Pilates Fitness Journal Video Review
Lindsey Jackson's Pilates in Pregnancy DVD
Description Lindsey Jackson, a practitioner and teacher of Pilates in the UK, became pregnant and asked herself why their was not more advise for pregnant women who wanted to continue a Pilates practice during their pregnancy. There are only about four books and three videos (one of which is pre-natal and one is post-natal) out there and they are in th US. That is not much from which to choose. Lindsey decided to produce a video of her own to share her knowledge with her clients and other pregnant women. Lindsey explains, “ Pilates strengthens the pelvic floor, abdominal and back muscles and provides an excellent method of relaxation. I was amazed to think that this wonderful technique wasn’t being taught to all pregnant mums and decide everyone should benefit from it. The video and DVD seemed the natural way to pass on all my knowledge.”
The video passes on her knowledge of Pilates in all stages of pregnancy. It consist of:
Introduction 7 minutes
Warm-Up 10 minutes
Early Pregnancy 32 minutes
Later Pregnancy 28 minutes
Post Birth 5 minutes
Level and Body Type Pre-Natal, Pregnant, Post-Natal and those who are planning on getting pregnant. The video features two pregnant women doing the exercises: Lindsey at seven months pregnant for Later Pregnancy and Tisha Baxter (also a Pilates instructor) in for Earlier Pregnancy.
Quality The video is produced simply with a plain setting. Between exercises there are scene pauses with the names of the exercise written on the screen while Lindsey explains what the next exercise will be. This screen also lets you know how many exercises you have left.
Concerns One of our typical concerns is pace and patience. The introduction warns you to be patient. The exercises are done slowly and precisely with a lot of explanation between them. This can be a concern for people who need a faster pace to stay motivated and to stick with it. However, slow and precise is just what will give you results and as your pregnancy progress you will happy for the little breaks between exercises. Make sure to check with your doctor before beginning a Pilates program and learn as much as you can about pregnancy and exercise.
Overall It is a well-done video and great to watch pregnant women with such abdominal control and grace. It is inspiring, focused on safety, endorsed by professional associations, and will last a long time – from pre-pregnancy to post-natal. There will always be something to gain from the program.
Our Favorite Feature is the introductory advice to watch the video the whole way through first. This is very important in watching all Pilates videos and it is especially so when one is pregnant. Our favorite feature is the focus on safety and proper form
What Others Have to Say
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health said “This video is endorsed by, and was produced in consultation with the Association . . . we were impressed at how thorough Lindsey was in making adaptations, based on the advice given by women’s health physiotherapists . . .”
“The video has helped me with a number of things. It has helped my back, which was a problem and has also helped me avoid the slight inconstancy I suffered following the birth of my first baby. I also regained the shape of my stomach far quicker following the birth of this child, than following the birth of my first child when I was not practicing Pilates” Susan Kinderlane
“seeing the effect I could have on my tummy muscles whilst pregnant was incredibly empowering. “ Kirsty Maddocks
“Clear and correct instructions . . . appropriate modifications .. well selected exercises . . . well produced and well instructed” Lisa Westlake Australian Physio Association
“I would highly recommend this video to all pregnant/post-partum clients, especially those who are experiencing pelvic ring dysfunction. The instructor is knowledgeable, and the quality of the exercise routine is among the best I have seen for this patient population” Lauren Potach, PT Women’s Health Coordinator Rehab Partners- Methodist Hospital, Nebraska