Thanks to Kim Kardashian who posted her selfie wearing a corset at the gym. Since then, corsets have started to make a huge comeback. Corsets give us that much-desired hourglass figure and were very popular from the 1600’s till the late 1800’s. Many people think that since they are called waist-training corsets they should be worn in the gym, while exercising. A true corset is not made for heavy activity and can be ruined while exercising and could damage your health.
A true corset should not be confused with exercise clinchers that are made of latex. These are commonly used while exercising to concentrate sweating around the abdominal for burning fat. We will have more information about those later. Genuine corsets are designed to form your waistline to be slimmer.
How should a corset be used?
A corset should be used after working out, as it will reinforce the exercises you just performed, helping to tone your waistline. Let’s say you did an intense core resistance training, which including strengthening your abs and your back, and then have a shower.
The key is for waist training is put your corset on within one hour from your workout. Since the muscle fibers are still broken, the corset will push the oblique muscles to rebuild itself to the corsets shape, giving you more than semi-permanent hourglass shape, even if you are not wearing your corset.
Why shouldn’t you wear your corset while exercising?
Most good quality corsets are made from a spiral and steel bones. You can wear your corset while you go about your daily activities, working, shopping, driving, etc. The whole time you are wearing your corset, it is waist-training your abdomen. But doing some type of physical actively such as running on the treadmill or a spinning class isn’t recommended. Why?
Since the corset is putting pressure on your torso, it has been known for increase blood pressure in some people. Those who already have high blood pressure should take care to not do any type of strenuous activities while wearing their corset.
Another factor to consider is that while we are exercising, our lungs expand up to thirty percent and since the corset is tight around our lungs, it can leave use feeling winded and light-headed, for the lack of air.
Exercising can ruin your corset
Another factor to consider is your corset is made up of steel bones that can easily rust. When we exercise, we sweat, causing the corset to become humid. This moisture can cause your corset to rust, forming unattractive rust spots on your corset.
Most corsets are made from silk, which cannot be cleaned like the rest of your exercise clothes. It needs to either be professionally washed or hand washed with special soaps, then left to air-dry. But if we wear our corset while exercising, it is going to get dirtier faster, meaning it will need to be washed more often. The more silk is washed, the faster the silk fibers break down destroying your corset.
Your corset is waist-training your abdomen by holding that area rigid and exercising will be forcing you to bend, etc. causing the steel bones to break or bend out of shape. Thus, making your corset to be ineffective at waist training since it will no longer be able to hold the desired shape.
If you are looking for a corset to use at the gym, such as Kim Kardashian was wearing in her selfie, then you will need to get a latex clincher. The only advantage to using a latex faja is that it is easier to wash but it is not considered to be as an effective waist-trainer as a genuine corset.