Simply StepGin Miller
Year Released: 2004
Categories: Step Aerobics
This is my other favorite step DVD, next to Let's Get Stepping with Debra Mazda.
The moves are simple, straightforward, nothing complicated so if you prefer basic moves this is for you. However, simple doesn't mean easy - this is a 51 minute step workout, so it IS challenging. A beginner's workout this is not...
But, I myself am a beginner/intermediate exerciser, and after doing the almost 40 minute 'Let's Get Stepping' workout, I was curious to see if I could do Simply Step.
And - hoo boy - yes, it's definitely a challenge, let me tell ya! Buuuut, what I love about this workout, is this could really fit almost all fitness levels, except the really, REALLY beginner. Again, it's a long workout, all cardio, but she gives plenty of options to make it as challenging or not-so-challenging. You have the option of doing the same moves on the floor, of making the workout more intense (i.e., running instead of walking around the step in one segment, running onto the step instead of walking, etc.). But - as a beginner/intermediate, I FINISHED the workout! Yes, I had to adapt it to my fitness level, had to do the moves on the floor for half the workout, but the point is, I finished it :D
So, all in all, highly recommended. The only thing that could make this even better, is if she had a couple of 30 or 40 minute premixes in addition to the main workout, for those times when you're in a hurry or if you want to do a 'quickie' workout before work. But, that's just my opinion. The workout itself is fantastic, Gin's cuing is spot-on - I learned the moves the first time through (as opposed to some tapes where you need to do them a few times to get it down pat).
Gin Miller is one of my favorite instructors - her cuing is perfect, her personality and sense of humor makes her workouts a lot of fun, (those 50 minutes actually go by pretty fast!)
Her DVDs are workout safe, meaning you won't be doing any crazy moves to injure your back, which is important for me, as I've had lower back problems in the past.
Her workouts range from beginner to advanced, but even the more advanced videos, like this one, she gives options for more beginner fitness levels so just about anyone can do these. And, even with her more 'beginner' level workouts, you won't outgrow these as you progress, as she gives adaptations for more advanced steppers.
All in all - I highly recommend anything by Gin - She, along with Debra Mazda, are my two favorite instructors - I'll definitely be getting more of Gin's tapes!