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The Maternal Fitness Program, taught exclusively in New York City since 1991, is now out on Video and DVD in order to make this program available to women everywhere.

The Maternal Fitness Program is an exercise program that prepares women for an easier labor and a faster recovery. The foundation of the program is the proprietary “Tupler Technique” abdominal exercises.

The program was founded by Julie Tupler, RN who is a Certified Fitness Instructor with the National Council on Strength & Fitness, a Certified Childbirth Educator, author of Maternal Fitness (Simon & Schuster, 1996) and advisory board member of Shape Fit Pregnancy. 

Julie says that the program has two main purposes:

1. To educate women about the changes their bodies go through and how to safely exercise with those changes, and

2. To provide specific abdominal and pelvic floor exercises to teach women how to push effectively during labor.

The Video or DVD Series is a 212-minute program.

The first 115 minutes tell all about the BAKS Basics. This is an acronym for the foundation exercises taught in the first two sessions of the Maternal Fitness Workshop.  BAKS stands for: B- Belly Breathing and Belly Dancing, A- Abdominals and Aerobics, K- Kegels and S- Squatting, Stretching, and Strengthening.  There are very descriptive animations of the abdominal muscles and pushing techniques in this section. 

The second part of the program is the Maternal Fitness workout with the emphasis on strengthening the abdominal muscles.

The Maternal Fitness Video or DVD is an educational and entertaining program detailing a woman who gets pregnant and goes through the Maternal Fitness Program. When Julie does the exercises wrong she is corrected!  Women can laugh and learn the program as they watch PC & the Pelvic Floor doing the “Kegel Rap” or a Jewish Mother Placenta singing “Take Me With You” to the baby.

Check out:
The Maternal Fitness Video, DVD, book, and Coming Contractions audio pain management tape.

Available on the Maternal Fitness website at



















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