Corset training has gone mainstream and many women are wearing a waist training corset in the hopes of waist slimming, weight loss, belly fat loss and posture correction. But do they deliver the sexy figure you're after safely and permanently? Here's 10 quick facts and tips I learned about corsets for waist training when I was shopping brands for my first corset that I purchased for a Renaissance Faire and Steampunk Festival.
1. The only type of corset you can use for corset training is a steel bone corset. Why? Because steel bones mold to your unique body shape and are strong enough for semi-permanent reshaping. Latex corsets have plastic flexi-boning that bends and is not strong enough for semi-permanent reshaping.
2. Steel bone corsets and waist cincher corsets are completely different things and feel drastically different on. A steel bone corset is made of cotton, silk, or other fabric and the steel bones bend to your shape which means you get a reduction primarily at the waist. A cincher is made of rubber and plastic flexi-boning that smoothes bulges by squeezing the entire core and distributing excess fat evenly around the core. Some cinchers may cinch your waist but they do so by squeezing your entire core to death and it hurts! More about that in my waist cinchers review.
3. Wearing a corset is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. You may find that you eat less while wearing a corset but achieving a healthy fit toned body is only a result of a healthy lifestyle. Below is a video by one of the top corset experts on youtube that explains this in detail.
4. Corset waist training is not a quick fix solution. It's a long term adventure that requires research, financial investment and patience. I personally had to watch dozens of videos and read several expert guides for weeks before I decided on my first steel bone corset which I wanted for special events and possibly to train my waist to wear a 22" corset closed. If what you want is instantly smaller looking core then get a cincher instead.
5. A corset requires a breaking in period or what some experts call seasoning. This means you wear it 2 hours a day for 2 weeks so that the material and steel bones mold to your shape. This will then allow you to cinch tighter and tighter as you being to wear it for your intended event or goal. If you try to close a corset right after you get it chances are you will damage it. More about that in the fun corset dance workout video below.
6. Waist training means different things to different people. Some want to waist train to reduce appetite and boost self esteem so they can lose weight and inches while others like me just want to waist train so they can wear or close a corset of a certain size for a special event. Either way this requires time, lots of patience, discipline and possibly having to purchase several corsets over the span of several months.
7. Steel bone corsets range in price from $99-$500+ for custom made ones. There are quality corsets in all prices ranges as well as badly made corsets in all price ranges so if you want to invest in a corset be sure to do your research and ask questions from other corset wearers and buyers to make sure you're getting exactly what you want and need for your goals.
8. Corsets were never intended for exercise EVER! Lots of women seem to exercise in corsets but that doesn't make it right, healthy or smart. If a corset is supporting your entire core and doing all the work of your corset muscle (transversus abdominis) for you then guess what happens to the most important muscle in your core? It gets weak and dysfunctional and fails to support and cinch your waist when you're not wearing a corset so don't wear a corset or cincher when you exercise if you want a naturally permanently cinched waist and a healthy back.
9. Corsets may improve posture while you wear them but they DO NOT correct postural imbalances caused by: scoliosis, injuries, sports training, high heels addiction, sedentary work, over training of certain muscle groups and under training of other muscle groups. Only corrective exercise can fix your posture permanently. A corset can help alleviate pain or discomfort but wearing one in place of functional training will only make you weaker and more unbalanced over time.
10. I am not a corset expert but I am a scientific core conditioning expert with 14 years of experience helping women burn fat, lose weight, get healthy, get fit, lose inches and dress sizes PERMANENTLY. All those books in the pic are thousands of dollars of continuing education courses I've taken in the past 14 years to learn how to help my clients get healthy lean and fit. I do not recommend corset wearing or waist cinchers for weight loss for fitness or posture correction ever but I do think you can wear them occasionally for fun without harming your body.