Picks and Pans Review: Jane Fonda's Workout Record for Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery
Once again Jane has some tips for keeping the tummy tight, the thighs light and torso right. This concept extension to her original, phenomenally successful Workout record is a real mother's little helper—and not the kind Mick Jagger used to sing about. Aided by Dutch-born childbirth expert Femmy DeLyser, who directs the pregnancy, birth and recovery program at Fonda's Beverly Hills fitness spa, Jane has created this double LP as a companion to her book on the same subject. Side One is devoted to fitness basics such as posture, breathing and warm-up instructions. Sides Two and Three are devoted to a rigorous exercise regimen emphasizing pelvic aligners, trunk stretches, dive squats and Lamaze-like breathing exercises for labor contractions. Side Four features a postpartum recovery workout mostly designed to firm up the pelvic region. Instead of instructions done to a backdrop of "hit" songs, this package features original, upbeat instrumental tunes composed by Lenny Coltun and Tom Kubis. Femmy, with her commanding-yet-genial Scandinavian accent, handles most of the narration—though Jane takes a few turns at instructing which muscle to flex in what position and for how long. The record and book wisely point out that women should use this program in consultation with their doctors. Expectant fathers are ignored, but they can shape up by pacing, furrowing brows and reaching into coat pockets for celebratory cigars.