One of the most frequent questions that I receive from women who are interested in waist training is “does waist training hurt?”
There are so many women who are looking for that hourglass figure and to slim down their stomach but what keeps them away from waist training is that they are afraid that it will hurt or will just be too uncomfortable for them.
The thing to remember when it comes to wearing a waist trainer or a corset is that it is only as uncomfortable as you make it. Now, that doesn’t mean you won’t have moments were you may be uncomfortable, but it all depends on what you do and if you do waist training correctly.
Should Waist Training Hurt?
So, here is my answer and I will explain a little more below.
Waist training should not hurt.
At no time while wearing a waist trainer should you be in pain. Don’t mistake being uncomfortable for pain though.
I have heard complaints from several ladies who claim that wearing a waist trainer was painful so they just stopped waist training all together. I would say almost all of these women were not properly following the correct way to actually use a waist trainer.
If your waist trainer or corset causes any type of pain to your body, there are several reasons why and most of them are easy fixes.
Your Waist Trainer Is Too Small
This is probably the number one reason why a woman would claim that waist training is painful for them. If the trainer is too small of course it is going to jab into places it shouldn’t and may even cause your stomach to hurt as well as your back and ribs.
When choosing the right size waist trainer there should be no extra skin or fat hanging out the top of the garment or underneath the garment. If this is the case, then it is too small and you need to go up a size in the trainer.
I know that this goes for a lot of clothing items as a waist trainer is no different. For example, I have had jeans that have been too tight in the waist and have actually caused my stomach to hurt. This would be the same if you are wearing a shaping garment that is too tight.
You Are Wearing the Waist Trainer Too Much Too Soon
As I laid out in my waist training guide, you need to start off slowly when it comes to waist training. If you get your trainer and wear it for 8 hours the first day, you will most likely be hurting.
Just like any physical thing you do with your body you need to actually “train” and not just jump full force into something.
The trainer may also need to be “broken in” for a while so that it better fits your body. The best way to do this is to keep it consistent and wear the trainer every day but only for a limited amount of time.
You may only want to start off wearing it for 30 minutes a day and work up to a few hours in the first few weeks of your waist training.
It is never recommended that you start wearing your trainer for 8 hours a day in the first week or two you get it.
This is a huge reason why many women tend to quit training their waist with a cincher so quickly because they do too much too soon. It basically turns them off for good from doing any type of waist training when if they just took things slower they would eventually start seeing results and not have to deal with any pain.
You Have an Underlying Condition That Prevents You From Waist Training
There is a small percentage of people who may find that they have an underlying medical condition that makes waist training painful.
For example, some back or rib injuries may prevent some people from being able to wear tight garments around their waist area. Some women who have gastrointestinal problems like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) might also find that they can’t have the tight pressure against their stomach as well.
If at any time wearing a waist trainer makes your condition more painful, take it off right away and consult you doctor.
Waist Training Can Be Uncomfortable At Times
Although waist training should not be painful I will not lie and say that it won’t be uncomfortable. Anything that causes physical changes in your body will eventually be uncomfortable at some point.
For example, exercise can be uncomfortable. Plastic surgery and Botox injections can be uncomfortable. And even some diets to lose weight are uncomfortable.
Don’t confuse discomfort with pain though. If at any time you do have pain, you should take the waist trainer off.
Keep in mind that anytime you eat, your waist trainer may become even more uncomfortable. As your stomach expands, especially if your stomach tends to bloat with meals, the garment is going to get tighter.
This may be especially true if you eat fatty foods or ones that are gas producing such as beans or even fizzy drinks like soda.
Some women actually like this part of waist training because it does help prevent them from overeating. Other women tend to not like it and will actually take the trainer off after eating a meal just to get a break for a period time.
Just remember that you are able to take off the trainer or corset any time you like. You will see results faster the more consistently you wear it, but don’t feel like you have to be uncomfortable in order to eventually see results.
Lastly, a waist trainer will basically force you to have good posture and sit up straight. For some women who may not have that great of posture to begin with this can be quite uncomfortable in the beginning.
This isn’t a bad thing as better posture makes you look thinner but also helps with back alignment as well.
Waist Training Warnings
Just a few words of advice to help your waist training be more successful and less uncomfortable.
Women should not attempt any type of waist training until they have stopped growing. This means that it is not recommended for teenagers at all. You want to make sure that your bones are done growing to prevent any type of injuries or damage, which can happen when your body is still changing and growing.
If at any time you feel shortness or breath while wearing your waist trainer, remove it immediately. This is unlikely to happen with a normal latex waist trainer as it is more likely to happen with a tight lacing corset. But it is still good to be aware of this.
Lastly, I will repeat this again, if at any time you are wearing your trainer, cincher, or corset and you experience pain, cramps, or soreness, remove the garment immediately. Check out the reasons I listed above that your cincher may be causing you pain to determine what you can do to fix the problem and continue waist training.
Remember, waist training should not hurt and it should not cause pain if you are doing it properly.
**I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to be a medical professional. Start a waist training routine at your own risk and remember to consult your own physician.