You may remember when I went to the Mutu System event and screening of the Embrace film. I got really inspired by the film and I wanted to try and heal my leaky pelvic floor. I have since been trialling the 12 week Mutu System postnatal core programme. I will share my thoughts on the programme and give you some more information on it to see if it’s right for you
Who is MuTu System for?
You can do this online exercise programme whilst you’re pregnant (with adaptations) but it’s primarily for women after having a baby, whether that was 6 days ago or 16 years ago. It’s designed to improve your core, tone and lose fat. You can start the first core programme in the early days after birth if you like. If you’re pregnant, it’s definitely worth getting it to aid your recovery in a gentle way and build up.
What’s different about the MuTu System?
It’s a medically reviewed and recommended programme. It was designed by Wendy Powell, who I met at the event last year. She’s a mum herself, and is trained in postnatal exercise and nutrition. She is well qualified and experienced. Everything is designed from research and evidence based. It is a programme that doesn’t promise rock hard abs and snapping back your body straight after birth. There’s no shaming involved and the support is there for you. You can do it at home, at your own pace. The only downside I found was that I had to motivate myself to do it, so unless you find a friend to do it with you, it can be hard to find the motivation. If you make a commitment to yourself that you’re going to do it, it will work.
How is the MuTu programme delivered?
There is a welcome video and then you’re into the modules. The exercises are easy to follow videos split into Core and Intensive, with a tracking system to tell you how many times to do each, so you can see your progress. You also have the food and instruction sections which you have the option to download and print. I found the exercises easy to follow and not a problem for me, who doesn’t do much exercise. If you’re used to high level workouts, you might find it too low impact. I’d say it’s a mixture of Pilates type exercises, pelvic floor work and low impact aerobics. The lady showing the exercises is a normal woman, no shiny taut tanned bodies.
What about my diet?
At MuTu, they of course recommend eating healthily. There’s no calorie counting, points or starving yourself. They do recommend a few rules, and offer helpful swap suggestions so you can work out what’s best for you. You can also download shopping lists to help you on your weekly shop, I found this really helpful. I’ve recently become vegetarian, and I’m trying to cut down on processed foods. Doing dry January really helped me cut down my alcohol, instead of 2-3 glasses of wine a night, I now have 1 glass or none. It’s really made a difference to my waistline. Here’s a summary of the food ‘rules’:
1. Avoid processed + refined foods.
2. Eat loads of fruit + vegetables.
3. Drink lots + lots of water.
4. Eat protein with every meal.
5. Up-level your chocolate eating to higher quality, lower sugar and less of it!
6. Limit caffeine + alcohol.
7. Eat these things at least twice a week. Oily fish (like sardines, salmon or mackerel), a few glugs of good oil, a handful of nuts + seeds (like hemp, pumpkin or sunflower).
8. Get out of your comfort zone. Every week, try at least one new thing from the new foods shopping list.
Do I need any equipment?
They advise getting the MuTu system kit bag, which is a small exercise ball, straps and resistance bands.
MuTu System and Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti is also referred to as ‘Divarication of the Recti’ or ‘Rectus Divarification’, and it’s the widening of the gap between the 2 sections of the Rectus Abdominis (or 6 pack) abdominal muscle. The split occurs at the seam of mid-line collagen structures of connective tissue at the front of the abdomen. This connective tissue stretches (weakening in the process) to form a diastasis.
The Abdominal Raphe can now no longer provide tension and stability. All the abdominal muscles meet at the front of your abdomen – so when the linea alba stretches and leaves a gap – it takes all your ab muscles with it. And because ALL the muscles of the abdomen- Transversalis, internal and external obliques, as well as Rectus Abdominis – meet at this centre midline, all are compromised, and the resultant lack of protection and stability affects the whole body both aesthetically and functionally.
It is common in the later stages of pregnancy, particularly second or subsequent pregnancies. But men, children and women who have never had a baby, get a diastasis too.
If you have had a baby and you think you have Diastasis Recti, see the video here to test, or go see your GP. There is good news though, and that is that the MuTu system is designed to strengthen the core and improve and get rid of Diastasis Recti.
All in all I feel it’s a good online postnatal exercise programme for people like me, or those who are more immediately postnatal! I was not previously exercising at all, although I have in the past so it’s not alien to me. My pelvic floor has had some improvements, although getting the flu and lots of coughing set me back a bit. I like the format, it’s easy to follow and you get the support with it. You can connect with other mums doing the programme too. I really liked the ethos of no pressure, and no-one shouting at you to do X number of squats or to go run up a hill. Let me know if you try it and how you get on!
Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time creating this review and I received complimentary access to the programme. All opinions are my own.
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