Post-Prince George, Kate’s stomach is as flat as ever. But mortal midriffs needn’t despair. Phoebe Luckhurst explains how to get that Middy middle
Collectively, we covet the glossy hair, her safe-but-stylish wardrobe and that blinding smile. Now there’s another reason to feel inadequate: the Duchess of Cambridge has regained her flat-as-a-pancake stomach as fast as you can say mummy tummy. Photos of her at her first solo public engagement following the birth of Prince George confirm that her abs are firmly back and making headlines
Detractors, be damned. For all we rejoiced in Kate’s seeming normalcy when she appeared before the world’s press the day after her son’s birth, we all know our princess would sharply have lost her lustre if she’d been pictured in splattered sweats and an old Marlborough hockey top. The question on everyone’s lips is not
should she have snapped back, but how did she do it?
Unfortunately, the answer seems to be: start laying the groundwork early. Kate has undeniably got good genes — her mother Carole is slim, despite having had three children. But it’s nurture as well as nature. Kate’s a lifelong sportswoman: she played netball, tennis and hockey at Marlborough, and was a keen swimmer at prep school. However, there are ways to help your mortal midriff approach K Middy proportions (namely, toned and lean).
Mantra number one: there is no such thing as too much Pilates. During her pregnancy, Kate reportedly attended classes three times a week. She favoured the exclusive Hurlingham Sports and Social Club — a private members’ club set in 42 acres of riverside grounds in Fulham. Apparently, the Duchess also took up yoga; both exercises strengthen the body’s core muscles and increase flexibility, making it easier to snap back into shape after pregnancy. Kate has reportedly stuck with the Pilates.
“Kate has a typical Pilates tummy where the appearance is flat and toned,” confirms Pilates teacher Paola di Lanzo, who has worked at elite London gyms including Grace, KX, Equinox and Harbour Club.
“Most Pilates exercises are initiated and controlled through the core allowing these muscles to be constantly
worked throughout the session. Just three months after she’s given birth and Kate looks fabulous.”
Model Miranda Kerr also credited Pilates for slimming her down after the birth of her son Flynn. She was back on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk just six months after his birth.
“Not only does Pilates work the core and abdominals,” says di Lanzo, “but it can also be an effective training method for toning, strengthening and correcting posture and reducing lower back pain — very important after having a baby (and indeed during pregnancy) as the pregnancy hormones soften your muscles and ligaments and the weight of the baby changes your posture.”
Leighton Girling, a Fitness First trainer who has trained hundreds of pre- and post-natal clients, confirms that “a combination of Pilates, movement training and correcting posture exercises will help to get the body functioning properly, before progressing onto regaining strength and fitness”.
Mantra number two: the right jeans are worth more than their weight in high-tech denim. Last week at her Olympic Park event, Kate was wearing a £145 pair of J Brand skinnies. Cult favourite J Brand is leading the trend for jeans with in-built slimming technology.
While there’s no faking that flat stomach, the correct choice of jeans — in Kate’s favourite dark indigo wash — helps create an overall slender silhouette.
Mantra number three: make sure someone else does the cooking. New mums don’t have time to whip up and choke down a kale juice. While Kate has never been one for faddy diets (although she reportedly craved Duchy Originals lavender shortbread during her pregnancy), a new biography of the Duchess of Cambridge written by Vanity Fair journalist Katie Nicholl reports that in the weeks after the birth, Carole Middleton blended fruit smoothies and cooked healthy meals for Kate, who snacked on muesli bars.
Set the 6am alarm and roll out the yoga mat: you’ll need to break a sweat to keep up with Mrs Cambridge.
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1 - Get a greater control and stability as you perform your sport by strengthening the core muscles and stretching the stiff ones.
2 - Experience the relief of that back pain you were already getting used to have. Apart from strengthening your core, the authentic method also improve your posture by aligning the bones and balancing the muscles.
3 - Practicing Pilates during pregnancy is fundamental to prevent back problems as the bump gets heavier and heavier and to have a good performance on the long hours of labors. In addition, you will already know how to do those important pelvic floor exercise requested right after the birth beforehand.
4 - Safely rehab injuries because the exercises are going to be modified according to the needs and their intensity will be increased as your strengthen grows.
5 - Overall, by simply moving your body in the right way, you will relieve stress and expand your body awareness which will improve your life style.
Danile Granato is a certified Pilates instructor. She was born in Brazil and has a physiotherapy degree.
BUILDING CORE STRENGTH:
One of the top reasons Pilates and pregnancy go together so well is that Pilates is a proven way to build core strength. During pregnancy, your tummy muscles are stretched over your growing baby and, if they're weak, you may develop back or pelvic pain. Pilates exercises use the deepest layer of your tummy muscles, which are necessary for stabilizing your back and pelvis.
HELP DURING THE DELIVERY:
Many Pilates exercises are performed on your hands and knees, which is an ideal position for pregnancy. Adopting this position can take some of the strain off your back and pelvis. Towards the end of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for birth.
Several Pilates exercises can be modified as your body and abilities change. Therefore this help you to keep the intent of the exercise as well as to adjust the form to work for your body.. Pilates workouts help you in connecting to the inner core muscles, breathing well, stretch, and gently working with a smaller range of motion.
GOT BACK INTO YOUR JEANS SO QUICKLY:
Pilates is famous for helping new moms get their figures back after their baby is born! It's also good for helping you to develop the necessary strength in your arms and upper body, so that you're not using your lower back to do all the work.
HELP IN RELIEVING TENSION IN THE NECK AND SHOULDERS:
When you have a newborn or young child, you sit a lot to rock and feed them, and holding your baby creates tension in your neck and upper back. During the classes you get the chance to stretch your neck and shoulders and lengthen your spine, while strengthening the smaller muscle groups that help support your core while sitting.
Even though babies are small, it’s easy to strain yourself when picking them up as much as we do. Core and abdominal strength are essential for preventing low back strain and other injuries. A regular Pilates practice builds the strength you need to support your back and avoid potentially debilitating injuries. And furthermore, Pilates recharges your batteries in order to embrace the new lifestyle.
Hostage to the inevitable changes in body and mind , how to maintain balance during pregnancy ? Pregnancy is a unique and magical , and the idea is also to make it enjoyable for the expectant mother . Some healthy habits make all the difference to support as many hormonal changes , which will move much with the emotions and physical changes that will totally change the woman's body .
The physical exercise , combined with a balanced diet , contributes to the smooth running of this waiting , which lasts about 40 weeks. Some methods are more sought after by moms , including Pilates .
Because it is a method of low-impact exercises , does not cause overloads the joints of pregnant women which are loser than normal due to the relaxing hormones. Also, Pilates has some principles that bring many benefits, such as increased flexibility, muscle strength, body awareness, relaxation and more appropriate breathing. The integrated work of all principles promote the proper development of the pregnancy , preventing aches and pains and assisting in labor .
We say that the "soul of the method " is centralization , where the "core muscles" and pelvic floor are always recruited , ensuring strengthening . For the pregnant woman that makes all the difference, because they are muscles that will better support the spine , since the center of gravity changes completely with increased lordosis on the lumbar spine, minimizing back pain common during pregnancy. Pilates will also prevent urinary incontinence by strengthening the perineum, help during labor and recovery.
Besides strengthening the core muscles of the body, Pilates also strengthen the upper back muscles, which will facilitate the life of the mother at the time of taking care of your baby . Activities such as giving cuddles, changing nappies, bathing and feeding will be performed more easily with this gain in strength and muscle balance.
By activating the circulatory system, Pilates also helps to relieve pain and swelling in the legs as well as a better nutrition for the whole body cels.
Anyway, Pilates brings numerous benefits to the expectant mother but it is very important to have proper monitoring done by a professional who has knowledge of all these physiological changes. This way the lessons become functional and pleasing to the body of each woman. We can not forget the importance of medical advise on release or not practice of physical exercise during this period .