The Personal side of Women’s Fitness

As a mom who has given birth to my own two blessings, and as a woman who has worked in the fitness industry for over 16 years, I appreciate how cautious and sensitive we ladies can be about our bodies. When it comes to discussing the needs of our bodies to be healthy, that gets even more personal! So my heart has grown very tender toward the delicate issues that so many of my sisters suffer with in silence.

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • A bulging belly that won’t go away no matter how hard you work
  • Stress or urge incontinence
  • Intimacy issues

For many women, going to the doctor for an annual checkup is hard enough, never mind meeting with a personal trainer in a public workout facility! If you have hesitated to talk to a fitness instructor or personal trainer about the side-effects you might be experiencing while exercising…

…you are not alone.

Perhaps you want to start moving, but you don’t want to feel like a goldfish swimming a studio full of windows. You also don’t want to feel so tired and sore after a workout that you can’t function for your family.

That’s one of the main reasons that I created and founded Fit2B Studio: we want to be healthy for our families, but we want to accomplish some movement in a modest and uplifting way. However, the majority of fitness industry focuses on the outer appearance and the summer skin factor, so most of the popular modern routines feature exercises that only work the outer muscles. For example…

  • Crunches and sit ups only work the outermost abdominal muscles by bulging their definition, BUT it’s more crucial for women to work the inner abdominals for the health of their core and pelvic floor.
  • Jumping movements build muscle bone density BUT high-impact can also stress your tired and loose joints.
  • Plank poses build core stability BUT if a person cannot keep their navel drawn inward while doing them, the inner core gets more stressed and more unstable.

My heart is for what’s on the inside, because that is where a woman’s true wellness takes place. You know that already, though, don’t you? As women, we intuitively know these things and shy away from the craziness…

…but then we beat ourselves up for not doing it.

Feeling like you are falling apart is a legitimate setback, and if that’s where you are at, I urge you to check yourself for something called a diastasis, and you can read more about that by clicking here.

Ladies, I’d love to be the one you can talk to about the personal fitness stuff you’re dealing with. We are all sisters, and we need to be gentle with each other. We been through pain; we don’t need to encourage more pain. We need to heal from the inside out and do the movements that invite that healing. I’m here to help you with that, and I believe I can offer you some straightforward solutions.


Today’s Post is shared by: Bethany Learn.  She is the President and Founder of Fit2B Studio.  You can learn more about her on her website, connect on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.


  1. Storm says

    Hi thanks for your post on exercise, i am overweight by quite a bit and 18 weeks pregnant and attending curves in my country… but my back, lower is stiff and sore on movement and then between my angel bones, i’m struggling! Do i persevere? Will it get better? I’d like to be more fit for labour.

    • says

      Hello Miss Storm,

      You should persevere, sweet mama! But it won’t get better if you don’t do a couple of things. Your abs are separating to make room for the baby, and that causes a lack of support in your lower back and hips if you just let go totally on vacation. You can be more fit for labor and feel better each day with just a few simple exercises. If you click on my name, it will take you to my “Diastasis Directory.” If you don’t see anyone near you to go meet with personally, then please at least read this article I wrote about Three Exercises for a Strong Birth –> Feel free to email me with further questions. Oh, and the “workout” you get when you sign up for my newsletter would be safe for you to do right now. Enjoy!

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