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About

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My name is Inemesit, and I’m a 33 year old mother of three boys, ages 8, 6 and 1. I lived a pretty inactive life until the birth of my second son. It was after my second pregnancy that I discovered I had diastasis recti (DR), a separation of the rectus abdominis (the muscle that makes up the 6 pack) that caused my stomach to protrude and become distended making me appear 6 months pregnant at 6 months postpartum. It was the abdominal separation that brought me to exercise.

When I discovered the DR, like so many others, I often heard that surgery was my only option. But I had abdominal surgery as a child and it was not an experience I cared to repeat if unnecessary. I was born with  umbilical and paraumbilical hernias which I had an attempted repair on at age 6. The surgery was unsuccessful and left me with unpleasant memories. When I was once again faced with the prospect of abdominal surgery I had to see if there was an alternative route. That’s when I discovered strength training.

Before I started strength training I didn’t realize I was weak. I always assumed I couldn’t do things, not because I tried and failed, but because I told myself many things were impossible. I couldn’t lift heavy weights, not because I wasn’t strong but because it was impossible for a girl of my frame to lift such things. I couldn’t chase my dreams, not because I tried and failed, but because it was impossible for me to succeed. I couldn’t love my body, not because I’d tried but because I told myself it was impossible to love such a flawed vessel.

When I started strength training for the first time in my life I was forced to confront my weaknesses rather than to deny they even existed. I couldn’t do certain things and I had to accept that. But what strength training also taught me is that it is only through confronting your weaknesses, and admitting they exist that you can begin to build strength. Strength training taught me that the word impossible is only in the vocabulary of those that don’t try because everything is impossible until it’s done (Nelson Mandela). Strength training showed me that from brokenness, you can build strength. That strength isn’t a given, you have to train for it.

Today I am thankful for both the hernias and the diastasis recti because it has led me to discover a passion for women’s health and fitness that may not have otherwise existed. My emphasis is on training the pregnant and postpartum woman using science-based techniques to improve a woman’s physical strength and quality of life.

This site is about my passion for exercise, not simply for it power to heal physically but its power to heal mentally, to heal wholly and completely.

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Certifications

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  • ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
  • ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
  • Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist
  • Bellies Inc. Core Confidence Specialist
  • Advanced CPD in Postnatal Functional Exercise Training
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach
  • Fit2B Expert in Diastasis Recti

8 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m so glad I found your site! Reading your story brought tears to my eyes. I have DR and a surgeon suggested surgery (surprise!). I don’t want to go that route though. Thank you for sharing your story. I have hope 🙂

    1. Thanks, Anika. Although some people may require surgery in the end, it is often more the exception than the rule, and there is a lot that can be done to treat and heal DR before deciding if surgery is the best option for you. I’d advise working with a pelvic floor physiotherapist and a postnatal personal trainer for several months first.

  2. Thank you for your inspiring website! I’m currently on my own journey to fix my diastasis recti. I didn’t start focusing on it until I was 15 months post-partum and I’m afraid I waited too long. Is there ever a point that someone is “too far out” from pregnancy to naturally heal?

    1. Absolutely not Kate. You can always learn strategies to improve your core health and function. Message me if you need guidance.

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