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By Jennifer Carofano & Teri Hanson Photography by david martinez

Model, mom and pro athlete Gabrielle Reece encourages expectant women to stay active and be fit no matter what shape they’re in.


or Gabrielle Reece, being pregnant doesn’t mean taking a break from her active lifestyle. The 38-year-old model, professional volleyball player and mom to Reece Viola Hamilton, 4, is co-creator of a new series of fitness DVDs titled Gabrielle Reece Fit & Healthy Prenatal Workouts (Starz Home Entertainment, “My commitment is to try and find ways to help people get or keep moving,” she says. The series follows Reece throughout her second pregnancy, and each DVD focuses on a single trimester and features moves created specifically for a particular month. “Because the series is shot in real time, I felt I could play a more sympathetic role, thanks to my ever-expanding body,” says Reece, shown here at 30 weeks. “It’s also a reminder of how strong the body is even while you’re pregnant.” Our prenatal workout is based on this series, which Reece developed with trainer Mike Monroe, a pre- and postnatal fitness expert and the founder and president of New York-based HM4fitness. “The workouts are not designed to get someone into her best shape ever, but studies have shown that women who work out during pregnancy have better pregnancies, easier deliveries and faster recoveries,” says Monroe. Designed for the mom-to-be with a low-to-moderate fitness level, our program emphasizes strengthening the arms, glutes (butt) and legs as well as the back. “Because of the added weight in the abdomen and chest areas, it’s important to strengthen those muscles that maintain good posture,” says Monroe, who created the moves to reflect American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists exercise guidelines. The moves shown on pages 98–99 are tailored to the second trimester. Do this workout every other day using a set of 2- to 5-pound dumbbells. Start with 1 set of 10 reps, progressing to 3 sets of 15 reps. Note: Always check with your doctor before beginning this or any workout program during pregnancy.


Gabby in action

To see video clips of our prenatal workout, go to


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4. Kicks on all fours 1. Squat and pass
Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, stand with feet farther than hip width apart. Raise your right hand above your head, left hand at your side [A]. Squat halfway down, reaching your left hand toward your lower leg [B]. Return to standing, pass the dumbbell to your other hand and repeat. Get down on your hands and knees, wrists directly under your shoulders. Pull your belly in and your head up [A]. Kick your left leg out to the side, keeping abs tight and shoulders down [B]. Repeat kicks on your left side, then switch to the right side and repeat.

5. Dead lift to standing press
Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet farther than hip width apart. Pull abdominals in, keeping your shoulders back and down and toes pointed straight ahead. Bend forward, hinging at your hips, keeping your back straight and shoulders pulled back. Allow your arms to move naturally [A]. Return to an upright position while raising arms at an angle, palms facing front [B]. Repeat.




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2. Plié and sweep
Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet farther than hip width apart, toes and knees turned out slightly. Bend your elbows and raise your arms to shoulder level, keeping your wrists above the elbows [A]. Bend knees into a plié and move arms together so they touch in front of your chest [B]. Straighten legs to return to standing, bringing your arms back to the starting position at shoulder level.

Staying in shape during your pregnancy can also make those weeks—and months—following delivery easier. “After giving birth, you are sleep-deprived, you have a new person in your life and you are recovering from pregnancy and delivery. The stronger you can stay during your pregnancy, the easier it is going to be to recover,” says Gabrielle Reece, who plans to tackle her own post-baby body in a fourth installment of her DVD series, set to debut this fall. “It’s a reminder to women to not take pregnancy as an opportunity to let everything go,” she says. “There is no such thing as a free ride.”

Hair: Kali/ Makeup: Ulli Schober/ Manicure: Tom Bachik/ See Shopping Guide on pg. 118 for fashion and retail information.



3. Lunge and press
Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet farther than hip width apart. With your arms at your sides, pull abdominals in, toes facing forward and shoulders back and down [A]. Step back into a lunge with your right foot as you raise arms overhead [B]. Step forward with right foot and lower arms to starting position. Repeat sequence with left foot, alternating sides.

6. Side-lying kicks
Lying on your left side, bring your legs forward at an angle and prop yourself up on your left forearm. Lower your shoulders and lift your torso [A]. Keeping your hips still, flex your right foot and kick your right leg forward at an angle [B]. Return leg to starting position and repeat, then switch to right side.


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