The 6 Worst Pregnancy Workout DVDs

So, not to be mean or anything . . . but there are some pretty lame-sauce prenatal workout DVDs out there.  I ordered and tried just about every pregnancy exercise DVD I could find on Amazon, and I found that some were fantastic and some were, well, not.

Check out the reviews for The 6 Best Pregnancy Workout DVDs if you’re looking to buy some DVD workouts to stay in shape during pregnancy. To accompany that post, however, here’s my list of the 6 worst prenatal workout DVDs I’ve come across.

I do this in the spirit of saving you time and money, not to tear down the people who put these workouts out there. I promise! Remember that episode of Gilmore Girls where Rory writes the horrible, snarky review of the ballet for the paper at Yale? That’s one of the BEST ones . . . but even so I’m taking a lesson from Rory’s little ballet situation and reigning in a bit in my critique. Haha. But I am going to tell it straight and let you know which pregnancy workout DVDs I didn’t think were worth investing in.

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Image from Poor jerk-face Rory Gilmore . . .

The 6 Worst Prenatal Workout DVDs

Here’s the list of DVDs I returned or donated after a try or two. I didn’t do a full review on these ones like I did for the ones on my 6 Best list, but I did write a little blurb giving the gist of why I didn’t think each was all that:

Niece Pecenka’s Pilates During Pregnancy

This one wasn’t much of a challenge at all, and the instructor, Niece, had you lie flat on your back for a substantial part of the workout. That made me uncomfortable, so I sent it right back to Amazon. I also thought Niece’s outfit selection was odd—a dark browns and blacks against a dark mat—which made it tricky for me to always see what she was doing. Combine that with the bad cueing and I might as well have just thrown down a mat and made up my own moves. Some of the Amazon reviews were so glowing for this one that my hopes were high, but I was majorly disappointed once I actually tried the DVD.

Sara Haley’s Expecting More.

This one could have been great, so great . . . but I’m just not a fan of Sara’s style. At all. She is VERY bubbly. Like, very. And  on top of that she has all sorts of cheesy, cringe-worthy names for workout moves. I’m sure there are lots out there who would really enjoy how happy and enthusiastic she is, but I found myself feeling majorly awkward an embarrassed through most of the workouts. I could have overlooked the ooey-gooey aspects of Sara Haley’s demeanor if the workouts had been absolutely phenomenal, but they were just okay.

Denise Austin’s Fit & Firm Pregnancy

This was my least favorite of all the ones I tried. It felt dated, blah, hokey in the extreme, and made me depressed to think that THIS is what some people apparently think exercise during pregnancy should be like. If you exercised at all pre-pregnancy, you can do so much more than Denise leads you through here! So much! I’d say this one would only be good for someone extremely new to exercise and fitness. It’s definitely one to pass on if you’re looking to be challenged. Also, Denise is trying waaaaay too hard to look perky and excited. Like, humorously so. It was awful.

Lindsay Brin’s Complete Pregnancy Workout

The strange purple background made me feel like I was playing a computer game in 1998, not getting a good workout in. I get that having a perfect studio set and perfect filming equipment is rare, but even some of the workouts I listed in my list of favorites have some production quality issues: odd shadows due to wonky lighting, seeing cars drive by through a window, etc. That can be mildly distracting, but it’s no big deal if the workouts are great. But the fake purple background in this one? It was majorly off-putting and odd and made me wonder why I should care more about my workout than the makers of the DVD seemed to.

Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project

Like the Niece Pecenka DVD, this one had a lot of rave reviews on Amazon. However, I was unimpressed by the actual workouts. I was baffled by the very non-workouty set Tracy chose (fancy couches and lamps . . . yeah, I work out in Paris Hilton’s living room too!). I was similarly perplexed by her wardrobe choices. Tracy’s cleavage was spilling out everywhere and her foofy workout gear is more reminiscent of Victoria’s Secret than Nike. I’m all about feeling sexy while pregnant, but this DVD just felt bizarre. Like the Sara Haley DVD set, the workouts were fine, but not spectacular enough for me to put up with the things about Tracy that drove me crazy.

Summer Sanders’ Prenatal Workout

This one wasn’t as awful as the others on this list, but it wasn’t nearly as challenging or fun as the 6 keepers I listed above. I didn’t hate it, but I had a hard time wanting to do it instead of the others in my stack that I thought were truly awesome as opposed to this one that was just all right. I’ll also freely admit an irrational fear of resistance bands thanks to a conversation I had at the gym years a go with a lady who LOST HER EYE when a band she was using snapped and hit her face. Her eye, you guys! HER EYE!  So I passed on this one after doing it just once.

So there’s the list of what I think are the 6 worst pregnancy DVDs out there—ones to pass on rather than purchase, unless you’re looking for sheer entertainment value.

What do you think? Anyone out there who can back me up on some of these? Or should I have given one of them another chance? Let me know in the comments below!