Are Waist Trainers Bad for you?

 

Hello hello!

The new year starts in under a week! Can you believe!!?? So…we are going to kick Jan 2016 off with a fun 30 day challenge that will begin Jan 1! Are you ready for this? We’re going to work to tighten our waists with the 30 day Waist Trainer challenge that I’ve developed for you!

But wait, do you have to wear…a waist trainer??

Please give me a moment to take a breather.

NO!!! OH GOODNESS NO, do not do it, please! For your health!

Let me tell you something. A waist trainer is just a corset that has been resurrected. Corsets, which originated in France, used to be worn by women (and upper class men) as early as the 16th and 17th centuries! The peak of the corset’s popularity was during the Victorian Era.

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Here is a picture of a women from the “Gibson Girl” era, where hourglass figures and the tiny cinched waist were in! The tinier the waist, the more delicate, beautiful, and feminine you were. At this time, people were not very knowledgable about health and exercise either, so all of the cinching was done for pure vanity – which as you know, is ALWAYS a problem. During the mid to late 19th century, doctors began to get concerned over the health issues that corset-wearing may cause.

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What are some risks?

  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Shallow breathing
  • Passing out
  • Acid reflux
  • Back acne

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As you can see, corset wearing doesn’t actually get rid of fat. How can it? Celebrities like the Kardashians and Jessica Alba swear by the waist trainer, but there is NO EVIDENCE that you’re burning extra calories by wearing it. (Let’s also keep in mind that celebrities are also paid A LOT by companies to wear and promote their products to their adoring followers.) All it does is push your organs, muscles and bones into a different placement so that you can achieve an hourglass figure.

Hmm, that doesn’t sound like a good idea does it? If your body’s anatomy was structured and spaced in a way that was meant to make you function optimally as a human being, why in the world would you change that? Wearing a waist trainer or corset for days, weeks or months at a time can have very serious and dangerous effects on your health. Please save your money and do not buy into this gimmick.

Remember this. Wearing a waist trainer or corset does not give you flat abs and an hourglass shape forever. The more you wear a corset for “support” and reshaping, the less strength your actual muscles have. Also, once you stop wearing it, your belly is just going to bulge right back out. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, you better stop reading up on waist trainers and being enchanted by “impeccable” celebrity bodies. There is no spot reducing and there is no “magic”. There’s plastic surgery and then there’s something called working hard and earning your body.

Oh and yeah, and above all that, you actually get STRONGER when you work out and eat right. Who wants a skinny waist while not being able to do a proper sit-up? Let’s work for strength and create our own “natural corset” with our muscles.

That’s why I want you to take the 30 day waist trainer challenge with me. It’s free and it WORKS. Everyday for 30 days, we will all perform the following 5 moves to tighten your entire core, your upper abs, your lower belly, and your obliques. We are attacking the mid section from every angle. You ready!!?? Here’s your challenge, which begins Jan 1:

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If you are committing the next 30 days to a fitter body and a slimmer, stronger waist, then I want you to save this pic and post it to your social media. Ask your friends to join in and use the hashtag #30daywaisttrainer.

Here are the moves:

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Eagle Abs – bring your elbows to your knees and use your abs to crunch. Works rectus abdominus.

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Reverse Crunch – Press your arms down into the mat and lift your butt off the ground. Works lower abs.

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Double D’s – Press your entire back into the mat. This is almost like a double leg lift, but instead your legs will draw two D’s in the air as your go back up. Works lower abs.

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Infinity Abs – Bring your feet up into table top position. With hands clasped together with elbows straight out, pretend you are rowing side to side. Draw an infinity shape with your elbows! Works entire core, especially obliques.

 

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Accordians – Lying on your side, place your elbow underneath your shoulder and raise your top arm above your head. Your top ankle should be crossed over your bottom ankle. Raise your top leg and bring your elbow to your knee. Works obliques.

 

Ok, now you know all of the moves. If you’re in, comment “I’m in!” and post this pic so I can see how many of you are taking the 30 Day Waist Trainer Challenge! Jan 1 is the day we begin!

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REFERENCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_corsets

http://exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu/clothes/

http://news.health.com/2015/03/10/what-is-waist-training/

https://www.yahoo.com/health/why-waist-training-is-a-really-really-bad-idea-120455530897.html

http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/a13489/celebrities-swear-by-it-but-is-waist-training-actually-healthy/

 

  • amandawarner255

    Nice article and great information shared by you! Actually waist training corset helps the muscles in the back that will help to avoid the pain. Check out the amazing deal on waist training corset at herdailydeal.com

  • Tammy

    I’m on day 7 now and feeling it more. Can’t do infinity abs too well. And do single D’s instead of double. It was killing my back. We’ll see what happens!

    • Hena

      Results?

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  • Sinna Stevenson

    Your knowledge of corsets is a bit lacking, and waist trainers are something else entirely. I wear a corset for health reasons twelve or more hours a day for my work, and I can still function quite normally without it. I do not exercise or sleep in it, as the former is very much not recommend and the latter is unnecessary for my purposes. I have serious back trouble and my work is intensely physical. My corset helps support the muscles in my back that I’ve torn while I work so I can avoid back pain. I am also a runner and a highly active person otherwise, but do not wear my corset for running or exercise. It is only at work that my back cannot handle the strain. A corset does nothing more to your body than a pregnancy would, in terms of moving your organs. While I don’t approve of dropping to fifteen inches, a la Cathie Jung, corsets used responsibly and fitted correctly are not harmful to your body. The corsets they wore in the olden days were, as they didn’t have the technology and medical knowledge we do, worse for your body. A waist trainer, on the other hand, is a rather useless bit of stretchy material that does nothing but make you feel a bit better about yourself while you wear it. I suppose you could exercise in one, and it does help you lose some water weight, but it’s not a noticeable amount. I wore one while running for a while just to test it out. About the only thing it did was remind me to keep my core tense because if I relaxed, it hurt.

  • Tori Schmitz

    I only just saw this…so starting nearly a month late but Im in

  • Hannah Winnagle

    IM IN!!!!????????

  • Chloe

    For the record there is actually no documented proof from any kind of scientific or medical professional that indicates wearing a corset is harmful to your body. Yes you should definitely exercise to get rid of unwanted fat however that doesn’t mean that a corset is a bad thing someone can’t get over the feminist idea that corsets are inherently bad and subjugate women. I don’t feel that a corset subjugates me and I frankly love the feel of them. Don’t let a preconceived notion from some one ruin something without at least trying it for yourself. I do like the exercises on this site though.

    • Hannah Winnagle

      If you get hurt and die it’s not our fault

  • Violet

    Can someone please explain to me how to do infinity abs?

  • ionised

    Thanks for writing this. I have a small waist because my lungs were damaged as a child and occupy less space in body (leading to all kinds of problems, as you might expect). The idea that someone would ELECT to do this to their insides is SO CREEPY to me. This dainty waist trend came about in the 17 hundreds to mimic exactly what I suffered from: lung damage from tuberculosis.

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  • Valentina Octavia George

    Hi Cassey, How to do the infinity abs? I still dont get it. Thanks

    • Beatriz

      Me neither

    • Esia Stallaert

      Infinity abs is the same as russian twists, my fave workout :)

  • Rose Erick

    I got my waist trainer from https://www.suite143.com/. It has been working with me so far.

  • Izabella

    If anyone has tried this I will like to know if it actually works

  • Jen

    How do you do infinity abs?

  • RJ Cash

    Can I do this and the thigh and butt one for a morning or night time work out but still do the normal monthly calendar??????Thanks!!

  • Margaret Nahmias

    I hate the ones that claim that they can help you lose weight by sweating. If that was the case everyone would be skinnier in the summer.

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  • cassey_lover

    You are super wonderful

  • Hannah Phan

    What if you want to slim your thighs AND waist? Can I combine both calendars on top?

  • Joana

    I AM IN! :)

  • Arianna

    What you say about the corsets are true, especially when taken to the extremes you cited. However, anything taken to extremes is harmful. As for causing weight loss, it does! It does it by restricting your stomach so you eat less and therefore burn more fat for your energy. It’s no different than portion control. Eat less, do normal (or more) activity, lose weight. As for training the waist, yes, if done long enough then the body adapts and, especially if done young, grows into the shaped form. If done when older, your bones are more brittle and would be prone to breaking. But the allure is that with the corset you don’t have to exercise to get your desired shape. What isn’t thought of is ‘use it or lose it’. If you wear a corset all the time and don’t have an exercise routine to maintain your musculature then you are dependent upon your corset just to maintain your posture. Long-time corset wearers exercise and stretch daily. As the extremely small waist isn’t the style, corsets should only be used wisely and can be very effective for special occasion dressing.

    As for these exercises, most do NOT work the obliques and do little for post-partum abdominus rectus issues. Do a google for that if that is your problem. While this group of exercises will do as it says and is intended to do, if you are looking to get an hourglass figure out of this you won’t. These, as intended, strengthen your core. If you want to define your figure you need to work less on your upper and lower abs and more on your obliques and the ‘girdle’ of muscles in your mid-section. An exercise know as ‘vacuuming’, sucking your stomach in to ‘touch your backbone, works very well for that.

    As always, do your own research, and make your own determinations. Don’t just take someone’s word for something. As mentioned above, paid endorsements are rampant.

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  • emily lindmann

    If I do the arm, waist, thigh, stomach and butt 30 day challenges as well as burning around 100 calories by walking my dogs every day, will I see and feel results? I heard you’re supposed to do these 30 day challenges with the calendar but I’m not, will I still see results even though I’m not doing the calendar????

  • Jacinda Kristine Rodriguez

    I’m in.

  • Vidhi Juneja

    I am in

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  • Little e

    Thanks for posting the waist training challenge. I love your videos :)

  • Sandra

    I’m in. A little late but I am starting this challenge today. :)

  • Ashley

    cassey!

    do you think there is anyway you could do a 30 day muffin top challenge? this is a very problem area for me and those 30 day challenges work the best for me as far as my schedule goes!

    • Haniah Shaik

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSS PLEASEEEEEE totally agree i think alot of people are struggling in the whole stomach area so maybe a challenge that targets that place as a whole would be great!!!

  • Talia

    Hey guys, I have a quick question. I ordered the vegan 8 week meal plan with my journal, and used the combo, and did not get the discount!!! Also, I ordered it on my iPhone6, and the meal plan did not “instant download” so I still don’t even have that. Does anyone know how to rectify what’s going on with my order?? Thanks so much!!

  • Nikki

    I’m in this is one of my challenges for myself in February:)Good luck everyone and God Bless!
    #fitFeburary

  • Jen

    Guys, if I do this for 30 days, does it mean I can stop after that? Or do I have to continue doing this for it to work?

  • Lauren

    When she puts like 5 eagle abs, is each rep like 1? So I do 5 of those in total? Because I do some ab workouts (although not a lot) I feel like doing this little doesn’t do much for me. Not sure, if someone could clarify please:)

    • Jen

      I think she means just 5 eagle abs. I think she wants to build us up slowly, but I’m not completely sure.

    • AlbertaRose94

      I’m doing two of the other 30 day challenge. Everything gets increased by one increment. For this 30 day challenge, Day 1 you’ll do 3 exercises 5 times, Day 7 you’ll do 3 exercises 10 times, plus a new exercise 5 times, Day 13 you’ll do 4 exercises 10 times, plus a new exercise 5 times. Day 18 you’ll do 5 exercises 10 times and by Day 30 you’re doing 5 exercises 22 times.

  • Lauren

    When she says says like 5 reps of eagle abs, Does that just mean do 5? I do some ab workouts, not a lot, but sometimes I feel like since everything is so little it doesn’t do anything.

  • Arti

    The February calendar is about to come out and im just about to start this one!