Workout Trainer app feature: Add Exercise Videos

Love doing workouts with move-by-move exercise instruction? Indeed, we do too! We’ve been busy building the largest 1500+ exercise database, and now you can build upon it even further with your own videos. Videos show you and fellow members how certain movements flow ‘in action’ while you play through workouts so let’s check out this new feature in the latest version of Workout Trainer. Simply head over to the Workouts tab and select the Exercise Library option. Hit that ‘+’ button. In the New Exercise screen, tap the Select button to add a pre-recorded landscape video that you have saved in the media library on your device.

Remember: exercise videos must be at least 1080 HD quality and between 5-60 seconds long. We will automatically crop videos to have an aspect ratio of 4:3 and all audio will be removed from them in order to be supported in our workout player.

After we have approved your video, you will receive a notification that it’s ready to use. Head to the My Exercises section and you’ll see that the exercise’s overview page now displays a video icon. You can add your exercises to new and existing workouts. If you have an existing workout, you can edit/update it to add the new exercise to include the new video.

TIPS for creating great video content

Creating great video content is easier than you might think. All you need is your trusty smartphone, a way to prop your phone up in landscape mode, and a welcoming space with good lighting. Here are some tips to help you create everlasting video content:

  1. Choose an uncluttered space to capture your videos. Clear some furniture and set your dirty laundry aside. Less distractions means we can focus in on you and the exercise movement 😉
  2. Set your smartphone / recording device up on a tripod or makeshift stand instead of having your buddy record you with his/her unstable hands. It’ll look more professional, trust us! And make sure that you are capturing your entire body performing the moves — not too far away and not too close. For your reference, here’s a trusty (and budget-friendly) smartphone tripod holder holding an iPhone in landscape mode:
  3. Go bright! The lighting here is key. Shoot your videos in a bright, naturally lit space and optionally set up some extra lights like a simple ‘selfie’ light ring. These rings look like this:
  4. Crop your video. It’s super easy to edit your video on your phone and crop out any unwanted setup and end bits (like if you’ve recorded yourself tapping the record button on/off). Again, just make sure that the video is between 5-60 seconds so we can properly display it.

Did you know you can also add your own entire, full-length workout videos with your own audio? Head over to our blog post about adding full-length workout videos using YouTube for a quick refresher on how that works.

These power features are just a few benefits of being a PRO+ member. We strive to create the best fitness experience for you AND help you dig even deeper into your training by providing tools that let you create personalized training content in the Workout Trainer app.

Download the latest Workout Trainer app update on your Android & iOS and unlock our Pro+ membership for a training experience that’s extra comprehensive and customizable.

Workout Trainer: Quick Tips for Integrated YouTube Workouts

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Power Features for YouTube Workouts

While millions of people around the globe are still doing their best to stay active from their own living room, backyard, or local park; YouTube fitness stars have really risen to the occasion and are sharing awesome new training content every day.

Over the past year, we’ve carefully curated 1000+ amazing workouts from your favorite YouTube fitness celebrities and now you can easily discover, organize, and add some of your own to the mix in Workout Trainer.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Power Features for YouTube Workouts

We’ve already seen some great YouTube workouts added by our community members so far. You can easily find them in-app under the YouTube workouts category. Explore the entire range of integrated YouTube workouts by using our advanced search features to filter and find exactly what you’re looking for.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Power Features for YouTube Workouts

You don’t have to be a PRO+ member to play all of these amazing YouTube workouts in Workout Trainer! However, if you want to create more than 3 workouts on our platform (including adding YouTube workouts), you’ll need to be a PRO+ member. Add your own YouTube workouts by tapping on the ‘+’ icon and then selecting ‘YouTube Video’ from the menu options. Copy and paste the link to your chosen YouTube video workout, et voilà, you’re ready to go!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Power Features for YouTube Workouts

As a PRO+ member, you can also organize your own YouTube workouts, as well as those added by fellow Skimblers. From the Workout Info page, tap the ‘…’ icon in the top right corner of the screen. From here, you can select several menu options to edit the Target Type (e.g. core, full body, shoulders, etc.), set the Required Equipment needed for a workout (e.g. exercise mat, jump rope, dumbbells, etc.), and put them into any relevant Categories to help others discover them more easily (e.g. cardio, weight loss, yoga, etc.).

Download the latest Workout Trainer app update on your Android & iOS devices to try out these power features for YouTube workouts today. Look out for our top picks as we feature new YouTube fitness stars every week in our app.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Get Everything! (Renewed) – by Trainer Chris Sumo

This is a full body workout created to address strength and power concerns as well as muscular endurance training.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer Chris Sumo. He is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to his profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.Male personal trainer doing lunge jumps at a crossfit boxDo 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: Yoga-Style Fitness Test

Assess your stamina with this yoga-inspired fitness test. What does this mean in yoga? Long holds! Start with breath awareness, then deepen your breath, and know that when you endure, you will feel better for it. The key is to stay strong yet relaxed… in other words, do not tense up. Tip: each time you start to notice tension, focus on relaxing your jaw and eyebrows.
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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Little Dragon Spring Roll (by Trainer John Wu)

This is a short foam-roller session to work out those tight muscles, cool down and relax after your training.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer John Wu. He is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to his profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Strong Legs & Triceps

In less than 25 mins, you can get a great leg and triceps based workout right here! The only equipment needed for this session are a few different moderately weighted dumbbells for variety. Set yourself up near a box, step, or bench so you can finish off strong with some Bulgarian Split Squats near the end.
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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Leg Burner (by Trainer Ömer Köseoğlu)

This simple lower body workout can be done at home with the help of a chair and an exercise mat, although neither are necessary if you don’t have access to them. A light full body warm up is also included.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: 5-Min Meditation & Stretch

Stretch your neck, calm your mind, enter zen mode, and enjoy the bliss! As little as five minutes of meditation each day can help you focus on the present, reduce negative emotions, build skills to manage stress, and increase overall self-awareness. Try doing this simple session for seven days straight and see if you start to notice the benefits.
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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Push ‘n Pull (by Coach Matt Vinzant)

You will need a pull-up bar and a bench, step, box, or chair to complete this 30-min workout. Get ready to Push ‘n Pull your way through it!

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Total Body Pump

Grab two single dumbbells or kettlebells; one should be a medium weight and the other should be a heavy weight. Let’s work our way through this total body builder together. The reps will decrease every two rounds, but this is also when your weight should increase. You’ll want to get yourself set up with weights that are challenging enough but that will still allow you to finish the reps in perfect form.
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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Chest Pump (by Trainer Ömer Köseoğlu)

Do this short upper body workout to target your shoulder and chest areas. For maximum benefit, try to go super slow with these push-up variations.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Booty and Ab Blast

Let’s tone up these muscle groups, a.k.a. the power house, to feel strong and confident as you tackle every day. No equipment needed for this workout, just a yoga mat if you have one handy. Buckle up and settle in for the next 20 minutes of sweet, sweet grind.
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