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Leisa Hart's Fit Mama: Prenatal Workout
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Buns of Steel instructor Leisa Hart continues to create dynamic programs that are safe, fun and effective to get you the results you deserve! Her warm, approachable personality and impeccable cueing has motivated millions to embrace exercise. As an ACE and AFAA certified instructor with over 19 years fitness industry experience, Leisa specializes in Prenatal Exercise, Lifestyle & Weight Management, Yoga and Toning.
Stay fit through each stage of your pregnancy with International Fitness Expert and expectant mom Leisa Hart. This innovative method helped her stay fit and energetic during her first pregnancy. FitMama Prenatal Workout follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Leisa will help you increase your self confidence with your changing body and feel great from conception to delivery!
Prenatal exercise will help you:- Ease back pain
- Improve digestion
- Avoid calf cramps
- Increase energy levels
- Avoid excessive weight gain
- Ease emotional highs and lows
- Prepare for labor and delivery
- Bond with your baby
- Bounce back more quickly after delivery.
"As a mom I have found fitness to be the key to helping me keep up with my busy schedule and handling life's challenges with finesse!" - Leisa Hart
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
- Interactive Full Motion Menus
- Chapter Selections
- Two Bonus Video Segments
- Workout to Music Without Narration
- Photo Gallery
Top customer reviews
After the workout portion there are 2 sections, (1) Labor and Delivery Prep & (2) Prenatal stretch and relax. I LOVE these sections and wish I had done them with my first pregnancy. I love how she is targeting areas to stretch and things that are very specific to a pregnant woman and the changes going on in your body. I think last time I wasn't pushing the right way during delivery and I tore really bad! After doing this DVD I can see how I could have pushed more from my abs without contracting my pelvic floor so much and it would have really helped.
I also love the 2 bonus video segments. One is about easing labor (i.e. things to do during labor to help make it easier) and the other is additional stretching. Both are great. You might not thing you need to do the easing labor one right now, but it is good to start practicing those things early so they are second nature when labor gets crazy.
I do the labor and delivery prep, prenatal stretch and relax, and both bonus segments every time I exercise and sometimes again at night. I really think this is what is making the difference in how I feel.
Bottom line: The workout it okay, and I think it is nice to know that I'm doing enough, but not too much, but I LOVE the extra features and that is what really makes this DVD worth the money.
1.) The Salsa workout. Cheesy as it may sound, it is actually a fun way to do a low-impact aerobic prenatal workout. It's only 20 minutes and I believe that anyone of any fitness level could benefit from it. If you are just starting, you could take it slow and 'lose the arms'. If you're a regular excerciser, you can do it as is or add a little more 'sass' to the moves.
You do feel a little bit silly when she tells you 'you look sexy' or that 'you're getting sassy' but hey--it's not like positive thinking hurts, right? Nonetheless, my husband is forbidden from coming into the room while I'm doing a salsa workout with Lisa Hart and her pregnant friends.
2.) The Yoga Fat Burn. I really like this moderate workout- I feel stretched and relaxed and see results from these very simple yoga-inspired moves. Another great thing is that there are simple variations by trimester.
3.) Birth prep.
4.) Overall, Lisa is good at striking a balance between showing/explaining her moves without going so slowly that you get annoyed each subsequent time that you do the workout. A very important feature when you're watching a video over and over!
I have enjoyed this video SO much! Not only do I feel 100% better after every workout, but I have noticed my overall energy level improve.
It had been well over a year since I last worked out and I was out of shape, but it has been easier (while still being effective) than I had anticipated.
I heard from some that the salsa workout was "pointless", but I would HAVE to disagree! It's the most fun part of the video! The first time that I used it, I found myself smiling because I was actually enjoying myself (unlike other workout videos where I find myself wondering "Is it over yet?!" within the first ten minutes.) I work up a sweat without feeling like I'm doing too much, too fast. It really does go at a nice, steady pace.
Leisa Hart is not too annoying to watch (as some instructors can be) and it makes it so nice that she is in her last trimester. She encourages you to go at your own pace and to remember that this workout is to keep you fit during pregnancy and to prepare you for childbirth, not as a method of weight loss.
I purchased this video at the end of my second trimester after having researched all the videos that were offered. I know that I began a bit late, but I figured that some amount of working out was better than nothing at all. I have been happy not only with the workout, but with the fact that it is not so intense that I feel intimidated.
Along with this video, I purchased Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rae (LOVE that video as well). However, unless you really enjoy yoga and meditating (as I do), you don't need a seperate yoga video. Lisa's Yoga Fat Burner is just perfect! Again, not too much, too fast and she encourages you to go at your own pace. The pace is steady and relaxing, yet it still gives you a workout.
This video gives you a well rounded workout. One that is perfect not only for pregnancy, but one that would be perfect for the first few months after pregnancy, when your body not yet ready for intense levels of workout. Not only would this help to prepare you for that time, but it will help it along a lot faster.
I highly recommend this video for people of all fitness levels as well as mothers of all trimesters.