Running with a Diastasis Recti: Go or no go?
This is one of the questions I get asked over and over again by women with separated abdominal muscles (Diastasis Recti).
In general, it is best to have a fairly strong core before doing relatively strenuous exercise like running.
But a complete healing of a Diastasis Recti (DR) can take quite some time, and many avid runners can’t bear having to skip running for so long.
In addition, there are tons of super healthy side effects of cardiovascular training like running, brisk walking and other…
Don't wreck your abs after pregnancy
"I do 100 crunches every night! I do planks for several minutes! Now I’ve found out that this has actually made my bulging tummy worse! Help!! "
She has tears in her eyes.
She is afraid she can never get a nice looking stomach again!
Her desperation is heartbreaking.
She has done everything she thought was right in order to get her abs back into shape after giving birth. But she didn’t know that the abdominal muscles do not TOLERATE traditional ab exercises like sit ups and crunches after pr…
Fix your breathing first: How Diastasis Recti is affected by breathing
Taking a deep breath can be difficult when you are pregnant. The large pregnant belly is simply in the way of optimal breathing especially towards the end of the 3rd trimester. This was definitely the case for Maria (mother of 4) when she was pregnant with the triplets.
6 weeks after the triplets were born last year I started helping Maria rehabbing her core muscles. And Maria’s breath was our very first stop on the path to a strong, well-functioning core.
Needless to say, the pregnancy put Ma…
No Diastasis Recti but still puffy tummy that looks pregnant?
"I currently have a gap of just 1 cm but my tummy is feeling flabby and I still look pregnant. Will I be able to close the gap further with Superfit Core?"
Rachel asked me this over on Instagram and I thought I'd share my answer to her here:
A gap of 1 cm/1 finger width is not considered a Diastasis Recti. But not all issues with the core are related to Diastasis Recti.
My guess is that you have a generally weak core probably combined with some dysfunction in the way you use your core.