Is a corset right for me? Do they really work? What if I had my kids years ago?
First things first
Rehabilitating weak, overstretched and separated abdominal muscles to achieve flat abs requires very specific exercises. Core compressions, the foundation of The Dia Method, are proven to banish “mommy pooch” in less than 12 weeks. Other core stability exercises, such as planks and side planks when performed correctly, can also be powerfully effective. The key is to keep your abs tight to the spine throughout exertion.
Where a corset comes in
That said, the corset is indeed a valuable tool to speed up the recovery process. If your abdominal muscles have separated (click here for a self-check demo), a corset decreases strain on the overstretched connective tissue. By providing support to that tissue, the therapeutic exercises are more effective and you will see faster results.
Who can benefit from a corset?
Any person who has diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) can benefit, even if you had your kids decades ago.
When should I wear it?
Ease your way in by starting with an hour or two a day, gradually working up to 8-12 hours. Ultimately you will want to wear it as often as possible until you have fully closed your abdominal separation.
To avoid worsening an existing abdominal separation, wear a corset anytime you use a front-loading baby carrier that places the baby’s weight vertically along your midline.
Should I wear a corset while working out?
It is optional to wear while working out. If you feel it helps you better engage your abs, go for it. If you find it more difficult to feel or engage your core while wearing the corset, skip it. Of course ensure you can breathe comfortably when exercising.
Always draw your abs and your pelvic floor “up and in” when putting on a corset. If you feel any downward/bulging pressure on your pelvic floor, stop immediately. That means you are not ready for that degree of abdominal pressure. Instead, perform core compressions combined with Kegels daily (see Disc 2: 10 Minutes Flat) and then try again in 2-3 weeks.
If you had a C-section, wait until the incision has healed and your doctor or midwife says it’s ok.
Do not rely on the corset as a crutch. No garment will do the work for you. Instead, it should serve as a physical reminder to engage your abs throughout the day and help you maximize the healing power of your therapeutic core exercises.
What brands do you recommend?
Many of my clients like Bellefit products. Reach out to us at email@example.com for more recommendations.
Yes, a corset can and will help you achieve flat, firm abs when incorporated as part of a comprehensive strategy that includes safe and effective core conditioning exercises.