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Womanly sized riders spinoff thread: do you girdle?

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  • Womanly sized riders spinoff thread: do you girdle?

    Ok so my new wonderful so adored BO asked me for some pics and a little blurb of us to put up on the website. So I got a photog to some out and do some wonderful shots of us. However, these wonderful shots included not so wonderful shots of my belly bulge.

    So while these pictures have forever immortalized my fattness I on the other hand want these pictures to be the only things available to prove that I was once fat. Since the pics I have been more conscientious of what I am eating and am now trying to reorganize myself to start my own walk-"trot" program.

    But since the belly won't go away overnight I have been considering using one of my many girdles or corsets (and yes, I mean true corsets, the kind that lace up and make you sit up straight as a board and not let you slump.) I just don't know how comfortable they would be to ride in.

    I know there are all sorts of smoothing and shaping undergarments out there specifically made for riders but in looking at their material and at my belly, I think my belly would win.

    So I was wondering if any of you womanly-sized riders ever girdle up or cinch up a corset to beat the bulge and if you do, what are your recommendations about doing it?

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    I think you'll have a hard time breathing in a corset and that may affect your ride. I have these guys http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...6&blockType=G6 because I hate panty lines under my breeches. It's either those or commando as far as I'm concerned. They don't have a whole lot of compression, but they do smooth you out. You can breathe. They're the devil in the summer though

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    • #3
      Have you tried Spanx or something similar? You can still breathe with one of their toppers on. I can't imagine a corset!

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        Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
        I think you'll have a hard time breathing in a corset and that may affect your ride. I have these guys http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...6&blockType=G6 because I hate panty lines under my breeches. It's either those or commando as far as I'm concerned. They don't have a whole lot of compression, but they do smooth you out. You can breathe. They're the devil in the summer though

        Paula
        These types of things my belly just pushes down. They don't stay up so I need a unitard thingy. The corsets stay. Gawd knows the corsets are so friggin tight nothing goes anywhere.

        I have not tried Spanx but I do believe that they will also fail at the task. the belly has a mind of its own and somehow manages to just push everything down and out of the way.

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        • #5
          The one that I wear is very high waisted and the elastic at the waist is broad so they do not roll down. Give it a shot. They're not particularly expensive.

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          • #6
            Spanx also has a design that attaches to your bra so it stays in place.
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            • #7
              Spanx does have either shoulder straps or an attachment for your bra. It is not going downward (I can tell you this firsthand). Lane Bryant sells them, and they're sometimes on sale. They come in a variety of styles and some give thigh support all the way up to the bottom edge of your bra.

              A corset is awfully restricting and when laced up tight, I'd imagine it would affect breathing and normal movement.

              My thought on wearing too much support while exercising: the more you put your back into a type of brace, the less your back muscles engage properly. If you wear the contraption too often, the back (and abs/core) muscles can weaken. If you wanted to wear it just for a photo shoot now and then, that's fine.
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              • #8
                Spanx work great. They are higher waisted and TIGHT. Buy a size smaller than you need. Powder up from knees to boobs. Lie on the bed. Use Lamaze breathing. Inch that baby up til it touches the band of your sports bra. Exhale and stand up. Voila, 20 pounds lighter and bye bye belly bulge!
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                • #9
                  I was raised by a mother who believed in the Playtex cross your heart bras and power net girdles. Yes, they aretight, and hard to get on if you are not 200%completely dry from your shower (thanks for the powder idea) but they make your clothes hang just right and no jiggles, even on a chunky chick like me.
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                  • #10
                    I would sooner wear a corset than a girdle but here's the thing: A properly-fitted well-made corset (and you would have to find a private seller who either makes customs or makes a LOT for the market that still buys them, ie not a lingere company) will set you back anywhere from $200-450 dollars, and it will help your back, but it may not compress your belly flat. (Breathing would not be a huge issue as you are not going to be tight-lacing to start. You have to train to take off more than 2" or so.) You also will be limited in how much you can bend forward or back. And you'd need overbust to provide any real support for the...ah...girls.

                    Anything elasticized I find miserable. Cannot control how tight it is, cuts off circulation, leaves way more marks than a cotton or silk-covered boned corset does...I'd hate to ride in one!
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                    • #11
                      This is a great thread. I was thinking of starting a thread asking if anyone wears spanx while riding...cause ive been considering wearing them! Seeing the pics sure does make you want to do SOMETHING about that belly bulge. I think I may try to hack this evening in my spanx....
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                      • #12
                        Corsets are fairly common in the sidesaddle community, with antique habits. I've seen Victorian riding corset patterns before, so I'm sure there are some available, but I don't know if they would be usable with breeches without giving a funny outline. I got to try on a habit at a sidesaddle clinic I did, but didn't ride in it. It would have fit better in a corset, but I hadn't thought to bring one with me: front back

                        I used to work Renaissance Faire and Dickens' Faire, and could spend all day in a corset, including dancing a lot. If it's adjusted properly for being active, it didn't interfere with my breathing. I could barely eat a thing while wearing one though!
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                        • #13
                          The Victorian Corsets were made for riding and were cut to let the rider breathe. It is important to get one made to fit. It is hard to find one ready made that will fit and give you support. They were not made to lace up so tight your eyes pop.
                          The belly buster type work but I do not know how it would be to ride in one. Excersizing with roll ups and sit ups would do more for the tightening of the stomach muscles.
                          I can't imagine riding in a power net girdle. I had one of those about 30 years ago. It was hard enough to walk in one.
                          Try cutting your portions in half and see if that doesn't help more.
                          I can't say too much as I have your same problem.
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                          • #14
                            The corsets I have (for renaissance festivals), go down pretty low on my hips and thus I think would interfere with me riding properly. That said, I've never had a problem breathing in one (I don't lace them THAT tight! But you know, I can still look like this.) or wearing one all day long. It really does depend on the kind of corset you get and if it's made well.

                            When I've wanted to minimize the fat rolls for riding, I usually just use one of those Spanx-like tops, sometimes in conjunction with a girdle. It helps smooth things out, yes. Does it look like the picture I linked up there? Of course not! But it's still more practical for riding. Except if it's hot, since that stuff is usually made out of synthetic material that doesn't really breathe.
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                            • #15
                              I bought two versions of Spanx. One is the high waisted thingee and the other is a regular 3/4 length slimmer. They do make you look fabulous. Spanx has a web site and a catalog and you can see all kinds of variations on the theme of body shapers.

                              HOWEVER, I have given up wearing them until fall. Going to the bathroom is hard. Worst of all, in Ohio heat and humidity, I thought I was going to die. Breeches are bad enough but add another layer of synthetic stuff.... Easier to go on a diet again!!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by moonriverfarm View Post
                                Spanx work great. They are higher waisted and TIGHT. Buy a size smaller than you need. Powder up from knees to boobs. Lie on the bed. Use Lamaze breathing. Inch that baby up til it touches the band of your sports bra. Exhale and stand up. Voila, 20 pounds lighter and bye bye belly bulge!
                                I can't help but laugh..... I can see myself getting into them, getting to the show and then I ALWAYS have to pee before I mount up... how do I get the darned thing back up in a Porta Potty????? I can just see THAT make it onto Utube fame!!!!!!
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Arizona DQ View Post
                                  I can't help but laugh..... I can see myself getting into them, getting to the show and then I ALWAYS have to pee before I mount up... how do I get the darned thing back up in a Porta Potty????? I can just see THAT make it onto Utube fame!!!!!!
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                                  • #18
                                    For a cooler version of Spanx, try SmartPak's "Smart Slims." They're fab!
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                                      I second ChocoMare's SmartSlims. I write a blog about full figured attire for the equestrian and have reviewed the SmartSlim too!

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                                      • #20
                                        I haven't tried the SmartSlims, but I've had great luck with Spanx. Also, my Enell sports bra is AMAZING for back bulges.
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