It’s definitely not to go out in. It’s stiff which is good, doesn’t fold. But I couldn’t work out in this. Trainer is true to size, I’m a 22w and got a 2x, fits great. Velcro is strong. The cream it came with is good, I feel the icy-ness, only used it for 3 days so not sure if it works yet. But the waist trainer is good just to wear around the house chilling.