One of the biggest keys to staying fit and achieving healthy pregnancy weight gain is to find pregnancy workouts you love. And this DVD is one that I love!
If you’ve read any of my other pregnancy workout DVD reviews, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Suzanne Bowen. I think she’s a fantastic instructor. She has a really firm grasp of what kind of work fit pregnant women are capable of. Nothing on any of her three prenatal DVDs feels unsafe or jarring, yet she manages to deliver phenomenal workouts that leave me proud of myself by the end. The best price I found for Long & Lean was through Amazon, where it costs just $11.99.
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Here’s a detailed breakdown of what you’ll find on each segment of this DVD.
Standing (runtime 19:15 and 76 calories burned)
Of the three segments on this DVD, this one was both the most difficult one as well as my favorite. Suzanne takes you through lots of moving and static work while standing on your mat. Don’t be fooled by the zen, yoga-y music: this is NOT a walk in the park! My lower body was on fire. And even though this DVD doesn’t call for dumbbells, I still felt the heat in my shoulders through many of the moves.
Mat (runtime 19:16 and 35 calories burned)
This segment, as its name suggests, is all about mat work on the floor. Make sure you have a mat since the entire 20 minutes is spent on floor work. Like most mat/floor exercise, your heart rate won’t be through the roof through any of this. However, you will still be plenty challenged. The initial series of pushups and core moves is much harder than it appears! I also appreciated the excellent glute-focused section. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know that having a strong booty actually helps you prepare for delivery . . . but I’m a fan of keeping my tush toned just because I’m a total narcissist with a nice backside. Haha.
This section (as well as the DVD overall) is a solid workout. It’s particularly great for the lower body. However, be advised that it doesn’t do much to incorporate cardio. This doesn’t bother me one bit, since I tend to rely on a few days a week of walking for my pregnancy cardio anyway. The bottom line is that both the Standing and Mat sections are phenomenal workouts to have in your rotation. Remember: it’s a combo of both strength and cardio that will prepare your body for labor and help you stay on track for a healthy pregnancy weight gain.
Here’s and example of this in action. I’m 15 weeks along in the first picture. At that point I was about 151 pounds, up from my starting 147. And then there’s me at 24 weeks pregnant, around 163 pounds. My belly is bigger, but the rest of me is staying pretty toned and lean thanks to DVDs like this! Keeping up a healthy pregnancy weight gain is totally doable if you’ve found workouts you love and are willing to stick with consistently.
Stretch (runtime 11:54 and 12 calories burned)
This was a nice, relaxing stretch session. I felt like the stretches were very focused on the lower body. However, since those are the muscles this DVD hits most, that made sense and felt good. The runtime for the actual stretches were was 11:54, as mentioned above, but the screen then goes to a frame that simply says “relaxation time” while soft music continues to play at the end of the official stretching. You could stay in the final stretch during this time, roll over to your side and lie down, or continue to stretch muscles that you feel are especially tight and need attention.
So there it is! This isn’t as crazy-tough as Suzanne Bowen’s other two prenatal DVDs, but it’s no walk in the park either. I enjoy the focus on lower-body toning and the pelvic floor, and I know I’ll be glad I did this one consistently once the day arrives that I go into labor with little Baby Scarlett. 🙂 The best place to get Suzanne Bowen’s Long & Lean Prenatal Workout DVD is on Amazon, for just $11.99. I highly recommend it!