Waist Training - Top Tips On How To Train Your Waist

I'd never heard of waist training until recently. The likes of Kim Kardashian with her tiny waspie waist has made waist training incredibly popular. So what is it, how do I do it. And is it safe to do?

What Is Waist Training?

Waist training is a process by which you reduce your natural waist measurement over a period of time by using waist trainers, or waist cinchers. The waist reduction is achieved through compression, rather than actual weight loss.

Waist Trainer Or Waist Cincher?

If you are confused between waist trainers or a waist cinchers don't be - these are exactly the same things. Different brands call them different things. In Brazil they are actually called FAJAS!

The Strong Stuff!

In order for it to give super strong compression, your waist cincher needs to be SUPER STRONG! The strongest waist cinchers are BONED and are made from LATEX or RUBBER. This might sound a little scary (images of rubber clad ladies with whips always seems to string to mind!) but please don't worry. These are not instruments of torture, they are quite reasonable looking things. Most waist trainers are lined with cotton, the boning is completely hidden inside the structure of the waist trainer, and the outer layer looks fine.

Hooks & Eyes

Look for waist cinchers that fasten down the front with hooks and eyes. These are the ones to use to waist train. You often get double columns of hooks and eyes (and sometimes triple). The idea behind this is that you start off on the widest setting. Once you have worn your waist trainer like this for several days you can graduate to the next, tighter level. This will really help to train your waist gradually.

You can get step in style waist cincher and waist cinchers with zips. We don't recommend you use these for waist training as they don't give you enough compression.

Do I Need Angled Boning?

Most waist cinchers have vertical boning. This gives the strongest waist training effect as it goes against your natural shape, helping to pull everything in and compress you.

Workout waist trainers have ANGLED boning. The idea behind having angled boning is to give you greater flexibility of movement. People do like to wear waist trainers whilst they work out. They are supposed to increase the efficiency of your workout and help you to lose weight, as well as train your waist. Regular waist cinchers would get in the way with your workout, so the angled boning works much better.

I can't give you a definitive answer on how well workout waist trainers work - as I am a wee bit lazy and haven't been to the gym for years! However, just take a look on instagram at the workout waist training pictures. They are pretty inspirational and the ladies on there are definitely getting results!

What Size Waist Trainer Do I Go For?

All of the waist trainers and waist cincher we sell have good size charts. Please do follow them, or ask me for advice. The main thing to make sure you get right is that your waist trainer should fit VERY TIGHTLY. If it doesn't then it won't give you any waist training results - it will give you a nice, slimmer waist, but this will only be whilst you are wearing it.

I do have lots of customers who buy their waist trainers in a VERY SMALL size. They wear them SUPER TIGHT and really get great results. Please do be aware though, if you go for a waist trainer in a smaller size something will have to give - bones break (not yours, the waist trainers) and hooks and eyes can pull. I do have a lovely lady who seems to buy a waist trainer almost once a month. She must really put it through its paces!

How Long Should I Wear A Waist Trainer For?

In order to achieve amazing results, you should wear your waist trainer for 8 - 10 hours a day, daily for a good week to a fortnight. How quickly you get results really depends on your body. The quickest results we hear about come from women who have had a baby. We think this is because your body has naturally expanded from being pregnant and so there is more space to push everything back in.

Post-Partum Recovery

The Esbelt Waist Cincher was in fact originally developed to help with Post-Partum (just after you have had a baby) recovery and Post-Surgery recovery. The idea of putting everything back in place after you have expanded during pregnancy goes back centuries - various cultures used to bind their waists after pregnancy in order to return back to your original pre-pregnancy size. If you decide to use a waist trainer for post-partum recovery, please do always run it past your doctor or midwife, especially if you have had a c-section or complications.

How Long Will The Effects Last?

The results from waist training are semi-permanent. If you try waist training as a one off thing for a few weeks, your waist will gradually return back to its natural size. However, if you waist train regularly you will get more long-term results. It does take patience and persistence though!

The results from post-partum recovery tend to be more permanent as it is more of a moving things back to their original place, type of thing.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #1

Because your waist trainer has a high latex/rubber content, it will smell of rubber when you get it out of the packet. I suggest that you leave it out in the open air for a while. If it is still quite strong smelling, give it a little sponge down with some nice smelling water!

Waist Trainer Top Tip #2

If you have chosen a waist trainer in a VERY SMALL size in order to really go for it with waist training, put it on lying down on the bed. Start with the top hook and eye and slowly work your way down. For some reason, lying down helps loads!

Waist Trainer Top Tip #3

Always always hand wash your waist trainer. Please do not put it in the washing machine or tumble drier. This will cause bones to break and latex/rubber to disintegrate. Also, dry away from direct heat - don't put it on a radiator. Dry it flat like you would with a jumper.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #4

Tuck the bottom of your waist trainer into your knickers. This helps to give you a much smoother line under your clothes. It also helps it to stay in place and not roll up.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #5

If you find yourself bulging out over the top of your waist cincher, try a waist cincher vest instead. This comes up much higher over the back and helps to create a very smooth line. Esbelt make a really good waist cincher vest. This is as effective as their (super best selling) original waist cincher, but it has shoulder straps and a high back to cover any overhang.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #6

If you find your waist trainer shows through your top, put a tight fitting vest on over the top. This will help to smooth out any lines, giving you a better silhouette under your clothes.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #7

If you are using your waist cincher as a waist trainer, please do bear in mind that it may not last forever. If you are putting it under lots of strain by wearing it on a super tight setting, it will eventually break. Once the bones have snapped you will need to purchase a new one.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #8

Don't wear your waist trainer if you are going out for a big meal. You may find your appetite is quite reduced when wearing your waist trainer. If you think about what a waist trainers does, it compresses everything it covers. This does include your stomach. Some ladies love this - me included, as any reduction in my enormous appetite is always welcome! However, it might not be practical if you are going out for a special meal.

Waist Trainer Top Tip #9

Waist trainers are really helpful when it comes to your posture. The firmness of them makes you stand up much straighter and taller. And just standing up straighter automatically makes you look slimmer and more lovely. Plus it makes your boobs look more uplifted and bigger!!

Waist Trainer Top Tip #10

Another side effect of wearing a waist trainer is that it really helps with lower back ache. When I feel my back "go" I immediately stick on my waist trainer. It gives it tons of support and I'm sure it has saved me from some expensive trips to the osteopath!