One thing that shocks people about me is when I say that I love training my abs. I just love abs day. I’m constantly looking for new abs exercises because I like new challenges, and you can’t get bored if you know 100 different ways to exercise something. But for many women, it hurts to do abdominal exercise. It hurts to lay flat on their back or while completing planks which are notorious for hurting backs. This causes women to just skip training their abs. And this is what Martha told me when I first met her.
Martha said “How can you like to train your abs? It hurts when I lay flat on my back with or without my knees bent. I can't even do modified planks without pain.” She went on to tell me that her physician told her not to train abs because she has a herniated disc. So her thought was that if it hurts and the doctor says it's not good then I'm just not gonna do it.
I asked a little bit more about what she could or couldn't do.... Well, I make it through my aerobic classes, I do boot camps. And I don't have any problems. I just avoid doing the ad stuff, but I do squats and lunges and all the upper body exercise without any issues. My back doesn't really hurt when I get done.
While I was pregnant with my first baby, I remember the first time I noticed a random bubble that popped out of the front of my stomach when I moved. I don't remember how far along I was but I had a good sized belly and when I pulled myself forward from the back of my chair I saw my stomach change shape. At first I thought it was hilarious because it looked like an alien was popping out of my stomach. Eventually, I realized that the bubble was happening because my stomach muscles had split to make room for my baby; I had Rectus diastasis. So I stopped intentionally making the alien pop out for the remainder of my pregnancy. Once my son was born, I really wanted the alien to go away quickly. For some women your stomach muscles spontaneously heal and everything goes back to normal. However, for some of us that separation needs a little help to go away.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald