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The only NON-TOXIC, pre and postnatal, at-home exercise program and eco-friendly workout accessories package on the market. Includes three exercise DVDs (two prenatal and one postnatal) and all the workout accessories you need to promote a healthy pregnancy and baby as well as a quicker, easier and safer, labor, delivery and recovery - not to mention helping you get back into your pre-pregnancy shape (or better)!
* 65 cm PVC, VOC & Phthalate FREE Fitness Ball
* 1/4 inch PVC, VOC & Phthalate FREE Exercise Mat
* 2 - Weighted Toning Balls * Strength Resistance Workout Band
* Pregnancy Support Wedge™
* Yoga / Pilates Block
* DVD Prenatal Pilates on the Ball w/ band
* DVD Prenatal Pilates on the Mat w/ Pregnancy Support Wedge™
* DVD Post-Natal Pilates on a mat w/ toning balls and yoga block
Did you know that exercising during pregnancy will help to make your, labor, delivery and recovery easier, quicker and safer? Don't forget that you'll also look and feel healthier too!
Every product comes with our 30-day worry-free money back guarantee - for any questions call now to speak with a representative 1 (800) 517-7580
Because we care about you and your baby's health, all of our fitness accessories are NON-TOXIC - VOC, PVC and Phthalate FREE! Please take note that 99.9% of other workout accessories use cheap, toxic and thereby dangerous materials. Our goal is to provide you with safe, effective, comfortable, fun and affordable workouts that will improve the health of both mom and baby!
We offer prenatal and postnatal (post-partum) exercise programs and eco-friendly workout accessory packages. Whether you're looking for yoga or pilates, our DVDs and accessories will help you to have a safer, quicker & easier, labor, delivery & recovery! Fitness is always important, but especially during pregnancy! Here's to a naturally healthy pregnancy & baby!
* Be sure to get your doctor's approval before using any of our products
Detailed Package Contents:
65 cm Fitness Ball with pump Great for not only sitting and resting on, this ball will be your best friend when it comes time for labor as well as soothing a crying baby. You’ll wonder how other moms even survive without it! Exercise ball Used in Yoga, Pilates, and fusion exercise programs to strengthen and firm abs, back and buttocks. Made from durable vinyl, they are designed to support up to 600lbs of pressure. The balls are easily inflated with a foot or hand pump, and these medium sized 65cm Yoga Balls are best if used for people with a height of up to 6' (call us if you are over 6 feet tall and we can special order you a larger ball) This Ball is the ultimate for bouncing babies to sleep and soothing a fussy baby - we use ours at least twice daily!
1/4 inch Mat Hybrid mat for both pilates and yoga – also doubles as a toy and play mat for kids. Has the perfect amount of cushion and tackiness for performing all the beneficial prenatal stretches, poses, forms and positions. Latex Free!
2 - Toning Balls These dynamic weighted balls are used like dumbbells for providing expecting mothers an opportunity for functional strength training workouts which help maintain and develop strong and healthy bones and muscles. They also help you reduce flab on (“tone”) your arms and can be used to enhance your pregnancy stretching routines. Resistance Band A great tool for muscle toning because it easily allows for variable degrees of resistance and muscle recruitment by engaging the stabilizing muscles in your core.
Pregnancy Support Wedge™ Greatly increases your comfort level during prenatal exercises by taking pressure off of your back when used to support your belly during workouts on your side (lying on the floor) or for use under your head, neck, back, hips or legs when performing various poses and forms. You will also end up bringing this to bed with you each night as it will dramatically increase your comfort level for sleeping on your side.
Yoga / Pilates Block Helps you accomplish various poses and forms as well as adding extra degrees of simplicity or difficultly (depending on the exact exercise or stretch being performed). Also greatly increases your comfort level during prenatal and postnatal exercises by taking pressure off of your neck when used to support your head or leg (when lying on your side) or being used as a cushion to sit on and is also an excellent tool for calf raises. The Yoga / Pilates Block can also be combined with the Pregnancy Support Wedge™ for added comfort, stability or added functionality.
*DVD Prenatal Pilates on the Ball w/ band Enjoy this unique and effective routine that prepares your mind and body for motherhood. This prenatal Pilates exercise is the key to a feel-good pregnancy and helps prepare your mind and body for motherhood. Learn exercises and tips from Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair on how to support your changing body and build upper body strength using the versatile Stability Ball™ and Flex-Band® so you look and feel your fittest. EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Stability Ball and Flex-Band exerciser Key Benefits -Strengthen your back, upper body and arms -Reduce physical and emotional stress -Feel in control of your body -17 total exercises WARM UP: Reverse Ab Prep, Heel Lifts, Running, Lat Pulls, Calf Raises, Horseback, Half Moon, Scapula Isolations EXERCISES: Leg Lift, Squat, Back Lunge, Against Wall, Against Wall - Hip Adduction, Against Wall - Squat, Imprint & Release, Hip Rolls, Mermaid, Mermaid with Rotation
* DVD Prenatal Pilates on the Mat w/ Pregnancy Support Wedge™ Minimize discomfort and increase strength during pregnancy with the Prenatal Pilates on the Mat workout! The versatility of Pilates makes it a great and effective workout during pregnancy. Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair will help you maintain strong abdominal, back, and pelvic floor muscles to assist in a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery. This workout will help keep you strong and your energy levels high, while enhancing your muscle tone and maintaining a healthy body weight. Key Benefits: -Stay physically active, strong and energized during pregnancy -Exercise in comfortable positions -Strengthen the abs to help speed up post-natal recovery -Enhance muscle tone and lengthen tight muscles -Maintain a healthy weight -30 exercises WARM UP: Breathing, Flex Forward, Breathing into Flexion & Extension, Pelvic Floor Engagement, Imprint & Release, Protraction & Retraction, Cat Stretch, Spinal Rotation, Elevation & Depression, Head Nods EXERCISES: Spine Twist, Saw, Resting on Elbows: Hip Release, Resting on Elbows: Bend & Stretch, Lower & Lift, Leg Circles, Hip Rolls, Leg Lifts, Side-Lying, Side Kicks, Side Leg Lift Series, Side Bend Prep, Twist, Squats, Leg Pull Front Prep, Swimming Prep, Push-Up, Lunge Forward Thigh Stretch, Mermaid Stretch, Rotation with Port de Bras, Arm Circles Seated
* DVD Post-Natal Pilates on a mat w/ toning balls and yoga block Take some time for yourself with this energizing full-body workout! This post-natal routine is specifically designed to be gentle on your abdominals while reactivating and strengthening the deep pelvic floor muscles. By following the cues of STOTT PILATES® Master Instructor Trainer PJ O’Clair you will reach your fitness goals in no time! Feel stronger and rejuvenated while preparing your mind and body for the daily challenges of Motherhood. EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Exercise Mat and Toning Balls™ Key Benefits: -Regain your pre-pregnancy shape -Conditioning exercises help strengthen and flatten abs -Tone and sculpt your body -Reactivate and strengthen deep stabilizing muscles -Feel more energized -21 exercises EXERCISES: Breathing, Hip Hinge, Spinal Rotation, Scapula Isolation, Swimming Prep, Ab Prep, Hamstring Curls, Leg Slides, Hip Lift, Knee Lift, Spinal Rotation, Side Arm Adduction, Side Leg Lift Series, Breast Stroke Prep, Shell Stretch, Half Roll Back, Spine Twist, Single Leg Stretch, Arm Work, Hamstring Stretch, Spine Stretch Forward, Spine Twist Sitting
10 GREAT REASONS TO EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY
By Suzanne Stipe
Persaud Carrying a newborn around may sound easy, but even an 8- month-old can tip the scales at 20 pounds - not including the carrier, diaper bag or other accessories. Yeah, yeah, fitness should be its own reward. But on days when that’s not enough motivation, remember this: Exercise is as close as you can get to a panacea for common pregnancy complaints.
Keeping fit can help you look and feel great, prepare you for labor and improve fetal development. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out our easy, effective workout on page 66. And the next time you need to convince yourself to get moving, remember the benefits of exercise described here.
1 Rev those engines Next time you say, “I’m too tired to exercise,” think again. “People might be surprised at how much better exercise will make them feel and how much energy they feel they have,” says Lenita Anthony, an exercise physiologist and Reebok University master trainer. Regular training helps elevate metabolism, regulate core-body temperature more effectively and improve sleep. It also helps pregnant bodies pump the extra blood volume of pregnancy more efficiently. All of this enhances a pregnant woman’s overall well-being, says Anthony, who is writing a book for the American Council on Exercise called Pre- and Post-natal Fitness (ACE Books), due out in December.
2 improve circulation Exercise promotes circulation and stimulates the digestive processes, which help prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps and swelling in the ankles.
3 prevent gestational diabetes Hormones from the placenta create a state of insulin resistance which in some patients can lead to gestational diabetes. This condition can mean larger babies, C-sections and possibly Type II diabetes. By working out and eating sensibly to keep weight gain within a normal range, pregnant women can help prevent gestational diabetes, says Gerald Bernstein, M.D., past president of the American Diabetes Association.
4 improve your mood Exercise can improve self-esteem, reduce symptoms of depression and lessen mood swings. Among the many explanations (changing brain chemistry, improved sleep, reduced stress and the euphoria of endorphins), one important factor is the feeling of control it brings. “During pregnancy, our bodies do their own thing. They just grow and grow, and we don’t have a lot of control,” says Michelle F. Mottola, Ph.D., director of the Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario. “When we exercise, we’re doing something for our bodies and taking back a little control.”
5 enhance baby’s development The offspring of exercisers scored significantly higher on tests of both general intelligence and oral language skills, according to studies by James F. Clapp III, M.D., author of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy (Human Kinetics, 1998). In an ongoing study, gains began when children were as young as 5 days old and remained at the five-year checkup.
6 prevent back pain Pregnant exercisers report fewer pregnancy-related complications, including back and hip pain, says Elizabeth Joy, M.D., clinical associate professor in the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Strengthening the muscles that support the back — including the abdominals — can help relieve some of the forward pull that causes lower back pain, says Joy, who is on the board of trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine.
7 sleep well Ninety-seven percent of women fail to sleep through the night by the end of pregnancy, according to a study by Saint Joseph’s University and Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Pa. “Exercise is extremely beneficial for sleep problems,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., associate director of the Sleep Disorder Center at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and one of the study’s researchers. “The only caution is to not exercise at least three hours before bedtime.”
8 prepare for childbirth Some research suggests that maternal fitness results in shorter labor times, fewer medical interventions and less exhaustion during labor, but the jury is still out. Despite the controversy, most experts agree that training for labor is akin to preparing for a marathon — stamina is key. “Being fit is not going to decrease the pain, but it helps women get through 20 hours of labor and helps them bounce back,” says exercise expert Mottola.
9 be ready to tote that baby Carrying your newborn around may sound easy, but even an 8-month-old can tip the scales at 20 pounds — not including the carrier, diaper bag and other baby accessories. To prepare, moms need to strengthen their legs (to squat to baby level), upper-back and torso muscles (to lift and carry) and arms (to cradle and support that fast-growing babe). “Strength training is extremely helpful in giving women the strength and postural awareness to lift and carry a baby in a way that doesn’t cause injury,” says physiologist Anthony.
10 get your body back A sedentary lifestyle can lead to health problems. Gaining more than the recommended weight during pregnancy — 25 to 35 pounds for women of normal weight — quadruples a mother’s likelihood of obesity one year after giving birth, according to a recent study by a Cornell University nutritionist. Besides making it harder to lose the weight later, women who gain excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy tend to have bigger babies and may be at higher risk for C-sections, gestational diabetes and other complications. Suzanne Stipe Persaud is a writer in Fayetteville, Ark., and the mother of 13-month-old Logan.