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Full Review: Jillian Michaels Hot Body, Healthy Mommy

It's no secret that I love Jillian Michaels' workouts. I love the toughness, I love the way her workouts are structured, and I love the results I get from them. When I heard that Jillian has finally come out with a postpartum fitness DVD I could not get my hands on it fast enough!

I was a bit apprehensive at the same time though. How in the world would Jillian's badass style gel with a body after baby type DVD? I'm so used to tough Jillian stuff that I really had no idea what to expect with this. How could this work? Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised.

I was sent a copy of Jillian Michaels Hot Body, Healthy Mommy for review purposes.
As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

OK, first what exactly is it...

Jillian Michaels Hot Body Healthy Mommyis a postpartum workout DVD that was developed alongside pregnancy and post-pregnancy workout expert Andrea Orbeck. The DVD is divided into 3 separate workouts:
  1. Upper Body- Arms, Chest, and Back.
  2. Lower Body- Bund and Thighs.
  3. Core.

Each workout is approximately 20 minutes long with a warm-up and cool-down section. They are set up in circuits in typical Jillian style. Each workout contains 3 circuits that are repeated twice each. In the upper and lower body portions you will do 2 body-weight or dumbbell moves, a no-impact cardio move, and then 2 more strength moves. Repeat. For example, with workout 1 you will warm up, then do walkout push-ups on your knees, tri-cep dips, modified burpees "baby burpees", moving bridge with lat pull to chest press, static bridge with chest fly to head-banger and then repeat for circuit 1 and move on to circuit 2, etc.

For these workouts you will need: 

  • A set of dumbbells to suit your ability level (they demonstrate with 3, 5, and 8 pound weights), 
  • Possibly a mat if you're working out on a hard surface.

Jillian recommends following the modifier and working up to the regular moves as needed. She also recommends doing these workouts once a week each and working up to twice a week each. Then, transitioning back to your pre-pregnancy favorite workouts as you are able to master these workouts.

My thoughts

This workout is not like any other Jillian workoutJillian Michaels Hot Body Healthy Mommyis appropriately a much softer, gentler Jillian than we've seen in the past. Not just the moves, but the presentation and attitude as well. At the same time it still manages to stick to the format and general feel that we know and love from previous Jillian's workouts.

I won't beat around the bush, I kind of love it. Honestly, I wish I'd had this at my 6-week mark post baby number 4! 

I love that Hot Body, Healthy Mommy is structured like the Jillian workouts I love, but tailored for me and my post-baby body.

The highlights for me:
  1. The kinder, softer approach Jillian takes. 
  2. It's the same style Jillian workout I'm used to, but built specifically for a postpartum body.
  3. Great modifiers/modifications shown for all levels of postpartum fitness.
  4. Throughout the DVD Jillian discusses special considerations for c-sections and diastasis recti, and she gives great from instruction specifically targeted for postpartum bodies.
My favorite part is when Jillian says:

"I want you to carve out this's important that right now, not only do you learn how to incorporate balance with regards to your fitness, but you learn to incorporate a little bit of balance in your life. You matter. Your health matters. When you're strong you'll be the strongest, best mom possible."

Yes! That.

I highly recommend this workout. Whether your baby is 6 weeks old or 16 years old, if you are struggling to get your fitness (and your body) back post-baby, Hot Body Healthy Mommyis a great place to start!

Other Jillian Reviews you may enjoy:

Body Revolution

Killer Buns and Thighs