Are Crunches the Best Answer?
Most people who want flat abs do the “old school” crunches, sit ups and planks. Yet all of these exercises only work out one section of the abdomen, the exterior abs. These Ab exercises only lead to a bigger belly believe it or not! Worse yet these exercises can lead to a pelvic organ prolapse.
What is a prolapse? Well, it’s when your pelvic floor is so weak that your bladder, rectum or uterus fall through the vagina. These leads to:
- incontinence (peeing yourself when you don’t want to)
- problems with bowel movements
- painful intercouse
Most of my life I have been obsessed with seeking flat abs and the “perfect figure,” which honestly has done more harm to my body and leading to a bladder prolapse. This isn’t fun to talk about and being transparent is important to me and if you can learn from my mistakes then it’s a good thing. The great news is that I’ve been able to correct it through Low Pressure Fitness (LPF).
LPF is a specialized postural and breathing technique that will have you standing tall and will slim your waistline all at the same time creating the strongest core you could ever ask for. LPF teaches you how to breathe from your diaphragm so you can take in more oxygen, corrects poor posture and helps your overall performance in sports and everyday life. This all leads to a gorgeous fit and toned body and a slim waistline vs bulky abs.
As a LPF trainer I help work all aspects of the functioning core such as the pelvic floor muscles, which help support our internal organs and keep them in place, while working together with the deepest transverse abdominals to create the stability of the pelvis.
Just doing crunches causes a tremendous amount of pressure on the pelvic floor causing these organs to prolapse. Where a LPF (core) workout is more than just an ab workout, it’s a full body workout.
There are many people who have pelvic organ prolapse and don’t know it or talk about it. Kegels are not the answer! If you are an athlete using the trampoline, running or using heavy weights then you are at risk. These activities add a tremendous amount of pressure on the pelvic floor and cause harm. Peeing yourself during a workout is very common in athletes and somehow has become acceptable, even celebrated! Ladies, it is NOT normal to pee yourself when you exercise, sneeze, cough or laugh and, if you do, then you have a prolapse.
There is hope. Low Pressure Fitness it is a full body workout which strengthens the core from the inside out and helps reverse or prevent prolapse giving you the gorgeous body you deserve.
If you need help with preventing or reversing a prolapse, call me at 410-570-5170 for a FREE 15 minute consultation to see how I can help. Or you can visit my website to learn more about Low Pressure Fitness and how it can help you. www.tinamcdermott.com/low-pressure-fitness