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5 Things All Women Should Know Before Trying A Waist Trainer

Those who buy and use waist trainers may get more than they bargained for, and never receive what they purchased it for.

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Today TGNR introduces Health and Fitness Contributor, Master Personal Fitness Trainer Jared Stokes. Mr. Stokes is a long practicing personal fitness trainer, and is currently completing his Ph.D. thesis in Heath Sciences at Columbia University, in New York City. He is also author of the newly released,.  “Pathway to Heaven,” the first installation of The Red Series As well as serving as a founding member and leader of K3mistry Productions; a multifaceted company dedicated in part to providing sound fitness information, and introducing exercise to new people in a uniquely positive paradigm. Today, Mr. Stokes delves into one of the hottest modern fitness trends – the Waist Trainer. 


As TGNR’s mission is reporting fascinating good news, the topic of positive and accurate public heath information is of great concern. Mr. Stokes today shares his expert insight on 5 things all women should know before trying a waist trainer.

America has witnessed many trends come and go, like tether ball or a German Shepard playing a game of “fetch the Frisbee.” From Disco Pants to Colombian jeans, every fad has its time to shine before fading off into the distance. Alas, it is now 2015 and a new development has taken the country by storm, or rather by the belt buckle. Its name, ladies and gentleman, is waist-training…

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How could these have JUST been a fad?


5: What Does A Waist Trainer Aim To Do?

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Before and after: The big idea.

Our culprit here includes such waist trainer entities as Miss Belt or Gennie Hourglass, both of which act as a modern day corset. According to writer Jamie Harrison, in an article for Ebony Magazine entitled “Getting Waisted: The Dangers of Corset Training,” : waist-training is considered a practice aimed at reshaping women’s bodies, and trimming inches off their waists through use of a 21st century steel-boned corset, and doing so by being worn for a certain amount of time each day. Ain’t that a mouthful?

Basically, the practice much like its predecessor of the Victorian era, is meant to help women obtain the classic hourglass figure. A look usually defined as having ample breasts, a flat stomach, and voluptuous buttocks. Molly Shea, Assistant Editor for Yahoo! Health states that waist-training at first, “seemed like the kind of trend that would fizzle out quickly.” This assumption was plausible, considering the fact that corsets are extremely outdated. However, thanks to support from celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, and Brooke Burke-Charvet this trend may be here to stay for a little while.

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So, what are the proven effects the body experiences when wearing a waist trainer during your workout?

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Jared Stokes is a Master Personal Trainer with an EdD in Health Education from Columbia University in New York City. Jared has been TGNR's Health & Fitness contributor since 2015. He also currently serves as Co-Founder and CEO of K3mistry Productions, a multifaceted company that teaches and promotes advanced media literacy.



  1. Emma

    June 5, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Thanks for your tips, but I have a question : waist trainer actually good ?

    • Paul K. DiCostanzo

      June 5, 2016 at 12:24 PM

      Thank you for reading, and your question!

      If you have further questions about waist trainers, you can e-mail master trainer Stokes at All you need to do is click the embedded link on his name in the byline. He is more than pleased to answer reader questions.

    • Jared Stokes

      June 7, 2016 at 8:30 PM

      As far as I know, through both research and personal experience, waist-trainers are beneficial when considering one’s posture. When worn, the waist-trainer provides stability in the abdominal region of one’s body, causing one’s form to stiffen up. Imagine wearing tight clothes and how that may affect posture. It is uncommon (at least in my experiences) to see an individual with bad posture who is wearing a tight outfit. The waist-trainer only remains tight in one region (the abdominal area). Regarding the shaping effects people desire, waist-trainers provide a temporary change. I caution against believing celebrity and fitness “experts” when it comes to slimming benefits. There is no proof that the device in question will result in an hourglass figure without causing harm to one’s body internally. Nevertheless, if improving posture is a goal of yours, especially when it comes to exercise, then investing in a waist-trainer may be worthwhile. Having correct posture when exercising or partaking in fitness-related activities is VERY important. I do, however, caution against wearing a waist-trainer too tight. This can lead to problems with respiratory function (breathing) and/or blood flow throughout the body (which is needed for both results and survival). If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask me. I may just write an article on what was just discussed here (i.e. proper exercise/fitness posture, breathing, and blood flow). Thank you!

  2. Kel

    June 10, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    Huge baby’s grow in our body 9 months at a time, compacting and squeezing. Our inside are meant to adjust to limited space. THE PROPER WAY TO WAIST TRAIN is to gradually adjust just like a baby. Adjust to your Comfort

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