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Ways to Move Your Tissues beyond Exercise

Ways to Move Your Tissues Beyond Exercise - Fit2B.com - Fit2B knows what it's like to be a busy mom trying to do all the things including exercise. But what if fitness goals shouldn’t just be about workouts, but about purposeful movement? Could massage therapy count? Click through for a short video and blog to spark new ideas on how movement can work for your healthy lifestyle! #fitnessmotivation #fitness #homeexercise #busymoms #busymomworkouts #fitnessgoal #exercise #exercising #fit2b #diastasis #diastasisrecti #homeworkout #movement #healthy

What if “working out” isn’t the only way to exercise, move your tissues, and strengthen your body? When we go beyond thinking of movement as exercise that repetitively shifts one or several parts of our body from one spot to another and we start to look for other ways to stimulate our tissues with the […]

Three Things {Besides Exercise} that Help Women’s Heart Health

Two of my immediate family members have recently had major heart issues, so recent scientific news about women’s health health has grabbed my attention. Exercise is a regular part of my life, though, so I shouldn’t have to worry about it, right? Well, friends, I’ve never been one to rest on my laurels, so let’s […]

Fit2B Molly: Finding Fitness at Home

Cartoon images were popular when Fit2B launched in 2010, so our original logo was a gal we called “Molly.” She is still represented on our Roku Channel, and we had some cartoons drawn (scroll down) of her everyday life to remind all of us that we aren’t alone on our fitness journeys. Molly looks a […]

If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This!

If Your Abdominal Scar Bothers You, Watch This! - Fit2B.com - When you are working to strengthen core muscles after surgery {post csection, appendectomy, hernia surgery, etc.} don’t miss out on this home workout video great to add to your rehab exercises safe for diastasis recti. - #postpartum #recovery #healing #momlife #diastasisrecti #diastasis #fitmom #newborn #fitmomlife #fitmom #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #coreworkouts #diastasisrecti #diastasis #diastasisrecovery #fit2b

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!  When […]

Color Series: Red Home Exercise Videos

Color Series: Red Workouts for diastasis recti and pelvic floor at fit2b.com

When I surveyed our fans on Instagram to ask what RED means to them, I received a huge variety of answers: Passion, fire, danger, pledging to stay drug-free, safety, caution, anger, HIV awareness, hearts, fire trucks, poppies, robin breasts, love, and blood. It’s a color that evokes strong – sometimes conflicting – feelings, and it […]

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28 ToneUp Cardio Workout

#toning #homeworkout #videoworkout #exerciseathome #diastasisrecti #cardio #fitness #exercise #postpartum #core #fitness

… Now 21 ToneUp has a friend! The time will fly during this full body workout that explores 7 exercises done for 1 minute each for 4 rounds. If you loved 21 ToneUp and you’re ready for a more lengthy workout + more challenging exercises, well, get ready to get your sweat on! This home […]

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Kids Weightlifting

#kidsweights #kidslift #kidsworkout #fit2b #fitkids

Members asked for a basic weight training video for children, and this is our answer: Sadie and I partnered to teach kids how to breathe, align, and have fun while lifting some easy weights. This isn’t about helping kids bulk up or trim down. This is about learning form and technique that will improve coordination […]

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International Diastasis Recti Awareness Month

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July is International Diastasis Recti Awareness Month. Since we provide home fitness workouts and education that specifically address abdominal and pelvic health for women here on Fit2B, we are always participating. We’d also like to introduce you to a few other key players who work in the trenches of torn-apart tummies with us. While Fit2B […]

Diastasis and Tummy Tucks vs. Abdominal Rehab: One Mom Shares Her Story of Both!

Diastasis and Tummy Tucks vs. Abdominal Rehab - Fit2B.com - When should you consider getting a tummy tuck? Read on and discover one woman’s tummy tuck before and after journey. - #surgery #plasticsurgery #tummytuck #fitnessjourney #fintessmotivation #getfit #fitmomlife #fitmom #thefitlife #sweateveryday #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #fitnessroutine #coreworkouts #core #diastasisrecti #diastasis

Every day I talk to women all over the world who want — not just to tone or flatten their tummies — but to fully heal their cores with the right exercises for diastasis recti. Occasionally, someone will detail their journey in writing to me like T.A. has done here. I am sharing her story […]

What is TummySafe Fitness for Diastasis Recti?

What is TummySafe Fitness? - Fit2B.com - What if crunches, unmodified planks, and sit-ups could be doing more harm than good to your core? What is “tummysafe fitness” for diastasis recti? - #fitnessjourney #fintessmotivation #getfit #fitnessblogger #fitmomlife #bodypositive #fitmom #thefitlife #sweateveryday #strongnotskinny #homefitness #abworkout #homeworkouts_4u #healthylife #healthylifestyle #fitnessroutine #coreworkouts #core #diastasisrecti #diastasis

What is “tummysafe fitness” for diastasis recti? It means that every exercise reinforces and increases your core strength without involving any crunches or crunch-like motions, unmodified planks, jack-knifing motions, or sit-ups. It was originally coined by my colleague and good friend, Kelly Dean of The Tummy Team, whose core rehab protocol fixed my diastasis rectus […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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

Here's a quick 8 minute foam rolling routine. 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 quick, rapid release routine! #homefitness #diastasisrecti #fit2b #homeworkout #workoutathome #homeworkouts #coreworkout #workouttime #workouts #core #foamrollerwaterbottle #foamroller #balance #exercises #homegym #strength #squatting

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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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 n a bikini there are many more who would rather cover up, and not just for reasons […]

#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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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, feel like your vagina is falling out, intimacy is painful, or you’re personally keeping Poise and other panty products in business. Whether you pursue surgery or not, the right women’s health specialist can provide you with the right rehab and the right exercises that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

9 Home Fitness Props – No Machines Required

9 Home Fitness Tips No Machines Required- Fit2B.com

Here at Fit2B we provide subscription access to 200 video routines that people use to supplement their home fitness workouts. When we first launched in 2010, it was initially very important to me to avoid using any props people would have to leave their homes to buy. I want to keep things as simple as […]

Can Essential Oils Combat Daily Stress?

Can essential oils help with daily STRESS? - Fit2b.com

American’s have been characterized as having an “on the go” lifestyle. We’re constantly moving from point A to point B, and this causes significant amounts of stress on us. In addition to the added stressors of life in general, people also face nagging issues that can make their day even more difficult to handle. We […]

Announcing NEW eCourse: 14 Days to Better Neck Posture

14 Day Neck Challenge~fit2b.us

  As you start putting your body back together with the safe, effective home fitness videos here on Fit2B, beginning with your core, you might find several areas calling for your attention. Most of my clients realize they need better neck posture which will in turn help their core.   You see, when your core […]

Fit2B Fitness DVDs NOW Released on Amazon: Fit2B Firm and Fit2B Beginnings

Fit2B DVD

Are you ready for some DVDs and not just online workouts from Fit2B Studio? Our first release “Fit2B Firm” has 4 of our best, most popular and FUN total body workout routines! Our second release “Fit2B Beginning” has 6 of our most basic routines including 4 of our foundational videos, plus the Transitions routine and Restorative Poses! […]

DIY No-Sew Abdominal Splint Liner

DIY No Sew Abdominal Splint Liner

Please welcome style coach, Lisa Landis, who has THE SOLUTION to uncomfortable, sticky belly wraps that are worn ’round the clock during abdominal rehab for recovering from diastasis recti. Lisa has two boys and lives in Colorado Sprints, CO where she is the founder of www.whitedovestyle.com   One of the best things we can do to extend […]

Five Years Later… Attacks and Testimonies

Fit2B Studio--healing one tummy at a time.. fit2b.com

It was 5 years ago at a family Christmas party that my soon-to-be business partner, Christopher Behnke, asked me the same question that is showing up on my calendar today: What would you try if you knew you would be successful? What would you attempt if you could be guaranteed NOT to fail? I told […]

Guest Blog: Healthy Insights From One Fit2B Mama to Another… Or How I Lost Weight by Slowing Down!

how I lost weight by slowing down!

“After not being able to lose weight forever, I lost all the baby weight and way more getting back to my early high school pant size by doing one fit2b video, sometimes just a “foundational five” also known as “F5” each day for 3-4 days a week, and a paleo-ish nourishing traditions diet. Small steps!!!!! Just […]

3 Convenient Ways to Reduce Post-Workout Soreness

3 convenient ways to reduce post workout soreness - Fit2b.com

We are about strength, not soreness here at Fit2B Studio, but sometimes our more challenging workouts will leave you feeling sore, and then what? Proper nutrition to fuel your muscle’s work AND excellent alignment are the biggest keys to preventing unnecessary pain, but we’re talking about how to treat those tight muscles DURING the discomfort. […]

Announcing “Experts on Diastasis Recti” eCourse

New eLearning course featuring multiple professionals in the fields of healthy and fitness UNITING TOGETHER from around the world to take on diastasis recti!

With so much WRONG information about the core out there and bad advice about how to safely tone your tummy and strengthen your whole midsection, it has become vitally important to me that fit2b.com provide the RIGHT education from MANY viewpoints. So a couple years ago, I began dreaming and talking with my co-founder Chris […]

Considerations for Pregnancy Exercise

Considerations For Pregnancy Exercise- Fit2B.com

At least once a week, Bethany guest writes for other sites about birth, diastasis recti, pregnancy exercise, fitness, why you shouldn’t do crunches, and many other topics. Really, it’s more often that she gets to blog here! So we have put together a run-down of some of her recent blogs, with the first one being […]

Feeling FROZEN in Your Tummy’s Progress? Let It Go! Let It Go-O!

Holding your tummy in all the time is NOT the solution for your big belly. In fact “holding stuff in” benefits FEW facets of our life. Yes, I know, sometimes we just don’t know how to let go of stuff, and by “stuff” I mean dreams, children, tummies, that one exercise we just can’t seem […]

Mending Gates… Musings on Core Health {a.k.a. The One Where I Compare Your Core to Cow Fencing}

Musings on Core Health - Fit2b.com

  Now, I’m not sure if you know this, but my husband, myself and our two wildlings live on 7 acres of God’s green earth in rural southwest Washington State. It’s been just a little over a year now since we traded one-tenth of an acre surrounded by busy streets and nosy neighbors who tut-tutted […]

Guest Post: Mercy In Action – Helping Midwives in the Phillipines

Mercy Midwives in action - fit2b.com

Faith, fitness and birth: those are the 3 passions of Fit2B Studio founder, Beth Learn, and that’s one reason why Fit2B Studio is so involved in diastasis awareness and core health. We truly want to help people where it matters: their center! So when Kristen Benoit, a member of Fit2B, certified midwife, and servant with […]

Where Do You Workout? Real Life Home Fitness Photos That Will Inspire You!

When a member of Fit2B’s diastasis-aware fitness video site posted this gorgeous photo and cute story in our private member forum on facebook, I decided to ask for more submissions of what home fitness really looks like for our core-focused members. The photos sent in are fun and raw, some neat, some messy… because that’s […]

E/TS – Foam Rolling Routine

Foam Rolling Routine - fit2b.com

Foam rolling is an excellent way to stretch muscles from the middle, but this form of myofascial release is often demonstrated with crunch-like motions that can damage the connective tissue of the core… talk about irony! In this introductory routine, Bethany demonstrates a year of careful research and collaboration with other experts as she brings […]

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Expert Diastasis Providers and Postpartum Pants

    Things that caught my eye and made my body-nerd-brain glow this past week… The feeling of being surrounded by supportive colleagues; images of movement in 3D on an awesome yoga site; a happy member who is back into her unpregnant jeans at 4 wks postpartum after her 4th baby; a great phone call […]

Tight Abs, Adrenal Fatigue & Instagram

It's all about "the more" ... the diastasis which is caused by more pressure than normal, the stress that's caused by pressure to do more, the anxiety that's cause by pressure to be more, the adrenal fatigue that's caused by all of those and the need to sleep more and have more caffeine to do more... So I ask, "What if we do less?"

It’s all about “the more” … the diastasis which is caused by more pressure than normal, the stress that’s caused by pressure to do more, the anxiety that’s cause by pressure to be more, the adrenal fatigue that’s caused by all of those and the need to sleep more and have more caffeine to do […]

Butterflies, Squatting & Results

When I respond to questions in the private member forum, sometimes the members “like” it a whole bunch of times, and that’s when I think to myself, “Hm, you should make this into a blog!” But grand ideas get away from me, so I’ve created this post to just copy and paste these random threads […]

Another Gap in Maternal Care

Another Gap in Maternal Care- Fit2B.com

There is 3-finger gap in maternal care, yet with all the awareness being raised about birth empowerment, this one is not being discussed much. Diastasis Recti is another form of pregnancy and birth-related trauma that is preventable and treatable without surgery, yet women are willingly and silently suffering with it because general practice doctors often […]

What I Learned at Kelly Dean’s Prenatal Continuing Ed Course

What I learned Kelly Dean's Prenatal class Fit2b.com

Okay, I get a bit giggly at my own cheesiness whenever I can work my last name – which is “Learn” – into a blog post. And now that I’ve got that tidbit out of my exhausted brain, I can tell you some of the AWESOME things I learned while on a roadtrip with Kelly […]

Why Yoga “Moves” Aren’t Spiritually Dangerous

Why YOGA Moves are NOT spiritually dangerous - Fit2b.us

  Twice in the past week, I’ve been contacted by women who want to join Fit2B Studio’s online Tummy Safe™ video library, but they’re concerned about “the yoga part.” One wrote: “Hi- I found your site this morning through Wise Woman Builds Her Home. I am a homeschool mom of 6 also in the Pacific Northwest (greater […]

129 Times to Turn on Your Transverse Abs

129 Ways To Get a Flatter Tummy Doing Everyday Actions - Fit2b.com

Our abdominal tummy muscles have to work harder in certain positions than others, and if you don’t know how to “turn on” your transverse abs, those moments may be contributing to your belly getting bigger, not smaller. The job of your abs isn’t crunches and situps, although they work together to do those things if […]

Why Alignment Matters to Your Abdominal Muscles

Why alignment matters to your abdominal muscles - Fit2b.com

We’d like to welcome Susanne Reinhold from Kangaroo Fitness who is a fitness instructor and personal trainer working with the pre/postnatal population. Susanne has a special interest in the abdominal muscles given that the belly is the number one concern for most new moms. Learning more about the core has taken on a new level […]

Her Doctor Said This About Her Belly, and I’m Furious!

Dear Doctor who doesn’t understand diastasis or how it has impacted me and my friends, my cllients, our bodies, our lives, our ability to mother, our comfort in the bedroom, even the way we laughed for a while… I hope you read this! I’m angry at you. You should have known about this common abdominal […]

When I Am Old I Will Wear Athletic Clothes and a Neon Hat…

When I am old, I will wear athletic clothes and a neon hat....

My parents are in their 70’s now, and nothing is more precious to me than seeing my daddy – who has neuropathy – work his way down onto the floor to play blocks with my boy. They were my biggest fans when I started this business, handing out cards to total strangers on the street […]

Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

This is a guest post written by Allison Morris, co-creator of an enlightening graphic that shows how children who exercise are smarter. Allison found this article on Fit2B Studio’s blog, and she wrote directly to me to see if I’d like to carry this educational piece on our site. Of course I said YES! Here’s […]

Guest Post: Back Pain Relief

By: Jaime Arnold. We connected with Jaime via twitter in a conversation about crunches injuring spines. Jaime is a staff writer for backpainrelief.net and yoga enthusiast. Jamie is also an animal lover and avid traveler, and she was excited to write for us about beneficial back pain relief therapies. Jaime says…  Incorporating aerobics, strengthening and stretching is instrumental in […]

Guest post: A Letter to Moms from Julie Tupler, RN

I have revered and respected Julie as the founder of The Tupler Technique® ever since her program helped close the split in my abs that my surrounding fitness communities was ignoring and accepting as “normal.” When I wrote to Julie and asked for a guest post, I never dreamed she’d give me an open ticket. […]

The Shabin

Our April, 2012 trip to Montana Montana is a place of rugged beauty and stark contrasts: Immaculate Escalades with cattle-grill-guards parked next to beat-up Subarus still displaying blood stains from last year’s hunting season; the sharp cut of the Mission Mountains against the rolling plains; the dirt on the faces of beautiful children out playing […]

Guest Post: We Can Put Ourselves Back Together

Please welcome Wendy Powell, MuTu System Founder and member of Fit2B Studio. Wendy is a fellow crunch-free advocate, and  – while Fit2B Studio offers ongoing TummySafe™ Fitness – Wendy’s 12-week program will help you put your core back together even YEARS after babies.  I am so delighted to be asked by Bethany to write a […]

Crunches Are A “Waist” of Time

Being pregnant and having babies ruins our waistlines…Getting older ruins our waistlines…Eating too much ruins our waistlines…Or does it? These framed photos on the wall of my favorite local antique shop caught my eye. They’re from a bygone era that didn’t have photo shop, but perhaps they were still re-touched or re-drawn a bit? Well, I […]

Is Yoga Like Worship?

Are you refusing to do a yoga-based thigh stretch just because it’s called trikonasana (Triangle Pose)? Are you refusing a whole mode of wellness just because it comes from another part of the world, is spoken in another language, or has ancient roots in a different belief system? Some might label that mentality with strong […]

Trees: The Best Social Networkers

Trees have always known how to get their message to millions of social network users. Since the dawn of creation, trees have set a standard that every blog writer and product seller and business owner should emulate. Take the ancient tree in my neighbor’s backyard for example: As one of the oldest trees in our […]

Drop Some Love!

The Love Drop team is at it again! Last month they gave over $6,000 worth of cash and goods to their recipient, the Kahlen family, who had been going through a financially hard time due to the economy (and whose daughter is currently battling Tuberous Sclerosis). They focused on their love of spending time together, and brought […]

When Crunches Make Your Pooch Worse

Crunches are a human-invented exercise, created when someone decided that the abdominals work like every other muscle, and that shortening a muscle flexes it, and flexing it over and over makes it stronger. However, the hard fact is that just like we now know that situps can compromise your spine, repetitive crunches done carelessly can compromise your […]

Review & Giveaway of “Strength Training and Sports Nutrition for Cycling”

Enter to win a free download of this book by commenting below! Cyclists! Have you ever wondered if riding requires the same nutrition as other sports? Do bicyclists need more fat or less in their diets? Do bike riders need to lift weights? How should cyclists cross train? What about that cup of coffee that […]