Review: 10-Minute Solution Prenatal Pilates

This DVD, 10-Minute Solution Prenatal Pilates,  is one that I’ve really enjoyed using during my pregnancy to stay strong and toned. The beauty of this DVD  is that the short segments allow you to customize your workout to be as long or as short as you like and to focus on whatever parts of your body you want to give attention to most on a given day. For that reason alone, this DVD is a goodie because it lends itself so well to highly customizable workouts. It’s one of the best prenatal pilates DVDs I’ve found. Best of all, it’s dirt cheap at just $6.77 on Amazon.

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With that, let’s dive into what each section includes.

Pilates for Buns and Thighs (9:37 and 22 calories burned)

This one calls for pillows as part of your equipment. I was tempted to just curl up with them and take a nap the first time I did this particular segment, but was glad I chose to work instead, haha. 🙂 Just as a warning, the instructor, Lizbeth, does have you lie on your back for some of this segment, but with the pillows as support I didn’t feel uncomfortable or unsafe doing any of the moves. This segment overall, in my opinion, doesn’t feel terribly difficult during the workout, but WOW do I feel my inner thighs the day after doing it!

Standing Pilates (9:54 and 43 calories burned)

None of this DVD’s sections claim to be cardio-focused, but I found that my heart rate was nice and elevated through sections of this one. The “offering squats,” for example? Yowza! I felt this segment more in my quads than anywhere else, but it did hit a variety of areas (which is a plus if you’re pressed for time and need a short segment that will give attention to multiple parts of the body).

 

Core Pilates (9:52 and 11 calories burned)

Like in the Buns and Thighs segment, this workout calls for some pillows as equipment. And, like the Buns and Thighs segment again, you spend some time flat on your back—this time nearly 6 minutes. Again, with the pillows I felt just fine as of 22 weeks along. But, remember that one of the most important things about working out while pregnant is that YOU personally feel good and safe at all times, so use your own judgment here. I liked how Lizbeth was able to modify lots of traditional ab moves for pregnancy by having you keep your knees out wide and rely on the pillows for support. And one last similarity to the Buns and Thighs workout: it’s not a crazy-hard segment in the moment, but you will feel this one in a big way the next day.

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Pilates for Flexibility (10:14 and 9 calories burned)

I’ll confess: as a mom of 2 little kids my workout time is limited, and I don’t do the stretching segments of any of these DVDs as often as I ought to unless I really, really like them. And honestly, I probably won’t repeat this one often. The stretching for the upper body was nice, but then you perform several stretches lying flat on your back, without pillows for support. This didn’t feel good to me, so I modified with other stretches instead for that segment.

Total Body Pilates (10:07 and 22 calories burned)

This is my favorite segment of the DVD. It’s called Total Body, which is fair because several of the moves engage your core and lower body, but I felt that this was mostly an upper body workout. You perform many of the moves while seated on your mat. Using 1–3lb weights, as Lizbeth recommends, might leave you thinking this section is just kind of meh, but up it to 5 lbs and I’m willing to bet you will feel the BURN!

 

Postnatal Bonus Workout

I’m still several months away from needing this one, so I haven’t tried this segment. But I like that it’s there, and I look forward to using it after little Scarlett makes her appearance!

As with most workout DVDs and equipment, I found that the best price for this DVD was on Amazon.  10-Minute Solutions Prenatal Pilates isn’t as mind-blowingly challenging as some others out there, but you can’t beat the price. It offers excellent, focused toning that you’ll feel the next day if not immediately after the workout is through, and I really liked the instructor, Lizbeth Garcia.

Just because I am uber cautious about safety in my pregnancy workouts, I choose to focus on the Standing and Total Body segments. But if the pillows are enough support for you on the other segments, go ahead and use them too because I thought they were all great workouts.

Review: Erica Ziel’s Prenatal Sculpt

Looking for a killer pregnancy workout DVD? Erica Ziel’s Prenatal Sculpt DVD is one of my absolute favorites.

Erica Ziel is  exactly what I want in a workout DVD instructor. She’s very friendly and upbeat, but she’s not obnoxiously perky. She doesn’t feel the need to jabber the entire time, but the directions and cueing she does give are legitimately helpful. The backdrop of the DVD is also awesome. For this DVD you get to work out looking at a stunning, rocky coastline view. It that makes me feel like I’m back in my childhood playing on the Oregon coast.

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Now, how are the workouts themselves? They are absolutely incredible, but in a totally pregnancy-safe way! If are looking for a pregnancy workout DVD that’s an actual challenge rather than a let-down or an insult, then this one is a must-have. If you weren’t super active before pregnancy, I’d still recommend it. Simply stick with Erica’s moodier, Monica. She looks to be third trimester in the DVD (and is still in fabulous shape!) but does a good job demonstrating less-intense versions of the moves Erica does throughout the workout. You can get this DVD on Amazon for $19.99, and it’s worth every penny.


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Here’s my breakdown of each section, including exact runtime and how many calories I burned per workout.

Prenatal Cardio Workout (runtime 19:22 and 176 calories burned)

Most prenatal DVDs that feature cardio are lame. They tend to be hokey, boring, and overly easy. But this one, my friends, is none of those things. I found myself working up a serious sweat and was shocked to see my calorie burn by the end. I’d even go as far as to say that, in my opinion, this segment is the best and toughest prenatal cardio DVD on the market today. I felt AMAZING knowing how hard I’d worked by the end. Yet there wasn’t a single move that required any kind of jumping or jarring movement. It was 100% safe, effective, and fun. I absolutely love this one and give it a wholehearted 5 stars.

Lower Body Workout (runtime 21:36 and 107 calories burned)

 Why does it matter to have strong glutes during pregnancy? Well . . . maybe it doesn’t other than for vanity, but I know I’m not above wanting a beautiful bum. Ha! Judge all you want. 😉 In fact, my caboose is one of my favorite parts about myself physically speaking, so I was excited to see a workout unabashedly stating that it’ll help you keep your butt lifted and perky throughout pregnancy.

This segment was largely mat work, very reminiscent of Beachbody Brazil Butt Lift’s High & Tight, for anyone familiar with that particular DVD. While my heart rate wasn’t through the roof, my thighs and bum were on fire by the end of many of the exercises. I thought this was a great segment, and one I’d definitely consider doing even non pregnant. For an extra challenge you could throw on some ankle weights . . . but I haven’t been that brave yet! And as an added bonus, the short stretching segment Erica includes at the end feels absolutely divine.

Prenatal Core Workout (runtime 15:24 and 37 calories burned)

This core workout is made up mostly of standing moves and mat work on all fours that hit your obliques. The first time I did it I was unimpressed; I get that it’s hard to put together a prenatal core workout simply because most traditional core moves aren’t safe for pregnancy, but this seemed more like easy stretching than core work. But I gave it another try and was glad that I did. The key is to really focus on engaging your core muscles by “pulling your baby close to you” and trying to lift up your pelvic floor. Do these two things consciously as well as make sure to breath in the way Erica cues you to and you’ll find this to be a great little core workout. Engaging those abs is the key that will take a move like the “kneeling circles” from meh to fabulous.

Prenatal Arm Sculpting Workout (runtime 18:33 and 72 calories burned)

 I’m just going to say it: this section is a bit repetitive. You spend your time standing and using dumbbells in a series of arm, back, and shoulder moves, and some of those moves come up a few times within the 18-minute workout. That being said, though, the moves were hard enough that while I noted that they were repeats, I wasn’t actually bored simply because I was so challenged. I appreciated the emphasis on triceps, since I know that’s a region of my physique where extra calories like to settle in.

Alignment (runtime 11:23 and 14 calories burned)

 My two-year-old joined me for this segment the other day. That cute little stinker wouldn’t sleep quite long enough for me to finish my workout. 🙂

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Honestly, the stretches Erica includes at the end of each of the other segments feel sufficient to me, so I wouldn’t feel the need to do this one as a daily cool down. However, it did feel great, and I plan to throw it in on any days that I feel particularly tight. I especially liked the mermaid stretch sequence at the very end. It felt awesome and was very fitting for the beach setting.

So there you have it! Erica Ziel offers a wonderful challenge for every area of the body in this amazing pregnancy workout DVD. I grabbed it on Amazon for $19.99 and I’m glad I did—it was worth every cent for the cardio section alone. I hope you like it too!