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 and find out for myself does waist training really work?
How does waist training work?
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.
Snooki, Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose are also fans. (Photo Credit: Instagram (3); Getty)
“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.
Does waist training work without exercise?
Most celebs use their trainer while they're working out to reap the benefits. 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.
Is waist training dangerous?
Speaking to the instructor Matty Maggiacomo about the corset afterward, 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.
Does waist training work?
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 flatten your stomach? 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.
If you're wondering what is the best waist trainer, we've got picks for you.
Courtesy of every celeb who swears by these things – looking at you Kardashians – we’ve rounded up the best waist trainers Amazon has so you can start melting off inches too.
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