Rectus Diastasis

by Jim
(Tampa, FL, USA)

I'm a male with rectus diastasis. I'm a bit confused about what type of abdominal training is appropriate. I've read a lot on the internet about "transversus abdominis" training and abdominal splints; however, I'm not sure if any of the information is actually research based. Do you have any advice?

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Apr 23, 2014
rectus abdominus separating at the front
by: Sarah says

Hello Jim,
Yes I agree with you there is an awful lot of stuff on the Internet about transversus abdominus, the deepest abdominal muscle, alot of which is pretty crappy. However it is true that transverses does have a role to play in controlling the separating of rectus abdominus. In effect, it works like a watch strap holding rectus down (if you are doing sit-ups on the floor) or, if you are upright as you do any abdominal work, it helps hold your tummy, and rectus, in and brings the two sides of the muscle either side of the midline together. However rather than just concentrating on TA, I would like you to do some exercises to activate the obliques. You can see the page on best exercises for lower abs which I thoroughly recommend.

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