I’ll admit: Pilates isn’t my absolute favorite form of exercise. I enjoy it in a classroom setting with an awesome instructor, but DVDs tend to bore me a little. However, in my bid to stay in shape during my pregnancy, I was willing to test out the 10 Minute Solution Prenatal Pilates. I was able to complete two out of five workout segments before my water decided to break five weeks early, but that won’t stop me from reviewing it!
Like the other 10 Minute Solution DVDs, this one breaks the workouts into manageable 10-minute segments. The five sections—Standing, Core, Buns & Thighs, Total Body, and Flexibility—allow you to mix and match the workout according to your needs. Sometimes even 10 minutes of exercise in the third trimester is exhausting, so the short workouts were perfect when I didn’t have much energy.
The instructor, Lizbeth Garcia, is pregnant, which helps when you’re trying to figure out how to maneuver. The DVD can be used for all three trimesters, and I wish I’d had it for my whole pregnancy. Jumping into the Core section during my third trimester was a challenge; Pilates roll-ups are difficult even when I’m not pregnant! Luckily the moves are modified by using pillows for support, but it is still a workout. I loved the Buns & Thighs segment because I got to lie down and still feel the burn.
The Flat Belly Fast bonus postnatal section was my first official ab workout postpartum. It was tough, but I felt like it was a manageable reintroduction to abs. It was pretty plank-heavy, so you get a whole core workout and manage to rock your arms in the meantime.
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Best for: Pregnant women who need short, sweet mix-and-match workout options.
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