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IN this first ‘mind the gap’ sequence I am going to show you how to start working on your abdominal muscle tone without any sit up/crunch type activities at all. It is important not to overwork the rectus abdominis muscles with sit ups too soon or you will only train a pot belly.
A bit of anatomy to remember first. There are 3 layers of abdominal muscles. The rectus abdominis (sit up muscles), the obliques (at angles giving us shape) and the lower support band (transversus abdominis)
Most women experience a widening of the stretchy tissue space between the two bellies of the “sit up” muscles during their pregnancy. You may have heard this called a Diastasis Recti.
After the birth it takes the uterus 10 days to shrink back out of the way and then over the next few months there will be a natural return of the tension in the elastic drawing the muscles back to the centre and their usual position.
In this first “mind the gap” sequence I am going to show you how you can use your other abdominal muscles layers to encourage the closure of the central gap. I also have some pre-sit up tasks for you to start toning the sit up muscles without putting them under strain. Once you have these exercises really well practiced then move onto sequence II.