What are Waist trainers? Waist trainers are compression garments worn during working out or under daily wear to provide compression to the upper waist area. These should be integrated with a flexible back support structure which also reduces back pain by supporting the spine.
There are three kinds of waist trainers.
Corsets: Tight, rigid compression garments inspired by the corsets from the Victorian area. These can be quite tight and rigid, and it isn’t recommended to wear them for long hours. Ideally, they work best under formal wear for the odd occasion for form fitting wear. They are usually lace-up, zipper or hook style closures, and tend to be long in the torso, starting from the under bust area to the belly or lower. They have a natural flare and create a temporary body shape.
Fitness Trainer: This kind of waist training is focused on providing compression and shaping while working out. It is different from corsets in terms of improved flexibility and enhanced comfort. It can be worn during most exercise forms like walking, running, cycling or dance work outs. It works by increased sweating and water loss in the upper waist area. The increased heat buildup during exercise due to the compression and the heavy fabric raises temperatures and increases blood flow in the body area, allowing for better inch loss. This kind of trainer is also extremely useful in supporting the back and improving body posture while working out. These kind of trainers tend to be much shorter and end at or above the belly area i.e, the area of the body where you want to be narrower. It should not impede movement or breathing during your work out.
Daily Trainers: Daily trainers are designed for waist training by wearing for extended periods of time. These trainers are also quite comfortable, and usually made of thinner fabric to be worn under daily wear. Like fitness trainers, they also tend to be worn higher up than on the hips. They can be a little longer and may extend slightly below the belly button. It needs to be worn quite tightly for the compression to work and results can be seen after six to eight weeks. Unlike fitness trainers, you don’t expect weight loss but you can target some inch loss by shaping and compression. Post partum women can look at wearing these compression belts 6 months after delivery but only after taking a doctor’s advice, During pregnancy, the abdominal wall muscle tends to be damaged (Diastasis Recti) causing reduction in structural support the wall provides. Compression belts bring these muscles closer together and aid healing. The daily trainer also supports the back and the core during daily chores or desk work.