Suzanne Bowen's Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout (2012)
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Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout integrates strength, cardio and flexibility into one complete prenatal fitness system. Suzanne combines her BarreAmped exercises with cardio intervals and flexibility training to create this well-rounded workout appropriate for your entire pregnancy, even into the “fourth trimester” or postnatal period. The emphasis on proper core contraction and the allowance for the expanding belly will help you not only to stay slim and toned during pregnancy, but also to bounce back to pre-pregnancy body after baby. Featuring 4 Powerful Segments: *Lean Lower Body *Slim Upper Body & Core *Cardio Sculpt *Aligned Stretch CO-STARRING Leigh-ann Mims, owner of Elle Fitness (ellefitnesslex.com), BarreAmped’s home in Lexington, KY. Leigh-ann made her media debut 35 weeks pregnant with Savannah Elizabeth and gave birth two weeks later. Both are doing great! SUZANNE BOWEN is a fitness expert based in Nashville, TN. Creator of SBf Method (suzannebowenfitness.com), an efficient mind/body technique which combines cutting edge cardio, intelligent strengthening and dynamic stretching, and BarreAmped, a method based on dance, Pilates and yoga, Suzanne helps fit results driven fitness into anyone’s schedule. Entrepreneur, wife and mom of two, Suzanne’s motto “your best not perfection” is how she hopes to inspire others to live a balanced, healthy and intentional life. Also try Suzanne's other prenatal titles "BarreAmped Sleek & Toned Prenatal Workout" and "Suzanne Bowen's Long & Lean Prenatal Workout". ***Some people have experienced compatibility issues with this DVD. We have fixed this problem but there are still some old copies in circulation. If you have an issue with your DVD please contact us at email@example.com and we will give you instant access to a digital download and streaming and also send you a new copy.***
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These workouts are great. There may not be jump squats involved, but my muscles are fully spent and I feel satisfied each time. They're short, sweet and to the point; challenging yet easy to follow. The moves are pretty basic, but they allow room to challenge yourself to go a little deeper each time and really perfect your form (all the while knowing you're being safe for the bebe).
The 20-minute cardio will get your heart rate up, but is very leg-heavy -- definitely more of a strength-plus-cardio rather than a cardio workout. I do the cardio sculpt 3 times a week, followed by either the lower body segment or upper body segment for a 40-minute workout. The back-to-back legs is killer, but I love it. On the days between, I do some cardio from Sara Haley's DVD (which is great for that).
OK, the really awesome part? The RESULTS! I started incorporating these when I was about 16 weeks, and now at 33 weeks, I swear my body is more toned than it was before ... slim and toned! My glutes are like razorblades that my husband pretends to cut himself on whenever he brushes up against them. My thighs look great, my arms are svelte and strong, and even my calves are more defined. In fact, not gonna lie, I feel downright hot ... which is a great way to feel when you're knocked up!
Finally, Suzanne is a great instructor. Her cuing is excellent, and she gives good information without being annoying. She seems to know just what you need to hear and when you need to hear it.
I probably wouldn't have tried something like this if not for pregnancy, but I think this DVD will forever change my workout preferences. I'll definitely be ordering some of Suzanne's non-prenatal DVDs for post-baby.
Ladies, you won't regret this purchase!
are about 20-25 mins and there is a 10 min stretch. Suzanne is amazing and doesn't baby you or make you feel like you are doing a dumbed down workout just because you're pregnant! My only complaint is that there aren't more workouts!!!!
The cardio segment was too difficult for me during my 3rd trimester however. And I wish the arms & abs segment was more abs than arms.