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The Perfect Pregnancy Workout, Vol. 1: Sculpting (2002)

Karyne Steben , Elisa Llamido , Jack West  |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (643 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karyne Steben
  • Directors: Elisa Llamido, Jack West
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Far Star Productions, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (643 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLKJ5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

12 minute instructional section

Editorial Reviews

Review

Sporting a bikini to show off her third-trimester belly, instructor Karyne Steben, a world-class acrobat formerly with Cirque du Soleil, takes you through this sculpting workout with a nice combo of upper- and lower-body exercises.

Each move comes with options to make it more challenging, and even advanced exercisers will find it hard to get bored with this tape. All you'll need: a straight-backed chair, two big pillows and a set of hand weights. --Fit Pregnancy magazine

I highly recommend both videos in the series if you are newly pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

If you are a new Mom, give yourself the gift of the Postnatal Video. In fact, if you have a pregnant friend, the videos make the perfect alternative to the same old, tired shower gifts of booties and bottles.

Give that Mom-to-be something she can REALLY use! --Linda Sharp, Sanity Central

Here's your chance to find out what real athletes do when they're pregnant!! Join in the fun with Karyne Steben, a former Cirque du Soleil acrobat of eleven years, as she shares her secrets for staying beautiful, healthy and fit throughout pregnancy with this fun video.

When you just can't get to a pregnancy exercise class because you work or are too tired, this is the answer for you!!

It's more than a regular workout done by a pregnant woman- it's a chock full of exercises like labor squats, the kegel exercise, and a mental focus exercise. (They say it's specifically designed to prepare the body for labor and delivery- minimizing the stress on your body and on your baby - sounds good to us!)

And the nice part is that a box appears when you're watching the video for most of the exercises to show advanced exercisers how to increase intensity. It's great to be able to be a beginner on days when you feel tired and & advanced when you feel like Xena, the Warrior Princess.

This video takes itself seriously and is well-done, with subdued lighting complimented by Karyne's calming voice and really hypnotic music.

Grab yourself a copy today and get started - it's never too late!! --L.A. Pregnancy.com

I highly recommend both videos in the series if you are newly pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

If you are a new Mom, give yourself the gift of the Postnatal Video. In fact, if you have a pregnant friend, the videos make the perfect alternative to the same old, tired shower gifts of booties and bottles.

Give that Mom-to-be something she can REALLY use! --Linda Sharp, Sanity Central

Here's your chance to find out what real athletes do when they're pregnant!! Join in the fun with Karyne Steben, a former Cirque du Soleil acrobat of eleven years, as she shares her secrets for staying beautiful, healthy and fit throughout pregnancy with this fun video.

When you just can't get to a pregnancy exercise class because you work or are too tired, this is the answer for you!!

It's more than a regular workout done by a pregnant woman- it's a chock full of exercises like labor squats, the kegel exercise, and a mental focus exercise. (They say it's specifically designed to prepare the body for labor and delivery- minimizing the stress on your body and on your baby - sounds good to us!)

And the nice part is that a box appears when you're watching the video for most of the exercises to show advanced exercisers how to increase intensity. It's great to be able to be a beginner on days when you feel tired and & advanced when you feel like Xena, the Warrior Princess.

This video takes itself seriously and is well-done, with subdued lighting complimented by Karyne's calming voice and really hypnotic music.

Grab yourself a copy today and get started - it's never too late!! --L.A. Pregnancy.com

I highly recommend both videos in the series if you are newly pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

If you are a new Mom, --L.A. Pregnancy.com

I highly recommend both videos in the series if you are newly pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

If you are a new Mom, give yourself the gift of the Postnatal Video. In fact, if you have a pregnant friend, the videos make the perfect alternative to the same old, tired shower gifts of booties and bottles.

Give that Mom-to-be something she can REALLY use! --Linda Sharp, Sanity Central

Here's your chance to find out what real athletes do when they're pregnant!! Join in the fun with Karyne Steben, a former Cirque du Soleil acrobat of eleven years, as she shares her secrets for staying beautiful, healthy and fit throughout pregnancy with this fun video.

When you just can't get to a pregnancy exercise class because you work or are too tired, this is the answer for you!!

It's more than a regular workout done by a pregnant woman- it's a chock full of exercises like labor squats, the kegel exercise, and a mental focus exercise. (They say it's specifically designed to prepare the body for labor and delivery- minimizing the stress on your body and on your baby - sounds good to us!)

And the nice part is that a box appears when you're watching the video for most of the exercises to show advanced exercisers how to increase intensity. It's great to be able to be a beginner on days when you feel tired and & advanced when you feel like Xena, the Warrior Princess.

This video takes itself seriously and is well-done, with subdued lighting complimented by Karyne's calming voice and really hypnotic music.

Grab yourself a copy today and get started - it's never too late!! --L.A. Pregnancy.com

Product Description

Be sure to check out the NEW edition of The Perfect Pregnancy Workout vol. 1, updated for 2014!

Customer Reviews

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1,019 of 1,036 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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212 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised April 9, 2005
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I've tried just about every pregnancy workout out there and I love yoga and pilates, but wanted something that would be a bit more traditional, yet challenging. These videos are somewhat hard to find and are generally about a decade old.

I saw this video by scrolling and going back to the last page of my search--I have no clue why this video is back that far, as it's awesome!

I just finished the workout at the beginner level (and I certainly wouldn't consider myself a beginner exerciser), and I feel as though I've just completed one of my runs (but in a good way!)

My big concern, I have to admit, was the lunges. I have bad knees (although with a wrap, I can generally run OK) and lunges can be a nightmare. I thought I'd grit my teeth and bear it. They were fine! She has the perfect amount for challenge, but changed to a different movement just when I thought I was going to need to stop.

Another awesome thing is that while it's not aerobic, but a sculpting program, I could still feel my heartrate climbing up to where I like it to be when I exercise. I'm adding this one to my favorites collection (meaning it's now on my regular rotation) and I so wish I'd found this tape earlier (this is my 3rd pregnancy).

My first pregnancy, I was a couch potato and had all sorts of drugs during labor (my attitude was "give me whatever you have") and with that came a lot of interventions as well. My second pregnancy, I remained active and was able to get through labor with no interventions and completely drug free. I'm hoping that this time around, as I'm in even better shape, that with my exercise program and hypnobirthing program I will be able to go through labor even better.

My only complaint is that this video didn't pop up on the first page of my search--it's seriously worth every penny!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Great for sculpting while pregnant. April 14, 2006
By KKB
Format:DVD
Finally! This is a straight-up workout tailored for pregnant women. It's no frills- a refreshing break from videos that either have hyper pregnant women shouting about how sexy you are with pump-up music playing or that are over the top feely-good, "connect to nature" types with wind chimes in the background. While those videos have their place, this one really makes you almost feel "normal". It never lets you forget you're pregnant, though, and has different fitness levels that are very clearly demonstrated. I was in moderate shape (not a couch potato or an elite athlete) before I got pregnant and was able to do this program fairly easily on the beginner/intermediate levels. It is 40 minutes but doesn't feel that long and you can definitely tell you have worked out afterwards. It moves quickly and doesn't repeat so you won't get bored. The instructor is great- it's obvious she enjoys being pregnant but is really quite down to earth about it. The music is kind of early-techno but I really like it and it's not overpowering- it actually sounds a bit like something from Cirque du Soleil (where the instructor was a performer). All in all- this is a great video even if it has been around for a while (like a good wine- which none of us can have!). For beginners you don't need any special equipment- just a chair (without arms), mat (unless you have thick carpet), and a couple of big, wide pillows (I use the ones from my couch). For intermediate or advanced you'll need the above plus a step (she uses a common kitchen or bathroom step stool, nothing fancy) and a pair of hand-held weights. Have these ready before the video starts- there's not much time in-between exercises. Also, even though it's not really an aerobic workout and uses the mat sometimes, wear your supportive bra & tennis shoes. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this workout video.
I started doing this workout when I was 14 weeks pregnant and was looking for something that would maintain my tone and elevate my heartrate. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Matt Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid workout pregnancy workout video, don't let the age deter you
The production quality is a little dated, but the workout is solid gold. As someone who was very active before pregnancy (yoga, HIIT) I struggled to find a workout that would help... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great workout for 1st & 2nd trimester. Not the 3rd!
This is a great workout before your third trimester. I only walk/waddle now. It would be nice to have modified exersizes for the 3rd trimester.
Published 15 days ago by Julie Hudson
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're really into working out, this is not ...
If you're really into working out, this is not the video for you. Very low budget. I suggest Jillian Michaels and modifying.
Published 16 days ago by Jasmine Rush
4.0 out of 5 stars ... say I'm sore after every workout but I feel better with myself...
👍let's just say I'm sore after every workout but I feel better with myself that I'm actually working out during my pregnancy😊
Published 27 days ago by Lil-O-Me:)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great workout!
Published 1 month ago by Szandra Boleska
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to mix into workout options.
This is a good workout video if you need to get your heart pumping. I used it in my first pregnancy because I wanted something more aggressive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this workout video it was easy to follow and ...
I really liked this workout video it was easy to follow and had 3 levels of difficulty. She gave excellent instruction but didn't talk a lot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by blondie335
5.0 out of 5 stars hardcore pregnancy workout
wow, great workout! great way to stay toned with baby-safe exercises. i will probably find it challenging even when i'm not pregnant!
Published 1 month ago by JU
5.0 out of 5 stars Good workout
Good workout for a pregnant lady! Kept me in shape without wearing me out for 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
Published 2 months ago by Holly Schomerus
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I love the Perfect Pregnancy workout and I have used it during my four pregnancies. I highly recommend it.
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