I think workout videos are awesome for moms because of the flexibility they offer. I enjoy walks or runs as a staple in my exercise routine, but workout videos can be great for strength training or when you can’t get out easily due to time of day, weather, kids sleeping, etc. I especially love workout videos during pregnancy because it’s encouraging to see another mom-to-be working out, and I like knowing the workout is safe for pregnant women as well.
One of my favorite workout videos for moms-to-be is Summer Sanders’ Prenatal Workout. Summer (an Olympian) is in her third trimester of pregnancy in this video, and I find her to be very warm and funny. Her sister-in-law, Keri Crockett (a personal trainer) has put together a nice strength training routine that largely involves bands, but I personally prefer to do the majority of the exercises with hand weights. There are three workouts tailored to each trimester, and there are options for an express workout or full length workout. The full length workout basically involves going through each of the exercises a second time, and as I generally only have 20-30 minutes available for working out I usually do the express workout. Somehow this video actually makes me want to workout, and I feel like it challenges me without frustrating or exhausting me.
I also love Erin’s regular workout videos. My favorite is Strong Body, Ageless Body. The first part of the video is a weight training workout and the second part of the workout is floor work. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to keep my workouts to 20-30 minutes, so I usually do either the first part or the second part even though it is officially designed for you to do both. I should mention that there are options to increase the intensity of the weight workout if desired, and I occasionally throw in a modification or two just for the sake of variety.
I’m not a flexible person, so yoga isn’t a natural fit for me, but I have found that I really enjoy Shiva Rea’s yoga videos. Her Prenatal Yoga video is excellent if you can get past the full body spandex outfits (this really freaks my husband out). Shiva isn’t pregnant in the video (she demonstrates the first trimester workout), but there are two girls in the video that are pregnant (demonstrating the second and third trimester modifications). What I love about this video is that it stretches you out, and I don’t know about you, but my muscles get all sorts of sore and tight during pregnancy. All the exercises are also very doable. The video is divided into multiple sections, and I select which sections to do based on time constraints (anyone else noticing that I modify videos to accommodate my schedule?).
There are a number of other workout DVD’s that I’ve tried and use to spice things up if you want to ask me about any others, but these are my favorites. Hope you enjoy!