|The Perfect Pregnancy Workout vol. 1
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You've got nine months to prepare for the challenge of your life. Use every minute! The Perfect Pregnancy Workout will: -improve your mood -reduce lower back pain -develop mental discipline to control labor pain -tone your lower body to handle the demands of labor and birth -make it easier to lose weight after your baby is born -strengthen your upper body to lift and hold your baby -help eliminate or avoid incontinence and hemorroids
Karyne Steben, a world-class acrobat formerly with Cirque du Soleil, leads us through the sculpting workout, combining strength moves with graceful flexibility.
First time exercisers can feel at ease; Karyne illustrates exercise techniques and explains the dos and don'ts of exercise during pregnancy in a clear, easy-to-understand twelve-minute instructional section.
With options to make it fun for beginners and challenging for advanced exercisers, anyone can do The Perfect Pregnancy Workout!
The Perfect Pregnancy Workout video is a 43 minute pregnancy exercise video: 5 minute warm-up, 33 minute workout, 5 minute cool down. There is also a 12 minute instructional section explaining proper technique for pregnancy exercise.
*The Perfect Pregnancy Workout includes exercise variations for women with diastasis recti.*
- Holy Cow! This IS a workout...
This is a serious workout - whether you are a beginner or already in very good shape, this workout will get your heart rate going.
Very good workout that feels like you could do it at two months or nine months along. It has variations for beginners, intermediate and advance. The advanced level is very challenging.
The production quality is not the best, (that's why I didn't rate as 5 stars) but the content is top notch. Highly recommended.
- Great workout!
This is a perfect workout DVD. I exercised off and on before I got pregnant and couldn't exercise much during my first trimester. I bought this DVD to ease back in. The beginner, intermediate and advanced options for each exercise allow me to start from the beginning but have something to work towards. Highly recommended....more info
- You'll love this workout
This workout is a perfect pick I would recomend it to everyone pregnant. It is a very straight forward workout with lots of modifications to make it easy to hard. Im not over weight at all but haven't worked out regularly and this work out is just right to get me back on track. Some people said that they feel like they are changing from prop to prop but what I did was set up 3 stations before I start, a few feet from each other so as we change props I just take two steps to my next area. It works out perfect. Before you know it your done with you workout and I always feel great knowing I finished and am doing something thats great for my Baby. Keep it up part always gets me up and dancing around the house....more info
- excellent toning workout - pregnant or not
i consider myself to be a very regular exerciser both when i'm pregnant or not. i found this dvd offered just enough challenge. i am 25 weeks pregnant and feel great. this should help keep me toned.. ...more info
- This is my favorite dvd by far!
Omg talk about getting a great workout in 45 mins! This dvd workouts every part of your body which is nice considering how much your body changes during pregnancy. I definitely reccomend it! ...more info
- Good workout
This workout is vigorous enough to get me sweating and let me know that I worked out, but does not leave me exhausted. I like that there are different options for different fitness levels. My fitness level was moderate before I became pregnant (I ran my first half-marathon a month before) and this video suits my needs well. I alternate it with walking and less vigorous videos. I like that it includes some abdominal exercises, and really includes your whole body. I also like that Kegels are included in the routine. This is my favorite video so far and I think I am going to purchase other videos in the series....more info
- Great beginning workout video
I bought this dvd at 4 weeks (I know, very early!) and have been using it for the last 6 weeks, along with her sister's, vol. 2 and Pilates during Pregnancy. I have not had extreme morning sickness, but I certainly haven't been feeling like myself. Before I became pregnant I would classify myself as an intermediate in workouts, I typically do calisthenics and pilates at home on dvd. While pregnant I find I am tired and much less motivated to work out. So these videos have been great at just getting me up and moving, stretching and giving me a boost of energy. As some women mentioned, her voice is dubbed over the video, which I think works very well. There is no huffing and puffing or change in clarity. I find her accent charming and her tone soothing. The Kegel exercises are a real bonus, I'm not sure how many others focus on this, but it's something I think about as I get later into pregnancy and worry about sneezing or laughing too hard! Hope you enjoy and have a happy and healthy pregnancy. ...more info
- My wife loves it
The DVD is great for pregnant women. It only has a couple of questionable moves that my wife and I dont think a pregnant woman should do....more info
- A great pregnancy workout
I ordered this a few weeks ago and only got around to trying it today, but wish I had started it months ago. I loved the instructor, she's very encouraging without being too perky and smiley. She tells you a few seconds ahead what the next exercise will be, so even on my first try I caught on quickly and didn't have to spend all my time watching the screen. I would say I'm in average shape, although I've been a real couch potato for the last few months, and this was challenging without being overwhelming.
I also like that she includes kegels, squats and some light ab work - it makes me feel like I'm preparing for labor as opposed to just a regular strengthening workout. I'm six months pregnant right now so hopefully a few more months of this will have me ready to go!
Even though I worked up a sweat, I felt really good and not at all tired when I was done. The baby seemed to like it too, he slept through even the most strenuous parts but work up during the cooldown and has been kicking ever since. ...more info
- Amazing workout
This workout was deceptively tough, in a good way! After I finished it I felt like I had just finished a very thorough workout of all the muscles in my body, and even though its not "aerobic" per se, my heart rate definitely did get up a bit throughout the video. I'm one of those people who really hate exercise, but since pregnant I decided to try a few videos to keep in shape at home. This will definitely be one I do every week.
The workout moves themselves are easy to do, and the video shows beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in an easy-to-follow way. (I did beginner throughout, and still got a terrific workout.) I definitely recommend watching the instructional portion first, because there is very little if any explanation of the moves during the workout itself. There is also not a lot of time between moves to get yourself properly positioned, so the first time I did the video I found myself having to pause it while I figured out where my legs/arms were supposed to go. After a couple of times watching it you know what's coming though, and it gets much easier.
All in all, definitely a workout worth doing! ...more info
- Finally a pregnancy video that actually works you out!
This is my second pregnancy and I was as determined to stay in shape this time around as much as the first. But with a toddler who won't sit in a jogging stroller, it was proving to be difficult finding a routine that would work. I had purchased Leisa Hart's FitMama the first time around and it was not very challenging for me so it collected dust in the corner, until I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and needed just a little movement (I actually went into labor after doing it at 39 weeks). I'm a marathon runner and triathlete, so I like to keep the intensity up. The Perfect Pregnancy Workout has hit the spot and has been the perfect at home workout. Not only does it get your heart rate up, but it's the only DVD I've found that uses weights and concentrates on maintaining muscle strength. I also love the ways she incorporates kegal exercises into the moves. I do this workout along with a 30 minute run/walk (depends how I'm feeling), and I have been feeling great. I'm currently 20 weeks along and feel that I'll be able to do this workout all the way to the end. She does have "beginner" and "advanced" options with the workout, that could be used as "really pregnant" and "pregnant" guidelines :).
I wouldn't recommend this workout for someone just starting an exercise routine; it may be a little discouraging. I'm also using Erin O'Brien's Prenatal Fitness Fix, which is a nice change up. Good luck to all the expecting Mama's! ...more info
- Great Video
Great video to keep you active when pregnant. Not too difficult, but definitely challenging (especially as your pregnancy progresses). It's a nice change from going for walks and low-impact cardio....more info
- Excellent workout--preg-appropriate, offers different levels
I highly recommend this workout because it's neither too wimpy, but doesn't kill you. Throughout the various exercises, there are different levels of activity shown and depending on your level of fitness, how you feel that day, or how far along you are, you can decide what you feel up to. It does get the heartrate up--safely--but it's really about sculpting and staying toned in all the right places. I do this video as well as cardio such as walking and the elliptical. For a totally out of shape person, this workout would be hard but you have to start somewhere, and you could do fewer reps. For someone just looking to stay toned, it's great, and if you were super fit before pregnancy, this is also excellent because you can follow the "advanced" level....more info
- Don't try to keep up!
I love the DVD. It's just what I was looking for... it has a great warm up section with wonderful and very helpful stretches that really ease pregnancy aches!!! If you only did the warm up section, I promise you, you will be happy. The workout itself is tough! DO NOT TRY TO complete the workout on your first try b/c, like I said, it's tough. Do as much as u can and stop when u need to... In time, i'm sure you (and I) will be able to complete the workout, no problem.
the only issue with the DVD is the lack of verbal instruction during the workout. If you aren't constantly watching the monitor, you will fall behind - at least, I did. But the instructor seems very sweet and IN GREAT SHAPE, which works as motivation to keep up. ...more info
- Excellent Work Out! Not Bored At All!
I was looking for a work out that I could do at home to supplement the treadmill at the gym. I did not trust the classes at the gym as an option while pregnant. I am someone who worked out 4-5 days a week when I was not pregnant and I get bored easily when working out at home.
This work out was not easy for me the 1st time. Even at 8 weeks. However, because a woman who was obviously VERY pregnant was kicking my butt I was challanged and that was a great thing!!! Granted she was in better shape than your average person but she gives you tons of options for beginning and advanced workouts and you will find it a total body workout!! I have even found now (while in my second trimester) that my arms are stronger than they were before and there is more room for improvement! I highly recommend this workout!!!...more info
- Oh my thighs.......
I like this video because she does 3 different versions for a majority of the exercises depending on your fitness level. My thighs were absolutely burning after all the squats but it felt great. It's good to see us pregnant women can still do many different exercises and not harm the baby. My only complaint is that a couple of the "advanced" exercises (especially the push up) I probably wouldn't do if I wasn't pregnant. Overall, very calming music and her voice is nice. ...more info
- challenging but not fun, and impractical
I think this workout is pretty thorough: after I do it, I feel as if most of my muscle groups have worked. It's manageable for somebody who is medium-fit. It's more about strength training than cardio, so makes a good complement to walking/swimming/whatever else you do. The things I don't like about it are: it isn't broken down into sections, so you have to do the whole 45 minute workout or nothing (or switch off in the middle, which I often do). If you don't have much time, and/or have another kid or kids who may wake up while you're trying to work-out, then it's much better to have a dvd that is in shorter sections (like Leeza Hardt). Also, it is really depressing to look at. The setting is this bleak basement-like warehouse, and it's dark; it's somehow a real downer. If I have to watch somebody doing exercises on TV, I'd rather have some mountains or ocean in the background. But that may be just me. I find I have to make myself do this workout, and it feels like a real chore, though I do feel better after I do it....more info
- Great workout
I absolutely loved this DVD. I was in pretty good shape pre-pregnancy and in general have been doing the intermediate level of her exercises from month 3 until almost the very end. I often felt the fatigue in my thighs and gluts the next day so they really work the muscles. I also walked for up to an hour every other day. I'm sure a lot of factors contributed but I think at least in part due my being in good shape I got through labor quickly and have returned to good form quickly....more info
- Challenging with good variety
This DVD is probably one of the more challenging pregnancy videos out there and it is pretty long--45 minutes. But it is very doable because they give you three variations for each move. Instead of feeling like I took a "cheat night" in my workout by doing a video instead of going to the gym, I actually feel like I completed a great workout. Highly recommended by somone who was and is very active in her workout routine. ...more info
- Perfect workout!!
This really is the perfect pregnancy workout for the experienced exerciser. Just challenging enough so you don't get bored. Works every part of your body!! Highly recommend....more info
- Good solid prenatal workout
I am used to tough workouts (kickboxing, taebo) but since no prenatal videos are that challenging (for obvious reasons) I have come to accept that this is one of the best ones out there. While it is not going to raise your heart dramatically it will give you a good overall workout. You will need a step, a chair, pillows (or I use a partially inflated exercise ball), and some hand weights though to perform all of the exercises. You are given options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced which is nice. The slight french accent is mildly annoying at times but is not a deal breaker by any means. Music could be better too but again not a deal breaker. I would recommend this dvd for a good prenatal workout....more info
This DVD is great for targeting specific areas of the body that need toning and strengthening during pregnancy. I workout a lot, but some of the exercises were a little difficult the first few times. The hip exercises and kegels are extremely beneficial....more info
- Should be called the 1990's low impact pregnancy workout
This video is not worth $1. I'm extremely surprised that it received so many positive amazon reviews. The production is low-budge, the voice over is annoying and it's not a challenging workout. After 5 minutes of stretching, the workout begins with astep-aerobics a portion. Like most people I konw, I have not done step aerobics since the 90's and don't care to start up with it again. Following the step aerobics are various exercises using chairs, weights, floor, etc. follow in a disorganized fashion. I have the Pilates during Pregnancy video by Niece Pecenka which works the same muscles, but is of better quality and offers a much better workout in my opinion. ...more info
- Great Workout
I love this workout. It is challenging but not too challenging. Most prenatal workouts are way too easy and treat us like we are handicapped and out of shape. We are only pregnant! This workout is safe and still gives you a decent workout....more info
- The Perfect Pregnancy Workout
Overall this is the toughest prenatal workout I've even purchased and I have around 10 others. My heart rate gets up and I actually feel like I'm using some muscles. She's a little hard to hear at times, but other than that, great workout!...more info