shaping leggings or butt-enhancing shapers. Waist training is an excellent choice for the professional woman for several reasons. It improves your posture, which can be hugely beneficial if you sit or stand for long ours. It can also boost your confidence and ensure that you look your best in every single outfit. It helps lay a great foundation for blouses, slacks and skirts.

SLEEPING IN YOUR WAIST TRAINER

This isn’t a common practice but waist training can be done! If you choose this option we recommend a no-closure cincher for comfort at night. Be sure to rotate waist trainers through your wardrobe so that they can rest and be washed.

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WHEN TO WEAR

How do you waist train when you're busy all day? Simple: you can wear a waist trainer just about anywhere, with almost any outfit! Since there are many different styles to choose from, you can select your cincher based on the clothing you want to pair them with.

STYLING SUGGESTIONS

For everyday wear, choose a color that you can conceal under your clothing. You may also want to choose a seamless option under clothing that is very thin or tight. Did you know waist trainers pair well with several other types of shapers? We love the full effect of using a cincher along with shaping leggings or butt-enhancing shapers. Waist training is an excellent choice for the professional woman for several reasons. It improves your posture, which can be hugely beneficial if you sit or stand for long ours. It can also boost your confidence and ensure that you look your best in every single outfit. It helps lay a great foundation for blouses, slacks and skirts.

SLEEPING IN YOUR WAIST TRAINER

This isn’t a common practice but waist training can be done! If you choose this option we recommend a no-closure cincher for comfort at night. Be sure to rotate waist trainers through your wardrobe so that they can rest and be washed.

HOW TO CARE FOR AND EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR GARMENT

While built to be durable, waist trainers need to be properly cared for if you want them to continue to provide high compression. Here’s how to take care of yours:


Wash latex waist trainers regularly after every couple of wears using warm water and baby shampoo. You may want more than one so you can rotate them through your wardrobe. DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER. Store you waist trainer flat in a drawer or draped over a hanger. DO NOT ROLL. Have questions that weren't covered in this waist training guide? Be sure to check our blog or give us a buzz at any time – we're happy to help!

 

CONTINUE OUR ULTIMATE WAIST TRAINING GUIDE...

Continue our ultimate waist training guide below to learn more about different styles and how to properly size, how to use your waist trainer for the best overall results and learn about daily waist training exercise and what you can do at home.

 

THE HOURGLASS DIFFERENCE

At Hourglass Angel, we carry only the highest-quality, BEST workout waist trainers on the market. They have been specially curated by styling experts who have rigorously examined and tested the materials, ensuring that our customers are only offered the best. If you’ve wondering, “Where can I buy a waist trainer?” — we invite you to browse our extensive selection of top-rated shapewear and see why Hourglass Angel is known as the Original Waist Training HQ.