I’d never heard of Leah Sarago before this pregnancy. Her prenatal workout DVD had so many positive reviews on Amazon, though, that I couldn’t not try it. Prenatal Physique proved to be an absolutely amazing workout! Heck, I’d even come back and do these non pregnant because they’re so tough. The lower body workouts especially are killer!
This DVD is one of the best I’ve found and is definitely on my list of the Top 6 Pregnancy Workout DVDs out there. The DVD is broken into a brief warmup plus 6 segments that are 15 minutes apiece, each with a different focus. It’s a great DVD that I couldn’t recommend more. The best price you’ll find for it is on Amazon for $16.99.
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Here are my thoughts on each of the sections as well as the exact runtime and calorie count for each:
Warmup (4:47 and 15 calories burned)
Confession: I don’t usually take time for warmups and cool downs like I should. But this one is absolutely worth your time. It’s nice, light cardio that gets you ready for the tough muscle work to come.
Upper Body Mat Work (14:46 and 37 calories burned)
This segment has you down on the mat doing lots of moves that strengthen your shoulders. This is definitely more of a “toner” than a “burner.” It won’t get your heart rate up much, but it will definitely challenge your muscles. I was also pleased to find that this segment includes a lot of moves that hit not just the upper body but the core. Hooray for an added bonus there!
Upper Body Cardio Sculpt (13:24 and 63 calories burned)
Wow! I love love LOVE how this segment blends free-weight work with moderate cardio. Whenever I do it I can feel my heart pumping and my arms working hard. I followed Leah’s weight recommendations throughout this segment the first few times through. However, I’ve found that in a few places I could move up to medium weights where she recommended light. Most prenatal DVDs that claim to offer cardio are wussy or hokey. But fear not: this is one of the few that actually delivers without making you feel like a fool. ?
Lower Body Barre (13:54 and 90 calories burned)
Barre workouts are new to me as of this pregnancy. It’s a workout style I find tough but super fun. You’ll definitely want to follow Leah’s recommendation and use a chair for balance. I also found that while the description didn’t mention cardio, my Garmin clocked my heart rate north of 110 multiple times during this workout. It’s nice that Leah gives plenty of options to modify both here and on this DVD in general. I found that I needed to modify and drop my heels a time or two for this particular workout. I hope, though, that I can work up to following along with Leah all the way through eventually. ?
Lower Body Sculpt (14:34 and 88 calories burned)
Rather than the barre-style moves of the previous lower body segment, this workout has you do more traditional lunges and squats. Often, you’ve got medium or heavy dumbbells in hand as well. There’s one main thing you’ll want to know about this segment, though. Right near the end when Leah says that “you should feel your legs really engage” she actually means that your quads and calves will be descending into the fiery, burning depths of hell. Eeek! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! This section makes you burn and sweat in the best way possible. And its ‘ll without making you jump or do anything unsafe for pregnancy.
Prenatal Core (15:00 on the nose and 41 calories burned)
I love this entire DVD, but I would have kept it in my rotation for the core segment alone. I think it’s hard for a trainer to come up with moves that work the core during pregnancy, since being flat on your back is a no-no and many of the typical ab moves would be awkward and uncomfortable once your belly expands much. But somehow, Leah does has but together a killer ab workout that is 100% pregnancy-safe. The moves especially target the obliques. And, as an added bonus, my thighs and booty were screaming during a few of the moves too. Love it.
Prenatal Stretching (14:31 and 14 calories burned)
As with warmups, I don’t work in the flexibility segments of my workout DVDs as often as I probably should, but my heart is happy every time I do make time to stretch a bit. This was a wonderful, relaxing 15 minutes that helped me lengthen out some of the muscles that these workouts challenge so much. I found that a bit of the cueing was iffy; it’s hard to see what you’re supposed to be doing when you are stretching in a position that doesn’t allow your head to look right at the TV screen, but even if I was a hair off from the stretches Leah was performing at times, what I was doing felt great.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: among the best healthy pregnancy tips is to work out regularly. And this DVD will help you put in prenatal workouts that are not just effective but fun and 100% safe as well. I highly recommend this Leah Sarago’s Fit + Sleek DVD. Simply put, it’s one of the best prenatal workouts on the market. You can grab it on Amazon for just $16.99. I hope you enjoy (ha! or, in the moment, occasionally hate) these workouts as much as I have. This DVD is a winner!
Full disclosure: This page and a few others on my blog contain affiliate links. That means if you click on a link on one of my posts that takes you to another site where you buy a product I recommend, I get a small commission. I take that as a huge virtual high-five and thank you from my readers and am tickled when it happens, but I hope you know that I have a firm policy of only including affiliate links for products that I actually own and think are incredible, as well as only linking to the best price I can find for any given product.