Quick Fix Post Natal Workout

Nancy Popp
Year Released: 2000

Categories: Pregnancy/Postpartum

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First, a little about me. I had my son four months ago, and had a rough pregnancy and delivery, so while I'm getting back into fitness, I'm starting from less then scratch, like around a -2. That being said, this was a good workout for me. It's broken down into 3 sections, I think that's how all of the Quick Fixes work. Nancy and one of the exercisers had their babies 5 months ago and the other exerciser had hers 8 months ago.
The first segment she says is for upper body, but almost the entire 10 minutes is dedicated to shoulders. Nancy uses water bottles for resistance, one woman uses small hand weights and the other uses nothing at all. Many of the moves are compound ones. For example in one exercise you do a bicep curl that turns into a front raise, you then flutter the weights, then lift them overhead, then lower all the way down. Because my shoulders aren't very strong, I had to go very light for this segment.
The second segment is lower body. The first five minutes is pretty much squats. The second five minutes is floor work.
The last segment is abs. It's basically variations on the oblique crunch. This was pretty hard for me, but I never liked ab work before I was pregnant, and I had a c-section so any ab work is difficult for me these days.
If you are one of the women who was able to keep exercising throughout their pregnancy, this probably isn't for you. But if your experience was more like mine and you want a workout you'll be able to accomplish as is instead of having to modify a lot, this one will fit the bill.

Instructor Comments:
Nancy had her baby 5 months before the making of the video and looked great. Her cues were well timed and she was friendly without being chatty.