After posting the intro, I wrapped up my first week of The Tummy Team program and wanted to share my thoughts and address some of your questions and comments.
This program is no joke! I thought I’d learned plenty about Diastasis Recti, but as I continued to listen to the videos, I heard more about the symptoms I’d been experiencing. It was all coming together.
Here are a few highlights:
- The program is designed so that I worked progressively through levels. I couldn’t access the future lessons until I completed the one I was currently using. With my love of research and active background, I wondered if this was really necessary, but YES, it is!
- Packed with new information, I learned exercises to begin healing and tips to avoid further damage. It’s amazing how movements I did on a regular, daily basis created more damage. I listened to this video twice and reviewed it again later.
- Kelly also explains exercises (such as specific cardio/weight programs) that can create further damage. I’d made many mistakes over the years and wish I’d not been in denial for so long.
- The exercises may sound simple, but they worked my abs and muscles! It’s amazing how after simply sitting correctly and engaging the core, my body felt as though it completed a workout.
- Kelly wraps up by explaining the benefits of splinting, not only during pregnancy but also during labor, birth, and postpartum. Take a look at this image–can you see the difference between the two women? Check out the baby’s position! That makes a difference in labor and birth!
- Handouts (or print outs) are also included with the program. These include assignments, with added instructions and a log sheet, so I could keep up with how often I’d done the exercises and to note anything that caught my attention. There’s even a place to keep up with my progress via measurements.
How I felt:
- At first I was nervous about wearing the splint, being pregnant, but it felt great. It’s not restrictive but offers gentle support. Mostly the splint was a reminder to correct my posture and to activate my core. Kelly explains that it also works to simulate the transverse abdominal.
- As I mentioned above, my abs were definitely feeling it, as was my upper back and shoulders. I know this is where my muscles were activating. I expected the soreness to go away as I became stronger. By the way, this wasn’t debilitating soreness. It was definitely the typical soreness one feels after activating muscles that haven’t been used in awhile.
- At this point, I hadn’t seen a change in measurements. Considering that my belly was going to grow as the baby continued to grow, I was curious to see how it changed. From what I’ve heard from other women who did a prenatal rehab program, their bellies became tighter and more centered.
Thoughts on how it compares to Fit2B:
Several people commented, messaged, and e-mailed me regarding the Fit2B program, suggesting it as an alternative, especially since the costs are lower than The Tummy Team. Since so many brought it up, I wanted to address this and share the differences and similarities.
I’ve used the Fit2B program, and my children also follow along with the children’s portions. It’s a hit around here and she offers great “Tummy Safe” routines.
Coincidentally, Beth is in one of my networks and is the one who directed me to The Tummy Team.
While both programs discuss Diastasis Recti, The Tummy Team and Fit2B are not the same. Fit2B is an awesome fitness program with plenty of workouts for the whole family. The Tummy Team is a rehabilitation program.
I want to clarify this so that if you’re a woman in need of a rehab program, I don’t want you to expect the same education, materials, and videos from Fit2B that you’ll find at The Tummy Team. Just as if you’re looking for a fitness program, you’re not going to find all the various workouts you’ll find at Fit2B.
For more information, visit this link to view a video featuring Kelly explaining the differences among rehab, lifestyle, and fitness.
If costs are a concern, remember that The Tummy Team is a true rehabilitation program. When you consider that this program, when done correctly, is designed for long term results, the investment is much less than paying a PT in person. They also offer some partial grant spots for people with genuine financial and medical need. Contact The Tummy Team for more details.
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