Tummy Team Week 4: Pelvic Floor

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Photo Credit: Miles Cave via Compfight cc

I love this image because it makes me think of the Foundational Five program on Fit2B Studio, Mula Bandha.  Which Bethany Learn says means root lock. The idea of your pelvic floor and core being the root and the center of your body.

The Focus of Week 4 is….Pelvis-the Floor of Your Core.

I never thought that I suffered from many pelvic floor issues. Yes, I’ve had two vaginal births but I did about a million Kegels before and after, and while I know those are kind of controversial at the moment, they did help me somewhat. Then when I discovered Fit2B I did the Mula Bandha workout, which helped me connect even further to my pelvic floor. I don’t doubt that I probably still have some pelvic floor weakness, I can’t do the exercises for as long as recommended. But I’m fortunate not to have any side affects, during or after my pregnancy.

During the earlier weeks of rehab in discussion on the private forum I mentioned that I have trouble doing the ab exercises without my pelvic floor joining in. Turns out this isn’t entirely a bad thing, as the two are connected.

I read over the what to expect for Week 4 and so much of it felt true this week. Especially the part about feeling overwhelmed. There are so many exercises to remember to do each day. I know I’m probably not doing them as often or consistently as I should, which is frustrating because I really want to get as much as I can out of this workout. I am finding that I’m more aware of my posture, though sometimes when I’m tired or stressed (which is often lately) I know that I’m probably not thinking about it as much as I should. I do still have some upper back, shoulder blade pain, especially on the right side, especially when trying to do hand activities like knitting. Definitely feeling unsure about which exercise to do. I figure if I do simple cardio (like walks and riding the stationary bike) with good alignment plus anything on Fit2B I should be pretty safe.

I’m officially half way through the program. I’m honesty not sure what I think. My core probably feels a little stronger, I find some of the exercises a bit easier. I haven’t taken my waist measurement so I don’t know if I’m lost inches. I did, however, decide to check my diastasis. I wish I hadn’t. As far as I can tell it hasn’t changed at all. However, I have to believe that there is important work going on, even if I’m not seeing the outer effects yet. So four more weeks to go, hopefully I’ll see the results I’m looking for by the end.

Tummy Team Week 5: Neutral Rib Alignment and Core Endurance

 

The Tummy Team Core Foundations Online Program

I have been provided with complimentary access to this training program in order to review it. All opinions expressed are my own and I am not compensated for my reviews. However, all posts may contain affiliate links.

Repairing My Core: Reviewing the Core Foundations 8-week Online Training Program with the Tummy Team 

Tummy Team Week 1: Awareness

Tummy Team Week 2: Connection

Tummy Team Week 3: Neutral Pelvis and Core Strength

My Skype Session with Kelly Dean

 

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