Slendertone and Separated muscles

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  1. haze

    haze Mum + Pink Bump

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    I was just wondering if anyone knows if a slendertone belt would make separated stomach muscles worse?
    I've lost around 7 stone in the past 18 months and I want to tone up my stomach. My stomach muscles are still slightly separated, not as bad as they were after I had my DD but I still look pregnant if I don't hold my stomach in properly.
    Anyway has anyone ever used one and has it made a difference?
    I do other exercise btw, I'm not just relying on this.
    Thanks :)
     
  2. aliss

    aliss Well-Known Member

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    It won't make it worse but it won't engage the transverse muscle to make it better.

    I recommend Julie Tupler's maternal fitness program to correct diastasis, mine has gone from 4 fingers to less than 2 fingers in 2 months, it was very helpful.
     
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    porkypig Well-Known Member

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    Can your separated muscles ever go back completely? I can still get a finger in between: will sit ups help? X
     
  4. aliss

    aliss Well-Known Member

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    Situps will make it worse. If you have diastasis, situps and crunches should not be done ever again.

    Under 2 fingers is a "new" normal for a woman who has had a diastasis. You may never go below 2 fingers, maybe you will. But one finger is fine and does not leave you susceptible to hernias.
     
  5. haze

    haze Mum + Pink Bump

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    I can't believe the difference it's made already tbh. I've been using it for 3 weeks and before (left) my stomach looked square and box-like which was where the muscles push out and now (right) it definitely looks less square.


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  6. ames_x

    ames_x Mummy to 2 beautiful boys

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    Can really see a differance! Can I ask how you lost 7stone - amazing btw, well done!!

    What slendertone do you use? x
     
  7. haze

    haze Mum + Pink Bump

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    Thanks :D I lost the weight doing slimming world and pole fitness. I used the ab slendertone belt, the unisex one I think.
     
  8. Lina

    Lina Hooyo

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    My understanding is that you can do stomach exercises on a separation of 2 fingers and less. I had a finger and a half separation and have started doing sit ups recently and my separation has come down to one finger.
     
  9. aliss

    aliss Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you just have to monitor it as it can re-separate (or not!). But there are so many other abdominal exercises that will not re-open it (planks, stomach vacuums), plus all compound lifts, that are just as effective, so there is really no need to do the ones that put you at risk.
     
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    Lina Hooyo

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    Thanks, the thought of never again being able to do sit-ups really depresses me. Is stomach vacuum the one where you hold your stomach in? and can you link me a compound lift?
     
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    aliss Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that's the stomach vacuum!

    A compound is just a whole body move - pushup, squat, deadlift, bench press
     

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