Weightlifting & Exercise/proper excercise


QUESTION: I have been told that after you have a baby, you have to do certain  exercises to shrink the gap in your muscles. I felt for mine and i barely have a gap but dont want to risk messing up my core by doing to hard of a workout and making the gap bigger. The exercises have found dont seem effective at all.  They are mostly wall pushups and head lifts. Do you have any suggestions on how to build up my core without messing the gap up

ANSWER: Amber, I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by a gap? Are we talking about your abdominal muscles? I've never heard anyone talk about a gap.  I'm sorry. Could you explain further?

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QUESTION: Yes its apparently a gap in your abdominal muscles, right under your belly button.

Amber,  I've never heard it called a gap.  It's known medically as Diastasis Recti.  While they say it is common, I've ne'er known anyone with this problem.  Here is an article I found online.  It is to medical advice....I suggest you go to you hypoxia n first.  If he or she couldn't help then check out this article. http://www.befitmom.com/abdominal_separation.html
Good luck. Karen

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Karen Fili Sullivan


Get on the inside track with Karen and her daily advice. http://karenfilisullivan.com. Or on FacebookLIKE us at ZWL - Zen of Whole Living I have more than 30 years experience and can help with lifting technique, muscle recovery, weight loss, body building and powerlifting. I've been certified by AFPA as a Personal Trainer and 12 years ago acquired a second certification from the same agency as a Post Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist. Any recommendations or advice rendered are based on fitness information as specified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Follow my Blog on http://karenfilisullivan.com


Almost 25 years coaching and training. Wow! I feel old. Before that I was a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter (ask my Chiropractor -- he can tell you). I have trained kids ages 12 to 89. From sports specific training to stroke rehabilitation. I love helping people move more gracefully, powerfully and safely.

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English with a Journalism concentration was my college education. My training has been with my mentor, Jack Michaels, ACSM and professor at the College of William and Mary. My certifications are with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. AFPA. I hold a certification as a Personal Trainer and a Post Rehabilitation Exercise Expert (Isn't that a mouthful?l). My continuing education requirements have been fulfilled at a number of organizations and are monitored by AFPA. I keep my Red Cross CPR and First Aid current.

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Clients include athletes training for marathons, mountain climbing and general weight loss. In addition I have clients troubled with COPD, Fibromyalgia, and Parkinsons as well as stroke rehab. She was the Strength and Conditioning coach for Williamsburg Aquatic Club, a USA Swim Team, in Williamsburg, Virginia for 3 years.   Karen is presently working at Main Street Gym in Historic St. Charles, Missouri where she teaches Pilates and continues her work with clients. Her training reaches across the country with her long distance Body Restoration eTraining. Her dedication to fitness reaches into the nutritional supplementation with Shaklee products. She only works with clients who add nutritional supplementation to their training. Read more of her story on www.shaklee.net/BodyRestoration

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