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  • Interview: 'Waist Training was the best thing that ever happened to me'

    Maria's Waist Training Transformation

    Maria is a busy mom who had difficulty losing weight, due to a medical condition that caused her to gain 45 pounds. When she looked in the mirror, she was no longer happy. And while she wasn't sure if she'd ever get her slim body back, she knew she needed to make a change. Trying a waist trainer turned out to be the key to jumpstarting her transformation.

    Maria started going to the gym and wearing her waist trainer nonstop. Within two weeks, she was already noticing results. And by simply wearing the waist trainer, her self-esteem skyrocketed. We caught up with Maria recently to find out more about her 8-week waist training journey.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I worked in customer service from the age of 14 to 23. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters. I love to do all kinds of crafts: I sew, crotchet, make jewelry, make soaps, candles etc. About 2 years ago I started to try and live a healthier lifestyle, but once I found out about my health problems I decided I really needed to change a lot.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I wanted to do waist training because I gained over 45 pounds due to a health condition. When I would look at myself in the mirror I wasn't happy. I knew I needed to change. I decided that on my 28th birthday I was going to join a gym and start losing weight. Even if I didn't make it back to 115 pounds, I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and be happy. I saw a lot of ads about how waist training helped women lose weight and keep their curves, so I decided I wanted to get a waist trainer.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the latex waist trainer because I was always at the gym and it helped me sweat a lot.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first put on the waist trainer, I was in front of a mirror and the first thing I did when I saw myself was smile. The waist trainer gave me a boost of self-esteem I needed. The second thing that I did was run to my boyfriend and asked him how I looked. He said "Wow, you look great. But I love the way you look, no matter what."

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my waist trainer almost every day. Some days I would wear it for 12 hours. I worked out in it and I wore it daily. Since I sweated a lot I would have to wipe it down every day. After the first week of wearing the waist trainer I didn't even realize that I was wearing it.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    The waist trainer exceeded my expectations. I couldn't believe the difference it was making day by day. I wanted to try the butt lifter and waist trainer together, but I couldn't get the proper fit. My stomach is much flatter and my curves are more defined. I am so happy I wish I could buy all of Hourglass Angel’s products, because I know that they must be amazing since the waist trainer was more than amazing.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I was very active I went to the gym 6 days a week and I ate very healthy. I did catch a cold towards the 5th week so I took a little break from the gym, but I still ate healthy and did yoga.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    The waist trainer helped me because when I would go to the gym I was always worried that people were looking at my stomach. When I put the waist trainer on I felt more confident and I wasn't worried that people were staring at me. I loved the way I looked and felt wearing the waist trainer.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results almost immediately, about two weeks after wearing the waist trainer. I was losing weight and seeing it.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Everyone I know has noticed my weight loss. I get so excited when someone tells me that I lost weight or that I look good. I am so much happier that I started this journey with Hourglass Angel.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    I would tell them that waist training is the best thing that ever happened to me when it came to losing weight. Also, the bonus of using a waist trainer is you can wear it on a daily basis. While you are on your weight-loss journey, you can put on your waist trainer and go out and about, and no one will know that you are wearing a waist trainer. Waist training is the best when you want to lose weight or when you want to improve your curves.

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  • The Best Plus Size Shapewear of 2018

    High Quality Plus Size Shapewear

    Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and that’s why we are big advocates of high-quality plus-size shapewear. One of the top expressed needs of our customers is shapewear that accommodates curvier figures. And we agree—you should expect waist slimming, thigh slimming, posture-support and all-over smoothing and contouring, no matter what your size.

    While there were a few good options for plus size shapewear, we noticed that there was room for improvement, particularly with waist trainers. And that’s how the Hourglass Angel private label shapewear collection was conceived! Between our private label and the best options from other brands, you’re not going to find a better selection than our plus size shapewear collection.

    What Makes the Hourglass Angel Plus Size Collection Different

    If you have a plus size figure, your shaping needs are slightly different. While everyone benefits from slimming the waist, smoothing curves, support and enhancement, you will also want to be sure that your shapewear has:

    • A comfortable fit
    • Durability
    • Support in all the right places

    Our plus size collection has been independently tested on countless real women to ensure a precise fit and optimal support. We made slight modifications in the material as well as the cut. The results are products that are constructed for fuller figures that will remain supportive and provide full coverage.

    These accommodations make more effective shapewear garments than other plus-size shapers on the market!

    We also wanted to provide our plus size customers with variety, because different women of different shapes on different occasions have different shaping needs! This plus size collection meets a variety of needs including targeting different areas and providing support.

    Hourglass Angel Private Label Waist Trainers for Plus Sizes

    To start, check out our newly released private label collection of waist trainers:

    Latex Workout Band Curve Creator By Hourglass Angel HA101

    When it comes to a plus size workout band, we wanted a product with the highest integrity and firm, customizable fit. A Velcro-closure is an ideal option for workouts because it is quick and easy to put on and can instantly adjust to your size. This fitband comes in sized up to 3X and provides full coverage for the torso.

    We also took inspiration from steel-boned corsets to maximize the compression level and durability of this garment. Most workout bands are reinforced with plastic boning to maintain their shape, but this one uses flexible steel. In combination with the high-compression latex at the garment’s core, this waist trainer achieves unbeatable compression, ensuring that you get the most out of your workout each and every time. Maintaining firm compression is what stimulates perspiration and makes the waist training process effective.

    Lastly, you won’t sacrifice comfort in this garment. While the compression is firm, you won’t have to worry about it digging in or causing discomfort in places it shouldn’t, since it has been tested on real women.

    Customer Billie V. says, “I’m a taller girl (6ft) and this shaper still fit great! I wear it to the gym while running and lifting heavier weights, helps not only with holding my shape and sweating but with back support too!”

    Best Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA102

    Hook and eye are some of our most popular products because they are versatile and virtually every body type benefits from them. They instantly create a slimmer, smoother waistline and an hourglass shape. They can also be used as an ongoing waist training regimen as a part of a smart waist slimming plan. This particular garment uses three rows of hooks, so it naturally sizes down with you, providing a snug, custom fit.

    This Hourglass Angel waist trainer is ideal for workouts and comes in up to size 5XL. The latex core stimulates heat around your midsection and increases your perspiration. So you sweat harder during any exercise, whether it's a gentle walk or high-intensity physical activity.

    Finally, this garment is also reinforced with flexible steel boning, giving it superior durability and maximum compression.

    This review from a Guest customer (1/4/18) says it all: “I ordered 2 XL waist trainers to begin with and in a little over a month am needing the next size. I wear them alternating every 2 days and worked my way to 8 hours a day. I workout in them and man even just looking at the sweat made me feel like I was doing something and then to be able to see the results with the tape measure made me feel like gold! I would recommend these to ANYONE and EVERYONE.”

    Latex Waist Trainer Vest By Hourglass Angel HA103

    One of the biggest needs that plus size women express is having more support and coverage for the bust and back. A vest-style waist trainer is the way to go, so we had to include one in our private label collection.

    You’ll instantly lose 1–3 inches off your waist when you put on this latex waist trainer. With thick support straps, you’ll also get optimal support for your breasts. And with a high back design, you can say goodbye to any concerns you have about bra bulge, not to mention love handles and muffin top. It also provides optimal posture support over a long day.

    This vest waist trainer comes in up to size 5XL. Three rows of hook-and-eye closures ensures it’s going to provide a custom fit even as you slim down. And like our other signature waist trainers, this garment is reinforced with flexible steel boning for unbeatable durability and maximum compression—for the best results.

    Hourglass-Effects Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA105

    We were giddy to introduce this stylish waist trainer to our plus size market because we know how you looooove to post selfies and feel confident and sexy during your workouts. Not only does the superior construction and cut provide the coverage and support ideal for curvier figures, but the curvy design of the color and fabric creates a slimmer hourglass appearance.

    Like our other signature products, high quality latex is reinforced with flexible steel boning for maximum compression that will have your midsection sweating hard during your workouts. You can wear this waist trainer under your everyday clothes, or keep it exposed at the gym. It comes in up to size 5XL, so we’ve got you covered!

    We see the word “love” a lot in this products reviews! Tara B. says, “I recently bought the Hourglass-Effects waist trainer and I am loving it. I have only worn it so far for about 7 days but can already see the difference!! I am looking forward to starting my intense work outs and really seeing a dramatic difference in the weeks to come!! Thank you Hourglass Angel!! I recommend to everyone :)”

    Additional Recommended Plus Size Shapewear

     In addition to our private label collection, you can round out your wardrobe with other high-quality shapers for all occasions.

    High Waist Spandex Shorts By Spanx 2745

    When it comes to all-over coverage and support, no one does it better than Spanx. These high waist shorts come in up to size 3XL, providing smooth control without squeezing or causing discomfort. It controls the waist, butt, hips and thighs while providing flexibility and freedom of movement. This is an ideal choice for a night out or formal occasion.

    Sculpt ActivWear Body Shaper By Shape And Slim

    This innovative bodysuit slims and shapes the torso, back, tummy and upper thighs. It weaves natural ingredients, including shea butter, brown algae oil, and caffeine combined with Cedrol into the fabric to help your skin look and feel smooth and soft. It provides moderate compression and looks great under pretty much anything!

    Squeem Waist Cincher 26PW

    Squeem is one of our top recommended brands for plus sizes including this classic every waist cincher that comes in up to size 5XL. Include it in your everyday waist training regimen and wear it under most styles of clothing.

    The Catwalk Firm Control High-Waist Long Leg Plus Size By Body Wrap 55821

    If you’re looking for a lighter feel with a comfortable but effective slimming effect, this wrap provides coverage from below the bust to just above the knee. It comes in up to size 3XL and is one of our top recommendations if you’re looking to get smooth control of your hips and thighs.

    Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose 4505 By Co'Coon

    Constructed exclusive for plus sizes 2XL–5XL, this body suit combines maximum compression with zipper closure for superb slimming power. You’ll also love the lingerie look and feel of the lacy leg openings that also provide slimming and control for the hips and thighs. Finally, it lifts and rounds the rear so you can enjoy full, firm curves in all the right places along with a slimmer, smoother waist and thighs.

    We hope you learn to embrace your curves in 2018 no matter what your size! It’s a great time to have a curvy figure and we hope to offer even more of the best options in the future. Don’t hesitate to contact our shapewear specialists with your questions or recommendations about all of our plus size shapewear.

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  • Shapewear 101: How to Use Shapewear for Special Occasions

    Shapewear 101: How to Use Shapewear for Special Occasions

    You probably already know that shapewear is useful for any occasion. But let's face it: one of the best times to wear it is for special events.

    Whether you’re a bride or wedding attendant, or if you’re dressing your best for a gala or other formal event, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your gown. The right shapewear is a key to getting your look just right.

    If you’re not so sure if shapewear is for you, take note that most celebrities on the red carpet rely on it unabashedly and without hesitation. The Kardashians, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry are just a few who have gone public about their love of shapewear.

    Choosing the right garment will depend primarily on the “trouble spots” you want to target as well as what style of gown you’ll be wearing. Here are the basics when it comes to using shapewear to slim, support, lift and sculpt for any formal event.

    Waist Slimming Shapers

    Perfect dress pairings for waist cincher: a-line, ballgown

    Pretty much everyone can benefit from a slimmer waist and flatter tummy. For this reason, you’ll have a lot of options for waist enhancement in formal attire.

    For the most dramatic waist sculpting, we recommend a waist trainer or corset. The Classic Waist Cincher by Amia 102 creates a firmer, flatter midsection and can help you lose 1–3 inches from your waist measurement as soon as you put the garment on. It also eliminates love handles, so you’ll have a smooth, flawless foundation for the dress to lie over.

    Waist-slimming shapers are especially flattering for dress styles that accentuate the waist, including a-line and ballgown styles. And they can enhance any body type, so you really can’t go wrong.

     Thigh Slimming Shapers

    Perfect dress pairing for thigh shaper: clinging or pencil skirt

    One of the biggest concerns women have in formal attire is their thighs. Whether you have a tight-fitting gown like a mermaid cut, or you have a flowing gown and just don’t want to show any bumps, you’ll want a thigh-slimming shaper.

    There are a few options when it comes to thigh shaping. The main question is how much coverage you want. Some thigh shapers primarily shape the upper thighs and hips, while others provide coverage all the way to the knee. If you’re wearing a shorter skirt, you’ll want to take note how much coverage you can have.

    A good all-around thigh shaper is the Best Shapewear Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia. It offers slimming and sculpting from just below the bust to mid-thigh, providing a smooth foundation for multiple dress styles. With a lacy bottom at the opening of the legs, it lies flat while holding firm. You’ll get the double benefit of a controlled, flat tummy and smooth, sexy thighs.

     Butt-Lifting Shapers

    Perfect dress pairing for butt-lifting shaper: mermaid cut

    While you want your shapewear to slim your trouble spots like your waist, hips and thighs, you don’t want it to flatten your butt. In fact, you may want it to lift and enhance your backside so that you can fill out your gown.

    Whether you need to create more curves or control the ones you already have, a butt-enhancing shaper is the way to go. Many of them also slim your waist so you can fully accentuate all of your curves in the right places.

    The Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette 504 is one of our most popular butt-enhancing shapers. The open-bottom design firmly squeezes and lifts your natural features, while the rest of the garment creates a smooth waistline and hips. This is a great option if you are concerned about visible panty line; you get the invisibility of a thong back with a lot more “oomph.” We recommend this shaper if you have a narrow body shape or a curvy top and need to create balance with a fuller bottom.

     All-Over Shaping

    Perfect dress pairing for bodysuits: sheath

    Most of us have more than one trouble spot. For formal occasions it often works best to address all of them with one garment. An all-over shaping garment is built to create an hourglass by lifting the bust, slimming the waistline, firming up the rear and smoothing out your hips and thighs.

    The Amie Mid-Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette 911 does it all. The high waist design will flatten and slim your torso below the bust, and continues to provide coverage and sculpting through the thigh. But with an open-bottom design, you’ll also benefit from a curvier butt.

    Say goodbye to the whole gamut of trouble areas, and say hello to smooth thighs, a slim waist and a round butt. This garment is lightweight and will keep you cool and comfortable for long events.

    Lower Abs

    Perfect dress pairing for corselettes: cocktail

    This is one of the peskier trouble spots for a lot of women. Even if you are slim at your natural waistline above the bellybutton, this lower abdomen area can look unflattering if you’re not wearing the right kind of shapewear under your dress.

    The key to controlling this area is using shapewear that is long enough and firm enough to get the job done without revealing any bumps or seams underneath your dress fabric. A firm compression bodysuit like the Mia Corselette Bodyshaper keeps your whole tummy safely tucked in and secure using tri-layer lining and a latex core.

     Bra Bulge

    Perfect dress pairing for vest style waist cincher: strapped and sleeved looks

    No one likes to talk about this trouble area, but the truth is, anyone can suffer from bra bulge, or a less-than-smooth upper back area. Your first line of defense is, of course, a bra that fits well, which is why many of our garments are designed with an open bust—so you can pair them perfectly with your favorite bra.

    But if you’re still battling the bulge, even with a great-fitting bra, you’ll want shapewear that provides more coverage for your back, preferably over the braline. Choose a vest-style waist trainer or a bodysuit with straps to get adequate support and coverage for your bust.


    Perfect dress pairing for bust-lifting longline bras: strapless.

    Some formal dresses make it difficult to get breast support and enhancement with a normal bra, but sometimes a standard strapless bra just doesn’t get the job done. A longline bra or overbust corset provides firm lifting and support for strapless styles as well as light smoothing of the upper waist to create a smooth finish underneath your dress. The Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique 8541 is a favorite choice for bridal and other formal attire.

     Posture Support

    One simple thing that anyone can do to improve their appearance in formalwear is stand with a straighter posture. This can make you look thinner and more confident, even if you have not physically changed anything else (just ask any photographer!).

    Did you know that many styles of shapewear can provide posture support? In particular, firm compression waist trainers and bodysuits will not only pull in your waist but straighten your torso while you wear them. So while you might, in your natural state, want to slouch and hunch your shoulders, with the right shapewear you’ll naturally sit and stand a little straighter—creating a big difference in your overall appearance.

    More Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Formal Shapewear

    The most important factor in using shapewear for special occasions is choosing the right garment for trouble areas and dress style. Once you have that picked out, the next step is making a few tweaks so you get everything right:

    • Take accurate measurements! Our shaping garments have been carefully curated and tested, so follow the sizing charts precisely. If you’re not sure how to measure, check out this guide.
    • Try on your shapewear well in advance of the event to ensure that it fits correctly. Step into it gently and fasten where needed. You shouldn’t have to yank or pull to get a good fit, but it should be snug and create a flattering finish. If it pinches or is very uncomfortable, it doesn’t fit. If it’s not quite right, exchange for a different garment or different size. See here for our return and exchange policy.
    • Also try on your dress with the shapewear underneath before the event to make sure that they work well together. If you’re having your dress altered, remember that when you’ll want to wear your shaper when you trying on your dress for the final fitting.
    • Practice wearing your shapewear and break it in before the event, just as you would with a new pair of shoes. Not only does the garment need to break in, but your body needs time to grow accustomed to the way it feels. This is especially important in maximum compression garments like waist trainers. If you’re wearing a waist trainer for a longer event, be sure to work your way up to it. Start out by wearing it for an hour at a time and then gradually increase the amount of time you wear it until the day of the event.

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 5—Ab and HIIT Workout

    It’s 2018 and it is time to get fit!

    We'll say it again: you DO NOT need an expensive gym membership or complicated equipment to get fit. Anyone who wants to get in shape can grab a waist trainer and some dumbbells and get in quick, effective workouts.

    (In case you missed it, check out Parts 1–4: Beginner Bodyweight Workout, Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio, Total Body Strength Training, and Body Building + Booty Building.)

    In this last workout of the series, we’re going to get your heart pumping again so you can burn a lot of fat in a short amount of time.

    To get the most out of your HIIT workout, we highly recommend compression workout apparel. It starts with a waist trainer designed to help you sweat. For many people, a fitband is the perfect way to start with a waist training regimen. You can use one of many styles of latex waist trainers with hook-and-eye closures, or try a Velcro-closure reinforced with flexible steel boning for maximum compression. Just make sure that you are using a waist trainer designed for workouts, as they are sturdier than everyday waist trainers, which are designed more for wearing under professional or casual attire.

    You can complete your workout outfit with compression leggings, which will provide compression, style and comfort. Compression apparel helps keep your blood circulating and your skin perspiring for an effective workout, while also wicking away moisture so you’ll feel dry and comfortable. And with the right pair of shaping leggings, you will love the firm look of your thighs and butt. Take those progress selfies with confidence!

    And don’t forget, if you need help finding the perfect fitness apparel, our customer service team specializes in helping you find the right gear for your needs. Depending on your fitness goals, body type and style preferences, we can help you find your new favorite waist trainer, shaping leggings or compression shorts. Just ask!

    Ab and HIIT Workout Instructions

    HIIT workouts are effective because they get your heart pumping using a burst of high-intensity activity followed by a short rest period. With intervals you can push your body to the limit while also building your endurance. The more you do it, the faster you should be able to recover. At most, do a HIIT workout every other day, with strength training on alternate muscle groups or lighter cardio in between. Do at least 5 minutes of light warm-up exercises before jumping into this routine at full speed, and do a cool-down and stretch when you’re don.

    Do each exercise in this workout for 30 seconds. Be sure to include about 10–15 seconds of recovery time in between each exercise. Complete the circuit three or four times to complete a full workout, with a 1–2 minute break between each circuit. Recovery time can include light movement like jumping jacks or jogging in place to bring your heart rate down slowly.

    High Knees

    Jog in place, but with each step drive your knees upward in front of you to about hip level. You can either pump your arms to keep up your speed, or hold your hands at hip height in front of you so that your knees can slap against the palms of your hands.

     Up Down Plank

    Start in a high plank position, with your shoulders stacked above your wrists and your back and legs in a straight line all the way to your heels. Keep your back flat and your tummy and butt tucked in. Lower onto your elbows one arm at a time, keeping your core engaged and back flat. Keep a continuous movement as you rotate between a high plank and an elbow plank. Alternate which arm you start with at the beginning of each rotation.


    From a standing position, quickly lower your body into a crouch position and put your palms flat on the floor in front of you. Jump your feet backward into a plank position and then jump them back. Regain your balance on your feet and take your hands off the floor. In an explosive movement, jump straight up, extending your arms towards the ceiling. Repeat, keeping the movement fluid. If you need to lower the intensity, step back into and out of the plank one foot at a time instead of jumping.

    Bicycle Crunches

    Lie on your back with your knees bent gently and put your hands behind your head. Bring in one knee towards your chest and lift the opposite shoulder blade off the ground, reaching with your elbow towards the nee. Don’t pull on your neck. Make sure you’re engaging your core and not just moving your arms. Using fluid movement, return your shoulder to the ground and touch the alternate knee with the alternate elbow.

    Mountain Climbers

    Starting in a loose plank position with your palms flat on the floor, move one leg forward. The knee should be directly beneath your chest and support your weight on the ball of the foot. The other leg should stretch straight back. In a jumping movement, alternate which foot is bent beneath your body and which is stretched back.

    Leg Raises

    Lie flat on your back with hands facing palms down and supporting your hips. Keep your legs straight and feet touching. Keeping your feet together and knees straight, lift your feet until they are directly above your hips. Slowly lower them back to the floor and repeat. Keep your movements slow and deliberate. If your abs are burned out at any point, you can modify the movement by bending your knees.

    Lunge Jumps

    From a standing position, lower one leg into a backward lunge until the knee is at about 90 degrees. In an explosive movement, jump up high enough so that you can land with the opposite leg in back. Lower into a lunge with that leg and repeat. If you get tired, you can switch to a non-jumping lunge.

    With all the workouts in this series, you can absolutely get into great shape in 2018—without a gym. Let us know how it goes! #BeTheHourglass

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 4—Body Toning + Booty Building Training

    Are you enjoying our January No Gym Workout Series? In case you missed it, check out Parts 1–3: Beginner Bodyweight Workout, Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio and Total Body Strength Training

    Anyone who is serious about getting fit spends a lot of time focusing on their legs. And we’re not talking mindless repetitive movement on a treadmill; we’re talking power moves that burn calories, work up a sweat fast and make your butt round and firm.

    Your butt and legs consist of some of the biggest muscles in your body and they are involved in a lot of your functional movements. Working them hard is a central part of getting your whole body toned as well as getting a high-power workout in a short amount of time. And bonus: the leg moves we feature here also work your core at the same time.

    This workout is ideally done with a fitband waist trainer. Wearing one will help you to sweat even harder, amplifying the intensity and helping you get more “bang for your buck” during your exercise session. It will also remind you to keep good posture with a flat back and tummy tucked, which is essential in several of these moves.

    Repeat the following circuit three or four times to get a full workout in (you can take 1–2 minute breaks in between circuits). You can take 10–15 seconds of recovery time in between each move. Do a light jog in place to keep the blood flowing during your rests. Be sure to do about five minutes of warm-up before starting as well as a cool down and stretch when you’re done. This prevents injury and soreness, so don’t skip these parts!

    As will all workouts, you will get the best results if you’re giving your body adequate water and nutrition during its recovery time. Make sure that you’re getting enough protein to build your muscle tone—it should be 25–30% of your calorie intake (source). Also drink half an ounce to an ounce of water daily to ensure that you’re replacing the fluid you’ve lost during the workout, flushing out toxins and aiding in the muscle-building process.

    Body Toning + Booty Building Workout Instructions

    Single-Leg Glute Bridge

    Start lying on your back with your feet flat and knees bent. Raise one leg off the ground, extending your leg. Push your hips up using the opposite leg, driving through the heel. Extend as far as possible into a bridge and then return to the start position. Repeat 12-15 times on one side and then on the other to complete a set.

    Hydrants with Leg Extension

    Start on your hands and knees, with your knees directly beneath your hips and your hands under your shoulders. With your knee bent, lift one leg up and out to the side as high as possible (you’ll see why this is called a hydrant). Then extend the leg straight back so that it makes a straight line with your torso. Return to the starting position. Repeat 12-15 times on each side, either alternating or one complete set per side at a time.


    Starting from your hands and knees, straighten one leg and extend it out to the side as far as you can, pointing your toe. Lightly tap the ground and then extend your toe upward and back in an arc, until your toe taps the ground across the back side of your anchoring leg. Touch back and forth 12-15 times, and then repeat on the other side.

    Curtsy Lunges

    Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, step into a backward lung, but cross your moving leg back behind the stabilizing one until you are in a “curtsy” position.  Lower as deeply as you can so that the stable leg is at about 90 degrees. Return to standing and then lunge on the opposite side to complete one rep. Repeat 10 times. To make this move even harder, carry a dumbbell in each hand as you lunge, either at your sides or by bending your elbows and resting at your shoulders.

    Heel-Lifted Sumo Squat

    Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders and your toes turned out. Lower your hips to the floor in a squat. Slowly lift your heels while in this position, and then lower them back to the ground. Return to standing position to complete the rep. Repeat 15-20 times. To intensify the move, hold dumbbells in each hand, either in front of you or at shoulder level.

    Bear Plank Leg Lifts

    Starting in a plank position, with shoulders directly above your wrists and your body in straight line from head to heels, lift one leg and bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. Keep your foot flexed. Next push your heel upward as high as you can. Return to a full plank position. Repeat 10-12 times on each side, either alternating or one complete set per side at a time.

    Single-Leg Deadlift

    Stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent. Bending at the hip, lower your torso forward while extending your free leg behind you to keep your balance. Keep your back straight and try to lower so far that it is parallel to the ground. Return to the upright position. Repeat 15-20 times on each side, either alternating or one complete set per side at a time. Hold a dumbbell in each hand or a kettlebell to increase the intensity.

    Sumo Squat to Calf Raise

    Starting with your feet wider than your shoulders and your toes turned out, lower into a sumo squat until your knees are at about 90 degrees. Return to standing and in a continuous motion, slowly lift your heels up and stand as high as you can on the balls of your feet. Return to standing to complete one rep. Repeat 15-20 times. To intensify the move, hold dumbbells in each hand, either in front of you or at shoulder level.

    Keep it up! We’ve got one more workout left in the series. Here’s to a fit and healthy 2018!

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 3—Total Body Strength Training

    We hope you’re enjoying and using our No Gym Workout Series, written with busy women in mind. In case you missed it, check out Parts 1 and 2: Beginner Bodyweight Workout and Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio

    While you can get great results and burn a lot of calories with bodyweight and cardio moves, strength training is another essential piece to meeting your fitness goals. The benefits of using weight resistance in your workouts are numerous, including not just burning fat, but also building strength and muscle tone, increasing bone density, reducing your risk of injury, improving your posture, and enhancing your mood (source).

    If you’re not using strength training as part of your workout routine, we highly recommend you start! Just cardio is not enough if you’re serious about transforming the way you look and feel.

    Strength training happens to work very well with waist training. Wearing a fitband will increase the thermal activity in your core, which in turn will cause you to sweat harder. This can be especially effective in making strength training workouts more intense, because otherwise they typically won’t get your heart rate up as much as cardio. Using a waist trainer is a way to get some of the benefits of cardio—breathing hard and sweating hard—without necessarily working any harder. What’s more, wearing a waist trainer will remind you to keep your back flat and your tummy tucked in, which is important for maintaining good and safe form in many types of strength training exercises.

    You will need some dumbbells in order to execute these exercises properly. Lift heavy enough that you feel fatigued after 10–12 reps, but not so heavy that your form suffers.

    Full Body Dumbbell Workout Instructions

    This workout is designed to work over your whole body and activates large muscle groups. Not only will this format burn more calories, but it will continue to burn them even as your body is recovering and building muscle mass in place of fat storage.

    You can do this workout once or twice a week. Do each exercise 12-15 times per set, and repeat the whole circuit 4-5 times. Your muscles should feel fatigued when you’re done. Be sure to do a light warm-up before you start to prevent injury (or even a longer period of light cardio), and cool down and stretch when you’re done to prevent soreness.

    Dumbbell clean

    Hold one dumbbell in each hand, standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lower into a full squat with your knees at 90 degrees, keeping your back flat and chest out. Your hands should face inward and be at ankle-level, without touching the ground. As you push back up to standing position, hoist the dumbbells up to shoulder level, using the momentum of your body to push them up. As the momentum of the weights starts to move downward once you are standing up, lower back down into a squat and push yourself up again to standing, so you essentially do two squats with each rep. Lower the dumbbells slowly to your sides to complete the rep and then repeat. The weights should be heavy enough that your muscles feel fatigued after 10 reps.


    Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand at the front of your shoulders. Your elbows should be pointing forward. Lower into a shallow squat, keeping your back flat and your weight centered. Pressing up through your heels, drive the bar directly above your head until your arms are straight. Lower the weights down to your chest to complete a rep.

    Front squat

    Hold your dumbbells at shoulder level, resting them lightly on top of your shoulders with your palms facing up. Keeping your chest up and core tight, lower into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Straighten to drive back up to the starting position.

    Dumbbell crush press

    This move works well on an exercise bench if you have one, but if you don’t you can do it on the floor. Lying on your back, position the dumbbells to sides of your chest with arms bent under each dumbbell. Press the dumbbells up, keeping your elbows close to your sides until your arms are extended. Lower the weights back to the sides of your chest to complete a rep.

    Bent over row

    Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees slightly so that your torso is bending slightly forward. Keep your back flat. Hold a dumbbell in each arm. (Alternatively, you can put one knee on an exercise bench if you want to do one arm at a time; just lift with the opposite arm and then repeat on the other side once all of your reps are complete.)

    To complete a rep, pull the dumbbells up your sides until about rib level. Return until arm is extended and shoulder is stretched downward. Do this move slowly and deliberately.

    Split stance hammer curl

    Hold dumbbells at your sides, your palms facing each other and standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step one foot forward and lower into a lunge until your front knee is bent to 90 degrees and your back knee is just above the floor. Using your biceps, curl the dumbbells toward your shoulders and then lift them directly overhead. Slowly return to the starting position to complete one rep.

    Split shoulder press

    Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with one leg forward and one leg back. Lower into a lunge until the back knee is just above the floor and position the dumbbells at your shoulders. Your palms should be facing forward and your elbows should be under your wrists. Push to standing, pressing the dumbbells up until fully extended to complete a rep.

    Squat curl to press

    With your feet shoulder width apart hold a dumbbell in each hand. Lower into a squat. As your press back up, curl the dumbbells to your shoulders. Continue to push the weights up over your head, with palms facing forward. Complete the rep by lowering the weights back to your waist. Remember to keep your back flat and chest up for the whole move.

    Here’s to a healthier, fitter 2018! Be sure to check out our next video in the series for moves on building your butt!

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  • My Corseting Goal: an Hourglass Figure and a 27-inch Waistline

    Before & After Corset Waist Training Journey

    KathTea is a full-time model who wanted to achieve a more tapered figure, but she admitted that's it hard to accomplish with exercise alone. "100 crunches can't achieve" a hourglass silhouette on its own, she told us, which is why she decided to try waist training with a steel-boned corset.

    KathTea preferred a corset over a latex waist trainer because wanted the maximum strength of the steel boning inside. After wearing her corset for up to 12 hours a day, combined with healthy eating and regular exercise, she's seeing the results of her efforts—and her friends have noticed too. KathTea's goal is to drop from a 29-inch waist to 27 inches. Here's what she had to say about her routine:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a full-time model, part-time photographer and I write as a hobby. Most of my modelling and photography is on Patreon while my written work is on Mookychick.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I started with a 29” waist for most of my adult life. At one point I achieved 26” but could not maintain that result. Now I wanted to try and train again towards a more realistic goal of 27”. I always wanted a tapered waist since my natural ribcage is extremely boxy.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Purple and Black Silk Underbust Corset because I prefer the strength of steel and cotton over a warmer, stretchier cincher.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I tried it on in my home studio and enjoyed how it improved my posture. It's very sturdy yet very beautiful and I could see myself using it often.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my corset post-workout to shape my sore muscles. I also waist trained as I slept at night. That's probably about 8 to 12 hours of lacing a day.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    A lot of budget garments aren't as comfortable or lasting as this one, therefore I would say it met my goals.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I was using the 8fit workout plan for exercises and MyPlate to count calories. I am also a part-time personal trainer, so I often researched new routines. In addition to that, I cut unhealthy fats and started taking supplements.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    A regular muscle-building routine isn't able to reshape the ribs, while building strength in the core is essential, losing fat in the midsection doesn't change the silhouette even. A corset assists with carving out an hourglass figure, something 100 crunches can't achieve.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    Initially, I started to see that I was less likely to slouch when cinched. Later on, I saw that after corseting, any kind of high-waisted undies appeared to hug my waist much more tightly.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes! I had friends say that I look slimmer and that my figure looked particularly more hourglass.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    Corsets are great as long as you get the right size and figure out a routine that works for you. If you are chomping down pizzas and drinking soda while you train, you will NOT see results. Good food and exercise is important; corsets just supplement your routine.


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  • Interview: Busy Mom Uses Waist Training to Define Her Curves

    Victoria's Waist Training Transformation

    Victoria is a busy parent who balances motherhood with a rewarding career in the medical field. But her busy schedule hasn't left her much time to focus on fitness. After having children, Victoria gained excess weight in her stomach, thighs, and arms. She tried various "crash diets" and got a new gym membership, but she struggled to get her old figure back.

     That's when she decided to give waist training a shot. With a new waist training vest from Hourglass Angel, Victoria was able to get an instant glimpse of her slimmer waistline. This motivated her to commit to a regular workout routine. And, by wearing the waist trainer while she works out, she's maximizing her results. We recently caught up with Victoria to see how she did it. Here's what she said:


    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m a mother and I spend a lot of time outside of working with my children. My passion has always been helping people, so being in the medical field allows me to do that. In my spare time, I’m with my children or husband. I also love gardening and I spend a lot of my free time making my backyard look beautiful and relaxing.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    Having children changed my body and I really wanted to try other methods that’ll help me shape my problem areas naturally. I heard about waist training through a few close people and wanted to give it a try.

      1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the  Dobule Layer Zipper Vest size XL. This was my first time waist training, so I went ahead and choose the best waist trainer my eyes saw fit.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    I was in the bathroom putting my waist trainer on for the first time and it was tough. I wasn’t used to using it and I struggled attaching it and zipping it up. It took me a few weeks of using it to get used to wearing it. When I first put it on, I loved it! My stomach was more defined and putting my shirts on was an immediate difference in my shape, and not to mention a flatter stomach.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore my waist trainer while I was at work and removed it once I got home. I worked out with the waist trainer as well. At first, I wore it during work, but I got used to wearing it and wore it afterwards with workouts and outings. Getting used to wearing it, I start wearing it more with time.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    Knowing already what waist trainers do and the results I’ve seen, I was expecting great results and my waist trainer delivered. Wearing it shaped my stomach more than my regular routine just at the gym. I would feel a difference with my workouts, but didn’t see a huge difference in my shape. Wearing my waist trainer defined the curves I already had, so I definitely will continue to wear it with the following months.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I’m active daily throughout work, gardening at home, and going out with my family, so I don’t have too much down time. I was going to the gym as much as I could on my free time, but otherwise, I was doing workout videos at home, especially sit ups, because I wanted to see more definition in my stomach area. I ate a lot of fish, vegetables and drank a lot of water.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    Having children added a lot of weight in my stomach, thighs, and arms. I’ve tried a lot of crash diets that were hard to stick with and didn’t produce any results. I signed up for a gym, but with my schedule it was harder to go on a frequent basis. Having my waist trainer motivated me to work out, so I could see results. I was simply doing videos in my home and still noticed a difference versus spending hundreds of dollars in gym memberships.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results two months into waist training. The sides of my stomach were more defined, and I could see an hourglass figure coming in, so that made me want to train more. I’m hoping with the passing months, that hourglass shape I’m starting to see will be my reality.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My daughter would tell me how fit I was looking and asked what was I doing new. Little did everyone know, I added waist training into my routine. My clothing options are still the same, so it’s harder for people to really see a difference in my shape. I feel the more months I train, the more comfortable I’ll be in trying new clothing options.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    Try it out, stay motivated, and get ready to see results!

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  • 2018 Hourglass Angel No Gym Workout Series: Part 2—Brutal Fat-Burning HIIT Cardio

    If you’re ready to get serious about your 2018 weight-loss goals, you don’t want to miss this series of the most effective workout moves you need to be incorporating into your routine. And the best part is, no expensive gym membership or fancy equipment is necessary!

    • In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of out No Gym Workout Series: Beginner Bodyweight Workout.

    Now it’s time to step up the cardio in this next part of the series.

    Forget about mindless hours on a treadmill; these moves are way more effective at burning calories and increasing your strength and endurance. The key is HIIT—high intensity interval training. Just fifteen minutes of HIIT can burn more calories than an hour of jogging! What’s more, you’ll be burning calories even after your workout ends, as your body works to recover.

    It goes without saying that we hope you’re incorporating a fitband waist trainer into your workouts. The reason waist trainers are a must-have for HIIT cardio is because they take an already intense workout and make it that much harder, without requiring more time or effort on your part. The maximum compression in a quality workout band will amp up your perspiration, which means that your body is working harder to do the same amount of work.

    In fact, if you’re new to waist training, using a fitband several days a week during your workouts is a great place to start. Check out how to get sculpted with our most effective fitbands.

    HIIT Cardio Workout Instructions

    The defining structure of a HIIT workout is a burst of high-intensity movement, followed by a short period of rest. By doing this in intervals, you push your body to the limits while training yourself how to recover quickly.

    Because this style of workout can put strain on your body, you certainly don’t need to do it every day—and definitely don’t do it two days in a row. Your body needs time to recover and build muscle strength (which is why adequate nutrition and hydration is essential!). At most, do a HIIT workout every other day, with strength training on alternate muscle groups or lighter cardio in between.

    Before you start this workout, be sure to get in at least five minutes of a gentle warm-up to avoid injury when you push yourself harder.

    This HIIT cardio workout is done in circuits. Repeat the following set three or four times to get a full workout in (you can take 1–2 minute breaks in between sets).

    Don’t forget you need about 10–15 seconds of recovery time in between each move. But don’t stop completely; do a light jog in place or slow jumping jacks to bring your heart rate down slightly before you amp up again. Use a timer to keep track of the timing of each move and rest period.

    Ready? Here we go:

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    Go all out! Make sure you have adequate space to be able to run your hardest for a full 30 seconds. It’s best to do a full sprint on a flat surface to avoid injury. A running track should suffice, or you can use a neighborhood street, as long as traffic won’t cause you to slow down. If you don’t have access to a good area or the weather is bad, it is possible to do a sprint on a treadmill.

    1. Jumping squats 30 seconds

    You’ll probably still be breathing hard after that sprint, even after a brief rest, so whether you’re able to keep pace with jumping squats largely depends on your fitness level. Standing with feet hip-width apart, lower into a squat with your knees at 90 degrees, press down into your heels and then release upward in an explosive jump. Do as many in a row as you can, but do regular squats if the intensity is too high. For variation you can switch between “ski squats” and “sumo squats,” with alternating narrow and wide stances. Be sure to keep your back flat and your head up no matter what style of squat you do.

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    Your legs will be burning by now! But don’t let up. Push yourself for the full period.

    1. Jumping lunges 30 seconds

    Work different parts of those muscles now with alternating jumping lunges. Lower into a lunge until both knees are at about 90 degrees. Push upward and switch legs so that you land in a lunge on the opposite side. If you need to modify this move you can do a couple of pulses in between jumps, or switch to regular alternating lunges or lunge kick-ups once you’re burnt out or need a less intense move in between jumps.

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    At this point you’ll probably feel winded sooner, but keep pushing as hard as you can!

    1. Curtsy lunges 30 seconds

    For these reverse lunges, start with your feet about hip-width apart and then step back at an angle with one leg, lowering yourself into a “curtsy” position. Switch sides. For variation, try kicking up your knee after you lift out of the lunge, with or without a hop.

    1. Sprint 30 seconds

    Just remember that this is the last one for this set!

    1. Side to side single leg squats 30 seconds

    Starting with your feet together, step out to one side and then bend the knee of the leg you just stepped with into a squat position, keeping the other leg at an angle with foot still planted on the ground. You weight should be centered on your bent leg; keep your hips back, your back straight and head up for proper form. Return to the center and then step out and squat on the other leg. Repeat until time is up.

    Remember you can take a 1–2 minute break in between each set before hopping back in. By the end of the series you should be breathing and sweating hard. Be sure to drink lots of water and do a cool down and stretch afterwards.

    Here’s to a healthier, fitter 2018! Be sure to check out our next video in the series.

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  • Waist Training Journey: From Baggy Clothes to Compliments in Just Weeks

    Keshia's Waist Training Journey

    Keshia is a full-time student working toward her degree in Political Science. She'd heard about waist training a long time ago, but she was hesitant to try it, believing the garments were intended more for the slim celebrities she saw promoting them. But when Keshia saw more plus-size women experiencing results, she decided to give it a try.

    Keshia admits that her trouble areas are her belly and thighs, where she tends to gain weight. By combining a waist training routine with regular workouts, she started noticing a difference in how her clothes fit in just three weeks—and even her friends started noticed. Beyond the slimming, Keshia gained the confidence to wear more flattering clothes, and people around her started complimenting how "glowing and vibrant" she looked. Here's how she did it:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I’m currently attending college, majoring in political science. I’m hoping within the next year, I’ll be done with my Bachelor's and pursuing my Master's. I’m hoping one day to start my own radio station. In my spare time, I love volunteering at the local animal shelters around my home. I have two dogs, Pablo and Diego, so volunteering is very special to me, and my dogs love it as well when I can bring them along.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I heard a lot about waist training via social media, but I was hesitant to try it, because a lot of the women I saw waist training, or advertising it, were already slim. Having more plus-size women come out with results really motivated me to try it. My trouble area has always been my stomach and thigh areas, which is where my weight tends to go. I wanted to waist train to see if I can get results in my stomach area, so I can feel more comfortable in my skin as well as my clothes.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I used the Hourglass Angel Latex Waist Trainer Vest size 3XL. This was my first time waist training, so I had no idea of the perfect waist trainer to use. just picked what I thought would work based off the overall look. I figured a vest waist trainer would give me more results.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    This was my first time waist training, so I had no idea what to expect. Just seeing the waist trainer vest without putting it on, I was worried. All I thought about was, “Will I be able to breathe?” My first time putting it on was difficult, but luckily, I had help to fasten the vest for me. After a week, I was able to put on the vest myself and fasten it with no trouble. It was all about getting use to wearing it.

    1. What was your waist training routine? 

    At first, I wore my waist trainer during workouts, because I wasn’t used to wearing it and I wanted to see how it would feel wearing it for a period of time. After a few weeks, I started wearing it not just for workouts, but while I was at work and school, so I was wearing the waist trainer for 9+ hours each day. Wearing my waist trainer was definitely something to get used to, so I figured the more I wear it, the more results I’ll see and comfortable I’ll get wearing it.

    1. Did the garment meet your expectations? How so?

    I saw a lot of before-and-after pictures regarding waist trainers, so I was very hopeful. I was expecting extra sweat here and there, but I sweated a lot throughout my stomach and back area, even when I wasn’t working out. I wasn’t expecting to see results on my back area, but I noticed I was getting results on my back area as well as my stomach, so I was very happy about that.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I will admit, I exercised four times a week during my first month. My diet consisted of a lot of fish, chicken, and vegetables. Approaching the holidays, it was hard to stick to healthy eating. Yes, I worked out, but with the food and drinks I was consuming, I was cheating myself out of faster results. Even while I wasn’t making some of the best choices in food, I still was seeing results wearing my trainer. I made sure I was drinking a lot of water as well. Before I started waist training, I was drinking about half a gallon of water a day, but while I was training, I was drinking a gallon or more daily.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss and/or fitness?

    I’ve struggled with weight loss for a few years. After a leg surgery, I was on bed rest a lot, so being limited in moving around caused a lot of laying around, sleeping and eating that put a lot of weight on me. After physical therapy, I purchased plenty of diet programs, shakes, etc. and saw little to no results. Having a waist trainer made me feel more excited about my workouts, because I sweated a lot and after each week I was excited to measure my waist and see the difference with each passing week.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I noticed results in a little over three weeks. I felt a difference in how I felt in wearing my shirts. While my shirts felt baggy on me, I still was waiting to see the results I felt. A month into wearing my waist trainer, I noticed the area under my breasts started to decrease. I also saw results on the sides of my upper stomach area after a month, which has been hard for me to lose even with certain workouts. Using the waist trainer definitely made results and definition come faster versus doing my regular routine without it.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My close friends noticed a difference because of my clothes. Before I started waist training, I would wear baggy clothes, because I wasn’t accepting of my body. Two months into wearing my waist trainer, I was wearing clothes of my size and wasn’t looking to hide. I get a lot of compliments of how vibrant and glowing I am, and it felt good when I was able to see what everyone was complimenting me on.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    To anyone that hasn’t tried waist training, I recommend you give it a chance. There’s women of all sizes waist training and seeing results, so there’s no need to be discouraged. My only advice is: go in motivated, remain focused, and use your weight loss goal to motivate you each day.

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