Congratulations New ABC Method Instructors

Congratulations to our newest ABC Method Instructors!

These trainers and instructors spent the last 2 weeks studying with me (and on their own) so that they can go out into the world and continue teaching the method!

What’s so great about these trainings is that I am getting a variety of teachers. Some are in group fitness. Some are trainers. Some teach designed formats. But The ABC Method is a fitness integration system, so a lot of our work is learning to integrate The ABC’s into what they already teach.

This helps people start, continue, recover, and get what they want out of their trainings!

We love to see people succeed.

If you work with women who have ever been pregnant, or anyone who struggles in the core department (that covers a lot of ground!), you need to be on our next graduating class!

Check out the website and register for our next training. Better yet, if you work with a group of trainers or instructors, schedule a private certification class with Carrie!

Imagine what we can do.

Flatten my Postpartum Belly Turns 2!

Happy birthday, Flatten my Postpartum Belly!

See the book and your reading or listening options Here!

I remember pouring my guts into that book in 2018. It was a tough and special time for me, getting all that information out of my head, onto little notes, into an outline, and finally into a book.

I get excited every time I see someone reading it, and with every note I get from around the world.

Do you have a Flatten my Postpartum Belly story?

Please share! Many more years with this book (and it will be going through revisions soon!)

Black Friday Sale!

I love a good sale!

With the year that we’ve had, there is no reason to wait until the end of November to offer savings.

Enjoy 25% off The Diastasis Recti Recovery System anytime in the month of November.

Go direct with this link: https://www.udemy.com/course/diastasis-recti-recovery-system/?couponCode=BLACKFRIDAY  

or enter BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout!

The Diastasis Recti Recovery System is a fully moduled course that includes:

  • self diagnostics
  • recovery tools
  • next steps
  • journals
  • q&a / classroom for discussion

Start Today!

Remember, too, that you can combine the DRRS with a full fitness and nutrition plan for just a few dollars more! Use the contact form to find out what package Carrie recommends!

 

Belly Fat or Diastasis Recti?

Is it just fat, or Diastasis Recti, or Both?

I get asked that all the time, so let me give you a little guidance on telling the difference.

Diastasis Recti is the division of the rectus abdominis down the vertical center. It is an injury and requires injury intervention for recovery.

Belly fat is the expansion of fat cells, and can happen around the mid section as well. This is an issue of weight loss rather than injury correction.

The belly issue could be one or both!

The situation could be different depending on whether you are male or female. Women gain fat over the muscle on their abdomen, typically, so it is possible to have a layer of fat OVER the Diastasis Recti. Therefore, when you check for Diastasis, you may need to push into the fat wall to get to the muscle wall to detect what the problem actually is.

For men, most belly fat is gained under the muscle. This is why a lot of men are getting Diastasis; it is the fat pushing the muscles out and apart. In this case, the division of the rectus abdominis is apparent, but the recovery should include both injury correction and weight loss, or the problem will not resolve.

If you find that you need just injury recovery, consider using the book, the course, or some lessons from me to work on that. Nutritionally, you will want to keep healthy foods in your body for optimal recovery.

If you find that you need weight loss, consider a nutrition plan to address behavior, habits, food choice, portions, and nutritional valuable foods. Physical fitness helps as well.

If you are recovering from both, consider a full package, including The Diastasis Recti Recovery System, a full nutrition package, and a same fitness plan. I can put a package like that together for you; just let me know a little about you so I can optimize the package for you.

Taking care of your body is a balance between vitality, wellness, nutrition, physical movement, flexibility, and core stability. It feels like a lot, but that’s why I take care of the issues on your behalf and can help you find what you need to succeed.

To see how others are doing, check out the success stories!

New Dates Announced for the ABC Method Certificate Course

I wanted to make sure you know there are NEW dates announced to certify in The ABC Method! Check out the new dates HERE and register! You don’t want to be left out of this awesome opportunity to learn how to serve women (and Men!) with Diastasis Recti.

Also, did you hear that we are now approved for 1.2 CEU’s with ACE, NASM, and AFAA?? That means you can earn a ton of credit while getting all the tools you need to amplify your impact with your clients.

You get not only time directly with me, but time with the group, time to study and work, time for your assessment one on one with me, AND ongoing support with me and others that have certified.

This is the BEST value I have EVER offered in my professional career, and I feel so blessed to be a piece of the puzzle for the teachers that impact the world.

I hope to see you there. You can register TODAY. We will cut off registration 24 hours before the start of the course.

 

Should I Run?

 A question I get asked often is “Should I be running?”

This includes pregnant women, postpartum women, and those struggling with core and pelvic floor issues.

I always ask people to take in consideration how they feel during and after a run, and I ask them to consider any medical advice they have received.

And then I ask “Can you maintain The ABC’s when you leave the ground?”

If you’re not sure if you do or if you can, make sure you go through the process first, keeping things low impact for the first few weeks while you go through the book or the online course.

Then, around the time you take the exit protocol process, you will be able to see and feel how your body responds to leaving the ground. Part of the overall process is being able to tell whether a certain movement is working with your body or against it.

I always tell people that pain shouldn’t be part of the equation.

A lot of people with core trouble and Diastasis Recti have swelling or a “distended” feeling after running, which is a sign that core engagement is still an issue in running.

Many also have trouble with pain in the pelvis, a sign that the pelvic floor needs strengthening before going to the next level. Urination while running is common but not normal. If this is happening, there is a level of dysfunction in the pelvic floor. I recommend not only working through one of my methods, but seeing a qualified physical therapist in pelvic floor for help.

The answer to “should I run?” is a very personal one, and one I don’t force on people.

I would say that your own body will be an excellent guide for this. I would also say that no one takes off running and it’s “easy.” It’s a process.

If you do feel ready for the next step and you want to either start running or go back to running, contact me about the fall running group. We will be working with a third party, as I am not a running coach. I can help with the ABC’s, and the method by Idalis Velasquez can help with the form of running and cross training.

See you on the track!

When to Start The ABC Method Postpartum

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When can I start The ABC Method Postpartum?

I get that question in several forms:

  • what should I be doing for my core immediately postpartum?
  • should I be exercising immediately postpartum?
  • when is an appropriate time for me to start working on my Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor postpartum?
  • do I need to have release from the physician before using your practices for core?

Here’s the answer:

  1. Take care of yourself and your baby.

This is rule number one. When in doubt, go back to this rule. The first few weeks after birth are hard. There is a new life to care for. You just went through the birth process. Your body is processing and changing. Your baby is growing and changing. Pay attention to THAT first and do what you need to do to help yourself heal and be well for that tiny life.

2. Until you are released to exercise, when you do get up to move around and start to think about your personal healing and recovery, focus on the BASICS of The ABC Method.

A=Alignment

B=Breathing

C=Core Engagement

This is the foundation upon which everything rests. So, from the time you are sitting, standing, and walking, that is your focus. Go back to the basics. Do the fundamentals.

Strengthening and Exercise come a little later.

You can start The ABC Method today with help from my book, “Flatten my Postpartum Belly,” available on amazon.

Is it Loose Belly Skin or Diastasis Recti?

…or both?

After pregnancy or weight loss, the abdominal muscle and skin does not simply “snap back.” We are very stretchy and elastic in nature, but a lot has to do with loose skin and muscle, including body type, genetics, and some things that are not yet determined.

Loose skin could hang on the belly area for months or even years after the belly area has changed. This can lead to a level of frustration for many, and there’s no magic potion to make it better.

The NIH has a recent list of various treatments available from dermatologists and aestheticians, including light, ultrasound, and heat therapies.

Also, overall skin care can impact how resilient the skin is. There are lots of creams declaring magic status, but the results may not be as apparent as with professional treatment.

Don’t forget that nutrition plays a vital role in skin health and overall healing. Antioxidants such dark colored berries and dark chocolate (think lots of rich color) as can play a big role in recovery of skin elasticity.

But what if it’s not just skin? What if it’s Diastasis Recti? And how do you know?

To see if the issue is Diastasis Recti, do the Diastasis Recti check on the Diastasis page. This is very telling, as far as where there is gap in the actual muscle, how the muscle is behaving, and how the skin is responding to the muscle.

Many people have both issues, but when the muscles come back together, the skin and other tissue appears more taut. Focusing on the Diastasis Recti can help your body heal in many ways, including pain in the back, pelvic floor problems, and other aesthetic problems that might bother you.

 

 

The First ABC Method Certified Instructors

The Very First Class of ABC Method Certified Instructors are now out there and practicing what they learned!

How exciting and fun is it to be able to help people help more people?!

How great are these three for being the first to sign up and go through the initial process the first time?! Here’s what I’m proud of:

  • They GOT it. They got the method. They understood it on themselves. They got how to pay it forward.
  • They implement it. These three are now implementing these methods into the wonderful things they are already doing in fitness!
  • The door is open for more. With exploration around the method, we open doors for instructors and students to learn so much more about exercise science and kinesiology.

Are you ready to be part of the next wave?

My October training will be done in a series of evenings:

October 20, 22, 27, 29 from 7:00-10:00 PM Eastern time / 4:00-7:00 PM Pacific. Right now, the price is $199 and includes ongoing support! It’s ACE Approved for 1.2 CEU’s.

Register NOW

Would you like to visit about your special circumstance or group? Email me HERE.