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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 (634 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (634 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLKJ5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,423 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, 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

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.*


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1,017 of 1,034 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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209 of 221 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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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this workout! November 26, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this video because I was feeling extremely fat. :( I knew that I had to do SOMETHING positive to make myself feel better- physically and mentally. I am SO HAPPY that I bought this video! Because it's a sculpting workout, I can really see a difference after having used it for three weeks. My arms and legs are definitely more defined and my body has a shape again!

I highly recommend that anyone who is pregnant also check out the Frequently Asked Questions section about pregnancy exercise on Karyne's website: [...] It answered A LOT of questions that I had about exercising safely.
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34 of 38 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 Good workout
Good workout for a pregnant lady! Kept me in shape without wearing me out for 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
Published 19 days ago by Holly Schomerus
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! You can stick with the beginner or ...
Love it! You can stick with the beginner or challenge yourself to moderate or advanced. I get a good workout and feel good when finished. Read more
Published 27 days ago by salsadiva2121
5.0 out of 5 stars Pregnancy workout that makes you sweat
This workout was awesome. While it's centered around the pregnant woman, it really didn't hold much back. You will workout, you will sweat, and your legs and arms will burn. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JenB
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't get past the film quality
This is unbearable to watch. It looks like someone is just recording it on a cheap video camera. Haven't been able to get more than a few minutes into it, and listening to her talk... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mars
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy something better
Lame and boring. Low budget and nothing fun or unique about it. Buy something that you might actually use and have fun with.
Published 2 months ago by shawna cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this workout! I run a lot and bought this to keep my core strong so I could continue to run through my pregnancy. I couldn't believe how sore I was after the first time! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andra Bitter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! She is amazing!
This is a great workout for all of your pregnancy. I was able to keep up until the end of my pregnancy, but I always felt I was getting a great workout.
Published 2 months ago by Psych Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this DVD!
I bought two DVD's that were highly recommended by the Amazon reviewers: The Perfect Pregnancy Workout Vol 1 Sculpting & Tracy Anderson, The Pregnancy Project

The... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karla I Flores
4.0 out of 5 stars nice workout
This is fun to do and doesn't get boring like some videos do. I only wish it was more intense, though I have yet to find a workout like that for a pregnant woman!
Published 3 months ago by KJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Highly Recommend for Fit Mommies.
The workouts I'm regularly using at 17wks include: 10 Minute Solutions Pilates, Jillian Michael's Shred it With Weights - level 1 (kettlebell, awesome workout), and Element Weight... Read more
Published 3 months ago by fonteyn
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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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