This article is from the General Pregnancy FAQ, by swnymph@FensEnde.com (Sabrina Cuddy) with numerous contributions by others.
Do you have a year that this was produced? I tried using a Kathy Smith
pregnancy tape when I was last pregnant in 1993, and it was ridiculous.
The low impact workout was not long enough or intense enough to
accomplish anything, and the leg work was done standing up, leaning on
a chair. This is a ridiculous position for anyone who is very
pregnant--you can accomplish a lot of the same stuff lying on the floor
on your side, without risk of falling over (and leg exercises are a
MUST for me because I have a tendency to get cramps if I don't keep
I also tried the Jane Fonda tape and wasn't very impressed with that
either. I ended up using my Homestretch tapes (she does explain
modifications for pregnancy on some of them.)
I have only done the Kathy Smith Pregnancy Video. It was an OK
pick-me-up, especially on the days that I was really tired but it was
not what I would call a real "workout". I was used to doing 30 minutes
on the stairmaaster and 30 minutes on the treadmill then nautilus and
free weights- or STEP. The music was pretty silly and I got so bored
that I never made it through the toning exercises. I was a little
surprised because I have both of her STEP tapes and really like them
compared to other STEP tapes on the market.
I like the Kathy Smith tape. I was a low-impacter pre-pregnancy, so I
didn't have to modify much of the routine to fit my comfort level.
Granted, I don't find it REAL challenging compared to what I did
before, but at least it gets me up and going and revitalized enough to
get through the rest of the evening.
I don't find the legwork any problem yet (at 24 weeks). I like the abs
workout. The upper-body work is not very challenging, even when I
modify it with light weights and more reps. The stretching is pretty
good and the relaxation section is educational for those who have never
learned to do it. I haven't even looked at the post-preg exercises yet.
The beginning part on the virtues of exercise is a waste of time, but
the starting-out tips were helpful and I still review them
Overall, I'd say it's pretty good and gets me more motivated to
exercise than trying to walk an hour in 90-degree weather (in Tucson,
Ariz. and that's at 5:30 p.m.!)
I haven't looked at the other tapes.