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Suzanne Bowen's Long and Lean Prenatal Workout (2009)

Suzanne Bowen  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Suzanne Bowen
  • Producers: Ruah Mind Body Movement
  • Format: HD DVD, Color, Full Screen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ruah Mind Body Movement
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TC8PNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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STRONG, STRETCHED AND CENTERED "This sweat-inducing workout is designed for moms-to-be who want to stay in tip-top shape during pregnancy. The cleverly designed Pilates routine features nonimpact, standing moves that lead directly to challenging floor work. A bonus postnatal Pilates mat workout focuses on strengthening and toning abs after baby." -FitPregnancy

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
By James
I'm 7 months pregnant, and highly recommend Suzanne Bowen's Long and Lean Prenatal Work Out (even if you are not pregnant). Finally, a prenatal dvd that actually tones the body without jerking!! You definitely "feel the burn," without feeling like you're hurting the baby.
My favorite section is the stretching. It totally relaxes and stretches out my pregnancy hip aches. The music is meditative and inspiring. I feel totally de-stressed and focused on loving my baby and body.
Another plus, a hidden surprise, there's a postnatal work out. Also, I love that I can do the work out with just the music, which helps me focus even more.
I couldn't get through the rest of my pregnancy without this! I get people commenting on how fit I am at 7 months. Preggo's you must get this DVD!!
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Workout April 13, 2010
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I decided on this dvd based on other reviews. I'm satisfied with it for the most part (can't speak for the post natal portion yet), but there's a few things I wish I would have known.

In the video Suzanne looks like she's in her second trimester, which is right where I'm at as well. However, once I get into my third trimester I'm going to wish she was there too so I could see if some of this stuff is modified for the growing belly. However, Suzanne is really good about mentioning modifications while exercising, so I don't feel that this is going to be a problem.

The video starts off with standing floor work. She manages to get the heart rate going without overdoing things. However, I wish I would have known how much squat work is in this portion of the video, I have bad knees and this part is often painfully shaky for me. Aside from the squat work (which I modify), the standing floor work is a very good workout for the legs and even the arms in some parts. I'm not in very good shape and I'm by far no yoga expert (one class in college), but at the end of this section of the dvd I usually feel sweaty but not exhausted. It's satisfying.

Then the dvd moves into the floor work. This portion isn't as "get you sweating" as the standing work, but it definitely keeps the heart rate up and works out the muscles. She starts off with "vacuum abs," or cow something-or-other as I knew it in college, then moves right into push ups, leg lifts, and ab work without resorting to being on the back. If it weren't for the push ups (I've never liked those) then this would be my favorite portion of the video.

The stretching and relaxation portion is actually pretty important, or else you'll be sore and tight the next day.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prenatal Workout November 9, 2010
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This workout was great for staying fit throughout pregnancy. I had bought a couple of prenatal workout DVDs once I realized getting to the gym after work wasn't going to happen anymore (so tired). I was pretty active before pregnancy and had danced for years. I was looking for something that would encourage healthy stretching, kegels, and strength training. This met all those expectations.

I was a bit overwhelmed the first workout as the instructor goes right into diamond push ups and some great arm workouts, but if you want to sweat (and I do) this is great. I had tried a dance prenatal workout that was so blah I didn't even glisten. I know other reviewers complained that the setting and format were cold, but I didn't mind at all and of the options provided, I loved the instrumental only workout which was nice because I live on the 2nd floor of an apartment, and hated having the neighbors know every time I was working out. (strange but true). Also the flexibility to create your own workout by rearranging and selecting the standing, mat, stretching and relaxation portions was great and motivated me to workout more regularly knowing I didn't have to do the whole tape.

The postnatal workout was nice as well and is essentially just a bunch of crunches and a few kegels. Postnatal I switched to the p90x abripper DVD by Beach Body (16 minutes at 350 crunches) and have also been doing the Tupler technique to repair some diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). The Ab ripper exercises are searchable using any search engine, if you don't want to splurge on the whole p90x set of workout DVDs and Tupler's workout is available for purchase through her website, maternity fitness. This combo seems to be much more effective/aggressive for my liking and at 7 weeks postpartum my tummy is pretty much gone! I do the abripper every other day, 500 Tupler style crunches everyday and a couple hundred kegels a day for good measure.
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51 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pregnancy workout! April 20, 2009
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I am 8 weeks into my first pregnancy and was a moderate exerciser before conceiving. I'm not a fitness buff (in fact, I was in the process of trying to lose a good amount of weight before becoming pregnant) but I am pretty good at being consistent with exercise. I have always been a fan of The Firm videos because they have kept me fairly toned over the last few years. After becoming pregnant I decided these workouts were a little too "bouncy" in parts to be used for a prenatal workout so I began searching for a true prenatal workout dvd. I am so glad that I purchased the Long and Lean Prenatal Workout from Suzanne Bowen and Leah Sarago! It is definitely challenging but you have full freedom to perform the exercises at your own level and pace. What's great about it is that the movements you are doing are very controlled and somewhat slow, helping you to remain balanced but also helping you to build up your balance ability (which is very important for pregnant women). You can choose to do the three segments of the workout separately or all together as one workout. If you are a beginner, just realize that you have the freedom to stop, start and workout at your own pace. Just challenge yourself to do a little bit more each time and you will definitely see improvement. I think that any motivated pregnant woman would find this prenatal workout both gratifying and strengthening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
I'm loving this workout DVD! You definitely feel the burn, but in a good way. It works a lot of your body, without pushing you too hard. She's good about giving modifications. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pamela A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Seemed a little easy at first
Seemed a little easy at first, but as the months go on, it's been a very good workout. I like that I can choose just one or multiple segments, based on how much time/energy I have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SJU82
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite pregnancy workout video
I started doing this workout when I was 14 weeks pregnant and couldn't run anymore due to discomfort and lightheadedness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars The stretching part is also great it really does a great job of...
As others have said I have stayed fit through my entire pregnancy (I am 8 months at the moment) largely due to this workout. It is worth every cent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jaclyn Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Will be great while I can still do it!
I have only done this workout once, but I really enjoyed it and will definitely make it part of my regular routine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by luvamazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I love this one during my 3rd trimester. Great smooth moves and easy to follow.
Published 3 months ago by MatiFam
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and Fast
I purchased her other prenatal yoga video--the Slim & Tonned Barre workout--and loved it so much, that I had to try another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prenatal Workout
Great prenatal workout! Challenging while being relaxing and feels great when you're done.
Published 3 months ago by Janelle M Haselhuhn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard, fun, and effective!
I bought this DVD simultaneously with Summer Sander's Prenatal workout and Erin O'Briens. While it's nice to have the variety, this one far surpasses the others being both... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emily W. Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for pregnant women but
not for me. I think this is great for most pregnant women but I'm use to Jilllian Michaels so this is a little toned down for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wendy
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