Discover how yoga infused Pilates can keep you in shape during your pregnancy. Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates for Pregnancy is the first Pilates based workout designed to give pregnant women a challenging workout, witho... more »ut compromising safety. This unique workout includes modifications that are appropriate for each trimester. Pregnant woman of all fitness levels will be challenged and motivated by this inspiring workout. This unique and inspiring workout: ? follows guidelines from The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology ? includes modifications that are appropriate for each trimester ? challenges and motivates pregnant women of all fitness levels Part 1 Safety Precautions for Pregnancy 2 Minutes Part 2 How to access and strengthen the Pelvic Floor 5 Minutes Part 3 The Pregnancy Workout 55 Minutes« less
"I was excited to see another pilates exercise tape on the market since the other ones got such bad reviews. But this one seems like it must be as bad. First of all it is excrutiatingly boring. The instructor is boring and the exercises are boring. It seems to take forever for the instructor to tell us about the exercise, then she can't even figure out her left from her right. Yikes. I too am a mother of one with one on the way so I have to do my exercises right before bed, I don't have a lot of time to waste. It's too bad that I wasted my money because I dread doing this tape, but make myself do it since I paid for it.
The other tape I use - and love - is the Perfect Pregnancy Workout. Look for it, use, love it! Don't bother with Leisa Hart's fit mama, that is horrible too.
Happy working out!"
Long, slow paced workout
Dawn Midnight | New Jersey | 03/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As an avid pilates person, I bought this video to keep doing some of it during my pregnancy. This video is LONG, and it incorporates a lot of yoga-like moves (slow and deliberate). The stretches are wonderful and I feel very good after doing it. It is just time consuming (57 minutes) and forced me to rearrange my workout schedule just to get this in once per week. You can see how some of these moves will definitely help with the birth and recovery. This video does focus on the whole body and is easy to follow. Gianni is so pleasant I almost feel bad about complaining about the lenght of time it takes. All in all, a thorough full body workout that leaves you feeling energized and relaxed."
Fusion Pilates Totally Satisfactory
Pilates user | Middletown, NY USA | 04/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is the only pregnancy exercise program that I ordered and I love it. It is almost an hour long, but it goes quickly and targets every single part of the body with toning and stretching. If I don't have an hour, I can do part of the DVD and still feel like I got some quality exercise. It is excellent for flexibility and circulation. Someone said that they were disappointed that there are no stomach exercises, but you spend the whole time contracting your pelvic muscles which targets the very muscles that need to be strengthened. The only thing I add is gentle squats because the leg toning is limited. I have and will continue to recommend this DVD."
Sandra | 08/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found out about this video in FitPregnancy Mag which said that it was one of the best workouts for pregnancy. I couldn't agree more. This is by far the best video for pregnancy I've found- and unfortunately-I've tried a few before I found this one. So many of them that I've tried are too strenuous to be safe. As far as I'm concerned, pregnancy is a time to maintain your health, body and your mental state, not a time to go crazy trying to get into shape. This video seems to target the areas that have effected me since I became pregnant. I'm in my 3rd trimester now, and the biggest problem throughout has been my back. Doing this workout has literally cured my back pain. It's the mixture of the stretching and the toning has really gone a long way for me. Not to mention, this video totally mellows me out... It's so relaxing and Jennifer is so gentle with her instructions. The workout itself is a little longer than most, about 50 minutes, but that includes about 10 minutes of relaxation at the end which I sometimes skip- although I have to say, when I have the time to do the entire video from start to finish, I feel amazing for the rest of the day. I highly recommend this video."
Great for stretching, toning muscles, safe prenatal exercise
Dawn Midnight | 06/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second pregnancy dvd that I've ordered, and it is by far the best. If you're looking for an aerobic workout, you won't get one here. What you will get is a yoga, pilates, mild weight session that really helps to stretch and strengthen muscles and feel more in tune with your body. I found it helpful to have 3 models to follow, one doing more strenuous stretches for the 1st and 2nd trimester folks and the other two doing modifications of the same stretches for 3rd trimester. I have personally found yoga to be boring, but this tape moves quickly enough to keep my interest and incoporate pilates moves to make it go quickly and be relaxing at the same time. Of course, you will need to "invest" in some equipment to get the most from the workout; you'll need a stool or chair, 2 2lb. weights, a small ball, and a pole about 4 ft. high for some of the stretches. Sometimes I find that I really need to watch the screen to follow Jennifer Gianni's instructions. Unfortunately, she does not mirror what you are doing (she says, "stretch to the right" and she does, but it looks as though she's stretching to the left from my perspective), but I believe that in time I'll get used to the workout and won't have to depend so much on visual prompts. Overall, I am happy that I spent the money on this dvd. I will probably keep on watching after my delivery. This exercise, combined with a brisk daily walk and some other areobic activities make me feel as though I'll be ready when it's time for labor!"