Knocked-Up Fitness by Erica Ziel, 2 Prenatal DVD's Set with Exercise Band (A $10 Value)
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Knocked-Up Fitness is a new method designed to help keep expecting moms active and fit through all stages of pregnancy. Erica Ziel - Master Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer and mother of three - show's moms-to-be how to strengthen and tone key muscle groups while preparing the body for labor, delivery, and recovery. Discovery the challenge and benefits from Erica's unique Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness DVD program: Fusing pilates, cardio, and condition exercises for safe, effective and customized fitness. Mix and match the 5 different workouts to form your own routine. Erica's Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts DVD program is a mix of Core Cardio, Pilates, Yoga and other fitness exercises. Enjoy an added BONUS: Insider tips on a faster delivery and recovery. Learn about the key muscles needed for labor and delivery, the importance of keeping these muscles strong through pregnancy, the basics for getting back into shape after delivery, and at-home exercises to keep core muscle strong. For each prenatal fitness workout, Erica shows you how to modify intensity for an intermediate or advanced workout. Exercise Band Included, also recommended: a pair of light dumbbells & an exercise ball. For more info & videos visit www.Knocked-UpFitness.com
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UPDATE 2/2013: I am now 33 weeks into my 5th pregnancy. My favorite videos are 10 Minute Solution: Prenatal Pilates with Lizbeth Garcia, Perfect Pregnancy Workout vol. 1 with Karyne Steben, and these two videos, Knocked-Up Fitness with Erica Ziel. Over the Christmas holidays, we went out of town for a while, and I didn't exercise at all during that time, and I ate a lot more than I needed to, so at this point I am still heavier than I want to be. But I have been exercising consistently for close to a month since that break, and I am still loving these videos. I have been focusing on one video per week, which is nice to stick to something for a week but over the month I get some variety. I have been working out six days a week, and I have stopped drinking everything except water and sometimes milk, and I have been eating a lot less desserts lately. For the past few weeks my weight has pretty much stayed the same, and my back pain is very minimal. Also, I have been getting lots of compliments from my husband lately. He has noticed that my butt looks different than it has for a long time, and he says he doesn't think I have ever looked this good while being pregnant. I definitely feel better now and have more energy than I did during all of my other four pregnancies. The differences I can see are that my butt and the back of my thighs are still separate (rather than meshing together like they always did in the past), and I still have a little pouch of fat on each of my hips but it is shallower even than it was before I got pregnant, and in past pregnancies I always had a couple rolls above my belly, below my chest, and I do have one small one now but it's so much better than before. And my arms had started to get kinda floppy but now they are looking toned lately. And this is my first pregnancy without swelling in my feet and ankles. So I am still excited about my videos and hope to keep using them up until the baby comes, and then after she is born and I'm ready to exercise again, I will likely come back to these videos before going back to regular non-pregnancy videos.
While I'm used to Jillian Michaels DVDs, I found this one to be a nice alternative. I could stretch and tone up knowing that everything was safe - hard to know all the proper modifications - and still feel a little bit of a burn but not in a way that wiped me out. over-flexed my muscles/tendons. You can repeat any circuit 2-3 times to increase your uptake, too as you get used to the workout and your tolerance builds.
Overall, I think it's really great. It's not all that I do. I still run 3-4 miles a couple times a week and then I do this 1-2 times a week. I did a lot of research on videos because I didn't want fluff. I'm a big advocate of working out for both physical reasons and my sanity, so I wanted something that allowed me to log a good work out throughout my pregnancy. I'm 25 weeks and still going strong!
The sound has an echo quality to it, but it's just her in a studio. It makes me feel like this was made on a at-home camcorder w a tripod.
On some moves, she mentions how to modify it, but not all moves and she doesn't demonstrate it. There's no one else to demonstrate modified moves or advanced.
Maybe I've been spoiled by other videos where the instructor points out what should be happening and where the move should be moving.