So the bad news is I don’t have any pics this round, just stats. The good news is the stats are pretty darn great! However I am posting my own “after” for the first time. Scroll down to see!
CLIENT A: I have a pregnant client in her 30s right now that at 28 weeks first pregnancy measured 5 fingerwidths in the middle, 4 1/2 on the top, and 3 on the bottom. You can imagine what that would have been POSTPARTUM as her bellly continued to expand, especially if that was combined with jacknifing in and out of bed, and incorrect abs. Lucky for her, she started rehabbing her diastasis mid pregnancy.
TWO AND A HALF WEEKS LATER: At 30 1/2 weeks (her belly growing), she measured 3 in the middle, 2 3/4 at the top and 2 fingerwidths at the bottom. For an expanding belly, these are EXCELLENT results! They would be fantastic WITHOUT the belly expanding in the equation! What did she do? Seated Tuplers while relaxing the pelvic floor, elevators, pelvic tilts primarily.
CLIENT B: I have a client with 3 young kids, she is in her late 20s/early 30s. She has a excellent fitness background – runs 15 miles a day no problem, does yoga, and is a very healthy eater. However, she noticed her midsection still did not look right. She was right – she was 7 1/4 fingerwidths in the middle of her diastasis, 7 at the top, and 4 at the bottom. A surgeon would have looked at this case and recommended surgery right away.
FOUR WEEKS LATER: This client returned with fantastic results. Her diastasis decreased to 2 3/4 Shallow (meaning the the bottom was together but opened slightly at the top. ) She measured just a 3 at the top and a 2 at the bottom. This is FANTASTIC progress. Usually when I have someone wider than a 6, they have trouble getting the mind-body connection of the muscle at first. So these results averaged faster than 1 fingerwidth per week per two of the areas. Unfortunately I didn’t suggest she do before and after pics. I really wish I would have!! Her waist went from a 28 to a 27 inches. So there is still left to close, but it is nearly “clinically closed” – meaning 2 fingerwidths or smaller all the way down. But it is easy just to close it the rest of the way. I am guessing her waist will go down another inch to 2 inches when she is finished in a few weeks.
WHAT DID SHE DO? She wore a splint everyday, all day. She did 5 sets of 100 seated tuplers per day at least, did headlifts, and stopped doing the abs in her yoga video that would compromise her results.
CLIENT C: I have another client who is in her late 20s. She is a mom of 2 very young kids. She herself is actually VERY slender, very skinny person. She got everything super trim, except for her darn midsection. After reading about diastasis, she thought this is what she might have. She had been so diligent with crunches and typical gym rat obliques. The results for the diligent crunches? She was a 7 on the bottom, 7 in the middle, and a 5 at the top. So that DEFINITELY was what was causing her funky midsection. Any surgeon would have wanted to whisk her away to surgically and artifically fix this problem.
2 WEEKS LATER: She measured a 4 in the middle, a 5 on the bottom, and a 3 1/2 on the top. So she went in about 1 fingerwidth per section of her diastasis per week. FANTASTIC start!! She wore her splint and did the seated tupler “consistently the first week” and “not as consistently the 2nd week.” So imagine how much further she might have progressed had she been diligent the 2nd week. But still great results to begin.
WHAT DID SHE DO? Wore the splint consistently night and day. She also STOPPED her crunches and gym rat obliques. She did 5 + sets of 100 seated tuplers (the first week) and did 2-3 sets of 100 seated tuplers the 2nd week.
CLIENT D: This client will be posting pics later and is very excited. She is a mom in her early 30s and has 2 very young kids -both under 3. She spent hours and hours researching what was going on on the internet with her belly. She knew she had a little hernia, and felt that she possibly had a diastasis after all her research. Her last C section was 18 months ago. She measured a 5 in the middle, 4 on the bottom, and 3 on the top.
TWO WEEKS LATER: This client brought in her measurements fantastically. She brought the middle in by 2 fingerwidths to measure now at a 3. Her top measures 2 shallow, and her bottom measures 1 1/2 shallow. Her pants are fitting looser and she can tell a huge difference. Still room to go, but its fun to look to see what is possible by doing these exercises.
WHAT DID SHE DO? She did her 5+ sets of 100 seated tuplers per day, pelvic tilts and wore her Splint night and day “except when she went swimming.”
So to come? PICTURES – SOON! I am exciting to encourage more of my clients to take pictures because they can be so powerful!
Here is my OWN “after” taken just the other night. Just know I was a 32 inch waist after my 3rd baby, and I did 10 sets a day of seated tuplers until I became a 25 inch waist again. I also closed a 3 fingerwidths diastasis in all three places.