Corset Q & A Series,  Waist Training

Corset Q & A Episode 15: What is waist training?

In our Corset Q & A series we’ll be giving you quick answers to some of the most common questions we get regarding steel boned corsets, waist training and corseting here at Orchard Corset.

In this episode, Brittney asks the question that is on the minds of many beginning corset wearers…. What is waist training? The very simple definition is that it is the process of using a steel boned corset to modify your waist into an hourglass shape with semi-permanent results. It has nothing to do with losing weight, spot reducing or “using specific ab exercises while wearing a waist cincher” (seriously, I read that in an article about “waist training”).

Waist training is a form of body modification similar to wearing gauges in your ears (although it isn’t as permanent as that) or wearing braces on your teeth. By continually applying pressure to your lower ribs and internal organs you can achieve a shift in both that will eventually give the you the hourglass shape when you are not wearing a corset. However after you’ve achieved your desired waistline, just like wearing your retainer after having your braces removed, you’ll have to continue with some “maintenance corseting” to retain the hourglass shape you worked so hard for.

We have an entire category dedicated to waist training here on the Orchard Corset Blog, so be sure to have a look at those articles for more detailed information about waist training!

As always, if you’ve got a question that you’d like to see us answer on our Corset Q & A series, let us know in the comments.

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  • WG

    Great video and post! I absolutely love your analogy of wearing gauges for your ears. I’ve always struggled to explain how waist training works to people who don’t quite understand it. I’ll have to start using that one if you don’t mind 🙂

    I do have a quick question for the Orchard Corset crew. I’ve heard conflicting advice on what’s more important when you start waist training: consistency or difficulty. Some people say you should start wearing corsets or cinchers as tight and as long as you can, but others suggest ramping up very (read: painfully!) slowly to avoid injury. Would love to hear your crew’s thoughts!

    Keep up the fantastic work.

    • Cheri Dudek

      Merry Christmas!

      We always opt for the safe and sane approach-so not too aggressive. But I imagine that is a personal choice :). If you have never corseted before-you really should take the time to not only season the corset…but yourself 🙂

  • Jess Ari Almendarez

    What about waist training for after having a baby? Especially being plus sized. When should I measure? Where do i start? Aside from asking your Dr for the ok (Which I’ve done). How soon would I start? 🙂 sorry for all the questions!

    • Cheri Dudek

      Hi Jess,

      If you want to start right away, you could begin with a compression (latex or spandex) cincher to help reduce the size of your uterus. If you are a little ways out from your birth, measure how anyone else would measure. You will likely find you size down quickly as you will experience post baby weight loss-so if you find you a bit between sizes-size down!

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