Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Flat Abs and No Crunches? (Heal Your Diastasis Recti) An Interview with Julie Tupler (You Really Ought to Read This)
I want tight abs. Okay, I have them. You can't quite see them under the little layer of fat that I have, but that's okay, I'm working on it. Really, everyone wants a nice tight tummy, jeans without any pinch around the waist. So they do what they're told - they do crunches. Crunch, crunch, crunch, and then, Ow! they're neck hurts. Or maybe their lower back.
Guess what? After reading this, you won't want to do a crunch again (not that you ever did), and you will have new ab exercises that will strengthen your whole core. Oh glory!
I loved being pregnant. I remember feeling slightly nauseous for the first three months, but after that I felt amazing. I wanted my pregnancy to be the best it could be. I chose a midwife for my pregnancy care and to deliver my baby, started prenatal yoga, and made sure to eat really well.
The one thing I didn't know about is something I wish I had. Ab work. I'm not talking about crunches, I'm talking about using the transverse abdominis, the inner ab muscles that wrap around the belly horizontally, to hold my rectus abdominis (more commonly known as the six pack) in place as my belly expanded. By just holding the abs in, pulling belly to back, for example, is one of the basic motions.
When I found out about this technique, called the Tupler Technique, I immediately signed up for a one-day training class. During the class, the students tested each other (and then Julie checked us) and I was thrilled to find that I had no separation. I'd started doing something called "Lose Your Mummy Tummy," Julie Tupler's DVD a couple of months before. Clearly, it worked.
Today, I am honored to share this information with you. Whether you've had babies or not, this technique is great for everybody. Even men.