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Music & Your Midline: Cues For Your Core

Featuring Kathryn Brunner of Musik At Home Crunches are always the first thing blurted when I ask random people how they believe their abs work — which means my work isn’t done yet — however, the deep abdominal muscles of your core perform hundreds of actions all day long. Your abs help you breathe, stand […]

Diastasis Recti and Sex: What to Consider

Fit2B is a family-friendly fitness site that specializes in workouts for a little-known issue called diastasis recti that can make the two sides of your abs feel as if they’re in separate zip codes. Diastasis rectus abdominis is actually a major symptom that often shows up as part of a vicious cycle of core weakness […]

Intimacy With A Dysfunctional Core

by Gillian Sukachevin, MSPT Sexual dysfunction is painful, disruptive and debilitating in so many ways and can arise from many different issues. But think about it. Even if you don’t have a debilitating condition, who wants just so-so sex? Sex is supposed to be something amazing—-something we look forward to. A simple weakness in one […]

Exercising & Your Breasts

Exercising & Your Breasts - Fit2B.com

We pride ourselves on being a very modest and family-friendly workout site here at Fit2B Studio. After all, we want to encourage women, not intimidate them. You will never see breasts or bum-crack hanging out of our clothes, but sometimes we do need to devote some time to discussing those body parts. The pectoral muscles run […]

The Core Connection to Your Calves + A FREE VIDEO

Do you feel like you’re fighting with calves that are “too big” for those you boots you want to wear? Did you gain weight and then lose it, only to have your lower legs remain larger than before? When you lift weights, do your calves bulk up really easily? “I find it hard to find […]

Leaking Urine During {or After} Exercise Isn’t “Normal”

Leaking Urine During or After Exercise Isn't Normal - Fit2B.com - Just because it's common for women who've had children to leak some pee when they cough, laugh hard, make love, or jog to catch up with a runaway toddler THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT LEAKING URINE IS NORMAL or acceptable. Common does not equal normal. I refuse to accept what is common if it is damaging me. - #physicaltherapy #physio #physiotherapy #pelvicfloor #nerdfitness #fit #fitness #incontinence #diastasis #diastasisrecti #core #corestrengthening #crunches #crossfit #fitmom #obgyn #gynecologist #health #healthy #selfcare

Do you or someone you know have issues with incontinence during daily life activities?  Then this post is for you. There is hope, friends.   Just because it’s common for women who’ve had children to leak some pee when they cough, laugh hard, make love, or jog to catch up with a runaway toddler, THAT […]

You Might Be a Fit2B Member If …

You Might Be a Fit2B Member If... - Fit2B.com

It started in our private member forum one day with a hilarious comment from a longtime Fit2B customer. She was checking in with a comment about her workout that day on our weekly challenge thread. She said something about how she knew she was Fit2B member because of something kinda quirky she’d done. I decided […]

What I {Really, Truly} Read in 2018 + Plans for 2019

What I Really Truly Read This Year - Fit2B.com

Once again, I’m slightly irked at people who post pictures of stacks of books they plan to read along with lengthy literary lists. Life just isn’t like that. I take my books one at a time, as I’m in the mood, circling back to old favorites, and keeping my “plan to read” list very short. […]

Transverse Flow – M/TS

Transverse Flow Workout: Add some gentle transverse pulses to key positions and find your core in new ways! - Fit2b.com

Filmed in the Autumn of 2018 – thus the happy bat and fall foliage on the fireplace mantel – this full body workout routine will elevate your abdominals’ game. As we go through this Yoga flow, we add some gentle transverse pulses to key positions. You’ll find your core in new ways! Isn’t it amazing […]

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If You Could Do Any Fitness Thing …

What fitness goal would you reach for if you could eliminate all of your current physical, financial, mental, or emotional barriers and do ANYTHING? Forget the fact that this is a Tummy Safe™ fitness site, and that you may have a diastasis. Put EVERY injury, every ache, every pain aside for a moment and write down […]

Announcing NEW TummySafe Fit Pro CEU course!

Announcing NEW TummySafe Fitness Professional CEU Course! - Fit2B.com

If you work with people who are dealing with diastasis recti and other symptoms of core dysfunction, you need to understand their fitness choices. Even more importantly, if you are a fitness instructor, personal trainer, physical therapist, body worker, chiropractor, or anyone who prescribes exercises of any sort, you need to know how to teach […]

Eliminate the Pain of Wrapping Gifts

Eliminate Gift Wrapping Pain - Fit2B.com

The children were nestled all snug in their beds on a quiet night in December when I first watched this video from The Tummy Team about the pain of wrapping gifts. Turns out this simple task may require some technique to protect a tummy with diastasis recti, or a core that’s just given birth, or older […]

Foam Rolling (Water Bottle) Fun Release Routine

Okay, so this was supposed to be a 5-minute foam rolling routine, but I got a little carried away (as usual) because I got a new idea while filming! I’m so excited about all these soothing motions, and I can’t wait for you to try it! Learn how a small roll can serve in this […]

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5 Reasons You DON’T Need Exercise

You’ve seen the studies on all the so-called benefits of exercise, but perhaps those things don’t apply to you. I mean, does exercising even actually do all that stuff? It could all just be propaganda from the fitness industry trying to sell you another dumbbell. Maybe you don’t need no stinkin’ exercise! We work with […]

Diastasis Recti & Belly Button Integrity

Diastasis Recti & Belly Button Integrity - Fit2B.com

A belly is a sensitive thing. Talking about it, touching it, assessing it for diastasis recti … all of that nudges at a woman’s emotional, spiritual, and physical core. For every gal who wants to flaunt her flat abs in a bikini there are many more who would rather cover up, and not just for reasons […]

Fit2B in the 2018 Birth Healing Summit

When you’re planning to have a baby, It’s important to plan for your recovery from birth and your return to fitness, not just labor and parenting a newborn. For example, knowing how to heal your diastasis recti and protect your pelvic floor take some education and preparation. However, the postpartum stage might be the most […]

#walkthankful — Join Our November 30-Day Walking Challenge

#walkthankful - Join Our November 30-Day Walking Challenge - Fit2B.com

— With the American Thanksgiving holiday coming, we’re all seeing the typical thankfulness posts. As a fitness pro, I’m also seeing a lot of exercise challenges, many of which aren’t feasible for people with core dysfunction. So, I put together my own challenge that will keep me peaceful, keep me walking, and keep me thankful as […]

All the Best Walking Resources

All the Best Walking Resources - Fit2B.com

While we provide over 200 home video workouts here on Fit2B for all ages and abilities, we still think walking is pretty much the best. According to biomechanist Katy Bowman, author of Move Your DNA, walking naturally lengthens and strengthens every muscle in your core. It’s great for your heart, lungs, abs, pelvic floor, legs, […]

3 Ways That Epsom Salt Baths Help Your Fitness

3 Ways Epsom Salt Baths Help Your Fitness - Fit2B.com

I take hot Epsom salt baths every week for several reasons, only one of which is quiet time to myself. It’s so nice to be able to tell the kids, “I’m in the bath right now, so please go find the parent who has clothes on, and he’ll help you with that.” From both mental […]

Animal Acrobats Kids Workout

Do your children like to meow like cats and bark like dogs? What kid doesn’t like to act like an animal? Yes, this behavior can be annoying in certain venues (church, funerals, Great Aunt Ruth’s hospital room, etc.) but acting like an animal is also EXERCISE! This simple home exercise will help your children get […]

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How to Work Out While Traveling

How to Work Out While Traveling - Fit2B.com

Traveling can disrupt the most avid exerciser’s routine. Being in a car or airplane for any length of time involves lots of sitting, and long journeys can leave you with sore, tight muscles. I enjoy finding creative ways to exercise on the road (or in the air) on my way to various events, so here […]

Fit2B Celebrating 8 Years! Sale & Giveaway!

  We are celebrating our 8th anniversary with wonderful giveaways here and a massive 25% off sale here! One of the things you can win here is a MOBOT foam rolling water bottle! But now, some personal thoughts as I look back over the past 8 years of building this business from scratch and plenty of literal […]

Heart & Hamstrings Yoga Flow – M/TS

Heart & Hamstrings Yoga Flow - 45 Minute workout on fit2b.com

You know all that tension in your chest and thighs? Let’s release those tight places with a full body Yoga workout designed to open your hamstrings and heart-center. You’ll finish this full-length routine feeling relaxed, lengthened, blessed, and released. No props are required, but you may want to have a blanket on hand for the […]

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John R. Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

What factors feed into a successful, consistent exercise plan? I’ve had a print copy of John R. Wooden’s Pyramid of Success since my second year in college at OSU where I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science. It was handed out to me one sleepy morning in the lecture hall of my […]

Sail Away Kids Workout

Sail Away!" Workout for kids on fit2b.com

So many exercises and poses have names that come from sailing, water, fish, and boats! Join us for this fun maritime-themed routine that will put a smile on the face of every child, young and old. Sadie made her debut in Fit2B routines when she was just a toddler, and out of all the children […]

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Giving Gifts Based on The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

As we head into the year’s biggest giving season, I’ve been pondering wellness and fitness gifts again. I want to give in ways that nourish whole beings: heart, soul, mind, and strength. Actually, this article was originally written for Christmas, but there are many reasons to engage in giving year-round, so I figured it was […]

Basic Aerobics 1 & 2

Basic Aerobics 1 & 2 - fit2b.com

If you’ve never done aerobics before, have no fear. Bethany keeps the queues simple during these two short cardio workouts. The word “basic” in these videos means that the footwork and cueing is relatively simple compared to more advanced aerobics routines we have filmed, however these multi-joint moves are engaging! Please read more notes under […]

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Fit2B Girls is in the 2018 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

Made On skincare products are bonuses in the 2018 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle - fit2b.com

Since 2012, Ultimate Bundles has been creating the annual Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. Fit2B was a part of that very first one with a free trial membership. We were asked to contribute again this year, so we offered up our Fit2B Girls Course. The Fit2B Girls course is my own answer as a MOM to my fruitless […]

Fit2B Contributing to Natural Fertility Course

Science has repeatedly proven that exercise improves bone density and heart health. It lowers risk of breast cancer and depression, but what about its role in fertility? How does exercising impact a woman’s cycle and her ability to get pregnant? I believe working out plays a massive role in fertility, but it’s not as simple […]

All the Little Things About Squats: An Introduction to Squatting

All The Little Things About Squatting - Fit2b

Squatting is thought by some to be one of the simplest way to work your abdominal muscles, lower body, whole core, and legs PLUS your pelvic floor BUTT (mispelling intended since squats work your glutes) many people do them wrong and approach them with poor strategies. If you squat poorly, you may not get the […]

Can Online Focus Groups Help Your Fitness?

Research studies have proven over and over how being part of a group can bolster your fitness success. For example, this 2017 study by Yorks et al involved stressed-out medical students. It showed that participation in regular group fitness classes led to an increase in physical, mental, and emotional quality of life compared with exercising […]

To the Mama Who’s Falling Apart With No Energy to Exercise …

Hey Mama, If you are falling apart then it’s time for a hard reset. You know, like when you hold down all the buttons to power down your phone and leave it off for a few minutes so all the things can reboot? Yeah, because moms need breaks too. We can “run a lot of apps,” […]

My Naturopathic Doctor’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet Guide

 When my husband was hospitalized overnight for severe abdominal pain and given all the tests: MRI, CAT, X-ray … but told it was in his head and pronounced healthy because nothing could explain his nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite, and constant, grinding discomfort, we didn’t give up. He wasn’t healthy, and he was also experiencing […]

How Your Positioning Affects Your Poochy Tummy

As I wrap up this 5-blog series on dealing with plateaus in fixing diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA), two things have been a recurring theme: Time and Consistency. Unfortunately, we impatient humans want everything our way, right away with extra pickles, no tomatoes, hold the mayo, right? However, narrowing a diastasis (and getting it to stay that way) requires […]

Gentle Exercise Videos for Those Living a Chronic Life

Is exercising regularly challenging for you due to chronic pain and low energy? Are you trying to workout with sickness like Hashimotos, endometriosis, lupus/SLE, thyroid imbalance, MS, adrenal fatigue, SPD, or another condition that means mainstream workouts could leave you exhausted for days? The gentle, progressive approach to fitness that I teach here on Fit2B […]

How Emotions Affect Your Diastasis Recti

Your emotions affects how you hold yourself up which affects how fast your diastasis recti narrows - fit2b.com

This blog about how your feelings and moods can have a huge affect on the speed of your healing from various injuries and issues — not just DRA — is actually the third installment in a 4-part series called The Unclosed Core that was originally published in 2015. I’ve been writing and praying this will offer hope to those […]

5 Fitness Sports You Can Keep Enjoying With Diastasis Recti

5 Fitness Sports You Can Keep Enjoying with Diastasis Recti - Fit2B.com

If you have diastasis recti, can you keep paddleboarding? Rowing? Climbing? We field a lot of questions about fitness sports people can enjoy with diastasis recti. While some see a diagnosis of diastasis recti as a time to stop moving completely, here at Fit2B we believe that once you have done core rehab with a […]

Online Fitness Videos with Closed Captioning for the Hearing Impaired & Parents of Napping Children

It’s hard enough to not have your core muscles working well for you, let alone your ears. Closed captioning isn’t just for the hearing impaired, though, it’s also for parents who want to workout quietly while their children take naps. It’s for those midnight feeding sessions where you need our Neck Routine while nursing or […]

How Your Chemistry Affects Your Diastasis Recti

How Your Chemistry Affects Your Diastasis Recti - Fit2B.com

Continuing our flashback of “The Unclosed Core” series, we thought you would appreciate this updated blog with current information that will encourage you to persevere. In Part One of this 4-part series, I introduced our general topic of “hope for when that diastasis recti will not close.” In Part Three, I will discuss “How Your […]

Can I Do Planks if I Have Diastasis Recti?

Can I Do Planks if I Have Diastasis Recti? - Fit2B.com

“Can I do planks if I have diastasis recti?” It’s one of the most common questions we receive here on Fit2B where we provide tummysafe workouts that cater to those dealing with separated abs. With planks being a popular default core exercise, and plank challenges constantly circling social media, people want to know: can I […]

Hope for When That Diastasis Recti Will NOT Close!

Hope for When That Diastasis Recti Will NOT Close - Fit2B.com

As promised, here is the second installment in our flashback of the popular Unclosed Core series. We hope you will take a few minutes to tell us what you are struggling with and how this is encouraging you in your commitment to persevere.  It is an amazing time to be a core fitness specialist ministering […]

In Defense of Those Who Exercise at Home

Those who exercise at home have many valid reasons for working out in their living rooms. However, being the founder of an online gym has shown me how home exercisers are sometimes scorned, as if activities that are easy for one person to do outdoors — like a casual walk around the block — or at […]

Giving Diastasis Recti Time To Heal: Be Consistent

This blog inspired an entire series called The Unclosed Core. The information and encouragement you will find here is timeless and we trust you will find hope as we continue this journey together. Most of Us Are Turtles Remember Aesop’s fable about the tortoise beating the hare? The majority of the fitness world screams at […]

Gift Ideas for Pregnant Women, New Mothers, and Grandmothers!

      Looking for the perfect gift for a beloved mom-to-be, new mom, mom of three (or ten!), or your own mom or grandmother? It’s hard, because most women with children focus all their energy on their kids and don’t ask for or want much, but you want to get them SOMETHING . . […]

Belly Love: Seeing Beauty in Brokenness

Your Core: What if it's not just about accepting what you can't change but having courage to change the things you can?

This post may be from August 2013, but the struggle to appreciate and cherish our bellies is a common theme. Are you and your core on good terms, or is there still some relationship work to be done? We’d love to hear from you in the comments! My son turned 5 this past week, and as I […]

The #RealMOMrealCEO Challenge on Instagram – Join me!

The #RealMOMrealCEO Challenge on Instagram - Join me! - Fit2B.com

The pressure on female business owners like myself to do all the things is huge. We run companies and kids in carpools. We take classes on QuickBooks and core fitness, yet we still struggle with isolation. I’ve found that it’s far too easy to buy the lie that no one understands the daily paradigms we’re […]

How to Have a STRONGER, More FLAT Stomach!

How to Have a STRONGER, More FLAT Stomach! - Fit2B.com

This blog was originally published in July 2011 and has continued to connect with those searching for information about diatsasis recti, so we decided to update and republish it in April 2018. Regardless of your background (surgeries, pregnancies, age, etc.), you CAN obtain flatter, stronger abs. It’s NOT about your six-pack, and it IS all […]

Top 5 Non-Crunchy Ab Moves!

We have been looking forward to reposting this fan favorite in our {Flashback} Friday series! Which one of these ab moves works best for you?  Crunches are often thought of as the most simple, easy-peasy, go-to exercise for your belly muscles. Turns out, crunching requires a fair amount of technique, especially when a diastasis recti […]

Crossing the Midline | Motion for Kids

When this article about how crossing the midline helps kids was posted in the Fit2B member forum, it generated deep discussion. It also created calls for us to produce a midline-crossing video for our Fit2B Kids section of workouts. What our members said about midline crossing “We do some of these with my son! He […]

My New Tummy

My New Tummy - Fit2B.com

Welcome to the new {Flashback} Friday series from Fit2B! The following post from 2011 has continued to resonate with so many of you that we thought reposting it with a few updates for clarity would prove beneficial.  ____________________ March, 2011 – Seven weeks ago, I started diastasis rehab with The Tummy Team. I didn’t think […]

Why I Disagree with Banning the Word “Broken”

Words carry weight. In a rapidly-blending global culture, every word is scrutinized, weighed, and judged. Phrases that were once common to one group are now understood to be inflammatory and hurtful to another group, so they are understandably banned and become “non-politically correct.” However, I’ve also seen quite a few articles written to fitness professionals […]

How We Launched a Successful Online Fitness Business

Here we are, about to celebrate eight years of filming TummySafe, diastasis-aware workouts for members in 45 countries worldwide, and I get asked all the time: How do I do it? How have we managed to launch a successful online fitness website and keep it running this long? How do I juggle exercise, motherhood, being […]

Comforting the Core: Interview with a bereavement doula

The first “real” book I ever read at age 6 was a Life Cycle Library book about pregnancy and birth. You can all thank my mother for being so open and unflappable as she dealt with my ensuing barrage of questions, because that early passion to understand the female body was indicative of my career path […]

All {or Most} of the Reasons You NEED Some Fat

Your body needs fat, and the nutrition lesson in the Fit2B Girls course focuses on all the best sources of it. Why? Because we want our young girls to know the truth from an early age: they don’t need to be afraid of fat! Not only is fat the richest source of energy for longer […]

10 Ways to Hygge Your Fitness

Hygge is a Danish word that means cozy and comfortable. It’s pronounced a bit like “hug” and indicates a feeling of being special, loved, accepted, and belonging. It also means warmth, but that’s not the only reason that I’m connecting it to working out. Your workout provides a time for you to connect and care […]

Are You Fit and Trained To Deal With Disaster?

Would you be strong and organized enough to evacuate your home in less than 30 minutes if a blazing inferno suddenly surrounded your neighborhood like the California Wildfires? Would you be resilient and self-powered enough to live without electricity for over a month like Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria? Would you have the resources to […]

If You’re Raising a Girl, You Need This New eCourse!

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My daughter was almost 11 when this course started to materialize in my mind. It happened because hundreds of other moms in the Fit2B Forum kept getting angry: “All I got was sex-ed in high school, but by then I’d used tampons wrong and had horrible posture! Why can’t anyone teach about those things? Beth, […]

The Beautiful Power of 6 Weeks of Recovery

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On August 1st, 2017 something horrible happened. I woke up with severe spasms under and around my left arm. Holding my elbow up in the air was the only way I could talk without crying. I felt like sharks were gnawing on me, and then the numbness set in… AND I KNEW SOMETHING WAS REALLY […]

5 Ways Wearing Flexible Shoes Helps Fitness

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A picture that spoke a thousand words to me several years ago showed two feet balancing on two small rocks, wearing two different shoes. One was encased in a hiking boot with ankle support, while the other was in a minimal shoe. It was instantly very clear to me how flexible shoes help our fitness. […]

When You Miss a Workout, Remember These 3 Things

So, you missed a day or two of exercise? Yeah, I do it all the time which actually surprises a lot of people. I’m a bona fide fitness pro who doesn’t workout every day? Nope! Integration matters more than conflagration The little motions mean more than the big, burning workouts. I usually enjoy a “workout” […]

That Time We Were Featured in Huffington Post!

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Recently, the diastasis recti awareness movement received some interesting press when this NPR article about 1 exercise that can be done for 10 minutes a day to get rid of your mummy tummy went viral. It’s catchy, isn’t it? The thought that you can do one thing for just a few minutes, and you’ll have […]

“Your Core Is Like a House.” – Carrie Koziol, WHPT

"Your Core Is Like a House." - Carrie Koziol | Fit2B Studio

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Carrie Koziol from Pilates By Carrie. She’s unique because she is also a licensed Women’sHealthPhysical Therapist who is highly trained and knowledgeable about diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction. Carrie compares cores to houses with your transverse abdominis being the front door, the roof being your diaphragm, and […]

My Interview with a Male Midwife

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Working with a core rehabilitation specialist or physical therapist is crucial if you want to fully regain your core function and strength after having a baby so you can make a safe return to fitness. However, what about that woman living in a small town that lacks such an amazing resource? Jacob Mearse is a midwife […]

Fidget Spinners: Fitness or Fancy?

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The same day I saw a sponsored post for fidget spinners while surfing online, both of my children (ages 8 and 11) came home from school begging for one! Available in a variety of colors and patterns and ranging in price from $2 – $300 and up (because we could all use a gold fidget […]

How Bad Bras Can Affect Your Core Fitness

How Bad Bras Hurt Your Core Fitness - fit2b.com

When I was recently being adjusted by my chiropractor, she announced I was wearing bad bras and that it was past time for me to get a new one. Now, my chiropractor, Dr. Shannon Anhorn, is very unique. She’s the owner of Cloud Chiropractic that operates out of The Tummy Team clinic in Camas, Wa. She […]

Our F5+ eCourse is in The Ultimate Homemaker Bundle!

We are delighted to announce that our Foundational Five Plus ecourse is a part of The Ultimate Homemaker Bundle that gives you over $2,000 of resources for just $29.97 when you buy between now and May 1st at  midnight. Our F5+ ecourse contains 9 of our beginning routines and 2 printables to help you lay a […]

Why Does My Skin Pucker When My Diastasis Recti Narrows?

Why does my skin pucker when my diastasis recti is closing? -fit2b.com

As your belly muscles regain proper tension and strength, and your diastasis recti begins to narrow, the skin on your tummy may pucker and dimple as the pressure from within your core is more controlled. This isn’t about sucking it in and constantly flexing your abs, rather, as your transverse abdominus “corset” muscle that wraps […]

Collagen Can Help Your Core + Top 5 Brands Reviewed!

How Can Collagen Help Your Core + 4 brands reviewed - fit2b.com

I love my morning coffee. I love the smell. I love the conversations and community around it. I enjoy 1-2 cups to start my day, and an occasional cup of decaf at night. Being able to sneak collagen into it for bonus nutrition just makes it that much more enjoyable to me!Here’s how I make it: […]

Prepping for Childbirth: What You Need to Know for Recovery

Isn’t it wonderful that a baby takes 9 months to prepare for its first breath of air? While it was hard to wait for my babies, I found myself grateful for all that time spent prepping for birth and recovery even though nothing could have fully prepared me for birth and becoming a mother. I’m […]

If You’re Raising a Young Female Athlete, You Need to Know This!

I made a special trip to New York to learn about new treatments from top women’s health experts at the WIWH LIVE event, not knowing I’d learn something about my daughter that would shake me to my own core. I learned that the age she is right now puts her at the highest risk for […]

Sweet Talk for Your PSOAS – 4 Ways to Find Release!

If you sit a lot for work or nursing a baby or just out of pure exhaustion, it’s highly likely that your psoas is tightening up to tell you something. Basically, your psoas connects your spine to your thigh bone. While it is often named alongside the iliacus as “iliopsoas,” the meat of it is […]

To All the Flipping Mothers Sitting on the Sidelines

I was sitting there in a crowd of other mothers, watching our kids through a thick glass window as they practiced their gymnastics, flipping and tumbling around. Then, as is so classic of me – since I can’t have normal conversations with anyone because they ask me what I do, and then we proceed to […]

The Cost of Incontinence – Guest Post by LPT, Gill Sukachevin

Remember those baby diaper advertisements on TV? Without fail, baby diaper brands became a household name. We didn’t even say “diapers.” We would go to the grocery store and look for Luvs or Pampers. We asked our little helpers to get the baby’s Huggies. There has been shift to advertisement for adult products?  Now Poise and […]

Happy New Year 2017!

As I look at the long list of goals that I intend to accomplish in 2017 for myself, my family, my business, my home, my faith… I have to admit a small part of me is eyeballing a couple of the bigger ones and whispering a tiny “Um, yeah right. That’ll never happen.” Then again, […]

What This Pelvic Floor Therapist Says About Poise and Diva Cups Must be Shared!

What this pelvic floor specialist says about Poise and Diva Cups must be shared! ~ Fit2B.com

While I was at a local birth pro meet and greet recently, I started chatting with Gillian Sim Sukachevin, pelvic floor physical therapist at The Tummy Team, about diva cups, pessaries, prolapse, poise plugging products, and more! Gillian has contributed her expertise to several workout video routines I’ve put together which are available here on […]

What I {Honestly} Read for Work and Fun in 2016

Confession: I find it super annoying when people post a list of books they plan to read, and they have this pretty picture of a stack of titles organized alphabetically or by size, because seriously, how does anyone know for sure what they’ll be reading a couple months from now? That stack of books on […]

Who Moved Me at Women in Women’s Health LIVE 2016

I’m a country girl who mostly enjoys just. being. home. It takes something really precious or super sparkly to lure me away from my cozy farmhouse and regular routine. When my colleague Beth Jones of MamaSport invited me to share a cab and hotel with her in New York City for Women In Women’s Health LIVE put on by the Integrative Women’s […]

Why I Changed My Mind {Again} About Joining a Gym

Why I changed my mind {again} about joining a gym - fit2b.com

I almost joined a gym today, but once again I walked away from their {not so} incredible offer. I know, I’m the home fitness queen over here, but I worked in gyms and athletic clubs for half my life, and sometimes I miss it and want to lift something heavy that doesn’t squirm, such as […]

My Top 5 Festive & Fit Resources {a.k.a. Christmas Goodies}

My Top 5 Festive & Fit Resources {a.k.a. Christmas Goodies} - Fit2B Studio

At this time of year, it can feel like the whole world is shouting for my attention. But all I want to do is chill out with my family and friends (minus all of the stress!) And can I please FINALLY locate a festival of lights or gorgeously lit neighborhood that doesn’t charge me my first-born to walk through […]

How to Find {and What to Ask} a GOOD Pelvic Floor Therapist

How to find {and what to ask} a good pelvic floor physical therapist - Fit2B.com

Bottom line: Surgery isn’t your only option when you have diastasis recti, or feel like your vagina is falling out, or intimacy is painful, or you’re personally keeping Poise and other panty products in business. The right women’s health specialist can provide you with the right rehab and the right exercises that will change your life. […]

So You Have Diastasis Recti… Now What?

different types of diastasis rectus abdominus - fit2b.com

When you first find out you have abdominal separation, and you start learning about how that “diastasis recti” will impact your exercise choices and basic activities of daily living, the awareness can be overwhelming especially because the internets will typically try to convince you to have surgery  or just accept it as normal. But watch […]

FREE Interval Training Download with Coach Chris

Guest Post by Fit2B Co-Founder, Chris Behnke. Not only has Chris worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our website running smoothly, he’s also a runner. And we have a LOT of clients who rave about Fit2B and how it’s helped them make a safe return to running. So when Chris told me he was […]

If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This!

How to massage your abdominal scar -- Fit2b.com

When an incision is made in your belly for any type of surgery – cesarean, appendectomy, hernia mesh installment, hysterectomy, etc. – the nerves in that area are left somewhat exposed by the remaining scar, and the area can hurt for years to come. However, it’s never too late to do something about it! In […]

Restorative Poses

Restorative Poses III from fit2b.com teaches how to apply props to 5 different stretches!

Restorative poses simply remove some of gravity’s pull with the use of props. They enable people to sink into deeper stretches with support and safety, and I’m convinced that anyone can do restorative work wherever they are with whatever they have. It feels so good to add props to stretching positions, and I’ve seen and felt […]

Why Should Women Avoid Inversions During Menstruation?

Why should women avoid inversions during their periods? - Fit2b.com

Fit2B now has several advanced routines in which I teach strenuous arm balances and moves that put you upside down where your hips are higher than your head: My Wall Workout, the Fusion Mixes, Balanced Inversions, and a couple others. They’re fun routines and not “dangerous” at all. They can also feel good when the pelvis is cramping. So […]

Can Fit2B Help Improve Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Can Fit2B tummysafe home fitness routines help improve pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a serious condition that affects many women’s quality of life, but there is therapy available to help stabilize the area and even improve it. I’ve worked closely with many physios and physical therapists to create several routines that can help a woman start connecting with her pelvic floor while she […]

1 Scar Story + 2 Tummy Massage Videos

Two tummy massage videos and a powerful testimony from Fit2B Member, Josie L.

 When there are deep wounds and scars that leave behind fascial adhesions and disconnect, it can be very hard for a woman to look at her tummy, let alone touch it. When you have a scar on your belly or abdominal fascia that won’t pull back together {or fascia that pulls too hard} practicing tummy […]

Fit2B Teaching Other Teachers

Diastasis Aware Yoga Training - fit2b.com

The training for which I wrote a huge section on diastasis awareness in Yoga also gave me 5 hours with the instructors over this past weekend!! This group soaked up everything I said, asked so many high-level questions, and we all finished wanting more! It was very encouraging to be invited to contribute my knowledge […]

The Unclosed Core

The Unclose Core - Blog Series by Fit2b.com

When a woman with an unclosed core discovers the massive amount of resources that Fit2B offers those experiencing abdominal separation, she typically gets super excited and then a bit overwhelmed. And it’s no wonder! I’ve written multiple ecourses and close to 300 articles on here plus created almost 200 fitness workouts that support the stomachs of […]

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Routine with Diastasis-Aware Exercises!

Sample some exercises for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction from Fit2B.com

If you’re struggling with pain in and around your pubic bone due to symphysis pubis dysfunction, my heart goes out to you. It’s tricky when you can’t separate your legs or step over things without grief and grating in your groin, isn’t it? And if you have diastasis recti, too, some of the common exercises […]

Why My Mother Needed Foot Surgery to Have Her Toes Straightened

Bad shoes and Bunionectomies: My Mom's Story - fit2b.com

For just recently reaching 73 years old, my mom is in remarkably great shape even though her feet have always bothered her. She walks, eats healthy, is active in her church and community, and takes good care of herself and my dad. This past year, she finally began pursuing things to really deal with and […]

The Belly Pictures She Took in her Pink Bathroom Went Viral, But Where is She Now?

Her pink bathroom belly pics went viral, but where is she now? -fit2b.com

Two years ago, Fit2B member Katie Goddard sent me her before and after pictures, giving me permission to share her story in this blog {click} “Mother of Son with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) shares how Fit2B is changing their lives.” Little did we know how many it would reach! Katie’s candid images continue to encourage discussion because they […]

Sample 5 Home Fitness Workouts Through Fit2B Mobile

Get 5 free home fitness routines via web app - fit2b.com

Get 5 Home Fitness Routines for 5 Days Free! If you want to try 5 of our most basic home fitness routines through our web app, just click here to learn more about this awesome offer! Our members have been using the full version of Fit2B Mobile since it’s launch in early January 2016, and […]

Must Watch! Shaggy Beasts and Other 2015 Outtakes

The 2015 Blooper Reel from fit2b.com

A couple years ago, we started putting blooper outtakes at the end of each of our workout videos. However, I’ve made so many bloopers while filming for our routines and online learning ecourses that we still had extras! So here is the best bloopers of 2015 from behind the scenes of Fit2B… Go ahead. Laugh. […]

When You’re Setting Goals From a Hard Place…

When you're setting goals from a hard place, and you need encouragement, read this! -fit2b.com

While many people were setting goals around the first of this year, something different happened organically in the private Fit2B member forum when Holly J. posted her victory picture and long term success story about coming out of a very hard place thanks to Fit2B. Here’s what she wrote and posted:  “I want to post here because […]

Are Heeled Shoes the Answer to Tight Calves?

Learn how to lengthen my calf muscles and prevent foot pain

Question about heeled shoes posted in our forum: “Beth is it possible for someone to have “short tendons”? My mom was told she needed to wear shoes with a heel because she has short Achilles’ tendons. Are their specific stretches to lengthen them?” -Lauren F. That question was posted in our private member forum, and […]

Bare Naked Gratitude

Bare Naked Thankfulness - fit2b.com

Naked is not a bad word. It’s not the “N” word, and it’s not vulgar. It’s how we were born, totally bare, but I’ve talked with far too many women who can’t stand the sight of themselves. They hide from mirrors and mock their own worth by reducing themselves to self-imposed labels like “Fat” and […]

30 Fitness Blogs in 30 Days from Fit2B

30 Fitness Blogs in 30 Days

In addition to being a fitness professional, writing is a huge outlet for me. I’m fairly certain I have never gone to sleep at night without writing something somewhere about something, either in my journal, or online, or whatever. Even so, when I dove into a 30-day blogging challenge – which I am finishing today WITH […]

Build a Better Belly: 10 Times to Align And Use Your Core

Alignment plays a big role in your belly's ability to flex and stay flat for you! Find out how at fit2b.com

As long as you’re moving and exercising that’s all you need for a healthy body right? Nope. You are more than your muscles, and since your posture affects not just the shape of your belly, but also your digestion, pelvic floor function, emotions, chemistry, and also how you present yourself to others, we need to […]

Why Fixing Your Core Won’t Save You

Wait, there's such a thing as a perfect body? Fit2b.com

“Thinking that because you are good person, hard times won’t come is like thinking that because you are a vegetarian, the bull won’t charge at you.” After reading this pivotal article on GNOWFGLINS many moons ago about how eating real food didn’t stop severe illness in two families, I began pondering the same truth about fitness […]

Practical Tips for PMS + A Special Routine

Don't let PMS stop your life! Practical tips to ease the pain - fit2b.com

Many women live with debilitating cramps, diminished energy and moodiness that affects their relationships in the days before and during their periods. You can blame Eve or pollution or modern stress levels, but PLEASE don’t just lay there when you can minimize most of the major discomforts of menstruation. Here at Fit2B Studio, we have a specialized […]

Free Podcast: Diastasis & Tummy Fitness + My Births

Free Birthful Podcast: Diastasis Recti & Pregnancy -fit2b.com

It was a huge honor to be the special guest for The Birthful Podcast: Diastsis & Tummy Fitness with Adriana Lozada earlier this week. She said she chose me out of all the other experts she researched as possible guests because my program is the most comprehensive, evidence-based, straightforward, mama-friendly one she could find. The show […]

How Sit-Ups Hurt Veterans with Diastasis Recti

Are military testing methods which still contain lots of situps hurting our veterans? -fit2b.com

Today is Veterans Day in the USA, and I am beyond grateful to our military and all those who serve in the armed forces here abroad, and in our communities. Therefore, it angers me to hear about outdated fitness testing methods hurting many recruits and soldiers. We need to stop thanking our veterans by giving them traumatic […]

3 Times to Use Timers for Better Health & Fitness

Three Ways to Use Timers for Better Health & Fitness - fit2b.com

Confession: My kitchen timer is seldom used for anything cooking related. As a fitness professional and healthier mom in the making, I tend to use timers for better health and wellness applications. Not that setting one to avoid burning dinner wouldn’t be healthier for my family, but this is the scoop on how my stove timer […]

5 Little Fitness Things to {NOT} Obsess About

5 Little Fitness Things to {NOT} Obsess About - Fit2B.com - #fit #fitfam #fitmama #fitmom #health #healthy #gym #gymworkouts #core #corestrengthening #fitness #alignment #posture #goodposture #diastasisrectirecovery #motivation #weightloss #workout

As you work to improve your alignment and overall strength from your core outward {like we do in Fit2B routines} it’s important to NOT sweat the small stuff. Working on the little fitness things, just one at a time, has really payed dividends to my overall wellness in the past several years. Most of us […]

5 Reasons to Become a Fit2B Affiliate

5 reasons you should become an affiliate with Fit2B

Referring people to Fit2B for family-friendly home fitness videos that are TummySafe for diastasis recti and knee friendly, is so easy! As a thank you we give back to you! All you need to do is sign up as an affiliate with Fit2B here and then just use your special link whenever you’re talking about us […]

What is TummySafe Fitness for Diastasis Recti?

TummySafe Fitness is unique to Fit2B where we have almost 200 videos for subscribers to explore and exercise!

What is “tummysafe fitness” for diastasis recti exactly? Originally coined by my colleague and good friend, Kelly Dean of The Tummy Team, the term means that every exercise reinforces and increases your core strength without involving any crunches or crunch-like motions, nor any unmodified planks, and especially no jack-knifing motions, curl-ups or sit-ups. Putting together a […]

State of Fit2B Address – The Next 5 Years of Fitness

Beth Learn, Founder of Fit2b.com

It’s October 31st, the last day of the month in which Fit2B celebrates the anniversary of opening our doors in 2010. Some are celebrating Halloween today while others celebrate Reformation Day or the harvest. Me, I’m praying our silent auction to benefit Mercy in Action goes well, and I’m pondering our first 5 years and […]

Fit2B Auctions Shirts Worn in Workouts to Benefit Mercy In Action

Bid on this shirt which was worn during a Fit2B Workout!

  Go to our facebook fan page Fit2B – TummySafe Fitness right now to bid on our silent auction of all the shirts worn in the following routines. All proceeds benefit Mercy In Action which has a charity birth center in The Philippines, a midwifery school, and other training for maternal and child health. Their […]

Healthy Home Updates That Encourage Fitness

If you get the chance to remodel your bathroom, be sure to install a soaking tub that's deep enough for detox baths, and also pebble tile floors and a bench in your shower... for stretching your hamstrings while you shave your legs of course! -fit2b.com

You don’t have to turn your home into an athletic club to encourage fitness and wellness in your environment. The goal is to facilitate as much alignment, movement, core recruitment, and even positive pressure points as possible. It’s about making small changes in small areas. It’s also about making some big changes if you get the chance to remodel. […]

Diastasis Recti and Yoga: Shocking Photo

This is what diastasis recti looks like in downward facing dog a.k.a. Tipi pose a.k.a. adho mukha

Many people with weak cores and back pain turn to yoga for help, but if you have diastasis recti, many yoga poses should be approached with caution. This shocking photo will hopefully help all of you better understand how DEEPLY a diastasis recti affects your abdominal’s appearance, function and integrity. That is one my members […]

Stop Body Shaming: Thinness Does NOT Equal Fitness – FREE VIDEO

Loving your body, connecting to your body, retraining it to do what it needs to do to hold you together and then give you the confidence to hold yourself up, to embrace yourself, and to be who you were designed to be. -Kelly Dean, LPT, The Tummy Team

Every now and then, we get an odd message from visitors to Fit2B who watch our diastasis recti self-check videos and then get all judgey about Kelly’s body type. “Great video, but why would I do your program when you’re not in shape?” Um, first of all, Kelly Dean is in great shape! She’s an elite masters swimmer who has […]

DIY – Making Elderberry Syrup in a Crockpot

Homemade elderberry syrup - Fit2B.com

It’s Autumn here in the Pacific Northwest where the founding Fit2B families are located. The leaves are changing color as the rain returns, and most mornings I wake up to mist creeping across the fields here on our little homestead farm… Along with carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds for snacks, I find myself almost instinctively […]

Racewalking My First Half Marathon

“You’re walking faster than I’m running!” That’s what I heard over and over as I progressed through my first half marathon last weekend in Bend, Ore. I’ve done Portland to Coast which is part of the “Mother Of All Relays” Hood to Coast seven times, and when my most recent set of 3 legs added […]

Are You Fit2B Running With a Diastasis Recti?

Ah, running… The activity that everyone thinks they should be doing to get super fit, but should you run with diastasis recti? Is running detrimental for a dysfunctional core? Some people truly love running; it’s a release for them just like race-walking is a vent for me. I understand that if you’re an avid runner, it’s […]

A Fit Balanced Approach to School Lunches {and staying sane}

I’m not getting any “Mother of The Year” awards under the category of healthy lunches here, folks. In fact, in the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that my kids are finally old enough that I made “Pack Your Lunch” into one of their chore magnets because they’re quite capable of doing most of it […]

Part 2: 7 Cues for Protecting Your Core When You’re Fighting A Cold

Be sure you click here read Part 1: Protecting Your Abs When You’re Coughing & Sneezing {and Jumping} if you haven’t already… now onward!   In the first article of this mini series on how to protect your core and pelvic floor from diastasis recti, prolapse, incontinence and other unpleasantries when you’re fighting a cold or bouncing […]

Protecting Your Abs When You’re Coughing & Sneezing

Protecting Your Abs When You're Sneezing and Coughing - Diastasis Recti - Fit2B.com

A few weeks ago I jumped on a trampoline for the first time in a long while, and right after I came down with a colossal 3-day head cold. HooWee! Let me tell you! Even though I’m certain that I’ve laid a good foundation in my core and pelvic floor (PF) with great exercises like walking, proper […]