Determining Which Type of Waist Trainer Suits Your Needs

If you want to use something as tricky as a waist trainer and achieve maximum benefit, without any damage, it is intrinsic to know the type you would need. There is more to this than just the size. The shape of your waist trainer is important as it molds your body.

If you are interested to know the exact type of waist trainer that would suit you the best, here are a few tips.

Corset or Cincher?

The very concept of waist training involves wearing a corset or a cincher to shape your torso into the preferred shape. This needs to be kept on for 4 to 6 hours. However, waist trainers have come far since the generic concept was invented. Nowadays, the kind of waist trainer you choose to use depends on how far you can push yourself and what your figure actually needs.

There are two basic kinds, and none is preferably ‘better’ than the other. If used correctly, the outcome will be a cinched waist and visible differences in your mid-riff.

For a more aesthetic purpose, you can opt for the traditional corsets. These corsets have been used by women since the 16th century. The structure is steel-boned, and the entire garment rigidly fixes the shape of the body to an hourglass figure under the dress. The outcome is a perfect figure with no cause for complaints.

However, if you are planning on waist training during your exercises, it is not a good idea to choose corsets. In fact wearing corsets, you will find it hard to implement simple body movements, let alone the flexibility that vigorous exercises would demand. It will restrict your breathing even more than cinchers as it hugs your entire torso and not just the waist.

It is the perfect base to your attire on a night out or even if you prefer to get some waist training in while relaxing. It will remind you of your goals and will prevent you from giving into your guilty splurges.

The second variety is the cincher. Cinchers have been designed with the specific goal to be worn during exercises. They are more specifically categorized as shape wear. They build up the heat at your core and help you to sweat out faster. Built with latex, they are far more flexible and allows for a greater body movement. Even if they are just a mutation of the corsets, they are more suited to active wear.

When it comes to the size that you will require, it is preferable to figure that out through old-fashioned trial. I would recommend going a bit loose, to begin with as you will be working out with it on. You can tighten up the hooks as you progress in your waist training.


Even though cinchers promote body movement better than corsets, it is not wise to practice any cardiac or core exercises in it. It will still restrict the core and the diaphragm which could lead to health problems later on in life. However, if your form of exercise is aerobics, cinchers are a great choice.

In case you are wondering what to buy, I would recommend getting both and alternating between them. You can’t use corsets during exercises, but cinchers do not provide as great a contour as the former. So you can use them as occasion demands.

  • March 30, 2017
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