Staying fit and energized throughout your pregnancy just got easier. Custom-created by Hollywood trainer and Hollywood Mom Erin O'Brien, Prenatal Fitness Fix is a unique program that quickly and effectively conditions your growing body. Modified Pilates, kegels, sports conditioning, and true-blue body sculpting seamlessly blend together in Erin's two workouts. You'll get it all: fat-burning cardio, muscle toning, strength training, and tension-relieving stretches. The first workout--40 minutes long--is like an exercise class in the comfort of your own home. Erin's a genius at keeping your mind focused, your body invigorated, and your spirits up. The second workout--20 minutes long--is for you and a partner. Erin and her husband, actor James Denton (Desperate Housewives), take you through a circuit-training partner series. It's the perfect way to include others in your pregnancy journey!
My favorite pregnancy workout so far. I'm still in the first trimenster. The video is somewhat low budget and not easy, but is realistic. It's the perfect living room workout. I'm not in fantastic shape and was able to keep up pretty well. I only did the 40 minute workout, which had good variety and did not get dull. This will be my go to routine for a while.
Update: I was sore the following day. Maybe take it easy the first couple times and if you have hard floors, use a mat for the floor routine. A rug over hardwood didn't cut it. That is where I'm feeling it most. I still think it's a great workout. Good luck!
Prior to getting pregnant I worked out regularly (4-5 times per week), recently ran a half marathon and consider myself to be an advanced exerciser. However because of some early complications in my pregnancy, I was unable to continue running or my normal level of cardio. Most of the pregnancy workouts I found did not seem intense enough, I was looking for a pregnancy workout that was challenging enough to keep me at from losing too much conditioning during my pregnancy. Erin O'Brien's prenatal fitness fix was just what I was looking for. Erin is a personal trainer and is in her third trimester during the workout. She takes you through a series of low impact moves that keep your heart rate elevated enough to get a cardio workout and break a good sweat but without pushing it too much. She also includes toning exercises specifically targeted at your pelvic girdle and buttocks to help prepare your body for labor. I used this video 2-3 times per week and also walked 2-3 miles a few times per week up until I gave birth. I really felt this helped to limit my weight gain and helped make my labor easier. As some of the previous reviewers mentioned, the DVD is filmed in her home and the production isn't great, it almost has a home-made feel to it. Plus the background music is kind of strange. But these things never bothered me because the actual workout itself was enjoyable and worth it. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone looking for a challenging pregnancy workout!
This exercise video is ridiculous. The weird camera angles and filters, combined with the lack of communication from Ms. O-Brien made what could have been a nice challenging workout into an exercise in frustration. I turned it on and actually thought the first three minutes were a "B-Roll" spoof of an old exercise video that would be labeled ineffective/out of date. It is grainy, in her living room, and riddled with weird silhouettes, black and white shots, and close ups of her mouth when she drinks from a water bottle. When it kept going, I realized it wasn't an introduction so I started in and struggled to keep up. You have to use furniture (mine slides on hard wood floors), so I used the stairs instead of the couch. Because she doesn't actually tell you when she is changing exercises, and I couldn't see the TV, I was behind for most of the rest. I shut it off after 25 minutes and wrote Amazon asking for a refund. Stay away!
I bought this because it is too cold to go running outside at my regular 5:45AM start time. I wanted something that made me feel like I worked out. While I do break a sweat and was a little sore after my first day, I can only rate this DVD "ok." The music is super cheesy, but I can get past that. It is a very low budget film. The sound (i.e., Erin's instructions) is poor, the lighting is poor, the camera angles at times are just bad, it seriously seems like something an amateur put together. Also, there is no clock or timer, so you do not know how long you have been working out or how much longer you have. This is especially important when this is not your first pregnancy and you have a little one asking you "mommy when are you going to be finished?" There is really only one workout on this DVD. There is a partner workout, but that does not interest me at all, so as far as individual workouts, there is only one and it is 40 minutes. I wanted to really like this, but I don't. I would not recommend it.
I LOVE workout videos and because of them I got in the best shape of my life without a gym... Well now im pregnant... You can still do so much, but have to be safe about it thats why im still buying videos, but pregnancy ones & walking daily. I did not enjoy this at all, it was so QUICK and stressfull. The exercises are what they should be, but i would not get this one. Trust me when i say get Summer Sanders' Prenatal Workout. Different things work for different people because everyones brain and body are different, this is just not for me. Good luck to all you pregnant ladies :)
I'm 36 weeks pregnant have been exercising my entire pregnancy. In the past 8 weeks or so I've found I finally had to modify my workout routine to support my expanding belly. I've been taking group exercises classes designed for pregnant women and always feel great after the classes. But I wanted to find something I could do at home on days I can't make it to the gym. After completing the 40 minute workout yesterday, I had extreme round ligament pain and lower back pain. I followed the instructions pretty precisely, so I don't think it's anything I did incorrectly. Perhaps it wouldn't be so severe for someone not quite as far along, but I won't be downloading it again.
PROS: -a really good cardio workout - definitely got my heart pumping -variety - she does a good job of changing up the exercises - definitely not boring
CONS: -for me, this workout caused significant discomfort after the fact and I ended up feeling worse - vs better - after the workout. I've been hobbling around all day today (one day following the workout) -as others have noted, very cheesy production values - lighting, music, effects/direction