If you’re lusting after an enviable hourglass figure, it is certainly achievable through a waist training routine. However, before you start your new regime, it is wise to get clued up on all there is to know about the waist training procedure.
What is waist training?
The waist training process is lengthy and certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Over time, the body becomes accustomed to being pulled in at the waist, though it isn’t a permanent change to your figure.
The process involves wearing a tight laced corset to cinch in the waistline and provide an exaggerated hourglass figure. After a while, the waist becomes smaller with the hips remaining curvy. If, however, you stop wearing your waist training corset for a long period of time, your waist will revert back to where it sits naturally.
How long should I wear the waist trainer for?
The more you wear your waist trainer, the quicker that the results will show. Even after you have cinched your waist to achieve the shape you want, you will still have to continue to wear a corset or a waist trainer for a few hours a day to keep your desired shape.
It is recommended that most beginners start by wearing their waist trainer for around 2-3 hours a day. If that feels too much, you should try and wear your trainer for around an hour a day in the first week.
After the initial seven day period has passed, you can gradually start adding more time to your routine, realistically aiming to wear the trainer for 8-10 hours of the day.
How can a Vollers corset help you waist train?
You want to make sure that you invest in the best waist trainer that you can afford. Cast aside a cheaply made, unsupported trainer because you really won’t be able to achieve the results you’re looking for.
All Vollers Corsets can be used for waist training. However, all of our corsets below have been designed specifically with waist training in mind.
All of these corsets have three layers of fabric, steel bones and a waist tape to help you achieve a perfect hourglass figure.
Our waist hugger trainer is supported by 21 steel bones that make the corset more structured for the purpose of waist training. This corset will enable you to reduce your waist up to 4” initially and even up to 6” to 8” gradually.
Our more traditionally shaped waist clincher is specifically designed for waist training and is supported by 28 steel bones that make the corset structured for the purpose of waist training.
Our Majestic underbust style Another perfect corset for waist training, complete with V shaped detail at the front and cut slightly lower at the back at the hem, making for a very elegant, almost Victorian, look and feel.
When will I start to see results?
It is worth bearing in mind that everyone's body is different and any noticeable results may happen relatively quickly or may take a little longer. It is important to remember that waist training takes time and the more consistently you wear your trainer, the quicker you will see results.
Whilst It may be a little uncomfortable in the beginning , If you don’t consistently wear your trainer, you may never see results and may quit the process before your body has the ability to start benefiting from the training.
If you want to decrease your waist size further, you will eventually need a smaller size corset. You will know it’s time to do this when your clasps are close to closing completely or the corset is getting loose. When this point is near, it is advised to have a second corset available to transition into so there is no gap between your training and you won’t lose that figure you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
We caught up with expert in corsetry, Lucy from Lucy’s Corsetry to discover her best advice as well as some of the misconceptions about waist training.
What do you think are common misconceptions about Waist Training?
The most common misconception is that "waist training" is the same whether you're using a genuine corset (made with breathable non-stretch cotton, eyelets, and laces) or a stretchy cincher (made with non-breathable latex or neoprene and which fasten by hook and eye). Both garments initially may nip in the waist by 1-2 inches, but the similarities stop there.
Waist training with a genuine corset can modify the musculature of the obliques, and - if desired by the wearer - there are corset styles that can reform the floating ribs as well. These are semi-permanent changes that, once achieved, may last up to several months or a year after completely discontinuing use. Because of the cotton core layers, the skin is allowed to breathe. Working up a sweat while IN your corset is discouraged. By contrast, rubber cinchers primarily target edema and water weight around the torso, and sweating in them is encouraged by their purveyors. They typically provide a more temporary modification that subsides once the wearer rehydrates.
The other most common misconception about waist training is that it's a shortcut or a substitute to diet and exercise. It absolutely is not. In fact, when training, the wearer has to be more aware of the quality of food they eat (food that is nutrient-dense with higher water content and fibre tend to feel best on the tummy while training, compared to fried or refined foods). I always encourage corset wearer to begin or increase their core strength exercises to tone their back and abdominal muscles. While a person may be able to see results from corset training alone after a few weeks or months (and of course they may see results from diet and exercise alone) many serious corset wearers will attest that they achieve the most results with a combination of the three.
Do you think waist training can contribute to body confidence?
I do believe that any article of clothing that makes you look good and that feels right can contribute to one's confidence. But within the community of corset wearers, overwhelmingly most of us will say that a corset is not designed to be a crutch or a mask for confidence. To further explain:
Controlling and changing the way one looks on a daily basis is one of the most common ways we as humans non-verbally express ourselves. This is why so many people own shoes of different heel heights and toe shapes, lipsticks of different colours, and even bras with varying shape and lift. As an extension of this, through corsets one can change their hip-to-waist ratio on certain days - or everyday if they choose, which is where waist training comes in. However, our community also puts an emphasis on body positivity. While we support individuals for the waist training goals they have already chosen for themselves, it is extremely frowned upon to push another person into wearing a corset, or training past their personal goals, or shaming them for their natural body type. Their body = their choice.
Over the years I've also found that the control over one's physical form through the practice of corseting can be particularly helpful for some trans women and gender fluid persons to present themselves on the outside the way they feel on the inside, if they think that corsets might be right for them. Bringing a person's external form and internal identity into harmony can be incredibly empowering.
What is your best advice when it comes to waist training?
I have about 25 videos and as many articles surrounding waist training, but to put it as succinctly as possible: although waist training is focused primarily around the waist, remember that it is a whole-body experience because every system of the body is connected to the others. If you are serious about waist training, do as much research as possible, and invest as wisely as you can in to a corset that will fit you comfortably and give you the most leverage. The slower and more gradually you train down, the better. In the best case scenario, one will enjoy using their corset; if one wears a corset as an end in itself instead of simply a means (that is, wearing it simply because they like it), then long-term results will be that much easier to attain. It is important to remember that pain is never normal, and waist training is not a race. And lastly, don't be surprised if you learn a tremendous amount about yourself and your own body throughout this process.
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