Is Core Rehab Really Possible Online?

A question we asked for a long time was… can you really achieve core rehab through an online program? Rehab is personal and specific, and people have the best results when we can see them and treat them specifically. But the reality is there are a limited number of therapists who do what we do and yet so many women (and men) who need core rehab.

So we set out to answer this question. I (Kelly, PT, and owner of The Tummy Team) spent nine months filming what we do in the clinic and then designing a step by step program to walk people through rebuilding their core. We did not know if it would be helpful or confusing to our clients, but we felt we had to try something to give opportunities to those who may not have the luxury of seeing a specialized core rehab therapist in person.

In July of 2013, The Tummy Team launched two online core rehab programs: Core Foundations (8 Week Online Program) and Prenatal Core Training (6 Week Online Program). The results, testimonies, and feedback from these 2 programs have blown us away! The power of the internet to reach people all over the world has been unbelievable. We had no idea we were so needed around the world. Here is just one of the hundreds of inspiring stories we have heard since we launched.

New Mother, Romania, May 2014

“Hello, my name is Hajni, I’m from Romania and I want to tell you my story. I’m 33 years old, married for 14 years now and I have an eight-month-old baby girl. I had another child when I was 20 years old, but he had a malformation and died six days after birth. It was a C-section. Physically I recovered fairly well, except a little belly sticking out, which didn’t go away, no matter how many crunches I did on a daily basis. 

After we thought we would never have a baby and almost gave up hope, I finally got pregnant and had a beautiful healthy girl, also by a C-section. After birth, I had an extra 15 pounds…Moreover, I had problems with my lactation, so I started eating to help it (big mistake) and in three months I gained 32 extra pounds. My feet hurt, my knees were giving up because of the extra weight they carried, my back hurt, I couldn’t move around properly, not to [mention] the depression I fell into because of the way I looked. I started eating less, but that didn’t help me much…And now, my belly was sticking out even more than before. I started doing sit-ups daily, as many as possible, to fix the problem, I wore a belly binder for months, it was killing me because I wore it too tight and it was hurting my C- section, but my belly wouldn’t shrink. I look 6-7 months pregnant [and] my back is still killing me, especially that now Georgia is 18 pounds and I have no help around the house during the day. 

Seeing that it’s not working, I went to the doctor, because I had this sharp pain around my belly button quite often … and I feared the worst. Turned out I was right, I have an umbilical hernia, which, the doctor said requires surgery. But since I am breastfeeding, I decided to postpone the surgery after I stop breastfeeding…. which will take a couple of years. Finally, I figured out on my own that my enormous post-partum tummy is due to diastasis recti, hernia, 2 C-sections, and extra baby weight. Of course, I also have a terrible posture. I used to weigh 100 pounds before I got pregnant, so none of my clothes fit. 

I cannot take it anymore! People keep asking me if I am pregnant again. I even dislike going to church because I feel so fat and because of my belly…I found you while I was browsing for core rehab solutions to heal diastasis recti… Reading through your site was like a breath of fresh air for me. It gave me hope again. I read everything, the explanations, the testimonials, I watched the videos… and I want to follow your program. I am so happy that you offer an online solution available to everyone. 

I am a teacher and here in Romania (teachers are poorly paid). This program will be a huge investment for me but if the program really works, then there is not enough money on earth to reward you for helping mothers to become confident, good-looking, healthy women again! I am going to sign up this week and pray that it works for me as it has for others…I am thrilled that I’ve found you and amazed by what you do. May God bless you and wish you all the well in the world! (this is a Romanian saying). A lovely day to you.”

Still wondering if core rehab is possible online? Read this follow up from the very same client…

“…I don’t know if you remember me, but I shared with you my story back in May and you encouraged me to invest in the Core Foundations eight-week online program. Anyway, I want to let you know that I brought the program and it was a revelation for me. I didn’t just [get] through it, I loved it. I had a couple of moments of discouragement, but my husband was – and is – supportive and I finished it. My tummy got smaller, my back pain mostly disappeared, I’m stronger and feel much better. I still look a little bit pregnant, but as I am still nursing, day and night, I hope that my belly will get firmer in time. I continue with the workouts as often as possible and I hope for the best. Thank you again for this miracle of yours. You changed my life. Even my doctor noticed and wants to buy the program for herself. God bless you and have a wonderful life.”

Don’t tell yourself the lie that you can’t get your body and life back. Motherhood can be very hard on your body, but it doesn’t have to dominate it. We specialize in helping you restore your core, relieve your pain and reclaim your true self. You are worth the investment!

The Tummy Team has helped thousands of clients locally and internationally with their comprehensive online core rehab programs. The core is the foundation for all your movement all day long. If you are struggling to really connect to your core, let us help you. Check out our online courses HERE or click the images below to preview some of our programs.

Diastasis Recti


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