Features: Salsa dance, yoga, labor prep, ab exercises, stretching, relaxation
Run time: 60 minutes
Highlights: This energetic workout is taught by fitness professional Leisa Hart, who was well into her third trimester during the taping. Modifications are demonstrated for all three trimesters, and bonus sections detail labor positions and a self-check for diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles).
Recommended props: Large towel for propping; yoga mat, carpet or rug; yoga strap or long rectangular towel; yoga ball
Why we like it: Hart is motivating and enthusiastic, and the Latin-tinged music is upbeat. She pays great attention to detail, such as demonstrating specific breathing techniques throughout the workout and reminding you to drink enough water. In fact, she talks as if she were right there in your living room.
Real mom's comment: "I love salsa dancing, and this DVD is something that I would definitely use and enjoy doing at home. I loved the music--it made me feel sexy, and I had fun with it." -- Olga Dzilvelis, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Our favorite move: Cardio Salsa Dance Steps
Stand with your feet farther than hip-width apart. Take a step to the front with your left foot, rocking onto the foot in a mambo step; sway your hips and wave your arms over your head (shown). Bring your arms back down as you step back onto your left foot and bring your feet together. Repeat with the other foot. A fun cardio move that helps you feel sexy as your belly grows.
Goldhil Entertainment, 2003; naturaljourneys.com
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