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The American College of Sports Medicine just released their 9th annual survey on what fitness trends we should be expecting to see in 2015. Around 3,400 fitness professionals from around the world were asked which trends they have seen growing in popularity over the past year and to project the most popular workouts for next year.
Postpartum “Jelly Bellies”
By Sandy Willoughby PT, CSCS, CAPP-OB
“Jelly Belly” is not a medical term found in the literature but any woman who has had a baby knows what “Jelly Belly” means. During pregnancy, we understand that the uterus enlarges with the growing baby and, along with that, the abdominal muscles stretch. Once the baby is delivered, the uterus gradually shrinks down to its pre– pregnancy size (breast feeding assists with this) but the abdominal muscles need some help to return to their pre-pregnancy tone and length. Abdominal muscles are skeletal muscles – they need to be contracted and used to restore tone and function. It is for this reason that abdominal exercises become necessary; but don’t start with crunches just yet! Yes…..you read that correctly. Let’s talk about why.
Theories and Fallacies of Muscle Cramps
Just a quick post today about a subject I frequently get asked about. I recently found a great article on The Science of Sport website which discusses some recent research about muscle cramps during exercise. The focus is on runners, but I think the theories proposed will apply to many different types of endurance athletes. The article gets a little technical in some areas, but I think the take away concepts are very interesting. Enjoy!