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Does Waist Training Really Work? [Poll]

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You can waist train while driving, sleeping, walking, or simply breathing. Well, maybe breathing, if you can breathe at all with a waist trainer on. For all intents concerning cutting and trimming away stubborn fat of the abdomen, waist trainers are the golden promise of support and go-to for many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. But do they work, and are they safe?

A Waist, What?

The Italian-born innovation of the corset inspires the concept of fitness waist trainers. Italian and French women wore corsets in the 1500s to elongate and slim the torso. While results were evident in most cases of consistent wear, waist trainers exposed wearers to potential organ complications due to the movement of internal organs and bones.

Are Waist Trainers Safe?

Compared to corsets, modern waist trainers are much softer, durable, and made for flexible wear. They promote sweating in the abdomen and are often used in conjunction with a thermal cream to optimize results. They come in a variety of sizes and are designed for both men and women shapes. Today, waist trainers are highly debated in the fitness community, loved by some, and sworn off by others.

Some have reported the same challenges in organ shifting, or simply not obtaining results. While results of waist training can be long term, these may be the kind of changes that can be more dangerous. In most cases, it is recommended to wear a trainer 8-12 hours a day for results, though using them in the gym alone may also yield results.

Would You Waist Train?

Effects vary from person to person, but whether or not it is safe to wear a waist trainer depends. On what? The type of waist trainer to start, the way it is being worn, how long it is being worn, and the individual who is wearing it.

What do you think GR8NESS fit fam, where do you stand with waist trainers? Take our poll to weigh in with the rest of our community.

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Amanda
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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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