Simply Strong

Gin Miller
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Total Body Workouts

With strength work, I am an intermediate exerciser, who usually doesn’t want to move up to advanced work. I have really enjoyed getting into workouts on the ball and Pilates as an alternative to traditional strength training. Recently, however,

I have been looking forward to a time in the near future when I will do a strength emphasis and focus on workouts in which I
use heavier weights. That is one reason I was interested in this workout. Usually, I am more into cardio than strength workouts, so this would be a new thing for me.

In this workout, the set looks like a living room and Gin is by herself through the entire workout. It is a bright and airy
look. Up front, she defines what equipment you will need and suggests you watch the whole thing and view the longer
introduction at the end of the workout.

Throughout the workout, Gin gives precise instructions so I followed her with no problem (don't tell her I didn't preview the workout!). She maintains a slow pace through the workout with logically sequenced moves and stretches interspersed throughout the workout. She gives constant form pointers and exaplanations about what she is looking for. I found it a hard
workout. She made me work, but also motivated me to work at it much longer than I thought I would spend on it. There are
lots of complex and combination moves where you work upper and lower body at the same time. She gives lots of options and works from "hard", through "harder", and on to "hardest". Then, when she repeats the set, she encourages you to choose the level at which you want to work out.

Throughout the workout, she also cracked me up. She has a sense of humor she is quick to express and it kept the workout from becoming drudgery for me.

For now, I am keeping this workout. I found it an effective strength building workout. I'm not sure, however, that over
time I will find it a harder workout than I want to do. Only time will tell. I traded for the VHS version of this workout, because I was curious about it. I am glad that I have had a chance to do it.

Instructor Comments:
Simultaneously, she is extremely knowledgeable, a good teacher, and funny, cracking me up. The combination kept me engaged in the workout.

Laura S.