For starters, it's good to know that waist trainers can be worn by everyone, from moms to red carpet celebrities! While everyone can use waist trainers, you need to have knowledge about how it works to get the most out of your waist trainers. Whether you are dressing up for a special event or a mini-photoshoot, it is pertinent that you learn what works and what doesn’t. Follow these do's and don'ts while waist training and you won't go wrong.

DO: Buy Waist Trainers that Fit Your Body Type

It is crucial to know that not every waist trainer will work everybody. You have to select a garment based on your target areas; the areas you want accentuated. Hence, know more about your body type before starting waist training. To help you, below is a quick look at the common body types:

  • Hourglass: You have a defined waistline, and the width of your bust and hips are similar.
  • Straight: The width of your bust, waist and hips are similar. You have a slightly defined waistline.
  • Round: Your waist is naturally wider than your hip and bust. You also have slender arms and legs.
  • Shapely (on top): Your bust is wider than your hips. You have a defined waistline.
  • Curvy (on bottom): Your hip is wider than your bust. You have a defined waistline.

At Jackie London, we carry waist trainers that feature three lines of hooks. This means that there are three sizes in one garment.

DON'T: Get Waist Trainers Without Taking Your Own Measurements

When it comes to waist training, you have to get a garment that fits. Otherwise, it is not going to be flattering. A size too small is a big no-no as it may actually hurt you than do any good. An important step to ordering waist trainers is identifying the size that will fit your body best. So, this is a good time to take your measurements; a perfect fit equates to perfect curves. When you take measurements, try to use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape. In addition, you should not be pulling too tight as you need ample allowance to slip a finger underneath the tape.

  • When you measure your bust, make sure you are measuring around the fullest part of your chest.
  • When you measure your waist, measure it at the height of your belly button.
  • When you measure your hip, try your best to measure around the fullest part of your hip.

DO: Learn How to Utilize Waist Trainers Correctly

Learning how to use waist trainers is not rocket science. They just need to be tight in order to work. With that in mind, you should not warp it or stretch it out if you don’t know how to use it. Instead, try stepping into it (don't pull it over your head). Next, continue 'fitting in' without tugging or stretching with too much force. You can think of using waist trainers as wearing pantyhose. You should bunch it up then work it on slowly.

DON'T: Expect Waist Trainers to Work Without Making Changes to Your Diet & Fitness Regime

Lastly, waist training alone isn't going to work if you have a poor diet and fitness regime. You need to continue working out and eating well! You should remember that waist training is supplemental to a healthy fitness regimen. Need exercise tips? As long as you are engaging your core and maximizing the intensity of your workouts, you are doing great. Below are some exercises to try out:

  • Leg lifts
  • Hip thrusts
  • Plank twists
  • Leg extension crunches
  • Oblique hop plank holds
  • Side crunch leg lifts