So you’ve developed your corset training routine, you’ve been following it consistently, and you’ve started to notice some results, either in how you feel or how you look. Wonderful! This is all going so well, and the corset is so comfortable, you can’t help but wonder if maybe you could stand to carry on waist training while working out. After all, isn’t a regular waist trainer supposed to exercise their core so as to keep their abdominal muscles strong? And wouldn’t that stretchy athletic top look oh-so-nice over a cinched waist at the gym? The better question to ask, though, is this: Is it really a good idea to wear your corset while working out?
As a daily waist trainer and recreational athlete, I’ve spent enough time combining the two to be able to identify the drawbacks, potential benefits, and precautions to be taken. Currently, I refuse to work out while wearing a corset. I have done so regularly in the past, though, particularly while doing moderate, steady-state cardio (i.e. elliptical, jogging). However, I came to an important realization a few years ago:
If I am not already wearing my corset for 23-24 hours per day (I'm not), then why should I use my allotted daily hour of physical activity to also waist train when I would be better off to get that extra hour of waist training in when I am not partaking in vigorous activity?
It’s vital to emphasize this. All-day-every-day trainers (also called "23/7" training) excluded, would we not be minimizing the quality and/or reduction of our waist training if we were to try and continue on with it while exercising? And would we not interfere with the intensity and thoroughness of a workout by doing so?
Let me use myself as an example: If I waist train for 12 hours a day and workout for 1 hour a day, I have two options:
So which of these scenarios seems most sensible to you? To me, it is clear: the second! I can stand to get those 12 hours in outside of the gym, be it at the office, while sleeping, or even out running errands. Not while working up a sweat.
Are you still wondering if maybe you are one of those individuals who could make use a corset while working out? Perhaps it’s worth considering a few of the questions in the infographic below before committing yourself to being laced up at the gym.
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So are you going to keep your waist training and fitness training separate?
Even when you choose not to work out while wearing a corset, you may wish to review these helpful guidelines for waist trainers in the gym (again, while not wearing a corset):
Or have you decided to wear your corset while working out?
Certainly there are some scenarios in which it is acceptable to take part in physical activity while staying laced up. For example, a light stroll that requires minimal exertion wouldn’t necessarily require the removal of your corset for you to experience the benefits of walking. In fact, most exercises which do not require core strength or midsection mobility and during which you can still hold a conversation easily would not likely be impeded by being laced up. Regardless of the activity, keep in mind these suggestions when taking your waist training to the gym:
What do I do for physical fitness?
You may not actually be wondering this, but it seems appropriate for me to provide some context for my advice. After all, the suggestions I offer are shaped by my personal waist training and athletic experiences, and I believe it necessary for me to share what it is that I, personally, do to reach my fitness goals.
Other than the times when I am obliged to travel (often cross-country), I stay considerably active by exercise 60-90 minutes 5-6 days per week. My routine is a combination of running, as I am continually training for some race or another; body weight strength training, powerlifting, and gymnastic movements, often in a CrossFit type environment; and stretching, which usually consists of foam rolling and hatha yoga. The goal is not just to look trim. The goal is to be strong.
Whatever your goals or activities are, remember, just as corset training for a short period of time won't get you lasting results, neither will any fitness regimen. You need to keep at it, and, most importantly, be consistent! The more diligently you pursue either or both, the more successful you will be.
Corset Training and Exercise