COMPLETE PREGNANCY FITNESS
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An efficient, supportive training program for the big day and your new life
Whether you re a regular exerciser who wants to stay fit or newly committed to exercise for your health and your baby s, Hollywood trainer Erin O Brien offers you safe and effective workouts that can take you every step of the way.
This box set includes both of these programs (also sold separately):
PRENATAL FITNESS FIX
While seven months pregnant with her second child, Erin leads you in a 40-minute blend of fat-burning cardio, muscle toning, strength training, and tension-relieving stretches. Also includes a 20-minute partner workout, which Erin demonstrates with her husband, actor James Denton (Desperate Housewives). "This is the one that will make you sweat. It's also amusing and entertaining" Chicago Tribune.
Ease back into exercise with Erin s 3 invigorating progressions. In just 15 minutes a day, rehabilitate your back, abdominals, buttocks, inner thighs, and hips. With a bonus section of gentle first stretches, Erin guides you from the very beginning of your recovery up to one year postpartum.
Erin O Brien has 10 years of experience as a pre/postnatal exercise specialist working in elite fitness clubs in New York City and Los Angeles. She holds several certifications, including one in pre/postnatal training from the Esquerre Fitness Group.
Consult your doctor before attempting these routines or any other fitness program.
BEST OF: Pregnancy Workout DVDs for 2008, third place -- First Impressions Maternity and Baby blog
Offers ways to reclaim your body with easy-to-modify workouts that pack a strong pre- and post-natal punch. -- Oxygen, November 2007
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So why just 2 stars? First off, the pace of the moves was too rapid for me. As in the instructor is very petite and can physically just move her body a lot faster than my 5'10" frame can move. Even with me moving at close to my fastest pace, by the time the instructor finished a move I felt as if I had barely gotten started. Secondly, I found the artistic video effects (the camera angles, lighting changes, and other visuals) very distracting. Third, I didn't jibe with her motivational talk or her tone of voice, but I do realize that it is a very personal preference. Lastly, having been very fit before starting this workout, I just found that this didn't meet my needs for an all-in-one cardio plus strength training workout. It felt too disconnected and I didn't feel like there was an effective arrangement of the exercise sequencing. This may be because I had been working with highly organized workouts designed to maximize results for specific muscle groups or purposes (cardio, recovery, flexibility, etc.) each workout.
It wasn't for me, but it may right be for you. I hope that my review helps you to determine that. As for me, I've gone back to 21 Day Fix Extreme with modifications or substitutions for some of the moves and I'm much happier.
Other reviewers don't like the "homemade" feel of the production, but I do - Erin O'Brien is down to earth (no makeup, incorporates time for water and bathroom breaks), not overly peppy, but still encouraging and upbeat. She's also challenging - I find a lot of these prenatal workouts too coddling, I like being pushed. I found myself in a great mood after finishing this.
I have mentioned this in other reviews of pre- and postnatal workouts, but I have had two very easy pregnancies (so far) and a very easy first delivery and recovery. Two doctors attributed that to my exercise pre-, during, and postpregnancy. I am determined to exercise as much as I can for this pregnancy, too (my little guy seems to like it, too). Mommies to be - get out there and exercise! You will be so grateful you did! This is a great workout to get you going.
I like this DVD. I tried really hard to find something challenging, as I've done prenatal dvds in the past that were too easy. I wouldn't say this DVD is challenging in the physical sense. I find it boring, because its 40 minutes long and I'm used to 20-25 minute fast paced workouts. But you aren't stuck doing the same exercise for 2 minutes, and that's nice. Also, shes not annoying like a lot of these fitness personalities are. I found my heart rate going up (but not out of control), and I was sweating so I consider it a good workout.
Again, I wish it was more like 20-25 minutes, but I think it's more of a pregnancy thing to do a lower impact workout for longer. Overall, a good purchase and I'm glad I bought it.
She goes too fast with movements where it feels unsafe for a pregnant woman with balance issues associated with being pregnant. She makes a lot of weird noises and body movements that remind me of OLD exercise videos.
The camera angles and video quality stink and its just sort of weird.
However. Once I got past all that I do enjoy most of the workout and just go at a pace that I can and do things safe. It is a good "guide" but one of my least favorite DVDs.