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Leisa Hart's FitMama - Prenatal Workout (2003)

Leisa Hart , Leisa Hart  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leisa Hart
  • Directors: Leisa Hart
  • Writers: Leisa Hart
  • Producers: Leisa Hart
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008J2I7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leisa Hart's FitMama - Prenatal Workout" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two bonus video segments
  • Workout to music without narration
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

If you're a mother-to-be, but need some kind of exercise other than downward-facing dog and mountain pose, Leisa Hart's FitMama may be the workout for you. Developed by the fitness instructor during her first pregnancy, the DVD involves not just stretching but salsa dancing, stretches, and breathing exercises shaped to ease some of the discomforts of pregnancy, get your body in its best physical form, and prepare itself for labor and delivery. The effortlessly perky Hart works out alongside several women in various stages of pregnancy to show alternative moves and postures. She doesn't constantly bark "You can do it!" but rather urges you to do whatever is comfortable. But even with the lack of pressure, you can still enjoy the hip-swiveling salsa steps while working up a good sweat. Then cool down with the breathing section and stretches. You'll need a mat and pillow. An exercise ball and strap (you can use a towel) are also used but not required. Whether you're just getting over morning sickness or nearing your due date, FitMama is a useful and fun way to stay in shape without leaving your house.-Ellen A. Kim

Product Description

Buns of Steel instructor Leisa Hart continues to create dynamic programs that are safe, fun and effective to get you the results you deserve! Her warm, approachable personality and impeccable cueing has motivated millions to embrace exercise. As an ACE and AFAA certified instructor with over 19 years fitness industry experience, Leisa specializes in Prenatal Exercise, Lifestyle & Weight Management, Yoga and Toning.

Prenatal exercise will help you:

- Ease back pain
- Improve digestion
- Avoid calf cramps
- Increase energy levels
- Avoid excessive weight gain
- Ease emotional highs and lows
- Prepare for labor and delivery
- Bond with your baby
- Bounce back more quickly after delivery

Stay fit through each stage of your pregnancy with International Fitness Expert and expectant mom Leisa Hart. This innovative method helped her stay fit and energetic during her first pregnancy. FitMama Prenatal Workout follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Leisa will help you increase your self-confidence with your changing body and feel great from conception to delivery!

Customer Reviews

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504 of 508 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit Mama is Fantastic! November 1, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I own almost two dozen aerobic and strength training videos. Some offer challenging workouts. Others were a waste of time and money. Fit Mama is my first pregnancy video (although this will be my third child). IT IS EXCELLENT! Here is a summary:
INTRODUCTION - Leisa Hart first tells you what to expect in her video. She explains that the abdominal exercises have been modified to prevent the vertical muscles, the recti abdominis, from separating during pregnancy. Guidelines from the American College of OBGyNs are listed. Leisa recommends a frequency of 3 to 4 times per week, but completing one section at a time vs. the entire 60 minutes fit my schedule better.
SALSA (20 min) - The setting is bare: one large room with hardwood floors and two glass paneled doors in back. The participants are separated into groups. Leisa, in her third trimester, stands in the center. On her left are two women in their second trimester. Two women in their first trimester are on her right. All movements in the Salsa portion of the tape, such as the mambo cha-cha-cha, are acceptable for moms at any stage. I salsa on carpet and find it sometimes tough to slide. When Leisa introduces a new move, she performs it twice, then asks you to join her. Her arm cues make it easy to follow along. She frequently asks, "How do you feel?" so that you can monitor your intensity level.
YOGA FAT BURN (20 min) - This section helped ease my lower back pain. Leisa focuses on breathing techniques and stresses correct knee placement. In the Warrior position, the moms in the first tri put their hand on the floor, second tri put forearm to thigh, and Leisa places her hand on her thigh. But she suggest you do the position most comfortable for you. They complete 3 repetitions for each side.
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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pregnancy Exercise Video January 6, 2004
I bought this video as the weather turned bitterly cold and I could no longer continue long walks outdoors. It is great for getting your heartrate up, breaking a light sweat, stretching and toning, and preparing for birth. The salsa section was a little hard for me to follow at first, but once I got the hang of it I found it a fun way to exercise. On the DVD, there are bonus sections about moves and positions to help you during labor, provided you are not confined to a hospital bed. I also like that once you know the routines, you can turn the narration off and just follow along with the music.
One note, the "yoga burn" section is not really yoga. I like this section, but if you're accustomed to practicing yoga you may find it to be quite different from your expectations. It is based on a few basic yoga postures, like warrior and mountain pose, but there is quite a bit of fast movement and no long, meditative poses.
I use this video alternately with "Yoga Journal's Prenatal Yoga" and find them to be excellent complements to each other. The Prenatal Yoga video has many quiet, meditative yoga poses (modified for pregnancy) to build strength and tranquility while FitMama is fast-paced and upbeat to build cardiovascular fitness.
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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased and tried 3 prenatal fitness DVDs around the same time:

* Perfect Pregnancy Workout

* Prenatal Yoga

* Leisa Hart's Fit Mama Prenatal Workout

Here's how I thought they compared. (Note that I do yoga and walk regularly; while I enjoy dancing, I do not dance regularly. I'm not overweight.)

* Perfect Pregnancy Workout - 5 stars. Designed and narrated by a Cirque du Soleil acrobat (faint French accent), this video is my favorite of the three. The woman demonstrating the workout is about 8 months pregnant and in amazing athletic shape (visible muscle definition). The theme of this video seems to be preparing for birth and staying strong and fit. It has two sections: (a) workout and (b) instructions.

(a) After a mercifully brief cheesy earth-mother introduction, the yoga-based workout is vigorous yet flowing and straightforward, building incredible muscle strength, flexibility, and stamina. It includes squats, lunges, lots of ab work, lots of great hip stretches, kegels, lots of different arm strengtheners. At the end I am sweating, breathing harder, relaxed, and satisfied. The next day my muscles are sore (in a good way) and feel stronger. The music is world-beat without vocals, easy to exercise to.

(b) The instructions section is excellent as well. Animated anatomical graphics clearly illustrate diastasis, how to check yourself for it, and how to modify your workout to avoid further muscle separation, as well as exactly what kegels are. This part also explains in depth how to do the moves in the workout.

* Prenatal Yoga - 4 stars. Designed and narrated by a UCLA-graduated yogi, this video is my second favorite.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice to see a NEW pregnancy workout that is so good March 17, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I was extremly happy to get this video and see that it is as good as the reviews are. Most importantly, it's a new video, unlike so many of the pregnancy videos I've bought(and sold in garage sales or ebay). Leisa Hart was the perfect picture of pregnancy. She was beautiful to watch, graceful in her moves, and spunky in her salsa dance...I hope I can move like that when I'm in my last month carrying my lil baby. The other videos I've used just were boring, old, or not well thought out. It was apparent that Hart knew what she was doing. Since she has starred in 25 exercise videos, she knows how to interact on camera, which so many video instructors cannot do. I loved her style and personality, but most importantly i liked doing the exercises. Working out to a video has to be fun or else you'll never do it again, and Hart made this fun by mixing it up with some salsa dance and a yoga toning set that was great for my problem areas, and then her labor tips and the stretching was so good, my body needed it. I loved this, and can't say enough about how good it is to get a quality workout that was made recently...I can't wait to see how see looks in her postnatal video, I bet she'll look great, that little Buns of Steel woman! lol :-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
bought as a gift. great product
Published 1 month ago by cheetahtom
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love!
I loved Leisa Hart's Fit Mama! The different workouts that help keep you feeling good and fit throughout your pregnancy are very much appreciated and keep you coming back for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Lackner
5.0 out of 5 stars Have used this workout over the last 10 years!
I got this when I was pregnant with my son in the summer of 2004. I was healthier the day after my son was born than I was pre-pregnancy! Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Schutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun album
A fun workout or two! I generally did either the Yoga or the Salsa and the closing. I enjoyed it and it kept me fit!
Published 8 months ago by C. Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars too easy
Not intense enough. I did it once and it was so easy I didn't do it again. It would be god for someone who needed low impact workouts.
Published 9 months ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly suggest this video
I've been working out to this video since my second trimester and I really enjoy it. This is my third pregnancy and this is the only pregnancy I've exercised through. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Crysta N. Meeker
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleh.
Wasn't a fan of the workout. It wasn't difficult enough and was really boring. Not quite sure why it has high reviews.
Published 12 months ago by R. J. Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout
I was looking for something that was a little more involved than some of the other prenatal workouts. I feel like I've actually done some exercise after this video.
Published 12 months ago by Emily Knox
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The video reminded me of the old workout tapes that my mom used to do. I got this because I was looking for a prenatal yoga routine and there is a very small section on yoga. Read more
Published 12 months ago by thernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Not engaging
I got bored during this workout. Instructor seems very knowledgeable but wasn't right for me, May be good for someone else though.
Published 13 months ago by Noelle Wilcoxson
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