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I had my second baby 10 months ago. I still can't do an actual sit-up. I've lost my pregnancy weight, and my abs are relatively flat, and I do crunches 3 times a week. But the muscles aren't strong enough for even one sit-up. Is that it for me? Are they permanently too exhausted to work again? Does it matter if I can't do them anymore?<br><br>
Anyone else have this issue bouncing back from pregnancy or other condition?<br><br>
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I don't think you need to say goodbye to them. You just might need to work on progressions to get them back. Instead of trying to do them from all the way, if you have some way of leaning only part of the way back, you can work from there.<br><br>
Or if you have an ab wheel, you could set up on your knees, then use a wall to stop you at a point well before a full roll out, contract and pull back in from that, and work on stretching that out.<br><br>
Do you get the idea of the progressions? With bodyweight exercises there are usually ways to improve the leverage or reduce the range of motion so you can do the work on the muscles. In doing that, the muscles will grow stronger and the range of motion can be increased over time.
 

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I recommend trying some pilates. There are post-natal DVDs out there. Amazon is usually a good place to search for DVDs. Or if it works with your schedule, a studio or gym where you are might offer a starter or post-natal class.<br><br>
Pilates strengthens your deepest ab muscles from the inside out. The exercises include plenty of moves that are not "sit-up" like but still work, and then you can tackle the sit-up type ones.<br><br>
I know quite a few women who swear by pilates for helping them rediscover their ab muscles after pregnancy. They got stretched out so much carrying the babies that they might need to learn to contract again!
 

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I second the Pilates recommendation! I had some post-natal women in my classes when I taught it weekly, and they swore by it. (So did all the other non-post-natal women. And the few men that braved it.) <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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