Becoming a new mom turned my world upside down in terms of taking care of myself and getting back into shape. I found a convenient home workout program and over several months lost an additional 5 pounds and 4 1/2 inches post postpartum. I wasn't at my pre-pregnancy weight, nor did I expect myself to be because my goal has always been to strive for my healthiest, physically and mentally. This review uncovers the surprising health benefits these products offer in addition to the appearance of having smoother curves while actually shaping your body.
A lot of my life's rearrangement is due to my determination to breast feed my child exclusively beyond a year. This has changed my schedule, my wardrobe and my back! What I mean by that is that I have developed soreness and poor posture due to carrying my healthy and hefty baby boy. Between needing help maintaining the integrity of my back and being intrigued by the waist training phenomenon I've seen on Instagram, I purchased two products I'm reporting on here.
Waist trainers are intended to aid your fitness efforts and reshape your body to become the hourglass figure you always wanted. This is achieved through wearing the trainer very tightly for hours at a time and / or sweating during exercise. The 3 hook and eye settings allow you to gradually and comfortably tighten as you lose inches and the fabric covered rubber is the ideal environment to sweat toxins and fat stored in the midsection. The compression sleeves do the same.
The element of these products most important to me is in the daily back support as I care for my 25 pound child. Science suggests that because your trunk is kept straight in a belt or trainer, you are most apt to use your legs when lifting like we've always been told is ideal. Also, because your belly is constricted, your stomach acts as a balloon inside, supporting your spine internally in addition to the external support the trainer provides. The arm shapers combat the forward rolling of shoulders from prolonged poor posture by pulling them back by the fabric stretching from shoulder to shoulder.
I did feel that both products demonstrated their ability to correct posture and movement behavior. Wearing the waist trainer made me more psychologically aware of my trunk and stomach. I also felt that the trainer made me more aware of what and how much I ate because the feeling of "full" was more obvious when I was constricted within the trainer. I could only wear the arm shapers for a limited amount of time because my arms are larger and my shoulders broader than the largest size accommodates, but I could see the posture correcting functionality it offers anyone with arms smaller than 11 "in circumference.
During the day and especially during physical activity, I sweat beneath my trainer which I believe is the cause for my stomach becoming flatter from use. It's also the reason I recommend washing your trainer with mild soap and water or a solution you're comfortable using, or wearing the trainer over your clothes like many celebrities have been photographed doing.
Over all I'm satisfied with the products and understand their popularity. They are a sexy and functional addition to any woman's wardrobe. Since I have not seen many manufactured in the US, I just advise consumers to be sure they are purchasing an adequate size for their body. Also, consider the reason for your purchase when determining the size you select because as a back support product you will want to purchase something you can comfortably wear for long hours vs. purchasing for waist training, which you'll be persuaded by customer support to select a size that encourages your frame to thin out to fit.