Category Archives: Men’s Stays and Training

Surprising News about Corseting re: muscle tone

I just had a client whom I’ve come to know on a surprisingly deep human basis over the past three years, ring my door bell. I’m not one to like drop-bys very much, and I typically require appointments before opening my door. Something compelled me to open it this time, and for a few seconds of ‘catch up’ I chatted with my friendly client who promised to soon call and make a formal appointment to be measured for his third corset. One quick result of corseting he wanted to report, however, surprised me even more than his visit.

Although he wears his corset occasionally underneath female clothing when he choses to crossdress, he told me he also wears it consistently every night. Upon rising he removes his corset and goes off to the gym for a regular exercise routine. He reported that lately he has noticed that he has developed better and more toned muscles, and disappeared his back soreness when he arises from sleeping on a waterbed! His theory is that the pressure of the corset at night when we tend to relax and spread out in bed, keeps his muscles taut and constricted, and in that sense, enhances body memory and tone of the muscles themselves, perhaps like the electric stimulation device that promises the same results? I’m not sure about the scientific basis of his theory nor is he, but the body memory part resonates with my own theory about one of the primary reasons that corset waist training works.

Does anyone who sleeps in a corset or wears one regularly, care to comment or theorize with us?

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Clothing for the Well-Corseted Man

John inquires about how to find well-fitting mens’ clothing for tight-laced men who are not transgendered. I simply don’t know, in major part I suspect because the great majority of my men clients prefer NOT to show off their trim waistline, and usually present the opposite questIon: “How do I disguise my new waistline?”

I suggest that the answer is the same for John as for any female client, and that is to find a good tailor who knows how to expertly nip the waistline of men’s jackets and take in slacks. Women must eventually do the same because even putting a belt over a dress will eventually result in too thick and bulky of a waistline with too many folds in the dress fabric as the waistline is reduced, resulting in an unaesthetic appearance or the impression that the dress is ill-fitting. I’d love to hear other answers or suggestions to provide further help to our blog contributor.

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So How Do Men Differ from Women as Corset Clients and Students?

Whether you are a ‘manly-man’ or a transgendered MTF, there are a few special concerns related to your body size and musculature that affect the corset you might order. It’s undeniable that compared to genetic women, men generally have more and stronger musculature than women, a shorter distance between the bottom floating rib (or ribs) and the pelvic bone, broader torsos and shoulders, and longer torsos.

As for the corset itself, sending in the widest rib cage measurement and not just the rib measurement under the chest (or where a woman’s underwire would rest) might be wise to fully inform your corsetiere. Also, decide where you wish to place your waistline depending on whether you want a female or male torso presentation when corseted. The woman’s waist is normally above her belly button, the male waist below. Anchor your vertical meausurements by placing a string around the waistline you desire to create with your corset which may or may not be the same as your narrowest part of your torso, and may or may not be where you normally wear your skirt or pants band.

Regarding vertical height, I’ve seen other corset sites recommend to men only a short cincher-style corset, that is, with a 9-10″ high front busk length. However, realize that if you don’t order the corset tall enough to rise to just under your chest swell, as you lace down, your upper ribs and flesh might or will push outward and become even more pronounced. That might be well and good for the ‘manly man’ desiring to create more of a Superman shape, but a real tragedy for the MTF who needs a narrowed torso to help create a more authentic female silhouette as well as better fit of female clothing.

Recently I saw the point made that men have less fat and flesh over the pelvic bone than do women, and thus, a corset made too tight on the bottom perimeter might lead to leg numbness and discomfort as the corset laces down. However, this is true for slim people in general, no matter the gender. This will not be a problem if the corset is properly measured and constructed to accommodate the precise dimensions of an accurate pelvic bone measurement. The operative word here is “accurate.” Jpg images as we request of our long distance clients, always help your expert corsetiere to verify that you have measured wisely and correctly as to that matter.

Can men train more or less effectively than women? What do you think?

I have a few pointers on that question based on my years observing my clients and my students in my waist training coaching program, both men, women, transsexual MTFs and crossdress MTF, of all ages and backgrounds. Men can be, and are traditionally thought to be, more linear and goal oriented than women, and so setting goals and pursuing them to conclusion might be something that will fall right into a natural process for men.  However, waist training is an endurance sport. It’s the marathon, not the 100 meter dash. Therefore, in many ways women are particularly equipped to waist train while men might tend to want to rush the process to reach their goal fast. Waist training is not about fast. It’s not about winning. Most likely Michael Phelps would not be very comfortable trying this type of corset “sport.” Waist training is about patiently enduring and focusing on the smallest of bodily signals, and gradually making progress.

Men aren’t that great at focusing on, much less admitting, bodily signals, especially those of discomfort or pain that indicate they should back off a particular practice. Yet tuning in to the body’s every message is precisely what is required for effective–and enjoyable–waist training. But women sometimes can go on and on about the most minor of matters, and turn into something of a complainer — and that won’t work either! For waist training, an ordinary amount of careful attention to the body is advisable, neither ignoring tweaks nor exaggerating them. Sometimes women in training need to just learn to bear up, grit their teeth, and carry on, but if they have borne children, then for obvious reasons moms above others may have the best shot at waist training success.

So can men or women waist train more effectively? I can’t say! We can surely educate ourselves as to what is required for any given sport or endeavor, and seek to make up for our deficits in order to accomplish our goals in that particular endeavor. Based on my experience, success in waist training is more a matter of keen motivation, setting waist training as one of one or two top life priorities for the training period, and being willing to take on a dedicated role as student rather than the eotist’s role as expert or teacher, that leads to the most sure success in waist training. Of course, a qualified, caring, and health-oriented coach can’t hurt!

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