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Then, pregnancy and birth happened. Sound familiar?Though my story of traumatic birth and recovery is different than most, I know I’m not alone in the struggle to control something that used to come as easily as breathing.
The bladder control (or lack of!).
The “mom pooch” occupying the space where your flat stomach used to be.
The weak core and accompanying back.
The “accidents” that happened every time I sneezed, laughed, jumped or sprinted
When I told my OB on base about my newly-betraying body, she just laughed. “Welcome to motherhood!” she said. “It will get better.” But it didn’t. Meanwhile, every women’s magazine cover, workout DVD, Biggest Loser episode and internet article all had the same advice: CRUNCHES! DO TEN MILLION AND YOU’LL HAVE YOUR BODY BACK!!!
Well, guess what, Hollywood celebrity mamas with personal trainers and personal chefs and nannies, I was soon running 25+ miles a week and back down to my trim 125 pounds but I still didn’t look like you. It was all rather disheartening for someone like me who was used to her body obeying her (except for my constant demands — or pleas — for my thighs to pleeeeease shrink). I purchased a passel of black shorts and gave up the idea of ever running a few miles without returning home looking like I’d hit a lower-body rainstorm.
PT was a lot of pool work and at-home exercise assignments. Fit to Be, because of its online presence, was entirely stay-at-home, which turned out to be perfect for me.This is Fit to Be’s philosophy in a nutshell: fitness doesn’t have to be impossible. It doesn’t have to hurt, or be embarrassing. It doesn’t have to involve staring at barely-dressed non-mamas trying to outdo each other with their crazy moves in spacious, toy-free workout studios with gigantic mirrors. In fact, the mainstream fitness industry as a whole has lied to women by telling them that crunches are the answer, and if our tummies pooch out then it’s our fault for not working out hard enough.
The good news: diastasis can be healed! And it doesn’t even involve surgery.
What it does involve: dozens and dozens of workout videos ranging from a few minutes to around half an hour, all with the intention of helping your knit your transverse back together — no crunches needed!
So here’s my top 4 reasons for loving (and using) Fit to Be:
It’s not a magic diet pill; you have to put in the work. And given my level of cardio fitness, I do wish there were some more higher-intensity workouts offered. (What can I say, I just love to sweat).
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