Monday, December 5, 2011

Excellent Postnatal Exercise DVD–Power Stretch and Sculpt with Tonya Larson (Review)


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Lose stress, relieve muscle pain, and tone your body with fitness expert Tonya Larson! A versatile workout for exercisers of all levels, Power Stretch and Sculpt guides you through core conditioning and strength training moves for the abdominals, arms, legs, neck, and back while improving circulation, flexibility, and posture. The result is a relaxing routine for the body, mind, and spirit that flows seamlessly from meditative stretching into more challenging sculpting exercises.

Inspired by a love for stretching and yoga, Tonya, a certified prenatal postnatal fitness instructor, created Power Stretch and Sculpt as a postnatal routine while recovering from her third C-section. The DVD also includes original music produced by SpiritFit Music and a bonus spiritual warm-up with Scripture meditation and prayer.

My Thoughts:

Having just had my second daughter back on 11/10, I am now getting back into exercising to help lose the weight I gained over the past 10 months.  Because it is still early on in the post natal stage, I am looking for exercise videos that are geared towards post-natal stages and that are not too strenuous.  This exercise DVD, fits the bill.

What I like best about this DVD, is that Tonya Larson is a certified prenatal/postnatal fitness instructor, so she knows the limitations a new mom who gave birth both naturally and via C-section has when it comes to exercising.  Through a relaxing exercise routine, you are able to relieve stress, muscle pain and get the blood flowing through your body.  Just after 2-3 uses of this exercise DVD, I saw a vast improvement in my mood, as  taking care of 2 children under the age of 2 all day can be stressful.  And, having to tote around a 20 lb. toddler and an 8 lb. newborn can really do a number on one’s back, so I am looking for easy ways to help relieve the lower back pain I am noticing from daily lifting.  This DVD offers wonderful routines which compact just that, in addition to teaching you proper stretching techniques, all while working areas hit hard by added pregnancy weight – arms, legs and stomach.

This low-intensity exercise DVD would be a great baby shower gift, or gift for a new mom.  And, at only 47 minutes in length, and not having to have any special equipment or mats on hand, it is perfect to do when the baby goes down for a nap.  I try and fit this exercise DVD in during my daughters’ lunch time nap, so that when they get up, I am ready to handle the afternoon with them, as they both wake up with added energy and are revving to go.  And, if one baby wakes up in the midst of the routine, I can always go back and complete the entire workout later, as this DVD allows you to break up the exercises into segments, if you are limited on time.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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