Core Confidence

Core Confidence


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Bellies Inc

You're a health or fitness professional and you want to be the in-demand expert women trust to help them work their body in ways that can help prevent and heal common core challenges like incontinence, prolapse and diastasis recti. 

Right now, you know...

  • Diastasis Recti exists - but do you know how to tell if someone has it (or what to do about it)?  You should.
  • A bit about the pelvic floor, but maybe it is only 'do Kegels!' (It's not always the right answer, unfortunately.)

And you want...

  • A better understanding of what Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor dysfunction really are.
  • Knowledge about what movement practices help guide women to better core health and fitness so they can live better.
  • An awareness of how to evaluate the safety of an exercise and if it is appropriate for your client.
  • Knowledge on how to retrain the core
  • A bigger library of exercises that are diastasic and pelvic floor friendly.

Become a Core Confidence Specialist!

Becoming certified is the ultimate goal and will truly set you apart from other fitness and movement professionals.

Your journey begins with the Foundation - the theory.  The nitty-gritty.  Next, you will move into common types and causes of core dysfunction. Then, you will learn how to assess your clients within your scope and finally, you will learn how to prescribe movement based on the client you have in front of you.  We will show you our 8 week recovery and retraining protocol PLUS an entire section on how to progress each one of our Core Confidence exercises.

You'll gain a solid understanding of...

  • Anatomy AND the function of the core - It's SO much more than the abs and low back!
  • What Diastasis Recti is - It is more than just women wanting a flatter midsection!
  • The many functions of The Pelvic Floor - This part of the body is often ignored and most are surprised to learn all that it does!
  • How Pregnancy Birth and Life affect the Core - This is not a pre/postnatal course but if you train women, over 80% of them have been pregnant in their life so you NEED to know this.
  • How exercise can both help and hinder - Move your clients through their programs with new awareness developed from this course.


"Is this right for me?"

It's a great fit for anyone who works with pregnant women, new moms, women in menopause and, well anyone with a pelvic floor really - fitness professionals, yoga instructors, pilates instructors, chiropractors, massage therapists - you will all gain valuable knowledge from this course.

"What if I don't work with pregnant women or new moms?"

You'll find this course helpful if you're a fitness or health professional who works with women at any and all stages of life, even if they have never been, or never will be pregnant.

"Is it worth the investment?"

First of all, the price is inclusive of tax so no surprises when you check out :-)

And we get it - there are so many courses out there and it's tough to know which ones are worthwhile and which ones to budget for.

Our course was created by a pelvic floor physiotherapist and 2 movement professionals - that's 3 instructors for the price of 1! The learning you'll take away from our courses will blow your mind and truly elevate your expertise.  Totally worth the investment! 

About the Instructors

In 2010, Julia, and Kim met over a cup of coffee and decided that women needed better access to information and products for pelvic health and diastasis and so, Bellies Inc was born. In 2013 the first Bellies Inc certification course was taught and education has become a huge aspect of the overall business.

Julia Di Paolo is a women's health physiotherapist and mother of 2 boys. She received her physiotherapy degree from the University of Ottawa back in 1997. In 2012, she became rostered with the College of Physiotherapists to perform the controlled act of internal assessment and treatment for pelvic floor disorders. Her practice is currently focused on pre-conception, pre-natal, intra-partum (labour and delivery), post partum and all types of pelvic floor dysfunction at any stage of a woman’s life. She has extensive experience with conditions such as diastasis recti, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, back and pelvic girdle pain. More recently her focus has been on the pelvic floor and its relationship to the rest of the body, specifically with diastasis in the pregnant and post partum populations.

Kim Vopni, is a Personal Trainer, an author, a passionate promoter of pelvic floor physiotherapy and mother of 2 boys. She also trained as a doula which had her known as The Fitness Doula for many years but as her work broadened to helping women at all life's stages she is now known as The Vagina Coach.

She also trained in a variety of diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) techniques and recognized the strong correlation it has to pelvic floor dysfunction. In 2009 she created the Prepare To Push™ program which is now available in several cities across Canada as a workshop and was also published as a book in 2015.

After educating herself on proactive pelvic floor wellness during her pregnancies she became the Canadian distributor for the EPI-NO which heightened her passion for increasing the awareness on this ‘taboo’ subject. Her main mission is to see pelvic floor physiotherapy covered by the government and considered standard care for all women.


    Our Mission

    The True 'Core'

    What is the true 'core'?

    The Core Lesson

    Describing The Core

    The Diaphragm

    The Diaphragm

    The Diaphragm Lesson

    The Pelvic Floor

    The Pelvic Floor

    The Pelvic Floor Lesson

    The Bones of The Pelvis

    The Muscles of The Pelvic Floor

    The Transversus Abdominus

    The TVA

    The Muscles of the anterior abdominal wall

    The muscles of the posterior abdominal wall

    The Multifidus

    The Christmas Tree Muscle

    Multifidus Lesson

    Three Other Important Muscles

    The Piriformis

    The Psoas

    The Quadratus Lumborum

    Common Causes of Core Dysfunction

    Common Causes of Core Dysfunction

    Common Types of Core Dysfunction

    Core Dysfunction - Common Types

    Diastasis Rectus Abdominis


    Diastasis Lesson

    Diastais Visualization

    Belly Wrapping

    The Ab System


    Leaking When You Laugh is NOT Normal

    Incontinence Lesson

    Pelvic Organ Prolapse


    Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    POP - Lesson

    POP explanation video

    Pelvic Girdle Pain

    Pain in The Pelvis

    PGP Lesson

    SI Joint Pain

    Symphysis Pubis Pain

    Low Back Pain

    Low Back Pain

    Back Pain Lesson


    Assessments - Overview

    Posture Assessment - Overview

    Posture Assessment - Demonstration

    Toe touch Test - Overview

    Toe touch Test - Demonstration

    Squat Test Overview

    Squat Test - Demonstration

    Rib Cage Mobility Test - Overview

    Rib Cage Mobility Test - Demonstration

    Rib Cage Mobility Test Comparison

    Abdominal Wall Assessment - Overview

    Abdominal Wall Assessment - Demonstration

    ASLR - Overview

    ASLR - Demonstration

    Re-Assessment of ASLR - Overview

    Re-Assessment of ASLR - Demonstration

    Assessments - How Soon Postpartum?

    Within Your Scope

    Releasing Non-Optimal Strategies

    Releasing the Non Optimal Strategies

    Dynamic Side Body Release

    Posterior Pelvic Floor Release

    Piriformis Release

    QL Release

    Standing Hamstring Release

    Supine Hamstring Release

    Foot Release

    Psoas Release

    Core Confidence Exercises

    The Core Confidence Program

    The Core Breath



    Side Lying Bent Knee Lift

    Seated March

    One Leg Stand



    Belly Wrapping and Taping

    Belly Wrapping and Taping

    Kinesio Taping - Webinar Recording

    Foundation and Core Confidence FAQ and Summary

    Summary and FAQ's

    Beyond 8 Weeks

    Progressing Beyond Core Confidence

    Biggest Mistakes Fitness Industry Makes

    When is it safe to return to exercise postpartum?

    Just because your clients are 'fit'

    How, When and Why to Progress

    Who is standing in front of you?

    Why progress?

    Progressions for Release Work

    Release Progressions

    Releases for pregnancy and postpartum

    Bridge Progressions

    Progressing The Bridge

    Bridge Progressions

    Clam and Bent Knee Progressions

    Progressing The Clam and Bent Knee Lift

    Clam and Bent Knee Progressions

    Dynamic Clam

    Seated March Progressions

    Progressing The Seated March

    Seated March Progressions

    Squat Progressions

    Progressing The Squat

    Squat Progressions

    One Leg Stand Progressions

    Progressing The One Leg Stand

    One Leg Stand Progressions

    Lunge Progressions

    Lunge Progressions

    Progressing To Front Loaded and Planks

    Progressing To Front Loaded

    Progressing to Planks and Front Loaded Positions

    Other Core Exercises

    Other Core Exercises

    Wood Choppin Mama

    MSU Exercises


    Cardio Progressions

    Additional Revenue Streams

    Affiliate Programs


    Almost done....

    Final Exam


    Reference List

    Recommended Reading