Tracy Anderson's Post Pregnancy WorkoutTracy Anderson
Year Released: 2008
Since Maria already gave a breakdown of this workout earlier, I'll jump in:
DO NOT DO THIS WORKOUT IF YOU ARE HEALING FROM A C-SECTION OR DIASTASIS RECTI!!!! EVEN THOUGH THE WORKOUT SAYS POST PREGNANCY IT IS NOT A REAL POST PREGNANCY WORKOUT!!!!
At the time of this review I am slightly more than 3 months post delivery by c-section. I was released by my physician at 6 weeks to resume exercise. This obviously did not mean resume Cathe or try P90X, but walking and workouts geared towards the new mother. I'd looked forward to this workout throughout my pregnancy since it says it is a Post Pregnancy Workout. It is N-O-T. It should be called "Post Pregnancy Once Your Baby Is In School" Or perhaps "Don't Let Madonna Fool You; Yes She Had Two C-Sections, But She Didn't Meet Tracy Anderson Until Years After Her Last Delivery."
I did this workout a few weeks ago and the area around my incision was sore enough to push me back into inactivity and a few days of ibuprofen. I'd been pain free for over a month when I started out. I was an upper intermediate when I got pregnant and managed to keep up working out through the sixth month of pregnancy, including modified ab work from pregnancy workouts. And I skipped ab exercises that were obviously painful or impossible for me, such as those that involved holding my legs straight out and off the floor.
There are no warnings on this DVD, no modifications shown by Tracy, no information about your body other than your muscles are asleep. Besides being difficult to impossible for someone healing from surgery, most of the exercises are contraindicated for someone dealing with diastasis recti, and you could really hurt yourself if you are not careful. This is inexcusable for a $30 DVD being endorsed by another famous mom, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Luckily I had other sources to turn to for information since my doctor did not tell me anything other than to take my meds and not lift anything heavier than my newborn, including the ladies at Video Fitness Forum, because Tracy gave me zero information about the post pregnancy period other than that she was 60 pounds overweight and out of shape.
If I were post pregnancy with my baby in high school, or had never had a baby, this would have been a challenging workout for the abs and lower body, short on form pointers and correct counting of reps, long on style and a great add on for the abs and buns. The set is uncluttered, the classical music is a nice change, the Stella McCartney for Adidas outfit is cute. The title is a misnomer even though it is a good workout for the non-postpartum, and I think it's a real disservice to women who are looking to get back into shape after recently having a baby.
My grade for postpartum exercisers: F. Other exercisers: B
Tracy Anderson says this workout is close to her heart since she gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy. She does not mention that at the time of filming her son is at least 9 years old, and that she has probably forgotten exactly how it feels to be postpartum. She is long on style, short on substantive matters such as form pointers, showing modifications, keeping count of reps. She has an enviable figure, to be sure, but I found the title to be misleading and potentially dangerous.