Diastasis Detective Program

Module 1: Intro

The truth about muscle balancing


Historically, muscle balancing has often been used in strength training because it ‘makes sense’ that if something is pulling you out of alignment, that the solution would be to strengthen the opposite muscle.

So, someone who’s done a tonne of sit ups would cause themselves to become more forward flexed in their spine.

To combat this, back extension exercises would have been prescribed to balance things out.

However, is there another way to balance out the equation?

Yes, actually ‘releasing’ the tight area might just be the answer, and it’s often the rectus abdominus that’s tight in this equation.

A muscle that does not have the ability to contract to it’s fullest potential is oftentimes weak, but a muscle that doesn’t lengthen is also weak.

When a muscle is at its optimal length (eg not too tight or too long), it’s also able to generate its most optimal amount of force.

Release the psoas (and all of the muscles in the abdomen) first, learn what real strength is through your core, and the first step to getting there is = alignment!

The more you thrust your ribs, the weaker you are in your abdominals, so you’ll actually get more core strength just by realigning yourself!