When I got my waist trainer I was over the moon excited. I already had fairly healthy eating habits, and I work out 5-6 days out of the week, so I was stoked to supplement those habits with something new.
There are some things I think you need to know about working out while wearing your waist trainer, so read on to learn my 4 most important tips:
1. Fit is Everything
Before you can even think of getting your body adjusted to a waist trainer so that you can adjust to working out in one, you have to make sure that it fits you properly. Yes, your waist trainer will be snug and feel tighter than the clothes that you wear which is what you’re supposed to feel. However, there should be no pain, breathing issues, or other health issues that arise from wearing your waist trainer, so it is crucial that you don’t order one that is too small because if you do, you will most likely experience negative side effects.
Here's how my OMG Waist Trainer looks on me while at the gym:
If you’re not sure which size to order, check out this sizing chart to help you out, and if you’re on the border between two sizes, go with the larger of the two. It prevents you risking the experience of negative side effects, and each waist trainer has three separate zippers to tailor that specific size to your body. Here are some tips on how to exercise while wearing your waist trainer.
2. Take It Slow
Don’t start working out in your waist trainer the same day that you wear it for the first time. I didn’t work out in my waist trainer until about after I had worn it around for a week. (Read about my 1st week waist training!) You have to allow your body to get used to moving around and going through your daily motions in your waist trainer before you can expect your body to be able to safely and effectively exercise in it.
3. Ease In
Once you feel that your body is ready to try exercising in your waist trainer, you need to understand that you might not be able to go through your entire workout while wearing it. Try wearing it for only a portion of your workout for the first day, and as each day goes on, increase the amount of time during your workout that you wear the waist trainer.
4. Pick and Choose
I’ve found out first hand that not all exercises can be completed while wearing a waist trainer, and thankfully nobody was around to view what I’m sure was a comical struggle on my part as I figured that out.
A lot of the ab exercises that I do aren’t very easy to do in my waist trainer, but the ones that involve keeping your back straight (think planks and leg raises) weren’t difficult. The waist trainer didn’t impede my cardio at all, but I did notice that I felt more warmth in my abdominal region as time went on, which is exactly what’s supposed to happen, so I was pretty excited about that. On the days that I lifted while wearing my waist trainer, my form and posture were both improved, and I felt that I had a more effective workout because of that.
I hope that reading about my waist training experiences in the gym will help you as you begin working out in your waist trainer! As always, remember that I’m not a personal trainer or a licensed physician, and you should keep in touch with your doctor to make sure that you don’t have any health issues that would be affected by waist training, completing certain exercises, or a combination of the two. Also check out 5 important waist training tips & tricks to help you along your journey!
By: Kayla Harwick