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Crunches Are Ruining Your Pelvic Floor!

Try Low Pressure Fitness Instead– Now Available in Bend, Oregon

Summer is fast approaching and you’ve worked hard to lose that winter weight! But somehow, despite the intermittent fasting, chalky protein shakes, consistent workouts, and maybe even a cleanse or two, your tummy just won’t flatten. So you try to tone things up by adding in daily crunches. And, to make matters worse, your bladder has decided to sabotage your confidence– ’cause a smelly pantyliner is where you draw the line!

Trust me, you’re not alone. But what if I told you that the very exercises you’ve been doing to try and strengthen your core may simultaneously be weakening your pelvic floor?

 

The Problem with Crunches

That’s right! CRUNCHES ARE HORRIBLE FOR YOU! Just take a look at all the problems crunches can cause:

– Pelvic organ prolapse
– Abdominal hernia
– Herniated spinal discs
– Weakened pelvic floor muscles
– Urinary dysfunction or incontinence from increased pressure on the bladder [1]

The reason crunches cause so many issues is because they create a HYPER-pressive environment– meaning they increase pressure on deep core structures. And we already get plenty of this kind of pressure in our day-to-day lives.

 

What is Low Pressure Fitness (LPF)?

So, what do we do to strengthen our core AND our pelvic floor muscles while preventing other painful injuries? LOW PRESSURE FITNESS!

LPF uses a combination of technical poses and movements that are done while creating an abdominal vacuum (or HYPO-pressive environment). An abdominal vacuum is a technique that involves contracting the abdominal muscles and pulling the belly button inward and upward [2]. This takes pressure off the abdomen and pelvic girdle.

LPF is a whole-body workout that targets core and pelvic floor muscles while focusing on diaphragm and lateral rib cage movements to:

– Restore healthy posture
– Increase myofascial mobility
– Improve breathing
– Tone all the right areas
– Reduce abdominal pressure

 

Benefits of Low Pressure Fitness

LPF benefits go beyond achieving a flat tummy! It can also:

– Put a stop to leaks and urgency
– Improve sexual dysfunction
– Rehabilitate your postpartum body (it’s standard postpartum care in Spain!)
– Treat pelvic organ prolapse
– Increase athletic performance
– Help you look and feel slimmer

 

Client Testimonial

“I started LPF classes with Robbie after the birth of my second child. I was dealing with diastasis recti and pelvic floor issues. After just a few weeks of consistent practice, I noticed a huge difference! My core felt stronger, my posture improved, and I no longer felt like I had to cross my legs every time I sneezed! I’m so grateful to have found this amazing technique.” 

S. K. Bend, OR

 

Bringing LPF to Bend, Oregon

After hours of in-depth comprehensive training, I’m bringing low pressure fitness to Bend, Oregon and teaching this invaluable whole-body routine to my valued clients. Whether you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned issues or you’re simply wanting to maintain your body’s health and wellness while achieving a greater sense of balance, I encourage you to give LPF a try!

 

Body-Positive Reminder

Before you go, I want to leave you with this quick body-positive exercise… Look in the mirror and take a moment to say thank you to your incredible body, even with your pooch and leaks. Your body is absolutely amazing and worthy right here, right now!

 

References:
1. Sapsford, R. R., Hodges, P. W., Richardson, C. A., Cooper, D. H., Markwell, S. J., & Jull, G. A. (2001). Co-activation of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles during voluntary exercises. Neurourology and Urodynamics, 20(1), 31-42.
2. Rial, T., & Pinsach, P. (2012). The hypopressive technique. Revista Española de Medicina de la Educación Física y el Deporte (Hispanic Journal of Physical Education and Sport’s Medicine), 21(2), 74-89.

Together, we can give your body the balance you deserve!