Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Not Amazingly Horrible, Not Amazing Either
C. Bodily | 02/11/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I spent much more than I should have for this DVD. I did not buy this on Amazon, I went to Borders and purchased this. If you want this DVD workout, I say do not spend more than 15 dollars on this. I wanted a DVD which had lots of different workouts that did not take up a lot of my time. Judging from the back cover this DVD seemed like the best choice. I kind of wished that I could have returned it once i opened the DVD and put it in the player.
First off, she requires lots of equipment I think a 15 minute work out shouldn't have.It should at least mention on the cover all the equipment needed. If I had known about the equipment, I wouldn't have bought this. It will take you 15 minutes just to get all the equipment she wants you to use. I did not own any of the equipment she mentions except for the yoga mat. I wasn't going to go out and buy expensive equipment, so I tried using substitutes, but still you don't know if you are getting the best maximum workout. There is only a few workouts on the whole DVD that doesn't require equipment, so lately I find myself only doing those ones.
The DVD is not very professional at all. The camera man doesn't know what to focus on. The trainer girl is nice, but sometimes you wonder how she became a trainer. And you wonder how she managed to pull off her own prenatal workout DVD. In one segment, it even has you lay on your back, which makes me a little worried because I thought women were not supposed to be on their back when pregnant.
I have a few other prenatal DVD's but on days when I'm tired of those, I will pull this one off the shelf. I do like the fact that she uses pilates...but other than that, I am not the biggest fan of this DVD."
Requires a lot of equipment
Michelle F. | Portland, OR | 07/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD contains a lot of wonderful exercises. In fact, many of these are similar to exercises recommended by my physical therapist to improve core body strength and alleviate lower back pain during my first pregnancy. The classical music is also a nice touch, and I like the relaxation segment at the end.
The main criticism I have is that this DVD requires a lot of exercise equipment in order to follow along with the exercises as demonstrated. In the first three segmants alone, Patrea used a yoga mat, an exercise ball, a towel, lots of pillows, resistance bands, and 1-5 lb. dumbells. Some of the exercises also require a partner or a special resistance band that can be attached to a wall or a door. If you already own all of this equipment, you will be fine. Otherwise, you will need to learn to modify the exercises so you don't need the equipment, or you will need to go out and buy some new equipment!!!
While Patrea seems a little stiff and serious at times (not at all hyper or pollyannaish), this is actually a refreshing change from the typical video instructor. She cues well and offers plenty of modifications for safety and comfort. All in all, this is a solid pregnancy video and I plan to use it for my entire pregnancy."