Tips For A Tiny Waist

by Lindsay Kent

Tips For A Tiny Waist

Okay, so a tight, toned waistline is something most of my clients ask for during consultations and most women vigorously sweat away for in the gym, with the hopes that the hourglass shape they are after will sooner or later take form.

In order to reveal this enviable feature, becoming more efficient with our training strategies is how we maximize this process!

Wear a weight belt

For starters, wear a weight belt! I know, you see the huge male lifters wearing these belts during heavy deadlifts and squats, but why would you need this?

Because any time you are lifting in the gym, with proper form, your core is stabilizing all of your movements, activating your rectus abdominis, transversus abdominis and internal and external obliques.

Activating these muscles is important to build a balanced and even distribution of strength while supporting form and technique, but over-activation of these muscles, the obliques in particular, can actually begin to build the waistline out, negating that hourglass effect.

By wearing a weight belt during all lifting, there is a compression and isolation effect, decreasing over-activation and keeping your waistline pulled in and tight.

Utilize strength circuits and high intensity interval training

Secondly, make sure to utilize strength circuits and high intensity interval training, or metabolic training, which will shoot your metabolism through the roof, carve out deep belly fat and burn more calories by utilizing more muscle groups at once, including the biggest fat burners in the body: chest, legs and back.

By utilizing workouts such as this, you will increase your metabolic afterburn, which is essentially the increase in metabolism your body experiences after this type of training in order to repair, recover and rebuild. This process helps you burn approximately 100 more calories a day without any additional work for the 48 hours after… YES PLEASE!!!!

Make sure to pick up those heavier weights to truly challenge your body, especially when targeting your back and shoulders. By building out your back and shoulders, you actually create the visual illusion that you have a smaller waist line!

Nutrition cannot be ignored

Finally, your nutrition cannot be ignored, and should include lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of vegetables. Some cruciferous vegetables can cause uncomfortable belly bloat, so you may want to consider steaming or sautéing these types of vegetables, (think broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.) to ease the work of your digestive system. Plenty of water will keep your metabolism elevated and will also help your digestive system to break down your food and utilize it properly. Digestive enzymes and probiotics may also be a consideration as well to keep your gut health in check and your bloating at bay.

Happy Sweating!

Yours in Health and Fitness,

  Lindsay Kent

Extreme Waist Trimmer

Lindsay Kent
Lindsay Kent

ISSA CES Professor, Master Trainer, Spokesmodel, Fitness Editor/Writer, NPC Figure Competitor

Lindsay Kent loves helping others to strive to be their best selves physically, mentally and emotionally, and is continually inspired to work with others change their lives through sharing her passion and knowledge. Lindsay believes that anyone can improve their lives and find their true self-worth and purpose, and she loves being an integral part of that journey. Lindsay is a Professor for the International Sports Sciences Association’s College of Exercise Science, and runs her own online training business, Lindsay Kent Fitness. She is an ISSA Master Personal Trainer which comprises several specialty areas, and is a current Spokesmodel for the ISSA and has been featured as the spotlight trainer and fitness professional in top fitness mags such as Oxygen and Muscle and Fitness Hers. She also writes columns and features for various fitness publications while also working as a fitness editor. Lindsay currently competes as an NPC figure competitor.

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