Meet Tif, Workout Trainer‘s latest featured Verified Trainer! On a mission to change the world’s attitude towards exercise one smile at a time. This local San Francisco fitness fanatic has the kind of positive spirit that’s contagious, you can’t help but get up and join in.
We recently had the chance to chat with Tif Sippel about her fun workout style and how she uses Workout Trainer to inspire and motivate others to join the fitness movement.
Q 1. Tell us a bit about your background and how you initially got involved in fitness?
Tif: My journey that led to a career in fitness began at a very young age. I grew up studying dance and gymnastics, both of which contributed to gaining invaluable experience and knowledge of body mechanics. Today my training methods are still based on the philosophy that workouts should be fun, motivating, challenging and individualized. My motivation is to deliver clients a mean workout with a smile 🙂
Q 2. What’s your favorite workout style?
Tif: Being surrounded by fitness every day can make any workout method get old really quick. There is something to be said about specializing, but there is also something to be said about keeping it varied and mixing things up. I myself live by the latter! While there are certain things that will always be a foundation for me (joint mobility and strength, dance, being upside down) everything else goes through cycles. Olympic Lifting, Kettlebells, TRX, Parkour, Surfing, Acrobatics, Rowing, Plyometrics, Cycling, Hiking, Trail Running, Barre….the list goes on. No “fitness method” is off limits for me.
Q 3. How does Workout Trainer help you as a fitness professional?
Tif: It’s a great way to get my clients to work out when they go out of town. I also like creating a workout in the app after I’ve done a killer workout that I think the world should know about. It’s a way of documenting a workout that I may forget down the road and can refer to later to see where I’m at with my fitness level. Another thing I love about the app is that it gives me a chance to see what a larger population of fitness goers are into. I live in San Francisco where fitness is a big part of a lot of people’s lives. We live in a “fitness bubble” and it’s great to see what people naturally gravitate to in the app.
Q 4. Wonderful to hear! Do you have a favorite feature in the app?
Tif: I love the ability to communicate with people around the world about workouts and interact with Skimble community posts. I don’t ever want to take for granted how technology gives us the ability to connect with people everywhere. It’s so great to have this global knowledge and insight, especially as a professional in the fitness industry.
Q 5. What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?
Tif: Honestly, there is this little guy in my head who tells me that because I am a representative of the fitness industry it would be a good idea to stay fit. And by “stay fit” I mean “be fit” not “look fit”. That’s a whole other conversation I won’t get into now. More importantly and on a larger scale, what keeps me motivated to stay fit is the addiction I have to moving my body and the results I get from following through. It gives me confidence, puts my mind at ease, allows me the opportunity to do something for myself and hang out with friends. It makes my life more fulfilled and that is definitely something I love about fitness.
Q 6. Finally, please share a secret fitness or health tip with us…
Tif: Don’t do it if you hate it. It may not seem like a secret but time and time again I hear people say how much they hate going to the gym or going on that run, etc. If you hate it, you’ll end up loathing it and you’ll never want to do it again. Take the time to find something that makes you tick. Maybe it’s joining a team sport, hiking, chasing your dog, playing on a playground, dedicating yourself to learn a trick. I’ll also add to that, that sometimes people don’t want to move because something hurts or they’re so mentally drained that they don’t have the energy. Most of the time people don’t even realize that this is the case because it’s discarded as laziness. In that case, I usually suggest to try and see a professional or specialist about it. It could be a medical professional, a life coach, a professional organizer, a house cleaner; the diagnosis is up to you and what’s happening in your life. The body wants to move, we just need to find a way that it likes to.
Thanks for sharing with us, Tif, and keep up the positive vibes!