So, on Monday I talked with you guys about my experience with Diastasis after the twins, and how there are some foundational exercises that you really need to avoid at first.
Today I am going to share with you the thing that I found has gotten me out of the funk and in better shape than ever, even better than before I had the girls!
Pure Barre 🙂
As I mentioned before, I was cautious about what to do, as I didn’t want to make the ab separation worse. But, I knew I had to do something. I tried yoga, pilates, and at-home workouts with exercises my PT had approved. However, I just wasn’t feeling any of them. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are awesome, and definitely great options – if you enjoy them. But for me, personally, I wasn’t excited or invested in any of them.
I had heard a lot of great things about Pure Barre, and I knew I could modify the exercises for the Diastasis. I thought you know what, it’s close to my house, classes are under 50-minutes, and there are plenty of class times. It was like a light bulb went off. I knew this was going to be perfect! I mention this “light bulb moment” because I had to keep reminding myself about it when I started … because I HATED it! HA. I am sure most of you will feel the same way if you give it a try. The instructors actually warn you going into your first class. This takes time to get used to. The music is loud and it’s super-fast paced, it can feel really intimidating at first. You may feel like you can’t keep up, it’s not working, etc.. I felt all those things, and I had to modify, so I was also self-conscious about that.
This is my point! You have to stick it out. Keep going, tell yourself you can do this, and it gets so much better. The instructors are wonderful. They will help you with any injuries and give you modifications to try during your class. Once you are going regularly (I would say at least 3x per week) I try to go 4x you will start to see the results. The point of these exercises is that they are small micro-movements that are meant to burn out your muscle. As the barre instructors say “if you’re shaking your changing” You want to shake and really fatigue your muscles. They also consistently change the workouts, so that you don’t get bored with the same routine. Everyone has a story, chances are someone else has the same injury or a different one that they are modifying movements for in class. I have met so many amazing women, and we really are like a family.
Before the twins, I had a flat tummy, but no real definition. Fast forward to the present day, and who would have thought that I could have twins, followed by a Diastasis Recti, and actually end up with better abs than before it all started! If you would have told me this after I had the girls, I would have laughed in your face. I thought, obviously, I will never get my pre-baby body back. Well, I was right, I got a new body – and it’s better! I think a big part of my healing journey started with making this commitment to myself. The act of actually taking time for myself and my physical well being has given me a whole new boost of confidence.
If you have one close to where you live or work I think it’s worth giving a shot. If you are like me with a DR or some other type of injury you can still do the workouts, with modifications. The instructors are so knowledgeable and will help you if you’re unsure. If you do have a medical condition, it is always smart to check-in before starting anything new.
I hope this was helpful and saves you some time searching for new workout options. Let me know if any of you have tried already what your thoughts are?
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