Unlike the recent Happy Baby, Fit Mama DVD that was a nice, gentle way to ease back into fitness for new moms, the Mama Wants Her Body Back series is more of back-into-shape boot camp for moms who mean fitness business.
Out of the six DVDs you see at left, I tried four: Body, Arms, Abs and Booty. The Body DVD is the most comprehensive. It features three 20-minute workouts and three bonus 10-minute ab routines. Instructor Lisa Druxman (who also created Stroller Strides) leads you through the workouts, which include a quick warm-up, five intervals that each include cardio, strength and core, and a cool down. Lisa means business and is a multitasking queen. You hold the supplied resistance tubing for most of the workout to constantly work your posture, arms and core. The cardio bursts are simple yet effective, the strength segments incorporate several muscle groups, and the core portions target your mid-section while letting you catch your breath for a quick second. I love the on-screen progress bars and the countdowns—they help you know exactly how much time you have remaining in your interval so you know you can give it your all.
The Arms DVD reminded me that while I think I’m a bad-ass because I carry around pounds of baby paraphernalia, there is no substitute for traditional arm exercise. This 26-minute workout had my arms on fire. The resistance tubing is unforgiving, so there is no dropping to a lighter weight—you either have to take a break or suck it up and challenge yourself, unless you have a stretchier, more forgiving resistance band at home. I challenged myself, but I did have to take a break or two! You’ll hit biceps, shoulders, and triceps, but also your core and legs as you do many of the exercises in lunge positions.
The Abs/Advanced Core DVD incorporates a Bender Ball to target the core. This workout is Pilates-inspired and incorporates both standing ab work and floor exercises. You work on balance, but you’ll also hit the thighs and buns with bridges and leg lifts. The 39-minute Booty DVD includes five rounds of strength and core work. Lots of lunges will have you burning your buns and adding the resistance tubing to squats will challenge you.
I love that Lisa doesn’t forget that everyone is at a different fitness level, so her backup exercisers always show modifications. It’s also fantastic that she works the core into so much of the series and really makes the best use of time. Mix and match any of these DVDs, and you’ll be toned in no time!
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Fun Factor: ★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Fit Bottom Line: This workout is great for anyone who wants to kick their postpartum routine up a notch or two to see results!
Tune in tomorrow for our Q&A with the series’ instructor and creator of Stroller Strides, Lisa Druxman! —Erin