To Corset Or Not To Corset: Pros And Cons of Waist Training

October 15, 2014  |  

Waist training is nothing new. It’s gone on for hundreds of years and housewives and celebrities alike have worn shapewear to train their mid-sections with the goal of an hour-glass shape. Waist training has gotten a little more buzz lately because celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian among others are speaking out about what works for them. People that engage in the practice of corset training are called “tightlacers”. Tightlacers wear their corsets at least 12 hours a day with some wearing them for 20 to 23 hours a day, only removing them to shower and exercise. The key to corset training is to go to a professional and find something that fits your body shape well. You also want to make sure it’s not laced too tight. It needs to be snug but comfortable enough for you to breathe and you should only wear it for a few hours at a time. If you find that you need to take it off before the alloted time, then do it right away.  Corset training is not for everyone but just in case you are considering it check out a few pros and cons.


Waist training can help create a small waist and an hourglass shape

Can help with posture and back support

Can help tighten skin


Could create trouble breathing

If done in excess and improperly could cause your muscles to weaken leading to muscle atrophy

Could possibly reshape the bones

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