Core results. What everyone wants at the end of a good push forward and decent amount of effort. It’s not unreasonable to expect it when you’ve put the work in but what you have to remember is….what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work the same for another.
And exercise is no different.
I can take two women, the exact same height, weight and age and give them identical exercise programs with shockingly different results.
Physiology is a funny thing because no two people are the same. Whether it’s the amount of fat, muscle, connective tissue etc., it also has varying degrees of elasticity, fluid, density and so on.
And let’s not forget the biggest culprit; genetics! Sigh….forgot those damn things, eh?
This is why it is never, did you hear me, NEVER a good idea to compare one body to the next because from the beginning of our life cycle, we are different and that’s ok except when you are determined to reach a goal, right?
There’s no question that setting goals is needed to ensure you have a plan and that the work is easier applied when there is an end in sight. But setting goals has to be two-fold and made on a case-by-case basis with realistic timelines looking at lifestyle habits, (again) genetics and compliance with the program in mind.
When dealing with your abs, (or more importantly, your core), almost every mom asks how soon they can hope to see results and it’s just an open ended question because every women has their own story and circumstances that got them there in the first place.
Like I said above, genetics probably play one of the biggest roles in how their tissues and muscles will respond to a new way of training. Having said that…you CAN teach an old dog new tricks so when practicing the Ab Rehab exercises, there is almost always a positive response as soon as two weeks but when changing the way the body moves from alignment, to breathing and coordination (ABC), it can be months, especially when undoing old habits that could be dominating for more than 20, 30 or 40+ years.
However…just know this; whatever the result or however soon, it is always better than doing nothing at all and you are doing your body good by re-learning the way your deep system is supposed to move.
Your Core4 (Diaphragm, transversus, multifidus and pelvic floor) has a purpose and that is to carry you around each and every day, supported and functioning so you can move without the worry about something falling out or becoming injured.
As for the flat tummy and bladder control; well that’s just a bonus of having a strong Core4 that is doing its job because when you put the work in, results are just a matter of time. 🙂