You should also know that after having three babies in less than three years, my stomach is not the miracle of tautness it once was. I have a little bit of a diastasis, which is what happens when your stomach muscles separate during pregnancy. It’s common and it’s hard to get rid of. This makes doing ab work tricky because the wrong sort of ab training can make a diastasis worse.
Here’s where the surprising news comes in: Jillian’s new workout 6 Week Six-Pack has shrunk my diastasis. It’s not completely gone, but it’s at least a centimeter thinner than it was before (which may not sound like much, but I’ve tried everything to shrink it and this is the only progress I’ve ever made). I also have the beginnings of a LEGIT six pack going, which is all kinds of awesome.
How is this possible? I thought through the exercises in the workout and realized that 6 Week Six-Pack:
- Is unusually core-focused, versus an emphasis on crunches and leg dips.
- Focuses on diagonal training, which helps the muscles pull together in the middle.
- Includes a lot of the work done in a standing ab position or in a plank pose, with very few direct straight on crunch moves.
- Uses pilates-style lever movements for crunches, which helps keep you from accidentally poking your stomach out during the crunch.
Combined, these techniques had a very positive impact on my diastasis issue.
The DVD includes two workouts: level one and level two. Each is a great cardio workout as well as targeting abs and hitting arms and legs (combining strength and cardio moves is one of the characteristics that I love about Jillian’s workouts). You use a hand weight for resistance – I started with an 8 pound weight and worked up to a 10 pound weight. These workouts are NO JOKE. At the end of the 35 or so minutes you will have no doubt that you exercised.
I think 6 Week Six-Pack is a fantastic workout and I’d highly recommend it, even (or maybe especially) if you have a post-baby stomach issue. That said, if you do think you might have a diastasis, I’d recommend you check out a book like Lose Your Mummy Tummy, because unless you figure out how to avoid making your diastasis worse in everyday life, the ab work in the DVD may not be as effective.
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