I designed the diastasis recti recovery cycle for moms who are looking for a gentle and effective way to rebuild core strength and stability.


Having dealt with diastasis recti myself in the past, I know how frustrating it can be. The good news is, with time, patience, and consistency, diastasis recti can be healed.


The cycle includes three four-week phases:


Breaking Muscle Shop

Phase one focuses on stabilizing the core muscles and restoring abdominal strength and low back support through bodyweight workouts with gentle core strengthening exercises, daily walking, and restorative core exercises done daily.


Phase two continues the exercises from phase one, but with kettlebell workouts added in twice a week to build strength gradually. The strength exercises in phase two will have a higher volume and lower load than in phase three.


Phase three adds in one day of intense cardiovascular exercise while increasing the load and turning down the volume for your strength work.


You will probably notice there are no traditional core exercises in this series, like sit ups or toes to bar. Until your diastasis has completely healed, avoid these exercises. Even after your diastasis has closed, you may choose to avoid these exercises and opt for movements that place less load on the abdominal wall.


Please reach out with any questions! You can email me at Nicole@breakingmuscle.com.

Week 3

Day 1

Side-lying leg raises x 20 per side
Lunges x10 per side
Push up on the wall x 20
Lunge with twist x 10 per side
Hang from a bar x20 seconds
Single leg deadlift x 10 per side – bodyweight only for phase one. Focus on engaging the core throughout.
Crawling (hands and knees) – 1 minute


Day 2

30 minutes brisk walking


Day 3

3 Rounds:

  • Wall sit: 25 seconds
  • Glute bridge x 20 – slow and controlled, with a yoga block between your knees
  • Side plank x 15 seconds per side – Use your non-supporting arm for extra stability if needed
  • Downward dog – 7 deep breaths
  • Plank against the wall – 25 seconds
  • Wide legged squat (yogi squat) – 40 seconds, take breaks as needed.


20 minutes brisk walking
Legs up the wall – 30 seconds
Child’s pose – 30 seconds
Psoas release – 1 to 3 minutes


Day 4

Yoga Core Awakening Flow


20 minutes brisk walking


Day 5

3 Rounds:

  • Australian pull up x 10
  • Crawling (hands and knees) – 1 minute
  • Plank against the wall – 20 seconds
  • Wall ball x 10 – Use a light ball for these. They shouldn’t kill you.
  • Wall push up x 15
  • Side plank x 20 seconds


20 minutes brisk walking
Legs up the wall – 30 seconds
Child’s pose – 30 seconds
Psoas release – 1 to 3 minutes


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