Say what you want about Kim Kardashian, but the girl has curves.
You know who doesn’t have curves? Me. Apparently the word to describe my body is “apple shaped,” which is surely the least sexy of all the shapes.
Do I want a butt like Kim? No. Do I want her teeny, tiny waist? Hell yeah. So when she revealed she was an advocate of the waist training corset, I was willing to give it a go.
Snooki, Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose are also fans (Photo Credit: Instagram (3); Getty)
Before I embarked on my training — with a corset courtesy of Hourglass Angel — I thought it would be best to get an expert’s opinion.
Enter celebrity personal trainer Kali O’Mard, who told me waist shapers work temporarily and can be a solution, just not a permanent one.
“In a nutshell,” he said, “All you’re doing is compressing your stomach and putting the fat elsewhere, not getting rid of it. I suggest you exercise, eat well and eliminate refined and processed foods from your diet. Then you’ll have the abs and waist of your dreams.”
Suggestion noted. But in the name of journalism I went with the waist trainer anyway and decided to just jump right in and take the hardest class I could find.
Enter Warrior Fitness Bootcamp, 60 intense minutes of every exercise I hate – burpees, box jumps, push ups, squat jumps. And that was all before the obstacle course. Oh and two burly former marines are shouting at you to work harder throughout.
It's an amazing - but killer - workout, but with the corset? It. Was. Awful. I'm not ashamed to admit I had to take it off halfway through. #CorsetFail
Attempting the obstacle course at WFBC
After that I was ready to throw in the towel (or the corset in this case), but I persevered (in the name of journalism obviously) and decided to try a workout loved by Kim herself.
Enter Barry’s Bootcamp. If you’re not familiar, Barry’s is a workout favored by many celebrities with locations around the world. The class is divided into sections, which alternate between weight training and running on a treadmill.
While doing the latter portion, in which you have to sprint, run uphill, sideways, backwards, every which way you can, I honestly thought I was going to pass out and actually started to panic that I couldn’t breathe. But I made it through, just about.
With Barry's Bootcamp master trainer Matty
Speaking to the instructor Matty Maggiacomo about the corset afterwards, he told me, “It's a quick fix in the same way limiting water intake for two days is a 'quick fix' to look slim. Though, it is in no way a healthy one.
“The lungs should expand to their fullest during cardio, especially during an intense workout like Barry's. My advice is simple: If you want a slim waist and six-pack abs, stick to a diverse exercise regimen and eat well."
Being put through my paces by Jenn Seracuse at FLEXPilates
RESULT: Two weeks later, I was done and ready to throw the thing in the trash...that was, until I measured myself. I lost an inch off my waist in just 14 days and also received many compliments on how “tiny” my waist looked! Woo hoo! #CorsetFTW
So, does the waist trainer work? Yes. Would I do it again? Probably not. Here at 'Life & Style' we are all about safety, so if you do want to try it out, we advise you to read up on how to do it the safe way, such as Waist Training 101: A Guide to Using Corsets to Slim Your Waistline by Vanna B.