Hello Revv family!
I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Ashley Sorenson. I live in Hurricane UT but am from Cedar City. My husband McKay is from Monroe so we are just move ins learning to love this amazing valley!
My fitness journey may be different than others. I have never been overweight, however, I have been severly unhealthy. Growing up, my parents didn’t have a lot. They worked very hard but their health was not a priority. They were under the impression that healthy food was expensive food, so we ate a lot of boxed meals and our veggies included canned corn and russet potatoes.
My first attempt at a “diet” began in middle school. I started restricting calories and skipping meals. This all led to disordered eating, specifically binging. This continued through most of high school as well. I played sports including Volleyball and Softball, tried a little Track but never felt that I had the energy or umph to be successful in these areas. Between my Junior and Senior year of high school I began working out on my own at the school gym and fell in love with strength training. From here on there was no turning back! I learned what healthy eating could do for me and tried my best to eat a balanced diet.
I taught a group fitness class in college and continued working out regularly! I learned that consistent exercise could control my moods and keep my anxiety at bay! It also gave me a fun and healthy hobby. In 2015 I had my first baby and was able to recover quickly due to a healthy pregnancy. In 2017 I had my second baby and jumped right back into exercise as soon as I could. This time I suffered from diastasis recti.
Diastasis recti (also known as abdominal separation) is commonly defined as a gap of roughly 2.7 cm or greater between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle. … In pregnant or postpartum women, the condition is caused by the stretching of therectus abdominis by the growing uterus.
At this time I didn’t have the full knowledge of what DR is and how to take care of it. I went right back to my regular workouts and ended up worsening the damage. This prompted me to learn as much as possible and led me to my certification as a NASM Personal Trainer.
I love to use my experience to help educate Mothers on DR, and help them to strengthen those core muscles postpartum (even if they haven’t suffered from DR). If you have any questions or concerns about rehabbing your DR or your improving your core/pelvic floor, don’t hesitate to reach out to me for help!