It has been a few years since I had my last child, but my body is not where I would like it to be. For me, I had to ease into a workout routine to begin to accomplish my goal of getting fit again. When asked to review the new mom workout DVD Jillian Michaels: Hot Body Healthy, I was interested in seeing how different it would be from normal workouts.
Jillian Michaels: Hot Body Healthy Mommy aims to get a woman’s body in shape after having a baby (after getting clearance from your physician first) and promises fantastic results. Michaels provides three workouts that focus on a different part of your body in basic and advanced levels for every move performed:
- Upper Body – focuses on the arms, chest and back
- Lowe Body – tones buns and thighs
- Core-Strengthening – focuses on your abdominal muscles
This DVD also offers gives special instructions to moms who have had C-sections or diastasis recti so their bodies can get in shape correctly.
If you have not ever done a workout with Jillian Michaels, let me tell you this: you will feel the burn! I’m not saying this to discourage anyone from picking up Jillian Michaels: Hot Body, Healthy Mommy. I have done a few of her workouts before, and loved them because I felt as though I had accomplished something after completing a workout with Jillian Michaels. I even had the chance to go to a workout session Jillian Michaels lead personally. This was a challenge I would do again in a heartbeat!
I decided to go from head-to-toe when trying to perform each of the workouts at home. I did both the basic and the advanced moves for all three routines. The Upper Body workout was the toughest for me to get through because, well, they do not get used as much as the rest of my body on a regular basis. Each routine was really fun to do. For me, since I am now doing more high intensity workouts, these routines were easier to do. Jillian Michaels brought her enthusiasm to each workout, but it was in a more relaxed way.
I really liked that each workout is divided into three circuits so it is easy for users to remember the flow of the exercises to be performed without becoming too tired. The fact that each workout is only 20 minutes long is fabulous since I do not have a lot of time to work out during the day and I can work them in around my family’s hectic schedule. Finally, Jillian Michaels’ instructions on your form should be during a workout is fantastic. It is great to be told what you should look like when performing each of these moves.
Two quick notes for first-time users of this DVD:
- Though you can use the floor, a yoga mat is so much more comfortable when performing some of the moves when you are not on your feet; and
- There are some moves where weights are needed. You can improvise with other similar objects around your home (ex – using stainless steel water bottles filled with water to replace a 3-pound free weight).
If you are looking into getting your body back on track after having a baby, Jillian Michaels: Hot Body Healthy Mommy is a great DVD to get you started on accomplishing your fitness goals! The exercises are designed to start to get users back into wanting to become fit so they are not rigorous. The instructions on how to perform each move are great and you feel encouraged to want to continue using these routines throughout your new busy life with baby.