Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Total Body HIIT

This HIIT workout has longer exercise and rest intervals to really test your limits. This one will take some willpower to push through the exercise intervals – keep at it!
Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Total Body HIITDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Michael Lansdowne

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael Lansdowne

Meet Michael, Skimble‘s latest featured Trainer! This fit papa from Virginia calls himself a BIG KID at heart, but he’s a pretty bad ass trainer too. He started his own training business back in 2011, based on a vision to empower, motivate and impact his community. We recently had the chance to chat with Michael Lansdowne and learn more about what makes him the awesome husband, father, teacher and trainer he is. 

Tell us a bit about your background.

Michael: Where to start… Let’s see, I’ve been training for about 12 years now. I was an All-American Sprinter in college and that’s where I met my beautiful wife. Today, I’m an elementary school teacher. I’m a BIG KID at heart and love interacting and having fun with children. I believe that life should be lived to the fullest because every moment is so precious. Oh, and I love crazy socksx🙂 In fact, I have an entire drawer of crazy socks and outfits to match. My students and clients love it! For me, it’s just another way of having fun.

What inspired you to become an elementary school teacher?

Michael: I wanted to put myself in a position where I could really make a difference in the lives of children on a regular basis. Being around children makes every day different, which is what I love about the job. You can’t treat each child the same, so it’s really fun trying to get to know them as little individuals. I believe that our children need to see more role models set a good example for them, that’s my drive to be the best I can be.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael Lansdowne

How did you get involved in personal training?

Michael: Former Redskin Eddie Mason took me under his wing after college and really put his heart and soul into me. I learned so much about training and being “present” with the client, not just being there to do my job. Personal training is yet another avenue I can use to help people be the best version of themselves.

What is the Driven Leadership Academy?

Michael: I started the Driven Leadership Academy with a vision of being so much more than just another personal training business. We focus on empowering and impacting motivated people, young and old, to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives (mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually). When clients come to me, I want them to feel like family. 

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael Lansdowne

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Michael: I stumbled across Workout Trainer when I was looking for an easier way to create workouts for my clients when I wasn’t around. I tested it out on myself and loved it!

How do you use Workout Trainer in your personal life and coaching business?

Michael: I usually journal my personal workouts (I’m old school like that…) but I’ll post some of my favorites in the app to share with the community. I love finding new ways to challenge my clients as well as myself. Don’t laugh, but I create most of my workouts during my boys’ bath time in the evening.

Lol, we couldn’t resist! Once you get your creative juices flowing, how do you share your workouts and ideas?

Michael: Besides from sharing my favorite workouts in the app, I love the ability to reach out to others through motivational posts and pictures to share my ideas and inspire others. It really makes the app come to life in my opinion.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael Lansdowne

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Michael: My wife and my two little ninjas (3 years & 1 year). They are counting on me to lead by example and that’s what I strive to do every day. My boys need to see their dad exercising, making time for them, and also showing them daily how to treat their mom and others with love and respect.

Sounds like a winning plan! Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Michael: Fitness isn’t complicated, it’s actually rather simple. You have to figure out what your “WHY” is and use that to motivate you each and every day. Training isn’t a 21-day process, it’s a life long journey. We learn and we grow every day. We will fail, we will fall off the wagon, but learning from our mistakes to become better versions of who we were yesterday is the most important part of the journey.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Michael Lansdowne

Thanks for sharing with us, Michael, we’re excited to see what the future brings for you and the Driven Leadership Academy!

Want to follow Michael and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the new Trainers tab.

Are you a fitness professional? Want to become a Verified Trainer like Michael and have access to free coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Shoulder Stretches

Relax your shoulders and stretch away! Hold these stretches and listen to the audio guidance, making sure you’re feeling it in all the right places. This a great cool down routine to do after your arm day workouts.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Pro Workout of the Week: Shoulder StretchesDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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Skimble’s Program Spotlight: Freedom FIT I

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Program Spotlight: Freedom FIT I - Casual
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Get hard to the core with this free program series: Freedom Fit. This 3-part training program is great for losing those unwanted pounds and toning muscle in all the right places. Freedom Fit I starts off at a casual difficulty level and is perfect for beginners or anyone looking for a transition in their workout routine. It’s a short two-week program and only takes about 10 minutes per workout. You’ll be covering your entire body by targeting different muscle groups in each session; glutes, legs, core and arms. Stayed tuned for parts II and III as you progress to higher levels of intensity. No equipment needed for this one, so let’s get started!
Take your workouts to the next level with the Freedom FIT I program today. This one is on the house! Like working out with the encouragement of our expert trainers and motivation from the Skimble community? Go PRO+ and gain access to all of our custom training programs in Workout Trainer.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Program Spotlight: Freedom FIT I - Casual



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Skimble’s Workout Trainer: Layer Up and Get Fit This Fall!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: New Fall Programs Announcement

No excuses this Fall! It’s the perfect time to layer up and get fit with brand new programs in Workout Trainer. Whether you’re continuing your health journey, committing to a new goal, or starting down a new fitness path, we have many new training programs that will help you feel like your best self this Fall. Get colorful and give it all you’ve got!

Here is a quick intro to some of the programs in Workout Trainer this Autumn season.

Our intense Weight Loss Bootcamp will have you burning fat and feeling great in just 3 short weeks packed with bodyweight exercises. Curious about kettlebells? Why not give them a try! Our all-new Kettlebell: Stabilize program is great for beginners exploring this new training tool. Packed with staple kettlebell exercises and some out-of-the-box moves, these KB workouts will be an instant favorite. Interested in changing up your morning routine? Awaken your body with the Mobility Mornings program, a revitalizing energizing routine that’s easy-to-do in the comfort of your own bedroom. Get hard to the core as we unveil our next free program series: Freedom Fit. This 3-part training program is great for losing those unwanted pounds and toning muscle in all the right places. No equipment required!

Don’t miss the latest custom training programs in Workout Trainer. Check out Skimble’s blog over the Autumn months to learn about these awesome new programs we have developed with our certified professional trainers. Commit to your fitness goals this Fall and Go PRO+ to gain access to all programs in Workout Trainer anytime!

Layer up and train hard this Autumn to tackle your 2016 fitness resolution before the new year hits! Before you know it, you’ll have so much to be cheerful about by the holidaysx🙂

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Activated Abs

Activate your abs in this quick core workout. There aren’t a lot of breaks, so tighten up and give it your best effort with as many reps as your abdominals can muster during each exercise. In this ab workout, we’ll guide you along with exercise videos and the audio coaching you love. And, if you like this workout, we challenge you to complete our 6 Pack Toned Abs program.
Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Activated AbsDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Cardio Jump ‘n Crunch

This is a fun cardio and core workout that only requires your bodyweight. Simply jump and crunch along and feel energized and refreshed afterwards!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Pro Workout of the Week: Cardio Jump 'n CrunchDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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