Warning & Copyright
Intro Baby Bells 2
- Guidelines and Safety
Safety Baby Bells 2
Why Workout During Pregnancy
- The Workout
The Workout - 23 minutes
Baby Bells 2 - The Fit Pregnancy Workout with Kettlebells
PRESENTING BABY BELLS 2
The follow up to the very first Kettlebell Workout, Baby Bells, designed for pregnant women with the option to use a kettlebell during the workout.
- The definitive guide to working out while pregnant.
- Practical, safe instruction from one of the world's foremost authorities on kettlebell training.
- Stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy.
- Recover faster and get back to your pre-pregnancy weight faster.
- Increase Energy!
- Increase Muscle Tone! Prepare Your Body For Labor!
- The Perfect Pregnancy Kettlebell Workouts under 25 minutes
Practice Pregnancy Friendly Exercises with instruction throughout
Sumo Deadlifts (off centered)
Band Pull aparts
Bottoms Up Press
One Arm Rows
If you don't own the first Baby Bells look in to getting the whole streaming package here
Reviews from the FIRST Baby Bells DVD
By LC on April 9, 2009
First, let me say I am a newbie to kettlebell work and far from an expert on this subject. This DVD appears to have been designed for pregnant women who wish to keep training, but is probably not meant for a pregnant woman looking to start a new exercise regime. I am not pregnant, but I am not in fantastic athletic shape either, so I purchased this hoping it would challenge me, but not be so killer that I would give up in frustration. This routine is less intense than Lauren's first DVD, or Sarah Lurie's Iron Core I, which are my only other kettlebell DVDs. However, I am not saying that this work out is easy - Lauren is about 6 1/2 months pregnant and still puts me to shame. The DVD is chaptered and includes a joint mobility/warm-up, three workout sections and a cool-down stretch; if you do all of them together, it clocks in around 40 minutes. It is just Lauren, no background exercisers, and she takes you through two sets of various kettlebell and body weight moves in each of the three sections. For many moves, she shows modifications via picture in picture in the corner. She alternates between three different weight kettlebells depending on what move she is doing (but never uses more than one kettlebell at a time). I only own an 18# bell, so I just use that, except I use an 8# dumbbell to do halos for now. She does 2-handed swings, overhead swings, sumo squats, push-ups, lunges, triceps extensions and a lot of other moves I can't remember off the top of my head. If you need form pointers to learn the moves, you should check out Lauren's other DVD (or, ideally, meet personally with an RKC trainer). The music is soft & relaxing; Lauren's demeanor is calm & serious; the production values are very good. I am really enjoying this DVD. There is no dread factor for me and the slower pace allows me to focus on my form, rather than feeling I have to race to keep up and then getting discouraged. I am very happy with my purchase!
I will agree that the production is not as high quality as other DVDs compared to the price, but I enjoy this too much for that to be a factor. I also wouldn't necessarily recommend this to someone who has never worked with a kettlebell before as she does not verbally review basic form (aside from what you see) which may not benefit some new to this type of workout.
By Jessy Ko on February 26, 2010
I would recommend that once in your second trimester or further in your pregnancy you reduce the number of exercises you do with the kettlebell as you follow the video or consider doing just one of the workout segments per workout plus warm up and cool down. As well as, decreasing the amount of weight you use as you progress in your pregnancy. Plus remember to take water breaks and let your heart rate come down in between every circuit in the video.
Do not start this video if you have not been working out, are new to working out, and in your second trimester or further. I would think the combination of the three together would make this video way to difficult for you.
By archaeogal on November 18, 2009
We quit the gym to save money and I needed something to kickstart me back into working out at home. I wanted a workout that was somewhat challenging. I also wanted something that was fun to do. The Baby Bells workout is fast paced and the instructor (Lauren Brooks) moves you through the workout in a serious and straightforward manner. It's so great to see her beautiful baby belly too.
If you are into kettlebell training or simply want to try something new and stay fit throughout your pregnancy, I would highly recommend this DVD. This DVD is probably great for beginners and intermediates. Although, she uses kettlebells, she also instructs that each weight lifting movement can also be done with regular dumbbells. Each movement also has an unweighted option if you're uncomfortable with weights.
Here is one thing you should be aware of in this DVD. Lauren seems to assume some experience with kettle bells so the moves aren't broken down extensively. This is good for run time but potentially problematic if you haven't used kettle bells before. Although this DVD is designed for pregnancy you should remember that you can injure yourself doing kettle bells the wrong way pregnant or not.
If you haven't used kettle bells before or have limited experience with them I would strongly suggest doing the following:
1. Watch all 3 workouts in their entirely (without doing them) and make a note of any moves you haven't done before
2. Find instructional videos (YouTube has some) on how to do the move
3. The first few times you do the new moves have someone else watch you to see if what you are doing looks like how Lauren is doing it. Eventually you will be able to "feel" when you do it right but in the beginning having someone else there to tell you if you are off is important.
The first thing that struck me about Lauren Brooks’ DVD, Baby Bells: The Fit Pregnancy Workout was its originality. This is the first prenatal workout DVD I’ve come across to use kettlebells. Although you don’t have to have them, kettlebells definitely increase the intensity of the workout. That being said, you could do the DVD with a dumbbell or without any weights at all for a lower-intensity workout, which is also a plus during pregnancy.
The second thing that impressed me about the DVD was the way that Brooks tailored the exercises to pregnant women. Not only are all of the exercises safe to do during pregnancy, but they’re also particularly beneficial for the pregnant body. From the shoulder and neck stretches in the warm up, to the sumo squats and modified push-ups in the main segment, to the hip flexor stretch and squats in the birthing position in the final cool-down, Brooks knew just which muscle groups to target. As a Pre-Natal Fitness Specialist and mother of two, I noticed this aspect of the workout right away.
Here’s a brief overview of the workout, which is divided into three segments:
1. Warm-Up Segment
Brooks begins the workout with a brief four-minute warm-up that targets the shoulders, neck, hip and pelvic area. Brooks includes all of those great feel-good pregnancy stretches in her warm-up, including neck stretches, shoulder rolls and pelvic tilts. She finishes off with knee circles.
It’s only been 13 months since my last pregnancy, but I have to say that doing pelvic tilts and knee circles made me wish I was pregnant again. I never knew pelvic tilts could feel so good until I was eight months pregnant with my first baby! The warm-up segment is short but effective, and I would recommend all pregnant women do the routine when they wake up in the morning and before bed at night to relieve stress and relax the muscles.
2. Workout Segment
The DVD workout segment features three separate workouts, each of which is repeated twice. The first section is about six minutes long and includes halos, sumo squats, and kettlebell swings. The second section is a nine-minute workout that includes squats, push-ups, one arm rows, and overhead swings. The third and final section includes bicep curls, tricep extensions, alternate back lunges, clean and press, and side planks.
Brooks not only covers many of the most important muscle groups for pregnant women in this segment, but she also provides helpful modifications for many of the exercises. And of course, Brooks always emphasizes proper form and breathing techniques throughout the workout. Each section is repeated twice, and rather than simply saying, “Okay, now do that one more time,” Brooks actually takes the time to go through the repetitions with you, which I thought was very helpful.
3. Cool-Down Segment
In the cool-down segment, Brooks focuses on the lower body, with stretches for the hip flexors and glutes, as well as child’s pose. She ends the workout with squats in the birthing position, which are great for opening the hips and preparing for labor at any stage of pregnancy. Like the warm-up segment, I would recommend the cool-down segment on its own for an early morning or bedtime workout to relieve tension that often builds up during pregnancy.
Brooks also provides a helpful introduction and a section of guidelines and safety for pregnant women, which explain the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, as well as safety tips. The short closing section provides contact information and a cute shot of Brooks with her camera-happy toddler.
I said above that Brooks emphasizes proper form throughout the video. She does so in a particularly effective way - she’s pregnant! Brooks was a bit over six months pregnant when she filmed the DVD, and she looks amazing! I don’t know about you, but when I’m pregnant it definitely helps to see other big-bellied mama’s getting their kettlebell swing on. And Brooks does just that. She may not be as peppy and smiley as other prenatal fitness instructors. She may not have the flashy sets and skinny backup models that you find in other “sleek” DVDs (which I always found a bit annoying when my waistline was growing by the minute). But Brooks does have a few things that others don’t: the ability to inspire with a cute baby bump and a killer kettlebell swing. For these reasons, I would recommend her DVD for all pregnant women, as well as those in the postpartum period.
Breaking Muscle Magazine (Posted on 7/9/2013)
Now that I am pregnant I tried this and I could actually do it with a 10lb bell (or no bell) and am in the 1 week recovery range. I want to keep doing it once a week until I recover faster and can work up to more. I like that is is safe for all trimesters so you can use it the entire pregnancy. Lauren is good in letting you rest to get your heart rate down, and at 38 minutes you can still do it with your preggo exhaustion. She says you can do it with a dumbbell as well. And it actually has enough of a warm up and cool down that you don't have to do more before/after like most videos that only have like a 30 sec cool down.
Only negative: this video offers NO instruction. You need to know how to do the kettlebell swing, overhead swing, clean & press. I learned how to do these from Lauren's instruction in her other DVD. Or look on Youtube. Otherwise everything is very simple.
THIS VIDEO is what I have been looking for. It's sufficiently challenging, well paced, and a good use of time. The instructor is extremely pregnant herself and demonstrates everything, and includes a modification caption. The video gets your heart pumping, but keeps moving, allowing you to pause the video for how long you need to catch your breath. I really like that, so the pace of the video is solid. I definitely feel this the next day.
If you're brand new, get it, and work your way into it, and if you've been exercising before, I think you'll be happy with this video, it'll keep you working.
The DVD is broken down into warmup, workout, and cool-down. The workout section has three "rounds" of exercises (3-5 exercises per round that are repeated twice). Not all of the exercises involve a kettlebell/weight (e.g., side planks, pushups), and she gives the option of using dumbbells for people who may not have used kettlebells. Lauren also shows modifications for each of the exercises so that women who've never used kettlebells or prefer to not use weights at all can do them.
Highly recommend it!
What I find particularly great is that
- it is so easy to modify the intensity by using simply different sized kettlebells or just dumbbells
- this whole workout is tailored around the muscle groups that are so important during pregnancy and afterwards. Pelvic floor strengthening, Sumo squats, modified push-ups, hip flexor stretch, squats in the birthing position etc.
I also started doing Karyne Steben's Perfect Pregnancy Workout once to twice a week and I highly recommend this as well especially in the second and third trimester.