Thursday, March 13, 2014

MUTU SYSTEM vs. TUPLER TECHNIQUE: HEALING DIASTASIS RECTI

MY BEFORE AND AFTER
When I published my first blog post about healing my Diastasis Recti, I received a lot of private messages from other moms wanting to know exactly what I did to heal my core (by the way, if you haven't read my original post, you can find it here).  I wanted to reach through my computer and hug each and every one of those moms because I knew exactly how they were feeling.  They're all frustrated with their bloated bellies and they're tired of working so hard without any hope.  Some of them even wondered if the program they were following was worth all of the sweat and tears.  If you Googled "Diastasis Recti" in an attempt to find the miracle fix, you would probably come across two programs...Tupler Technique and MuTu System.  All of our bodies are different with varying degrees of abdominal separation and I do recommend one program over the other.  Wanna know which one that is?  Read on...this post is dedicated to my review of both programs.  I've done them both and I have a lot of opinions.  So, let's get started!  First up...Tupler Technique.

THE TUPLER TECHNIQUE
The Tupler Technique advertises as a 4-step program (but don't think grand-scale here..."Getting Up and Down Correctly" is counted as a step).  The first step involves exercises, the second step involves the use of an abdominal splint, the third step is about holding your transverse abdominis muscle "in" every time you sneeze, cough, pick up your baby, etc., and the fourth step is learning how to use your arms to assist you in getting up and down (you may have noticed me use this technique in my Self-Check for Diastasis Recti video).  You use all four steps each day during the program.

THE TUPLER EXERCISES
The exercises in the Tupler program are very basic (which may be a good thing if you're looking for something simple and easy-to-follow).  They involve simple abdominal contractions and head lifts.  The only problem is that in order to follow the program precisely, you have to do a million of these exercises each day.  Okay, "a million" may be a slight exaggeration but for real, you have to do a lot of them.  One of the products sold on the Tupler website is a Guidebook for $15.  It has a brief explanation of each step as well as a checklist that you can use to make sure you complete all of the recommended exercises each day.  You need this checklist to keep your head straight because you're doing so many exercises throughout the day.  For example, fast-forward to the last page of the Guidebook which is dedicated to Week #18 (give yourself a big pat on the back if you lasted that long!).  You are expected to do 700 contractions in the morning, 700 contractions in the afternoon, and 600 contractions in the evening.  And that's IN ADDITION TO head lift exercises that are also a part of the program!  Who has time for that?  I mean, my life revolves around health and fitness and even I had trouble fitting all of those exercises into my daily routine.  

THE DREADED TUPLER SPLINT
My biggest gripe about the Tupler program is the abdominal splint.  You can see on the Tupler website that the purpose of the splint is to bring the connective tissue and muscles together to allow for healing.  Here's the deal...after wearing the splint for about 48 hours, I was pleasantly surprised with how flat my abdominal area was.  I immediately thought that the Tupler Technique was the answer to my prayers and I was ready to sign-on as a "Licensed Professional" for the program!  But let's be honest, the effects of the splint are only temporary.  Yes, the splint gave me a tight waist for a blinking second but if I were to stop using it, everything would fall back into place and I would look pregnant again.  I also found myself compensating my movements while wearing the splint.  Instead of engaging my core, like you're supposed to do, I'd activate and stretch other muscles because the splint was in the way.  It was, quite simply, just a nuisance.  

ONE-ON-ONE TUPLER CONSULTATION
I mentioned becoming a "Licensed Professional" above.  Before purchasing the program, I spent a lot of time reading through the Tupler website.  I discovered that there are Tupler professionals that are peppered throughout the world who can help you, in person, with completing the program.  There wasn't a professional in my area but there was someone a couple of hours north of me.  I met with that person, in her home, and excitedly bought every book and product that she offered.  I was enthusiastically  ready to get started.  Remember how excited I was about the splint (at first)?  Well, knowing that I met all of the criteria to become a "Licensed Professional", I imagined how great it would be for me to help other women with Diastasis Recti use this program to heal.  I even went so far as to interview with the creator of the program!  In the end, however, I decided not to pursue the licensing.  After many months, my faith in the program just wasn't there.  Having said that, however, the program earns some points from me for actually having someone (who has been trained in the Tupler Technique) available as a resource.

WHAT ARE THE PROS TO TUPLER TECHNIQUE?
Other than Licensed Professionals, are there any pros to the Tupler Technique?  There are many products associated with the program so if you're looking for books to read and DVD's to watch, you may find the program helpful.  But despite the product aspect, I always go back to the splint (which is considered mandatory to follow the program correctly).  I've read so many comments online about women who are just embarking on their journey with the program and they're raving about how flat their stomach is after the first week.  I can totally relate to them because I did the same thing!  But the results you may see after just a few days or weeks are simply superficial.  I even read one review by a woman who followed the program religiously for several months and then the Velcro on her splint got damaged and she stopped wearing it.  Her belly went right back to where it was when she first started, despite all of the exercises that she had been doing.  You may even notice that many of the Before/After photos that are advertised on the Tupler website contain "after" photos of women still wearing their splints!  You can see the indentations that the splint made on their skin since they appear to have removed the splint mere seconds before taking the photo!  I would much rather see "after" photos from women who have completed the program and have not worn the splint for many months.

A QUICK NOTE OF KUDOS TO JULIE TUPLER
I do want to give a 'shout out' to Julie Tupler, RN (the creator of the program).  I want to give her some credit for bringing attention to Diastasis Recti, a condition that is gaining attention but has been rarely recognized in the past.  If anything, the Tupler Technique has brought a ton of awareness to women who are struggling with the appearance of their bellies.  After chatting with her on Skype and talking to her on the phone, I can say that Julie is very friendly and personable.  Even though I can't give her program "two thumbs up", I do wish her the best of luck in continuing her goal of educating women (and men too!) on Diastasis Recti.  So, if Tupler is a no-go, what other options do you have?  Well, there's always MuTu System...

THE MUTU INTRODUCTION
I followed the MuTu System program before completing the Tupler Technique.  You may be saying, "Wait a minute!  If you liked MuTu System so much, why did you even search for the Tupler Technique?"  Let me put it this way, my first attempt at MuTu was a complete failure.  Easy explanation...I didn't follow the program.  Yup, I was looking for a quick fix and didn't find it so I moved on.  Bad move on my part!  MuTu Focus (one option of the MuTu System) is an 8-week program.  Did I heal my core in 8 weeks?  No.  But the logic behind Wendy's program is spot-on.  After following the Tupler Technique, I was right back on the MuTu website trying to pick up where I left off and once I started following MuTu as it is designed, I started to see and feel results.  If you're really interested in learning about your core musculature, MuTu is your plan!  Wendy Powell, the creator of MuTu, provides a lot of helpful information regarding Diastasis Recti and alignment.  She uses all the right buzz words to communicate to you that she knows what she's talking about.  I say "buzz words" because that's how I felt when I first started researching her program.  I read part of her blog and I watched a few YouTube videos and I thought to myself, "Wow, this woman REALLY gets it!"  So, I was more than slightly disappointed when I started the program only to learn that it was just a bunch of stretches.  Really, that's the program...stretches with a few exercises thrown in.  I later learned, however, that these stretches and simple exercises are vital to healing your core.

HIGH FIVE TO THE MUTU MAMAS!
When going with MuTu, you have two choices.  You can either follow the full 12-week program that includes workout videos, nutrition workshops, and a "personal journal for tracking" or you can simply go with MuTu Focus that targets just your Diastasis Recti.  Both programs come with access to videos, written instructions, and full-access to all of Wendy's information guides.  The #1 highlight of either MuTu program is access to the MuTu Mamas group on Facebook (*please note that in 2016, this Facebook group was closed and a new MuTu Connect group was created for all followers of the program).  Here you will join many other women going through the same thing you are.  They have the same questions, same fears, same gripes, and same frustrations.  It is a wonderful gathering place for anyone with Diastasis Recti as we all share the same complaint of looking pregnant when we're not.  When someone has a question, there are answers coming from all over the globe that happen to be from women who have been in your shoes.  Even better is that you will often find Wendy herself adding a comment or two (*all these features, and more, can be found on MuTu Connect).

THE MUTU BASICS
Okay, so what are the nuts and bolts of MuTu System?  I only did the Focus program sine I didn't need the exercise portion of the 12-week program.  By the way, when you purchase the 12-week program, the Focus program is included.  I've often read that many women who start with the Focus program eventually purchase the full 12-week program so if you think you will eventually want the whole shebang, you might as well go with the full 12-week program right from the start.  Tupler and MuTu are similar in that they both aim to target your transverse abdominis muscle.  But the MuTu System goes beyond that muscle and addresses the entire core area (and more - see the lovely infographic provided by MuTu below).  The goal of the program is to teach you about optimal alignment.  Wendy explains that there are so many more components involved and that a certain amount of attention needs to be placed on intra-abdominal pressure (which, she points out, can't be addressed simply by wearing an abdominal binder or splint - something I learned the hard way).




WHAT DO YOU GET WITH THE MUTU FOCUS PROGRAM?
After purchasing the Focus program, you will receive an email containing links (or, you can opt to receive DVD's in the mail...but that will take longer to receive and if you're anything like me, you want to get started right away!).  The link will lead you to written instructions as well as a link to a video that explains each exercise individually.  If you have any questions about a particular exercise, just hop on over to the MuTu Mamas group and you'll get a ton of responses from other moms.  There are four stages and you are instructed to stay in each phase for at least two weeks (or longer if you need extra time).  You should not advance to the next phase until you can properly perform the exercises in the previous stage without compromising your core stability.  That means some women can complete all four stages within 8 weeks while other women may need twice that amount of time in order to advance appropriately.  The logic is there...first you locate the inner core muscles and then you strengthen them.  The exercises themselves don't take too long to complete.  You can do them once during the day or you can do them multiple times throughout the day, whichever your schedule (or level of strength) allows.  For me, I did the exercises once in the morning and once in the evening.  The morning session was completed after a cardio or weight-lifting session (I would simply conclude each morning workout with a MuTu session).  In the evenings, I would complete another round of MuTu followed by additional stretches.  I did lots and lots of stretching!  I would even throw in a few extra stretches mid-day.  So, I guess you could say that I was doing exercises, stretches, and components of Mutu morning, noon, and night!!!

WHY DO I ENDORSE THE MUTU SYSTEM?
Quite simply, I think the MuTu System can help you heal your core.  While it is advertised as a 8 to 12-week program, I believe healing your core is a longer journey.  I completed the 8-week program and then extended the program with a handful of exercises that I felt needed some improvement.  A lot of women that I read about in the MuTu Mamas group are just embarking on a new fitness routine.  Most of them are starting from scratch and when that's the case, Wendy's careful attention to the facts on neutral alignment and proper form play an important role in getting those women on track.  You're already dealing with the emotional side of having Diastasis Recti so you should take every precaution in not making things worse by doing prohibited exercises or using poor form.  Wendy encourages a daily walk (which is different from the Tupler Technique which practically endorses a sedentary lifestyle while trying to heal a Diastasis).  I'd like to also point out that Wendy and her staff ("MuTu Towers") are very accessible which says a lot given the lack of customer service found at other organizations these days.  I don't believe I would have the core strength that I have today without the help of MuTu System.  The key here is, however, that I used MuTu as a FOUNDATION.  I wasn't doing a round of MuTu in the morning and then calling it a day.  I was incorporating MuTu into an already-existing exercise routine.

WHAT NOW?
This is a long post.  If you made it to this paragraph, I applaud you.  Perhaps it's a sign that you really mean business this time.  No more gimmicks.  It's time to work hard (and play hard!).  Do you have Diastasis Recti?  Not sure?  Check out my video (here) for a self-check.  I hope this post helps to point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a program that will help heal your Diastasis Recti.  If you really want to heal your core from the inside out, I suggest you click here to check out Wendy and her MuTu System program.  You CAN do this!  You CAN heal your core.  And MuTu is the way.  I wish you the best of success and be sure to contact me and let me know about your progress!

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  1. Hi Lucy. Have you tried the dia method? I'm leaning towards that one because it seems more of a total body workout. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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    1. Hi Twinsie Mommy! No, I have not tried the Dia Method nor do I know of anyone who has tried it. If it is something that you are considering, be sure to do your research. Do not complete any program that requires a binder or wrap. Make sure the program focuses on your inner core stability. Do not follow a program that can guarantee results within a short amount of time. Good luck in your journey!

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  2. Hi, I have heard that "loose skin" cannot be tightened with exercises. But I want to know whether "loose muscles" can be tightened with exercises? I am asking this because I find my stomach big even when I wake up in the morning. So I know that my problem is not the diet. I am eating pretty good/clean food. So my big looking belly might be because of the "loose muscles/stretched" out muscles during the pregnancy. But I am not sure whether it is loose muscles or something else. I still have DR above my Belly Button which is also contributing to my "big belly look". But I feel that my DR is not much and I am developing core strength with MuTu. So how would I know that whether the belly which is looking big is because of loose muscles or something else? I am following MuTu and feeling strong core. But I still see this belly big even in the morning before having food. So is there any way to find out what is inside which is causing the belly to look big? And my belly does NOT hang down with extra skin...it looks big by staying there in the same place. I hope I could explain you better.

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    1. Hi cookerybook! Ah, yes...wouldn't it be nice to have a crystal ball that could tell us EXACTLY what's going on in our bellies??!! :) I'm happy to hear that you're doing MuTu and building a strong core. Try to keep in mind that it's not just about "the gap". There are so many factors that can be involved, one of which is your connective tissue. When your connective tissue is thin and weak, it doesn't matter how "strong" your core muscles are. Weak connective tissue will allow our bellies to fall forward. Another factor (a very important one) is alignment. Even when you've strengthened your core, you need to focus on achieving optimal alignment in an effort to reduce internal pressure. Good luck on your journey and feel free to contact me via info@lucyfitpt.com if you want to discuss this in more detail.

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  3. Hi Lucy -

    I'm happy to read this. I am using Tupler now and am very disgruntled. I look great when I wear the splint, and it keeps my belly looking good for 2-3 days after I remove it, but then I'm back to a pregnant looking belly right away. I've been fairly decent about doing the exercises, and I have noticed no improvement in my muscle separation, even though my stomach looks thinner from the brace. So I feel like I have wasted a lot of time.

    My question for you is, did your separation go away? I am at 4 fingers now and after wasting so much time with this, I do not want to embark on another program if it only strengthens my core but doesn't close the diastasis. I actually have a fairly strong core considering that I do have diastasis.

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    1. Hi Jenny! I completely understand your frustration with Tupler (which is why I don't recommend it). To answer your question, no...my diastasis has not closed completely. I still have a 2-finger gap and I don't expect it to close any further. But, I finally have my flat tummy back and it's not all about the gap anyway. You should also focus on your connective tissue and your alignment. This is why I love MuTu so much. It addresses Diastasis Recti but it also makes flexibility and alignment a priority. I would love to chat with you further if you have more questions about MuTu. Feel free to send me an email at info@lucyfitpt.com.

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  4. Did your diastisis close at all with Tupler? I have been searching the internet for unbiased reviews and I would like regular people (not Tupler professionals) to talk about their hernia/diastasis and then if the results actually held...

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    1. Hi Doctormom4! As I mentioned in my blog entry, my tummy flattened when doing Tupler but it was only a superficial improvement. As soon as I removed the splint, everything went right back to where it was before. I don't recommend Tupler or splinting/binding of any kind. I highly recommend MuTu System as one of the best programs available to heal your core. I used MuTu in conjunction with regular exercise and proper nutrition to heal my core and flatten my tummy.

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  5. DId your diastasis close in any degree with Mutu? Did you have any kind of hernia? I know you said you still have a little spearation.

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    1. Doctormom4, my gap did get smaller with MuTu...but it's not really about the gap. You should focus more on the strength of your connective tissue and your alignment. As for a hernia, I had one doctor tell me that I had one and another doctor tell me that I didn't. I chose to believe the doctor who told me that I didn't have one. :) The main different between MuTu and Tupler is that MuTu focuses on your entire body (proper alignment) and addresses the root cause for why you developed DR in the first place versus Tupler which is basically a program of exhausting abdominal contractions and head lifts.

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    2. nice post.
      I am happy to read this.
      Thanks for sharing experience with us.
      Personal trainer Glenview

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  6. Such a great post! Thank you :)
    I was wondering that you mention the importance of healing the connecting tissue and wondering, how the *beep* to do that? :) I've just started on Mutu, week 2 begins tomorrow. Have a 2-3-3 gap.... Hoping to get strong ASAP, and get my body back in alignment. It's hard to deal with this emotionally, espically since I haven't been pregnant :( But happy to hear that you've got a flat stomach again, gives me hope!!

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    1. This is my third attempt at responding to you Marie...so fingers crossed that this goes through this time!! Lol! Yes, it is very important to allow your connective tissue to heal when you have Diastasis Recti. That healing process will begin once you avoid doing exercises that can make DR worse (i.e.: crunches, sit-ups, v-sits, etc.). Your connective tissue will also strengthen by doing the exercises outlined in the MuTu Program. I highly encourage you to join the MuTu Mamas group on Facebook and post your question there. Many women in that group swear by various techniques and supplements that they have used to help heal/strengthen their connective tissue.

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  7. In your opinion do you think that the MUTU system work with a male with DR?

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    1. Hi smatti! Yes, I believe MuTu System can help ANYONE with DR. Even men. :)

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  8. Thank you so much for this thorough post! I just found out I have diastasis and was debating between the 2 programs. you've helped me make a decision for sure!

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  9. Hi Lucy,
    I don't mean for this to be rude at all, but do you work for MuTu or is your blog sponsored by them in any way? I'm trying to find an unbiased opinion before making a decision on a system. Thanks!

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  10. Hi Lucy,
    I don't mean for this to be rude at all, but do you work for MuTu or is your blog sponsored by them in any way? I'm trying to find an unbiased opinion before making a decision on a system. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Peg! Your question is not rude at all! In fact, I applaud you for doing your research! No, I don't work for MuTu and they don't sponsor my blog. When I discovered that I had Diastasis Recti and was able to heal my core, I vowed to help others do the same. You won't find too many people who have tried both Tupler AND MuTu. I've tried them both and I can honestly tell you that MuTu is the way to go. I have a link to MuTu on my website to make it easier for women to learn more about this amazing program. By doing so, I became a MuTu 'affiliate', not an employee. As an affiliate, I receive credit for orders that come through the link on my site but MuTu does not pay me to advertise their program. I can assure you that my story is genuine and MuTu is the only program that I can confidently recommend to my clients. I hope this answers your question. :)

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  11. Hi Lucy. I developed DR after giving birth to twins, back 10 months ago. I have not been active for a few years so can I aim for any success with the MuTu method. You have mentioned in your blog that you used it in conjunction with your regular workout regimen. Please advise. Thank you.

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    1. Hi twinsMa! If you haven't been active for awhile, then I would recommend MuTu even more!! MuTu would be an excellent way to re-enter the world of activity and it may be exactly what you need to jumpstart your exercise routine. Yes, I used MuTu in conjunction with other at-home workouts and still do that currently. When doing any exercise or movement activity, it's important to keep your core engaged at all times. Do not allow your belly to 'bulge out' as this is a sign of instability and could delay your healing.

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  12. Hi Lucy,

    My twins are 20 months and I still look like I'm 4 months pregnant. I originally purchased Helene Byrne's DVD and book because I found some online reviews swearing by it. Have you had a chance to review any of her materials? How does she compare to mutu? In particular, I find Helene's tone to be boring and her explanations to be vague. Does Wendy do a better job with visualization techniques? What kind of daily and weekly time commitment is needed for mutu? And is it necessary to follow the videos while doing the exercises? Or is there enough instruction that they can be completed while watching something else on tv? I know that sounds lazy, but I work full time and I really relish the limited time I have to escape with a tv drama.

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    1. Hi kateholiday! I am not familiar with Helene's products. With MuTu, you can access the exercises any way that is most convenient for you. When I went through the program, I watched the videos that were provided a few times. Then I relied on the printed info (which was the same as the video - just on paper). After awhile, you'll know the exercises and won't need any prompts. As for time, I did at least 20 minutes per day. On days that offered more time, I'd squeeze in another round of MuTu. Best part for you is that once you are familiar with MuTu, you can do the exercises while watching your favorite TV drama! 😄

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  14. Hi Lucy,
    Is insanity max 30 okay while doing Mutu? What types of cardio do you recommend when doing Mutu? Is running okay?

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    1. Hi Summer! I've never done Insanity Max 30 so I can't comment on it. The types of cardio that I recommend doing while healing your core include any movements that don't compromise the stability of your core. Those movements will be different for everyone. So, running may be okay as long as you're able to keep your core engaged the entire time. Are you doing MuTu Focus or are you doing the 12-week program with the Intensives?

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  15. Hi Lucy, ..ugh .second time rewriting this ...i own both program but had same experiencing as you where I was disappointment with Mutu program initially and kinda didn't follow it. Decided to do the tupler technique since I had heard and met Julie with my first child, but as you mentioned the sprint is only a temporary fix cuz after you take it off you right back where you started and I don't have the time to do her program all day! so here I am back on to Mutu system...here's is my question. Im a bit confuse cuz Julie encourages you to start the exercise or any exercise for that matter or daily activities (coughing, sneezing, bowl movement etc) with with a belly breath by expanding your belly when you take air in through your nose; and exhaling through your mouth and bringing your belly to your spine. ..I guess this is the proper way to do everything right even in wendy's program..I don't know why but Im so confuse about this...I could have sworn in all my life exercising when I exhale I bring my tummy in and when I inhale I bring my belly out, which is the opposite of what Julie ask us to do....I guess I been doing it wrong ALL my life! lol ..anyways so my question is Wendy's program we should do her exercise this same way ? the way Julie suggest with the breathing? I have Wendy program but I have done one dvd..I usually get frustrated when I started it cuz she speed through the damn program and I have to continually pause it since she rushes through it. Im use to beach body program and this is certainly nothing like it when it comes to cues and organization for sure. Not to say that the program is not effective, just a negative that gets the best of me even doing the program...hoping to hear from you soon.

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  16. ooops I meant the opposite ..here it goes..read this one!!
    Hi Lucy, ..ugh .second time rewriting this ...i own both program but had same experiencing as you where I was disappointment with Mutu program initially and kinda didn't follow it. Decided to do the tupler technique since I had heard and met Julie with my first child, but as you mentioned the sprint is only a temporary fix cuz after you take it off you right back where you started and I don't have the time to do her program all day! so here I am back on to Mutu system...here's is my question. Im a bit confuse cuz Julie encourages you to start the exercise or any exercise for that matter or daily activities (coughing, sneezing, bowl movement etc) with with a belly breath by expanding your belly when you take air in through your nose; and exhaling through your mouth and bringing your belly to your spine. ..I guess this is the proper way to do everything right even in wendy's program..I don't know why but Im so confuse about this...I could have sworn in all my life exercising when I exhale I bring my tummy OUT and when I inhale I bring my belly IN, which is the opposite of what Julie ask us to do....I guess I been doing it wrong ALL my life! lol ..anyways so my question is Wendy's program we should do her exercise this same way ? the way Julie suggest with the breathing? I have Wendy program but I have done one dvd..I usually get frustrated when I started it cuz she speed through the damn program and I have to continually pause it since she rushes through it. Im use to beach body program and this is certainly nothing like it when it comes to cues and organization for sure. Not to say that the program is not effective, just a negative that gets the best of me even doing the program...hoping to hear from you soon.

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    1. Hi Kelly! Welcome back to MuTu! :) When it comes to breathing, try not to get too caught up in it. Who knew the simple act of breathing could be so challenging, right? Try to relax your abdominal muscles when you inhale and engage your abdominal muscles when you exhale. Inhale=relax. Exhale=engage. As for the speed of the program, I watched the video cues once and then I relied on the online listing of exercises. Eventually, I just remembered the exercises so that I could do them without any cues. Give it time. Best of luck to you in your healing!

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  18. Hello Lucy, I had diastasis repair surgery 11 weeks ago. My plastic surgeon gave me the ok to do core work outs at 6 weeks post op. I am now back to weight lifting and doing Hiit workouts. I only do exercises or moves that I feel comfortable with. I still have a slight bulge to my stomach. I do eat a LOT of fiber (oat fiber, cabbage, broccoli etc). Do I still need to follow MuTu? Could my connective tissue still be weak causing the slight bulge. My PS said that I could be still swollen up to 6 months

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I'm not a doctor so I cannot comment specifically on your connective tissue or cause for bulging. I can say, however, that MuTu would be an excellent program for you to follow! Anyone can benefit from MuTu since we all need a stable and strong core. I'm happy to see that you're sticking with exercises that are 'safe' for you. Keep it up!! :)

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  19. Hi Lucy, I think I might have a 2 finger diastasis, but it's hard to tell. I have a very strong core, I work out 5-6 days a week weight lifting and cardio. I had my son 11 months ago and just found out I'm pregnant again!! :) My question is will MuTu help during pregnancy to either close the existing diastasis and help prevent it from happening again while pregnant or do you think Tuplers pregnancy dvd/book would be good for me? Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. Hi Chelsea! There is no program or set of exercises that you can do to 'prevent' Diastasis Recti from occurring. If your abs are meant to split, they're gonna split, unfortunately. However, you can do things to be proactive in keeping your core stable during pregnancy and MuTu System can provide that guidance. As long as your doctor has given you the thumbs-up to exercise, I highly recommend MuTu as a way to keep your body strong and healthy which will make your post-partum period much more pleasant. You can also benefit from all the nutritional guidance through the program as well. I wish I had known about MuTu when I was pregnant! Best of luck and health to you!

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  20. Hello Lucy,
    I have a 3 finger DR and recently started the 21 day fix. I am starting to realize that many of the stretches, arm,and leg exercises with resistance bands may actually be making my DR worse. Are there any program you recommend for a full body work out for toning and strengthening that will not make my DR worse?

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    1. AshShari, the 12-week program offered by MuTu System includes high-intensity workouts that tackle the entire body. If you have Diastasis Recti, this 12-week option would be my first recommendation.

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  21. Lucy many many thanks for your long but thorough and amazing review. 9 years ago I bought the Tupler technique and like you found the full amount of repetition that Julie Tupler recommends extremely difficult to incorporate with 2 toddlers and at the time I taught dance classes as well. However like you Julie Tupler certainly knows and is passionate about healing the diastasis and I applaud her for that as well. So got laissez faire and went back to doing crunches and low and behold diastasis increased in width and then went to mutu mamas program. Like you I kind of skipped exercise part as I do that anyway as a dancer but jumped ahead on the program too. I bought it last year and find it easy to incorporate into my lifestyle and find it more fun and interesting. I have just gone back to starting the core program again mutu system as the gap gets to about 2 fingers width and then I forget and get back into my normal routine. However I little impatient I reached out for Julie Tupler's splint today to do both at the same time and so pleased I read your review as I am just about to pack splint away ( agree with all your comments above just as a fitness person it does get frustrating at times ) and will focus all my energy back on mutu system

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    1. Cathryn, I'm so glad you're back on the MuTu train! I know how easy it is to grab that split and stuff our bodies into tight wraps with the hope of 'holding it all in' but MuTu is the program that will teach our minds and muscles to activate naturally. I applaud you for keeping it up! Happy Core Healing to you! :)

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  22. Hi Lucy

    I have been doing MUTU exercises for about 2 weeks. I bought the full program but was wondering if I can go back to my normal CrossFit workouts and just do the core aspects of MUTU and still see results. Of course I would only do the cardio side of CrossFit and hold off on the heavy lifting. Thoughts? Also how big was you DR. Mine is 7-5-3 at 5 weeks PP with my second child. TIA!

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    1. At only 5 weeks PP, I would say that you need to allow your body more time to heal. When I was stabilizing my core, I continued to do other exercises but I modified extensively. You can do any exercise that you want - as long as you can keep your core engaged at all times. If you experience any bulging/doming, that particular movement should be avoided until your core is more stable and stronger. If you do too much too soon, it will only delay your healing. Keep up with MuTu as its the best program available to help you stabilize. Best of luck to you!

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  23. Hi! I am finally serious about working on my stomach after my son is two, that is even after I have been to physical therapy for it...and I did not follow my plan at 9 months out. So, I want to work on my whole body in this process, currently I have just been walking 3 days a week. Do you have any suggestions on videos or workouts that can complement the mutu plan? Or can you send me somewhere that might? Thank you so much!!! I am so ready now.

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    1. I saw in your blog post related to this that you were doing workouts as well as the Mutu technique.

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    2. Hi Me!

      When I was doing MuTu, I was also doing my regular exercise routine (with core modifications, of course) and I encourage everyone to keep up with physical activity, especially doing active things that they enjoy! In order for me to recommend specific workouts for you, I would need to know more about your current fitness level. I'd also like to know how much time per week you can dedicate to exercise as well as what equipment, if any, you may have access to. If you'd like to start a dialogue, please feel free to contact me directly at info@lucyfitpt.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  24. Hi Lucy, thank you for your reviews on these! I have so many questions still! I started working out 12 weeks pp after my second (big) baby via c section. She is 2 years old now. I have DR, discovered after I realized I also had an umbilical hernia after about a year of working out and not losing the tummy. I took 4 weeks off working out to do nothing but the inner core safe tummy exercises and closed the gap to about 1 finger width. I went back to my regular workouts and another year later I still look 4 months pregnant. Is this because I am not doing these inner core workouts with my regular routine every day? Should I stop the regular core work altogether? I emailed you pictures and more info... Im at a loss right now and dont know what else to do. I feel like Im doing everything right but not getting the results. :( Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Rachelle! Since we've already connected via email, I just wanted to comment here and let you know that you can contact me at any time should you have any further questions. I wish you the best of luck in your journey!

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  25. Lucy,

    Have you tried No More Mummy Tummy Challenge by Lorraine Scapens? I would love to hear your opinion if you have tried it. Also are there any exercises for umbilical hernia?

    Thank you!

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    1. I have not tried that program so I cannot comment. But, if you suspect an umbilical hernia, I strongly recommend getting clearance from your physician before embarking on any exercise routine. Just a precautionary measure. :)

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  26. Thank you Lucy for all this information,, I was looking to buy a Tupler sprint and found you when I looked for other programs.. I really didn't want to have to wear a splint for months.. thanks for the info.. and I am a 66 year old man

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    1. Thanks Rocky - I'm glad my story and information was helpful! Best of luck to you in your journey!

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  27. Hi Lucy, you may have just saved me. I'm currently pregnant with my 2md child but had DR from the first so making serious plans to get back to my flat tummy from before. I'm pretty petite soy belly stocks our of my frame. Had even picked up the Cyber monday discount code for the Tupler package and was looking to even get 2 splints. After reading your blog you sound very genuine and honest and I appreciate that. I think I'll go for Mu Tu instead and get ready to start once I deliver. How do I get on the Mu Tu mamas forum? Thanks
    CeeJay.

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    1. Hi CeeJay! Once you purchase the MuTu program, you can locate the MuTu Mamas group on Facebook and request membership. They will verify that you have purchased the program and the wonderful world of DR support will be at your fingertips! Best of luck to you - and see you in the forums! :)

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  29. Hi Lucy
    I'm about to begin my second attempt at Mutu. I started last year but only got 4 weeks in before getting frustrated and quitting. Now here I am with a 15 months old and a 2 finger split.
    I'm very active. I'm currently in week 5 of max30 which has lots of push ups (burpees and planks, but I totally avoid those and modify with either Mutu exercises or leg work) But back to push-ups- I'm doing them on my knees while contracting my TVA to avoid putting pressure on my split. Are push ups totally contraindicated with DR during the rehab process. Should I just ignore Shaun T when he's doing push-ups?
    So desperate for my gut to match the rest of me :(
    Over this belly.

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    1. Hi Lindsey! No shame in doing Push-ups from your knees! Planks and Push-ups are okay during your recovery but ONLY if you are able to stabilize your core during the entire movement. When I first started my recovery, I couldn't tell if my core was engaged since I had so much extra skin hanging down. I had a trainer place her hand on my abs while in a plank to see if they were engaged or if my core was too unstable. Not everyone will be able to do planks right away. Some have to work up to that. So, before doing push-ups and planks, have someone check your core while you're in that position. If everything is engaged and you're able to keep your core stabilized, then you should be fine. If, however your guts are hitting the floor, you'll need to build strength first. :)

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  30. Hi Lucy! Thank you for your review, I nearly bought the Tupler Technique and then came across this, I'm much more eager now to try Mutu. I read in the comments that you still have a two finger gap, that's what I have now but my body still looks 3 months pregnant and my twins are 4. Once you strengthened your core were you able to go back to normal workout exercises (crunches etc) while still having the two finger gap? Or is there a 'safe' distance for diastisis to try normal exercises again?

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    1. Hi Kelly! Yes, I still have a 2-finger gap but my tummy is flat. As I strengthened my core, I was able to resume regular core exercises. Keep your core engaged at all times, no bulging. Follow the MuTu program and trust the process. Don't rush through it. :)

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  32. Hi Lucy! I just saw a surgeon last week about what I was previously told was a hernia. Turns out it's just a diastasis with "maybe a tiny little hernia that doesn't need any work". Since the doctor I saw is a hernia specialist, he said that I should really see a plastic surgeon. After two cesareans I'm really not keen on going under the knife again, plus I've no idea if it would be covered by my insurance. If i'm measuring correctly (i can clearly feel the muscles tighten around my fingers) my split is two fingers wide, although I would have sworn it was more as it gave me hell during my second pregnancy. I used to have strong abs and a really flat tummy, but I haven't really exercised since high school. The doctor I saw told me about the Tupler programme - not endorsing it, but he had seen it presented at a medical convention and it sounded plausible to him, or at least like something that wouldn't make the problem worse. He also mentioned that it was a good idea to go through a programme like that in preparation for surgery. My question is - if I do the MuTu programme, is there a chance that my tummy will become flat enough and my core strong enough that I won't feel like I still need to get plastic surgery to look normal again? I don't want to look like a model, I'd be happy if I looked a little bloated, as long as other people could tell that I wasn't pregnant and my clothes fit normally again. And also, my youngest is ten months old, I'm fairly small-statured but he is a very big, heavy baby and activities such as lifting him out of his crib or putting him in his car seat are really difficult, I can tell that my body isn't working quite right. How much do these everyday mom activities contribute to a diastasis, should I avoid them whenever possible? Will it feel less difficult when my core becomes stronger? I was told no abs, crunches, lifting of heavy objects and the like ever again, but lifting the baby is ok, but I must wear a girdle or splint of some sort. What's your opinion on that? I apologize If this is long and rambling, I just didn't really know who to ask until I found this blog post :)

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    1. You are a perfect candidate for MuTu System! Why? Because not only do you want a flat belly again, you also want to learn how to live pain free and resume all your formerly enjoyable activities. MuTu will not only teach you the stretches and exercises needed to stabilize and strengthen your core, but you'll also learn how to properly align your body (there are so many wonderful resources available to you once you start the program). I highly advise you to avoid Tupler and as you probably my gathered from my blog, I'm NOT a fan of splints or binders. Those contraptions will only make your DR worse. Follow the MuTu program and allow enough time for your body to adjust to your new way of alignment. I owe my flat belly to MuTu - I hope it can do the same for you!

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  33. Hello! I had three big babies, youngest is three yrs old, and have a four finger gap. I already exercise woth weights and lots of running....I don't want to purchase the 12 week program because I want to continue with my current routine. But I'm worried about missing out on important info if I get the DR focused program. Any comments on that?

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    1. Hi Jodie! I understand your concern and rest assured knowing that you won't miss out on any info if you opt for the Focus program. I chose the Focus program because, like you, I wanted to continue with my own weight training and cardio while following MuTu. All members of the program have access to the same information and resources. The additional content of the 12-week program includes "Intensives" for those who are looking to include cardio workouts into their core healing.

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  34. Hi Lucy, let me first say how elated a am to have discovered your blog!! Ten months after my second c-section, I'm finally ready to get serious about healing my four finger gap. I was so confused about which program to try or even if either would work. Thank you for your honest and detailed review. You have given me hope! My question is, do you think my Zumba classes are okay for cardio with a D.R.? And do I have to continue to do MuTu indefinitely? In other words, if my gap decreases, will it widen again if I don't continue with MuTu after I see results?

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    1. Zumba should be fine --- as long as you're able to keep your core engaged through all the movements. If anything causes you to lose stability or your belly bulges out, you should hold off on those particular movements until your core is stronger. As for "MuTu for Life", I still incorporate what I learned in the program into my daily workouts. Think of it as developing six-pack Abs --- if you develop them, you have to maintain them. No, you don't have to follow the MuTu program daily for the rest of your life but yes, you will have to maintain your core stability and strength. MuTu will help you learn how to do that and soon enough it will just be one part of your YouTube! :)

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    2. Whoops --- meant "routine", not YouTube !! :)

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  35. Hi Lucy, thank you for your reviews! I have 3 kids ages 7-11months. I regularly do HIIT, bootcamp, strength training, tabata, sprints, etc...can i still do my normal routine while doing MuTu? Being sedentary is not a possibility for me, haha! Also, once i learn to engage my core properly will i be able to do planks or sit ups again?

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    1. Hi Amanda! I continued to train whole healing my Core (weight training, HiiT, spinning, etc). The key is to keep your Core engaged at ALL times and avoid any movements that cause instability or your belly to bulge out. Allow your Core to heal and strengthen before revisiting those particular exercises. As for planks and crunches, there's a lot of conflicting info out there. I'm happy to say that I've been planking and crunching regularly since healing my Core. Proper form is essential though!

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  37. As a pelvic physical therapist, I treat postpartum patients for diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction that causes urine leaking. My patients often asked for exercise recommendations that they could do at home. MuTu Systems is now my home exercise program of choice. MuTu Systems now has Pros to guide you and some are offering group classes.

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  38. Hi people,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful article really!
    If someone want to learn more about Personal Trainer I think this is the right place for you!

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  39. Lucy, I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!!! I haven't been fit for a long time and wanted to do something about my general health and particularly my belly, but got discouraged every time I tried to find something that worked because even the programs that talked about DR turned out to not actually be good for it and I didn't want to make an already bad situation worse (5 fingers right now). This post was just ...perfect. Thank you. At the very least, I have hope.

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    1. I'm so happy that you found my experience helpful! I wish you the best in your health journey. After joining MuTu, be sure to utilize all of the resources available within the program - they can offer more help, info, and support!

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  40. I don't know if you still reply but I was curious, do you know if I can incorporate this with running (I do so on a treadmill) and I do insanity or T25 (dvds) . I just had my second daughter 5 months ago and really want to heal my core. Thank you for your time!

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    1. I encourage everyone to do what they enjoy so if running and T25 make you happy, then go for it! But - be sure to keep your Core engaged at all times! You should not be doing any movements that allow your belly to bulge out in any way. When that happens, you've compromised your stability and you should focus on regaining that stabilization first. But again, do whatever makes you happy. I integrated MuTu with my exercise program. I was just very cautious and aware of my Core with every motion.

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  41. I decided to try the Tupler Technique and almost immediately regretted it. I called to cancel my order and they refused to take the package back due to hygiene issues with the splint. I have not opened the box it came in the mail at all and they still refuse. Customer service is completely missing with this company. Whereas Mutu has a money back guarantee. I will never deal with Tupler again

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    1. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with Tupler. Fortunately, MuTu's customer service is phenomenal and the support community that they've created is awesome!

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  42. Any thoughts on which programs are best to follow during pregnancy to help prepare for labor and potentially prevent DR? Does the Mutu system work during pregnancy?

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    1. Yes! All aspects of MuTu System are safe during pregnancy. In fact, I WISH I knew about MuTu when I was pregnant! :)

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  43. Hi Lucy. I also tried the Tuppler Technique first and was disappointed with the results, found it took too much time in the day and annoyed by the splint. That was after my first pregnancy. Now, after my second, I have been doing the Mutu system for about 15 weeks. Overall I love the program. It has helped me in many ways such as significantly improved PSD pain, strength (core and overall) and toning. I admit though that I was hoping to see more improvement by now (I do the program faithfully as she outlines) in term of how flat my stomach looks (which also varies I know as the day goes on). You mentioned that it is a longer commitment with the program. I plan to continue but just wonder if you could shed some light as to how long into the process did you see a significant change in how flat your abdomen looks. Thank you for your thoughts on this.

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    1. Hi Katelyn! I'm so glad that you committed to MuTu and have seen some progress! I completed MuTu a long time ago but I still incorporate what I learned from the program into my current fitness training. If you still feel that more progress is to be made, continue with MuTu and consider looking at other factors that could be contributing to a bulging belly (i.e.: food). It's quite possible that certain foods in your diet are causing excessive bloating which can look even worse when you have DR.

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  44. Thank you for all your help, I have a 3-4 finger DR. I got sick after my last delivery so no one focused on my DR, I had bigger problems. Now I am healthy, but it has been 6 years, can I still have success after so long? What is your blog address? I was doing a 12 week online training program, lots of push ups and crunches. I didn't realize I was making it worse! I am trying to decide between the mutu 12 week or focus package. I want a complete fitness routine, lifting and cardio. I am scared to continue what I have been doing for fear of making it worse. Is the 12 week program an extensive program?

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  45. What I mean by extensive is does it show me what/how to lift or is it just stretching? What did you do with your own lifting routine while doing mutu?

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    1. Hi Charity! The Focus program is only Core exercises while the full 12-week program offers more of a well-rounded movement routine (which includes the Focus program). However, it does not involve any weight training. If you are looking for guidance on weight training, send me an email at info@lucyfitpt.com and I can recommend a variety of training options for you.

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  46. Hi Lucy!

    I had twins 6 months ago and have a significant DR, thanks to your post I am going to try MuTu in addition to my runs that I already do. Did your gap close with mutu? Do you still have the pooch that makes you look pregnant or did it go away? Thank you!!

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    1. I'm so glad that you're using MuTu System to heal and strengthen your Core! My gap reduced in size significantly (I now have a gap of 1.5 fingers). But, it's not about "closing the gap". It's about aligning your body and building stability (and strength) from within. I no longer have a building belly and I continue to build strength every day. Today, I'm doing traditional Abs routines that I couldn't even THINK about doing before. It's very motivating to see my body do things that it was too weak to do a few years ago! :)

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  47. I'm happy to have found this post and feel like my 'gap' has increased with my regular work outs. I will look into MuTu. I love working out: weights, Hiit, etc. I am also training for a marathon right now. I have run some in the past in between having children. I understand that I need to keep my core engaged during all exercise and feel I can do that, but on my long runs, I'm running for hours on end every other weekend. I am worried my core cannot engage that long. I don't want to quit my training as it is in May and I've been working toward that. What would you suggest in this particular instance? I also don't want to make the DR worse and want to strengthen my core. My DR is 2-2-1. Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi Betsy! I received your email and have responded. Please feel free to email again if you have any additional questions.

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  48. I have started the tupler technique again after failing before. It is a lot of work and I HATE wearing the splint with a passion. However I do not think it is fair to say that Julie says you can get a healed DR by wearing a splint alone. She stresses that wearing a splint and not doing the exercises will only give superficial results. Also it makes sense to me that wearing a splint to hold the muscles closer together will make healing them easier with the workouts. It makes sense that of the muscles are closer it will be easier for them to knit together again. I am going to give the Tupler one a proper go as I have already purchased it. I struggle with finding true reviews of either system as it seems the people who write about them are also often affiliated with them.

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    1. Hi Naysha. Thank you for your comment. I wish you the best of luck in your journey! Having tried both programs, I can say with 100% honesty that MuTu System is far superior to Tupler. MuTu offers a whole-body approach to healing your core whereas Tupler has you doing countless (and ineffective) core exercises. MuTu helped me get my flat tummy again, Tupler did not. Everyone is different so I hope you can find the right program that works for you.

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  49. Hi
    Are there any particular exercises I shouldn't do while trying to heal a DR? I know to avoid crunches and planks or anything similar but I want to do some strength training and hiit workouts as well as purchase the focus programme. I'd hate to make the problem worse though. It was only after recently doing some ab workouts that it became noticeable that I had this.

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    1. Hi! Primarily, the exercises that you should avoid are the ones that cause/promote instability in your Core. If your belly 'bulges' out doing a particular movement, you should hold off on doing that movement until your Core strength has improved. I had to avoid crunches and planks early on in my recovery but now I can do both of those exercises without any compromise in my Core stability.

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    2. Back again, I bought the whole programme and 8 weeks in my tummy was looker flatter. Got a bit ahead of myself and booked a session with a personal trainer as I really wanted to start lifting weights. At some point I've not been focusing on my core and the bulge is back. I feel really defeated but do you think if I am certain my core is tight and I don't go too heavy that I could continue whilst finishing the Mutu programme? My gap is the same 2 finger width it just looks different. And during the assessment I did jack knife up from lying back with weights in my hands so could even have been that. I'm currently doing squats, deadlifts, shoulder and chest press(now on machine) reverse lunges and tricep and bicep curls. I feel really impatient about this, the intensive workouts weren't challenging enough especially for upper body. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated :-)

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    3. Hey! I can relate to your feelings of impatience but keep in mind that my impatience is what caused me to start MuTu, quit MuTu, then go back to MuTu. Put faith in the program and it will work! You can still weight train and do cardio while healing your Core, you just have to be careful not to push yourself too far where you could be hindering instead of healing. Also, it's super-important to consider your nutrition as a reason for any changes in belly appearance. When you have DR, even the slightest bit of bloating could make you look like you're in the 3rd trimester! :)

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    4. Thank you that makes me feel better about weight training I'll carry on but take it easy, I do get bloated but have cut out wheat and been on a diet the last 2 weeks so hopefully that'll help. It always looks worse in the evening anyway.

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  50. Hi Lucy
    I have a diastasis along with umbilical hernia since 2-2.5 years of course due to childbirth...Is it safe to do MuTu with the hernia?

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    1. I know of many moms who have an umbilical hernia and they've successfully completed the MuTu program. You should, however, have your hernia checked by a doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you get the go-ahead, I highly recommend trying MuTu. Best of luck to you!

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  51. Hi Lucy,
    Thanks for your blog!
    I have a hernia and about a 2-3 finger gap DR.
    I have done nearly 6 yrs of pilates but had no real success, feeling really board with pilates and frustrated in my inability to still not be able to do everything I used to. I am very fit and strong otherwise and am very active.

    So I went to a surgeon today to discuss getting my hernia fixed and correcting my Dr. He can do hernia no problem, but won't do the Dr because in his mind there is no medical need for it to be corrected.
    I have walked out with mixed feelings, I will definitely get my hernia fixed and try the Mutu program. But I do alot of strenuous physical work on the farm and so I need more info as to if this program is going to be enough to give me back my core strength I desperately need? Ie should I go to a plastic surgeon and get it fixed anyway and also do the Mutu program?
    And if this program is good enough, should I look at getting a splint for the strenuous work I do, particularly with large animals who pull and struggle against you, to help protect me?
    Regards

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    1. Yes, I highly recommend following the MuTu program before consulting with a plastic surgeon. MuTu is the best option available since it takes a whole-body approach to rebuilding strength and stability in your core. I don't recommend using a splint since wearing one essentially "turns off" your core muscles which is the opposite thing you want to do. However, given your work with animals, it would be wise to consult a physician on whether there is a medical need for a splint.

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  52. Hi Lucy, it's really interesting to read about your experiences with MuTu. I am currently at week 6 of the intensive program and whereas I have not seen an improvement in my diastasis recti yet, I can see that my abdominal area is a bit more toned. Though I have a long way to go before I can lose my mummy tummy.

    I wanted to ask, since healing a recti may not be achieved in 12 weeks, should I continue the MuTu program over and over a few times until I get the desired results? I am unsure what to do after the 12 weeks. Thanks.
    Regards, kalpa

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    1. Hi! Yes, keep following the program until you are satisfied with the results. I still incorporate some of the exercises and stretches into my current routine. These movements are invaluable for a strong and stable Core. Best of luck to you!

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