I'm usually a big fan of Gin Miller's workouts, but I did not care for this one. The production qaulity is not good (including the beginning of the video where they tell you that you will need a mat and then they spell it on the screen "matt". At one point Gin mentions her hair flopping in her eyes which I had already noticed because it was distracting. The aerobics section was basically taking the same combination from the top over and over with no variety and I thought the toning segments seemed very disjointed. All in all, it is my least favorite of her workouts that I own.
This workout is called "Simply Circuit", but I didn't really feel it was a true circuit style workout. The workout was mainly cardio, with a few short weight segments interspersed. After the warm-up, the first section is hi/lo cardio. The cardio was basic steps, easy to follow, but got the heart rate up. Gin builds the hi/lo section by adding on various movements, and it goes on for a while before there is a pushup segment done on the step. I do not like having my heart rate up and then coming down to the floor and jumping back up for more cardio. This happened several times during the workout, for example, to do the triceps dips on the bench. The section cardio section is step aerobics. I liked this section more than the hi/lo; it was more fun. The movements are simple, but they move along and Gin adds on moves until you finally take it from the top and do the entire hi/lo plus the step aerobics. I enjoyed that, even though I am not usually a fan of TIFTT. I felt that by the end of the entire cardio (which took about an hour), I had worked hard, my heartrate was up, and I worked up a good sweat. The abdominal section is done seated on the step, and is unique and pretty tough, especially doing the V-sit with no hands. There is also a nice segment of planks using the step. All in all, I liked this workout a lot.
The only criticisms I have are first, the way Gin starts some of the segments by telling you to watch her, and then has you join in later; I thought it felt awkward and I wanted to start in with her right away. Second, Gin's hair is in her face and dripping, and she points it out repeatedly.
This is an intermediate to advanced workout. It is not complex, but it gives you a nice cardio workout with some variety of hi/lo and step. I am partial to Gin, so that might influence me in terms of liking the workout. I would not use this workout for strength improvement, although it would help improve cardio capacity. I rate it an A-.
Gin is one of the best instructors, in my opinion. She knows how to teach, how to cue, builds the combinations logically, is easy to follow, and has a winning personality. She is in strong physical condition, although she does not have a lean appearance.
March 21, 2004