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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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches; 8 Ounces
- Item model number : 2229047
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 57 minutes
- Release date : May 29, 2007
- Actors : Erin O'Brien, James Denton
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : ACORN MEDIA
- ASIN : B000NVKZWY
- Number of discs : 2
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- #3,017 in Exercise & Fitness (Movies & TV)
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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.
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.
The main 40-minute workout for Complete Pregnancy Fitness starts with an energetic warm-up and then moves to a "Dynamic Movement" section that really gets the heart-rate going (but not overdoing it) while keeping everything low impact. Lots of lunges, squats, and some ballet movements that I found unique and fun. These are interspersed with some strength training for the arms. There is a brief section for floor work (on all fours or lying on your side, never on your back), followed by a stretch and relaxation segment. Other things worth noting:
- Erin is great about explaining good posture and form with each movement. Very important in keeping yourself and the baby safe.
- It is what it claims: a complete workout. A lot of emphasis is placed on core work and balance as you work other areas of your body at the same time.
- Challenging yet safe for all three trimesters.
- All exercises utilize furniture you'd find in your living room (coffee table, chair, couch, wall) as opposed to using weights. This is great... unless you are working out in a home gym instead of a living room, in which case you'll have to get creative.
- My only real complaint about this dvd is the music: elevator music style nursery songs set to a beat, which, half the time, is not in sync with the workout. The good news is it's not very loud, so you can almost tune it out. The workout itself is so good that I consider this nothing more than a minor irritation.
The 20-minute partner workout looks fun and challenging, not to mention a great way to bond with the baby's father. :) I'll admit I haven't gotten around to doing it because I always get such a great workout from the main section, but it is nice to have the option.
I LOVE that there is a postnatal workout included as well. Will post a review on this once I have a chance to use it.
UPDATE: I tried the postnatal workout several weeks after delivery, and I HIGHLY recommend it, as it helps you safely ease your way back into exercise. It's broken down into 3 progressive segments, all of which help to rehabilitate your muscles (especially abdominal). It only takes 15 minutes a day, and once you've mastered the third segment, you can feel safe in moving on to "real" workouts again. :)