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Ab Rehab Update

So for the past few months I have been training for a half marathon- this was a very steady and gradual approach to training- slow twitch, endurance, postpartum recovery. The Ab Rehab program was extremely congruent with this type of training and I have made some excellent progress. In the past few months I have progressed from a diastasis recti of top 3, middle 4, lower 4, naval 31", waist 29" to 1, 3, 3, naval 29", waist 26". I am happy with this!

Now that my goal is reached it is time to overload. In order to progress in my fitness it is time to shake it up. I have been using plyometric exercises- upper and lower body as well as jumping on/over step ups, jumping rope, heavy bag workouts, stationary cycle for steady cardio, more running and core work on the mat. It's been a great change and I can already see improvements in my explosive form and energy. I can already feel the difference when I am running.

So my ab rehab exercises have become a component of my full body workouts. Although currently I am not achieving near the prescribed sets and reps of headlifts and contractions, I know that I am now completely aware of my DR, I am engaging my core 100% more during ALL activities, and I am confident it will continue to close slowly. I will keep track of the progress. It is, after all, just a part of my healthy whole.

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