Wednesday, August 28, 2013

W.O.W - Ab Workout and Fit Test

 Sometimes we have to do things we just don't want to do. It's a simple lesson that our dear parent's started pounding into our brains before we even entered Kindergarten. "It's a part of life... deal with it." That's abs for me. I despise ab workouts. Post c-section, that is even more true.

C-sections reek havoc on the abdominal muscles; that's no secret. Two and a half years later, and I still have a lot of numbness in my mid-section as well as the occasional pain around my incision. But, it's tolerable and something I'll probably have to deal with forever. No biggy. However, when I do an ab workout, I feel like my abs are being ripped to shreds. Honestly, it's a very strange sensation and I've yet to figure out how to put it into words. If you're a c-section mama, maybe you can relate and know what I'm talking about. Or, maybe I'm just a giant sissy.

Anyways, I dread working them. Who wants to do something, knowing about 2 seconds in you're going to feel like you're being ripped apart? Definitely not this girl. I avoided ab workouts until recently for this reason. But, like my mama taught me, "it's a part of life... deal with it." No pain, no gain, right? They aren't going to heal themselves. Nor am I going to wake up tomorrow and they will magically be just like they were.

So, now that I've whined and cried about it, I'm going to share one of my favorite ab workouts with you today.

Toe touches are the devil himself, in my opinion. I'm still trying to work up to being able to do 25 in a row without having to stretch out. I'll get there eventually! Practice makes perfect. (something else my mama taught me.)


I did my starting fit test Monday night. I was dripping sweat by the end, so I take that as a good workout! I'll be sharing my results on Friday for "Fit Test Friday." If you try it out, let me know how it goes! I've made a tracking sheet if anyone is interested in joining me.

If you have any questions about what moves are, or are curious about modifiers, just let me know


  1. Tiffany, I read on the Bikini Body Mommy website something about risks with some moms doing crunches after pregnancy. You may want to check it out:

  2. I've not done ab work in about 2 years. I'm dreading having to get back into it but I know it will do my stomach and posture a world of good. Thanks for the routine. ;)

  3. Sweetie, maybe I'm just being old fashioned, but have you checked with your doctor? I would call your doctor and explain the numbness, and how your gut feels when you do ab exercises. I mean, there might be an issue internally that needs to be addressed/corrected. I don't think it's normal to have that amount of pain 2.5 years later...

    1. I know it sounds weird, but my doctor is aware of it and it's pretty normal. From what he's told me, it takes 3 years to fully heal from c-section. The numbness will always be there, and the pain in my abs will improve as my core gets stronger. Although, the occasional pain may still happen. It's all worth it to have my little guy with me though :). I had a very rare labor and delivery experience, so my body is healing a little differently from it.

  4. I don't really experience the pain like you described, but I do have the numbness sensation sometime right around my C-section incision. It's a weird feeling. I've just always chalked it up to nerve damage.


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