About a month ago, I introduced you to Fit2B, an online workout studio geared toward busy homemakers.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Bethany, the mastermind and workout instructor behind what she deems her online fitness ministry.
You see–Bethany doesn’t just run this studio to bring in a little extra income for her family. She truly has a heart for seeing women heal from injuries, childbirth and simply the side effects of years of unfit lifestyles.
What drew me personally to the Fit2B site was Bethany’s emphasis on diastasis, which is a separation of the abdominal wall that makes it pretty much impossible to lose the pregnant belly after childbirth. Not only this, but this condition can contribute to chronic back pain, incontinence and more!
My second and third pregnancies left me with a 3-finger width diastasis–which pretty much feels like a hole underneath my belly button. I didn’t even realize I had one until stumbling across the Fit2B site! I just knew I was losing weight–but still had the pregnant belly.
And I’m not alone. An estimated 95% of all women who have had children have a diastasis of some degree–yet it’s sorely undiagnosed.
As I’ll be documenting my progress of healing my diastasis over the next few months, I asked Bethany to share some of her heart for this fitness ministry with us:
“Since childhood, I have been consistently fascinated by two miracles of creation: birth and bodies. Over time, this developed into a passionate accumulation of wisdom about postnatal fitness and what it really takes to get a mother “back into shape.”
“Birth is supposed to be a sacred, joyous time in a woman’s life, but trauma and injury during delivery can shadow a woman’s recovery and haunt her body with unnecessary hindrances. Many moms have resigned themselves to being broken, and my heart aches to share the truth of simple healing through loving movement to every woman, everywhere.
Using my degree in Exercise and Sport Science, along with 14 years of experience in the fitness industry, and two years of researching the methods of abdominal rehab experts, I’m equipping and empowering women to establish a life-changing core reconnection through Fit2B Studio’s wholesome, family-friendly workouts.” ~Bethany Learn, Fit2B
I’m pleased to announce that, starting in January, I’ll be hosting an 8-week fitness challenge aimed at encouraging busy homemakers to get into the habit of exercise. I need this challenge as much as anyone else, and I am excited about the accountability we will hopefully give each other.
I will be including one fitness post per week during the challenge–and I will be giving you updates about my disappearing (hopefully!) diastasis!
If you are interested in joining and do not yet have a fitness routine, I highly recommend Fit2B. You can exercise in the comfort of your home, and many of the workouts are only 10 minutes long–and some even include workouts you can do WITH your children!
For just $14.99/month, Fit2B is a fraction of the price of a gym membership. But Humbled Homemaker readers get an even better deal! Use code humbledhomemaker to get 30% off a 1-year membership!
You can cancel any time (no contracts or added membership fees!).
Do you have a hard time fitting in exercise? What are your tips for fitting in exercise?
*This is a sponsored post from Fit2B, the studio which I personally use for exercise.*
Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents
🙂 You’re my hero.
Let me tell you how impressed I am with Fit2B! I have a diastasis, too, after having three kids in 2 1/2 years! After my third child was born (18 months ago), I went to physical therapy, who had me do several different exercises, including crunches and planks to heal the diastasis. Although the diastasis did get better, and I “graduated” from physical therapy, and was told to keep doing the exercises at home, it never completely healed, and I still have the pregnancy belly – 18 months later! When I saw your post a few weeks ago on Fit2B, I checked it out, as well as a few other sources, and discovered that the exercises I had been told to do (crunches, planks, etc.) were actually bad for healing a diastasis! No wonder it hadn’t completely healed! I started Bethany’s “Tummy Safe” exercises and have been doing the “Totally Transverse” for a little over a week now, and I am so impressed! My diastasis is A LOT better, much better than it ever got after months of doing those other exercises! I plan on continuing her exercises and have completely confidence that both the diastasis and the belly will go away! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Wow, wow, wow!! I’m am going to share this with Bethany! Thanks so much for the testimonial!!!
So glad to have this information. After reading your previous post about this I checked and have a space of two fingers. Unbelievable!
I’m so thankful God led me to this site! I’ve had a diastasis since my second but never knew before! There is hope!
First, I guess I should say “Hi”. I came across your blog on Pinterest and I am so grateful that I did!! Thank you so much for this post. I have been struggling with my weight for years, and I want to stop lugging around all of this excess baggage (need to lose about 50-60 lbs). But it seems that my plans so quickly go awry while still meeting the demands of my household (I have a 17-year-old son, a 5-year-old daughter and an 8 month-old daughter). I am REALLY looking forward to your fitness challenge. Maybe this will help me finally get a realistic and practical plan in place. Thank you so much for your blog. You’ve really helped to encourage and inspire me and I wanted to let you know!
Hi Erin! I love that we have the same name! 🙂 I really need the accountability since I fell off the fitness bandwagon after kids as well….I am really glad you are joining in!
I’ll join you, I’d love to get more in shape this next year!
Yay! I so need the accountability! 🙂
I want to join in the challenge, but it may be a little into it. I am having a c-section on Jan 15. Maybe I will start the next week.
I think joining after is perfectly fine…take some time to recover!!! Congrats on your pregnancy! 🙂
This sounds wonderful. I want to do this, but I am currently 3 months pregnant with my second. I have back problems already, and found it difficult to be able to lose weight before I even got pregnant. Can I save this page, and then sign up after I have the baby?
I know Fit2B has pregnancy workouts as well, but to be honest I cannot attest to them as I didn’t find the site until after I had my baby. Maybe if you emailed the owner she can tell you some about it? But I would think joining after would be fine! 🙂 Congrats on your pregnancy!
This is a great idea! Breastfeeding basically took all of my pregnancy weigh, and them some, so I was really lucky. However, I want to have a great exercise routine in place for the next time I get pregnant, because that kind of fizzled out last time. With all of the things going on, I have a hard time exercising, so I’m really excited for this series!
Hi Erin! I’ve enjoyed your blog ? Especially as a sister in Christ! I saw that this post was from Spring 2013 & was wondering how your diastasis is now? How long does it take to heal? I had 3 babies in the past 3 1/2 years & gave two fingers gap, it’s awful ? My skin sinks right into my stomach! Anyhow, I’m curious about truingbtgus program, but wanted to hear if there might be an update (sorry if I missed others posts that might answer my question!)
That was a huge spelling error! lol I meant the fit2be program