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Why Crunches Can Actually Make Mummy Tummy WORSE!

Postnatal crunches can make 'mummy tummy' worse? Eeeeek! What? Can that be correct? I thought sit-ups were part of the recipe for a washboard stomach. Well, that is definitely not the case if you have just given birth to a sweet little bundle of joy that has unfortunately left you with abs separation. I've learned that curling movements and those that load the core too much can exacerbate the problem and leave us with a pot belly. Not the look you are going for long term? Me neither!

First let me say, as new moms I think we should give ourselves a break and love our bodies. We should thank ourselves for growing these adorable little humans! I also hope that if we want a flat tummy again, and are wiling to work for it, we can have it.  

I am in the process of healing my abs separation. You'll see my 4.5 month old baby boy in the video above. I was fortunate to only have about two fingers of abs separation following his birth. The downside was that the separation was quite long and deep. Some women have a lot more. Others less. I have spent a lot of time and energy researching this condition. Diastasis recti is the official name. To get down to basics, according to WebMD,“Diastasis recti” means your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened. You might call it a “pooch.” It's very common among pregnant women. About two-thirds of pregnant women have it. 

My healing is going well! I've had a several physical therapy appointments and signed up for the MUTU Mamas online program (which also comes with a lot of literature on the topic and even nutritional tips for recovery). I'm also getting some tips from Tori Clapham the founder of Peaches Pilates. In the video above, Tori and I show you how to tell if you have abs separation and also demonstrate a few exercises she recommends to clients. As always, be sure to consult with your physician. Below you will also find a Q and A to dive a little deeper.

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'TRAINERR' App: Uber Meets Tinder for Personal Training?

I just had a great chat with one of the New Zealand based founders of a new fitness app that bills itself as the Uber meets Tinder for personal training! Did I spike your interest? Nader Luthera tells me the TRAINERR app is currently available in NZ and AUS and his company plans to take this app to the USA soon. It sounds like a great concept. The above YouTube video does a nice job explaining how it works.

If you want an easy way to find and pay a personal trainer this may be the app of the future for you. It will work great if you're in a spontaneous mood and don't wanna leave your hood, you need a consistent trainer before or after work, you wanna find a trainer that will lead you through workouts in your desired setting (ex- specific gym, park, beach), etc.... Luthera says TRAINERR app is great for those scenarios and so many more!

Also... if you're a personal trainer looking to drum up some extra business and want a convenient way to do financial transactions... you oughtta check out the new TRAINERR too. It is very much a start-up... but the faster folks get onboard (personal trainers and clients)... the easier it will be to use the app.

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15 Tips To Make and KEEP Fitness Goals... Advice From Top Trainers

 It's always tough to make and keep fitness goals and resolutions if we don't have a proper plan in place. If you're having a hard time... wait! Don't throw in the towel! Time may get away from us, our co-workers may bring in their leftover holiday goodies, our kids may need extra attention... That's life. Life happens! But don't waste the effort you've made so far. Don't feel like a failure just because you fell off the wagon. Get up!... Let's stand up together... dust our shoulders off... Let's get back on... and try it again. Hit. It. Don't. Quit. It. 

How can we keep our fitness resolutions? For the answers... I have interviewed several top instructors from organizations I have found some my own fitness success. Their advice is awesome. Take a look!

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5 Fun Ways to Work Off that Christmas Feast

1. Play touch football with the extended family... or round up some neighbors. Wear old yucky clothes.... The more grass stains the better! Ladies... get involved too... and don't go easy on the guys... Go for the knees and take em down! LOL

2. Break out the video games or virtual reality goggles one of your family members had all packaged up nice and perrrrrty under the tree. Tennis, bowling, or my favorite... dancing!! Clap... clap... Criss cross... Hands in the air... Now stomp! LOL 

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