Let's talk Pilates for Diastasis Recti and Hernia

Will Pilates help Diastasis Recti and Hernia?

Can you get stronger?

Can you pull those abs up and in again?

Absolutely!

But you have to modify, and know what to look for and feel for.

My In and Up Diastasis Recti 4 week online course is perfect for women who need to heal a diastasis or hernia.

And for Pilates teachers who see clients with diastasis and hernia.

We start the next round on Monday July 22.

Independence Day Half-Off Sale at Lynda Lippin Pilates

Happy US Independence Day! July 4th and 5th only, enjoy 50% off the following digital Pilates products, programs, and Online Privates using discount code halfoff.

Pilates Audio Classes - $10 each today (reg $20)

These completely portable Pilates audio classes are among my best sellers! Use at home, while traveling, and even in the Pilates studio. Specialized classes for back and neck pain, as well as a good basic Pilates mat class and a Magic Circle/Foam Roller class.

Pilates for Back Pain eCourse - $48.50 today (reg $97)

This comprehensive eCourse includes:

  • 100+ page eBook with photos and instructions for all exercises

  • 9 Audios covering every mat routine plus extras

  • Links to videos where I break down every mat exercise with modifications and variations

  • Links to videos explaining causes of back pain, how to modify exercises, and more!

In and Up Diastasis Repair 4-week Program - $64.50 today (reg $129)

A course specifically designed for women to heal their abdominal separation safely and naturally from the comfort of their own homes. No doctor visits.  No personal training sessions.  Just simple and effective techniques to gently heal the body.

Online Private for Pilates Pros - $55 today (reg $110)

Private online sessions for Pilates teachers in the comfort of your own home, studio, or wherever you are.

Use Discount Code halfoff

Online Osteoporosis Workshop July 7, 2019

I am teaching an online Osteoporosis Workshop this coming Sunday July 7 to give you the facts about osteoporosis so that you can help your clients stay strong and functional for as long as possible.

I am hearing myths about osteoporosis being spread in Pilates groups online.

These myths go against the researched knowledge and recommendations of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.

These myths will harm your clients.

If you find my videos and discussions on modifying Pilates for osteoporosis useful, how does a 2 hour workshop breaking down the full advanced mat with discussion about other apparatus sound?

And it will be online and recorded, so even if you can't make it live, you will have the full workshop video.

Sound good? 💕

Join me this Sunday, July 7, 2-4pm ET on Zoom Meeting, and learn to teach (and do) advanced mat (which includes standing footwork and wall, and use of props) modified for osteoporosis.

Cost? Just $50.

That's right, two hours of completely useful osteoporosis modifications for just $50, with unlimited video recording access.

I would love to see you! More information in the video below.

FREE Pilates Teacher Mastermind Group

For the past 30 years I have been privileged to teach Pilates and train Pilates teachers.

I realized that I had more to offer, but was frustrated by the bullying, false information, and general lack of actual education in the online Pilates "communities".

So, I decided to start my own Pilates Teacher Mastermind group.

Here is the group description:

"Hello, Pilates teachers! Welcome to a space where you can interact and learn with and from a Pilates pro who really has some answers to your questions.

In this free Pilates Teacher Mastermind group by Master Teacher Lynda Lippin we will:

1. Focus on sharing the TRUTH about Pilates, anatomy, function, fitness, and how we teach and run our businesses.

2. Explore how to best CARE for ourselves, our clients, and the Pilates world in general.

3. Communicate from a place of LOVE. If you are here I assume you love Pilates, love teaching Pilates, and only want the best for yourself, your clients, and your colleagues."

This completely FREE group has both Learning and Discussion sections, and our 60 members are currently discussing teaching clients with Osteoporosis.

I would love to see you there! And please share with any teachers you think might benefit.

Don’t forget, I teach private sessions for Pilates teachers that you can take from the comfort of your own home or studio. Our LIVE session will be conducted online and the recording will be yours to keep forever. Click here for more information!

Pilates Fundamentals for Lower Back Pain

Just 6 simple pre-Pilates exercises used morning and evening and your back will feel much better!

Most people I know suffer from lower back pain (except most of my clients, who feel better). And most people would like some simple exercises to help get things under control.

This video that I put together a few years ago offers you a simple and free solution to MOST chronic lower back pain.

And these exercises won’t hurt, either.

Literally thousands of my Pilates and fitness training clients have successfully eliminated chronic back pain using this simple program.

I hope it helps you!

My Results After One Year of FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

Has it really been a year of FASTer Way?

My parents always said that time flies, and I really notice that more in my 50s! It has actually been a little over a year since I started making the FWTFL program a part of my life AND I became a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach.

My fat loss and weight loss results

Fat loss and weight loss are different things. In the FWTFL program, we do a lot of heavier resistance training and eat enough carbohydrates to support the work it takes to build muscle, combining this strategically with low carb cardio days and plenty of rest. Because muscle is denser and weighs more than fat, you can lose fat and actually weigh more.

Now, I needed to lose both weight and extra fat, and have not only lost both, but maintained it! I lost 45 pounds that I have maintained pretty effortlessly, and gained obvious muscle (my body shape is completely different and I am down many inches - 3 sizes worth).

AFTER

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

My cholesterol and thyroid results

I take prevastatin for high cholesterol and levothyroxin for my underactive thyroid. About six months ago I was able to cut the prevastatin down to 3x per week, and my TSH levels improved even more, on top of the low dose of thyroid hormone replacement. My energy is better (I did have to make some adjustments to my fasting schedule to account for adrenal fatigue, but more on that in another post), and I am stronger than ever! I look great, but most importantly, I feel great!

Intuitive eating

After a year of tracking my nutrition and calories per FASTer Way to Fat Loss guidelines in My Fitness Pal (MFP), I am now able to eat intuitively and know what my body needs and when. Some days I eat in an 8 hour window, while others I expand to a 12 hour window, depending on how I feel.

I know now what a day of low carbohydrates looks like and what to eat, as well as a full carb day. Every once in a while I input a day into MFP to check myself, and I am always on point.

What I eat on FWTFL

I eat everything. Seriously, I eat everything. On low carb days I treat myself to higher fat foods - ribs, brisket, salmon, organic aged cheese (I tolerate dairy), lots of vegetables, full fat salad dressings and yogurts, berries for when I need a little sweetness. On regular and rest days I add carbs - rices, pastas, quinoa, and sometimes even good bread. And on leg day I treat myself.

Lately hubby has been baking, so I have had everything from orange iced shortbread cookies to flourless chocolate torte and lemon poppy iced bundt cake! But sometimes my treat is Blue Ribbon fried chicken with sweet potato fries. Seriously, what I don’t eat is junky processed food. Everything else is fair game!

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LUNCH ON REGULAR DAY

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

LEG DAY TREAT - SHORTBREAD COOKIES

How much do I exercise on FASTer Way to Fat Loss®?

Not too much, actually! I do heavy strength training (including Pilates for full body powerhouse work) for a total of 30-45 minutes, 3x per week and higher intensity cardio for about 30-45 minutes (including sprints + lower intensity fat burning ending), 2x per week. The other 2 days I either rest but for dog walks or do some gentle pilates or yoga.

Nothing crazy. Not an hour of high intensity exercise every day, like some programs require.

Would you like to lose fat and improve your health?

Women and men of all ages have had success with FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. The combination of enough whole foods in the correct proportions, intermittent fasting with carb cycling, exercise, and enough rest, is powerful and life changing. It worked, and continues to work, for me!

My clients ALL feel satisfied and full at the end of the day, because they are giving their bodies exactly what they need. No deprivation, no depression over what you can’t eat - because in your week you can eat all the foods you love. In fact, I usually have to encourage my clients to eat more, since so many of us have eaten way too little for way too long.

My next round of FASTer Way starts prep week on October 29th, and I would love to see you there. Let’s get stronger and healthier together!

Gut Health Supplements and Life Update

Just when you thought I might never blog again, I am back! 

Sinus Infections and Adrenal Fatigue (Yawn)

The past few months have been tough. I ended up with adrenal fatigue, and then managed to get two sinus infections within the past month. What zithromycin wouldn't kill, levofloxacin plus a NeilMed sinus irrigation system has. (However, the neck and shoulder pain that I sometimes get with Levoquin are tough to take.) 

In the interest of getting my health back on track, I have made a few changes to my routine. Instead of doing a 16:8 intermittent fasting protocol, I am doing 12:12, which immediately helped my energy. I dropped back down to beginner/intermediate workouts, and not every day, and have actually gained some more muscle and lost more fat (who knew?).

I also found a new gynecologist, who is transitioning me to an FDA-approved oral HRT regimen that is still bio-identical. Instead of being on a dosing cycle of every 12 hours with the compounded cream I have been using, I will take the energy-producing estrogen and dhea in the morning and the sleep-promoting progesterone at night. Since my dose will be more regulated, I look forward to less sweating and more sleep!

In supplement news, I stopped taking fish oil after so many studies showing that it has no effect on cardiovascular health (plus I eat fish and good fats all the time), but have continued with probiotics and collagen for gut health and to keep the candida at bay after so many antibiotics!

And that brings me to the lates gut health supplements I have tried, both of which I received free in exchange for a review.

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics

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How could I ignore an email with "The Princess and the Probiotic" as a subject line? As I know from working at an A-list private island resort, even royalty has gut issues with travel, so why would Meghan Markle be any different? 

What makes these probiotics different? They are fermented for three years with an organic prebiotic food blend. Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics are shelf-stable and effective. I took a capsule twice a day, and found them to work very well, keeping me regular and feeling great. The only issue is cost. To make a quality product like this is not easy or cheap. These will run you $43 per month on Amazon.

These work so well because they are a blend of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics.

"The three-year fermentation process at seasonal temperatures encourages survival of the strongest bacteria and makes the blend (12 Probiotic Strains) shelf-stable without refrigeration. Unlike other products that claim billions of freeze-dried non-native bacteria is better, we understand that 'more' is not better. Dr. Ohhira’s formula takes probiotic support to a whole new level by providing the biogenic ingredients Postbiotics needed to support your exclusive probiotic ‘fingerprint’."

I also highly recommend their Kampuku Beauty Bar, which fits the hand perfectly, works on face and body, has no smell, and rinses clean.

Hello Beautiful Collagen & Multivitamin Powder

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I take collagen every day, whether hubby's awesome bone broths or a powder. Collagen helps our guts, as well as supporting our structural supports and skin. I am convinced that collagen helped me heal my crushed toe back in 2013! So, when I received an email asking if I would try Musely's Hello Beautiful collagen with multivitamin, I said yes.

They sent me one box of the unflavored and one of the wild berry flavor (20 packets each). The unflavored is great! It mixes easily into coffee, oatmeal, and my protein shake, and I love getting my vitamins and some electrolytes from the dried coconut water in the process. No smell, no residue, just clean collagen.

The mixed berry flavor is very lightly flavored. It mixes well in berry oatmeal and berry smoothies, and I even tried it in cold water, which worked well, much to my surprise.

I do prefer a more robust multivitamin, so this would not replace that for me. But if you have a hard time remembering to take a pill, but will carry and use a packet of powder, this will work for you! Prices range from $29 per box to under $20 in their subscription program.