Oakland, CA, September 16, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- Many women figure that they know how to get in shape after their baby is born. They’ll just do 50 crunches a day while their baby is napping, and their abs will be flat in no time. Wrong!
“Crunches work the outside abdominal muscles,” explains Helene Byrne, a perinatal fitness specialist from Oakland, CA, and the author of the book Exercise after Pregnancy. “If you re-work the outside muscles after pregnancy without first rehabbing the deepest muscle – the transverse abdominis – your belly is never going to flatten. Moreover, crunches actually make common postpartum problems like abdominal separation and joint instability worse.”
The problem is that pregnancy leaves women with special physical challenges. And the unique way your belly has been left stretched out and weak is only one of them. In addition, Byrne notes that postpartum mothers also have misaligned spines, and joints that are too loose (due to the hormones of pregnancy) and prone to injury. Byrne’s Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning DVD delivers what she calls “the real deal” – the workouts you’ll need for handling the actual reconditioning issues women face post pregnancy.
“Too many programs for new moms just give a smattering of generic beginner level exercises– squats, leg lifts, bicep curls, etc.,” reports Byrne. “Those workouts have little to do with what’s really going on in a woman’s body after pregnancy.” In contrast, the reconditioning on Bounce Back Fast! is the program that this fitness expert devised for herself after her own son was born, and the one she then went on to teach to many hundreds of other women through personal training and postpartum fitness classes. Her new method combines the best of Pilates and yoga with cutting-edge fitness concepts. Remarks from her DVD users since its release earlier this year have been enthusiastic: “I saw results immediately!” to “What I liked best was your calm and clear instruction” to “it was nice that you had models who were actually postpartum moms” to “My body felt great after the workout... like I'd just had a physical alignment." to “I loved doing the workouts and plan to continue!”
Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning offers two progressive postpartum workouts, Gentle First Moves which a woman can do safely right after pregnancy (an unusual feature for this type of DVD), and Bounce Back Fast! which can be started six weeks later. Plus bonus materials clearly explain the challenges of reconditioning after pregnancy, provide an in depth look at how to recondition the all important pelvic floor muscles, demonstrate crucial postpartum abdominal techniques, and detail how to test for and correct abdominal separation.
“It’s not only the myth about crunches that new moms are dealing with,” Byrne revealed. “A lot of the instruction they receive about dealing with their post pregnancy bodies is either irrelevant or just plain wrong. And there are problems with not dealing with the real reconditioning issues, including setting yourself up for back pain and possible injury. Also, in exercise, what you practice is what you get. If you don’t recondition properly, then your abdomen will protrude during exercise, and you’ll be left not only with a round tummy that sticks out, but one that also doesn’t adequately support your lower back.”
Order the Bounce Back Fast! DVD for $21.95 from www.befitmom.com. It comes with a free exercise resistance band that increases the effectiveness of the workouts and allows women to adjust the intensity of the exercises to suit her individual fitness level.
To arrange an interview with this author on fitness issues during and after pregnancy, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.befitmom.com to learn more.