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Side Plank to Spare Your Shoulder

Does your shoulder talk to you when you do the side plank exercise?  That’s a red flag that the core muscle that should be working during the exercise isn’t.  Here’s why you feel the side plank exercise in your shoulder. Side Plank Muscles Worked The side plank specifically targets the Quadratus Lumborum (QL, pictured below) ... Read More
 

Quieting a Popping Hip Flexor

You’ve heard it:  that hollow clunk your hip makes during certain exercises. It doesn’t hurt, but good lord, it sure doesn’t sound good. You’ve probably heard that it’s a tight hip flexor muscle or tendon popping over the bone.  The solution must be to stretch your hip flexors, right?  Wrong. Read on to discover how ... Read More
 

Diastasis Safe Exercises

Every mom has a different recovery after giving birth, but all moms want to get their body back.  If you have a diastasis, you may feel like you’re limited on what core exercises you can do.  Diastasis safe exercises may not be challenging enough.  So what can you do to effectively work your core? Better ... Read More
 

8 Steps to Improving Core Function After Baby

You’re ready to start exercising again after baby, but wondering where to start.  If you’re like most women, you’ll start walking with the baby in the stroller or exercise while wearing baby. I think we all gravitate towards cardio in an effort to burn fat.  Walking is excellent, but there is so much more you ... Read More
 

The Relationship Between C-Section Scars and Ab Function

  They say C-section recovery is the hardest. It’s major surgery after all.  And the scar that you’re left with doesn’t help matters when it comes to well-functioning abs. Read on to discover how your cesarian scar can really disrupt the function of your core. Muscle Tissue vs. Scar Tissue Normal muscle fibers run in ... Read More
 

5 Core Training Exercises You Need To Do

It’s no secret that I love core stability exercises.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve read several explanations as to why core stability is important and why I no longer include crunches in my clients workouts.  I’m on #teamnocrunches!  So rather than more science, let’s get to the 5 core training exercises you need ... Read More
 

Updated Core Training

When core training became all the rage a few years ago, it was all about the four abdominal muscles.  And man, things went crazy!  The goal of ab workouts was to see how much you could make them burn and if your abs weren’t sore the next day, then you obviously didn’t do enough. The ... Read More
 

Simple Post Partum Exercises

New moms want to return to their pre-pregnancy weight ASAP.  We see the images and hear the stories of the celebrities that have returned to their prebaby clothing size after only 4 weeks.  In addition to making the average mom feel terrible about her body, these headlines also give false hope and unrealistic expectations for ... Read More