Diastasis Recti: When the Abs Don’t Come Together

by: Katy Bowman, MS

Why you should know the biomechanics of abdominal separation.

Things your clients may split:
  • a training session, with a friend
  • their pants, while doing a deep squat
  • their abdominal muscles Sometimes an unnatural divide can develop between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle bundles, a condition doctors call diastasis recti. It’s usually associated with pregnancy, but it can happen to men and children in addition to moms-to-be. If you have clients suffering from diastasis recti, chances are they are going to be interested in how the separation came about and how they can fix it.

    Member Only Article

    Already a member? Log In

    This full article is available only to IDEA Members. Start your 30-day free trial today and get instant access to this full article along with over 6000 others.

    30-Day Free Trial

    Log in with your login (e-mail and password)
    Log in with your login (e-mail and password)

    IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 10, Issue 5

    © 2013 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

    About the Author

    Katy Bowman, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

    Trending Articles

    Mindful Walking

    Walking can be more than just moving physically from one location to another. It can be a metaphor for your larger life journey. Things you&...

    Nuts and Peanuts Reduce Cardiovascular Risk and Prolong Lifespan

    While there have been numerous studies in recent years touting the health benefits of nuts and peanuts, new research published online March ...

    Smooth Move: Creative Additions to Consider for Smoothies

    When looking for a quick breakfast or post-workout nourishment, almost nothing beats a smoothie. Whirl in the right ingredients and the blen...

    Cut Risk of Alzheimer’s with MIND Diet

    Conservative adherence to a new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a paper published o...

    Yes, You CAN Develop Better Eating Habits

    Analogous to laying out your exercise gear so it’s the first visual reminder you have of your commitment to exercise each day, imagine...

    7 Ways to Help a Client Boost Adherence

    Once a client has decided to make nutritional changes to support weight loss, you can play a key role in developing an action plan that is m...

    20 IDEA World-Renowned Presenters Share Advice on Success and Happiness

    We asked some of this year’s most influential and motivating IDEA World Fitness Convention™ presenters to share the single piece of advice they would give another fitness/health pro to hel...

    Recipe for Health: Picadillo-Stuffed Peppers

    If you don’t believe that authentic Mexican cookery is “whole” and healthy, you need to take a deep dive into Mexico: The Cookbook (Phaidon 2014), the first truly comprehensive bible...

    The Reason Your Clients Don't Acieve Their Goals

    Lots of people hire personal trainers or join group fitness classes hoping to lose weight. Yet many fail to meet their goals. New research suggests that “progress bias”—overestimatin...

    Low Intensity vs. High Intensity: Which Is Best for Obese Adults?

    The debate continues regarding the most effective exercise measures for reducing abdominal obesity and improving glucose measures.