Waist Training

Ann Chery Waist Training review
Ann Chery Waist Training review

SHRINK THE WAIST?

With my body measurements, it matches the criteria of the hourglass. However my body shape isn’t quite the hourglass shape I want. It’s between a rectangle/athletic and hourglass. I know if I lose another inch or two (naturally), I will get the shape I want. Ann Chery is a well known brand out there in the body shaping world and is the leading brand when it comes to waist trainers.

I have heard about this whole waist training shenanigan and was intrigued by it. Didn’t realise the Kardashians and Jenners were promoting it at the time. I did my research and ended up purchasing the genuine Ann Chery 3 Hooks Sport Latex Waist Trainer since I’d cave. This is a waist cincher, not an actual corset. I’ve read the reviews that also helped determine which size to get – small (32).

It is made out of latex with a cotton lining and you could smell the latex. It’s off-putting. Putting it on was hard. I broke a nail in the process. Was it worth it in the end? Yes and no. When worn, it did help shrink my waist down 1 and a half inches and boobs look pushed up, but there are more cons than pros. It seems to have squeezed and pushed my back fat out of the cincher, making me look broader. The band on my bras doesn’t fit properly because of this. It doesn’t give me the smooth, streamlined silhouette. I felt and looked rounder. Rather than it making me look thinner, it somehow made me look thicker than I actually am. I can’t wear my casual clothes over this unless it’s sweatpants and a loose top. I have worn it to work once in lounge clothing but could smell the latex and got paranoid that everyone else could smell it.

The first day of wearing it, I instantly hated it. Not only the above mentioned, it also did affect my breathing. I wasn’t able to take a full, deep breath properly. It was uncomfortable. I dread to think what it would be like working out with this. After the first few times of putting it on, I was able to get onto the second hook. I’ve trialled this for a month and this is what I think of it.

I’ve used this during my workouts for 2 hours. I thought it would be very restrictive in terms of movement but it did help with my posture and core stability but some exercises I couldn’t do properly. My breathing was restricted after an intense cardio workout which isn’t good. If I don’t workout, I’d wear it for 6 hours at home. Every now and again, I got a rash from it so I do have to stop wearing it for a day or so to heal up.

Due to the compression, it does make you sweat more by increasing the body temperature. Therefore you’re shedding water weight, not fat. I don’t believe this will burn fat alone and doubt there are any scientific proofs. I do admit that I did feel slimmer the next day after wearing it but I would go back to my old self after drinking water. The results are only temporary rather than permanent. This helps restrict your food intake, which is probably the only way you see some inches lost.

It is easy to just rely on this and not work out but you will end up not using your core muscles and it’d still be a midsection of fat rather than a toned stomach you’d hoped for. You can’t scoff pizza in conjunction with this. You do need to incorporate a healthy eating lifestyle with an exercise regime. There are no quick fixes or cheats in getting the body you want. This can help motivate you and show you what your body could look like. Whether you get an hourglass figure depends on your genetics and your body composition.

I did see half an inch lost around my waist. It’s something I guess, even so, I’m not disappointed yet not wowed. Never will I use this again. A healthy eating and an exercise routine is all you need to see better results. This cannot be stressed enough. Skip this completely. It’s just a fad as you cannot spot reduce.

What are your thoughts on waist training?

43 Comments

  1. Rhian Westbury
    28th June 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I'd love to try one of these but don't see the point until I lose some more weight as it wouldn't make a massive difference on my current size. Such an interesting concept though x

  2. Mellissa Williams
    28th June 2016 / 4:05 pm

    I think corsets are fine for a temporary look, they can be quite sexy and give you a nipped in waist but I am not sure about the concept of waist training in general is for me. An interesting post though!

  3. Agata Pokutycka
    28th June 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I would like to give it a try. I've read quite a few reviews about different brands and it seems like you need to buy something from at least middle shelf to get some results.

  4. ana de jesus
    28th June 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Oh no sorry to hear that it disappointed you, I think waist cinchers are dangerous, as you said it restricts your breathing which is horrible x

  5. 28th June 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I've never even heard of this concept – I can't say I felt tempted straightaway and certainly after reading your post, I would agree that moderate exercise and healthy eating is the way forward.

  6. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    29th June 2016 / 12:12 am

    I'm not sure what I think of waist training – I always think of the issues we learned about those wearing corsets when I see them, however it obviously isn't like that after reading this- interesting πŸ™‚ x

  7. 29th June 2016 / 1:52 am

    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with this. It definitely doesn't seem like a viable long-term solution.

  8. Elizabeth S
    29th June 2016 / 8:39 am

    Goodness this sounds wholly unpleasant! I think I will pass. I have a natural hourglass shape anyway which weights and cardio are helping to sculpt.

  9. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    29th June 2016 / 10:24 am

    Wow this sounds so uncomfortable. I definitely agree that eating right and exercising is a much better option!

  10. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    29th June 2016 / 10:39 am

    Definitely agree that these are a fad and I hope it passes quickly, they're so dangerous! Cassey from Blogilates has some great exercises that build your core muscles to "waist train" without the risks πŸ™‚

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  11. Natasha Mairs
    29th June 2016 / 10:41 am

    I have often thought of buying myself on of these. But I don't like to feel uncomfortable and I heard the results on last when wearing it and as soon as it's off your back to your normal self

  12. beautyqueenuk
    29th June 2016 / 10:58 am

    Hmm I am not sure I like the sound of these I have to admit, if they helped the posture, then a totally different story x

  13. Stella Olojola
    29th June 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I have never used it before so I can't really say if I would like it or not.

  14. Alice Furlan
    29th June 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Hmm I guess you expected a bit of controversy with this post..I don't agree with waist training..just train and loose those cm naturally and especially be you, your shape is beautiful!

  15. Life-As-Mum
    29th June 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I am 50/50 with this. I want to try it but yet again I'd rather not try it. I think I would prefer a good workout at home instead of being uncomfortable wearing a waist trainer

  16. Hannah Heartss
    29th June 2016 / 6:10 pm

    I hear so much about these but I don't think its for me x

  17. Laura Ferry
    29th June 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Good on you for sharing such an honest review. I dont think this is something that I would use once I lose weight xxx

  18. The Ordinary Girl
    30th June 2016 / 1:43 am

    Reminds of those old times when women used to suffer all the pain just to attract men.. when the fashion was at its peak. But this is not my kind of thing. I cant wear a top tank under my top because it so hot where i live.. this is impossible.. you are right.. let's control using exercise.

  19. Lauren DellaFera
    30th June 2016 / 1:49 am

    Something about the idea of trying to physically squeeze your body into a new shape definitely doesn't appeal to me. It was interesting to hear your experience though. Nothing beats a healthy lifestyle and a healthy attitude!

  20. Rebecca Laurel
    30th June 2016 / 11:10 am

    I think it's good for a temporary fix to fit into an outfit + look good that you really wish to wear for a special event. But for long term, it's still better to eat healthy and exercise regularly! That looks really uncomfortable!

  21. Leslee Rosales
    30th June 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I really want to try this. I hate my flabs uurrgghh

  22. Mia Foo
    30th June 2016 / 4:44 pm

    i didn't know there's such a product. it sure looks uncomfortable wearing it (with all those hooks), much less to say to exercise in them! perhaps using it might speed up the results of your workout?

  23. Linda Hobbis
    30th June 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I agree with you and the reports I've read on waist training suggest it's very bad for your internal organs. I do have one or two corsets but I can't even wear those for very long.

  24. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    30th June 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I've heard this is SO bad for you, especially for young girls. It can lead to so many problems and is a terrible, terrible idea. Honestly, corsets are great for a few hours or a day, but to do it for a long time to "train" your waist isn't advisable. I don't think it's worth it for the inch. You are so beautiful as it is so I totally agree with you exercise beats this everyday! H x

  25. Leslie Hernandez
    30th June 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I actually use a waist trainer when I go to gym everyday its actually really helpful and effective in my opinion.

  26. 1st July 2016 / 8:40 am

    I will not try this one. I like to be comfortable with what I wear. Thank you for sharing your experience. It saved me time and effort experimenting this method.

  27. 1st July 2016 / 10:08 am

    Corsets remind me of the olden days and it seemed like a contraption for me. I agree that it's better to work out your muscles so that they are toned. πŸ™‚

  28. Saminu Abass Ola
    1st July 2016 / 11:26 am

    Don't let me call this a bad experience. No no I can't imagine that. All is well, what matters a lot is keep your body fit and healhty. You can check here for Health and Fitness tips articles

  29. Fernando Lachica
    1st July 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Well, waist training is great for some women. I think, men have different ways to do to trim thei waists. Moreover, this waist training is an instant method without having to spend time at fitness shop.

  30. Madeeha Saeed
    1st July 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I loved the idea of it. I have been looking for something similar for ages but not for slimming my waist but to help my posture. i will definitely be checking it out.

  31. Franc
    1st July 2016 / 4:32 pm

    It's always better to have a smaller waste. It's always worth trimming it with a good diet and exercise.

  32. Bhushavali N
    1st July 2016 / 5:51 pm

    You might have got the size wrong. May be a size larger might do the trick. I haven't done waist training but I own a couple of waist cinchers esp to wear under those tight fitting garments where even the slightest paunch look weird!!

  33. Kira L Curtis
    1st July 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I had being wondering about waist training and whether it's worth it but after reading this I do believe that exercise and healthy is definitely the way to go. Need to get back into exercise though!

  34. Melanie Ed
    1st July 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I must admit I'm really against waist trainers i'd prefer to exercise and watch what i eat.

  35. Laura Hartley
    2nd July 2016 / 12:35 am

    I've tried something like this before and had a similar experience to you. I found the whole thing rather uncomfortable and overall pointless!

  36. Elizabeth O.
    2nd July 2016 / 3:43 am

    I don't really like the idea of waist training and I would just rather stick to eating healthy and working out. This is not a product that I would recommend to women, that's for sure.

  37. Fred Hawson
    2nd July 2016 / 1:03 pm

    This would just be a temporary solution, like a corset. There are just those occasions that you need to look good in a body-hugging outfit, and this should help.

  38. 2nd July 2016 / 11:39 pm

    I believe proper diet and exercise are definitely the best solution to making your goal possible. As for this waist training, I bet it helps but not totally. It may help you in keeping your shape provided that you just do the exercise needed.

  39. GlamGlitzGloss
    3rd July 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I've heard waist training is really bad for you so personally it's something I would avoid. I think the best option is exercise and proper diet to work towards your goal

  40. Laura - Alagoz
    4th July 2016 / 9:46 am

    I think eating healthy and going to gym is the best weight to get the desired look x

    Laura
    Γ–ku MΓΆku

  41. jessica ie
    5th July 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I think this is a nice alternative of going to gym if i dont have enough time πŸ˜€

  42. Khushboo Motihar
    5th July 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Ouch! Waist training sounds very uncomfortable. I prefer wearing breathable cotton workouts pants and a sports bra. Thanks for sharing your experience πŸ™‚

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