Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Better with Balance (by Trainer Danette Lane)

Incorporating balance training in your workout challenges the core and your mind. Focus is a requirement! Strengthen your brain and your obliques with this workout. Each exercise is to be performed unilaterally, with 10 repetitions on each side. Make sure you keep your shoes on and stand on a non-slippery surface for safety.

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

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: John Wu

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Meet John Wu, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! With his extensive knowledge of Western and Chinese Medicine, John is able to help his clients with a well-rounded approach to both physical and mental health. We recently had the chance to chat with John and learn about why he believes balance is the most important component in achieving any long-term health goals.

Tell us a bit about your background and where you’re from.

John: I traveled a lot during my youth and lived in many places including the Deep South, the Midwest, and New England. I graduated from the University of Maine with a dual major in Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Pre-medical Sciences, and a Minor in Education. I went on to attend a 5-year medical program at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine with a focus on Acupuncture and Massage.

John Alsobrooks studying Chinese Medicine at the University of Beijing

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

John: I’ve loved training ever since I could lift weights when I was about 12 or 13 years old. My two older brothers played on college sports teams and inspired me a lot. I played sports myself for a while in junior high and high school, and I joined the ROTC Physical Training team. I then began practicing martial arts when I was in college and absolutely fell in love with it. I trained in the USA for a while and then went to train in a martial arts school in Beijing, where we trained 6-8 hours a day, 6 days a week, which included a type of “inner training” through different meditation practices. That’s when I decided that I wanted to practice medicine, and Chinese Medicine in particular, so I finished my Bachelor’s degree in the USA and went back to China to complete a medical degree. With my studies in Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts, training in meditation, and a background in education, it all came together and fit really well to form a comprehensive modality of fitness and health preservation. Exercise is one of the best medicines we have, and it’s free!

What are your training specialties?

John: Fundamentally, I am a big supporter of cross-training. I believe in a well-rounded physique capable of handling anything that the world throws at us. This includes weightlifting, bodyweight training, outdoor sports training, HIIT, martial arts/kickboxing, steady-state cardio-respiratory training, and overall fitness for both healthy populations and those suffering from a disease. I also like to incorporate some breathing exercises, as well as neuromuscular and flexibility exercises that are meditative-like to keep people grounded, focused, and motivated.

Trainer John Wu Alsobrooks meditating in Beijing

What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

John: I love the fact that I can see what my clients are doing through the 1:1 messaging stream, and I can immediately communicate with them and change anything in their exercise prescription that needs adjusting. I also like that they can see how I’m training, which I hope gives them some motivation to continue their own routines.

Who are your heroes?

John: My heroes are an odd mix of ancient Chinese physicians that advocated exercise for health, my martial arts teacher in Beijing – Master Wang Zhi Peng, outdoor sports pioneers like climbing pros Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Also survivalists like Bear Grylls and modern physical therapists, trainers, and bodyworkers – namely Tom Meyers and Jeff Cavaliere. And finally, a “body hack” specialist, Tim Ferris.

John Alsobrooks with his Martial Arts Master Wang Zhi Peng

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

John: After a lifetime of exercise, as soon as I stop training, I feel off…so that’s a major factor in staying fit for me. Also, I try to live my life by a certain set of principles, and I believe that it’s important that my clients and patients work towards similar goals for themselves. By living my life in a healthy manner, I am a living example for others to do the same.

What are your guilty pleasures?

John: Chocolate! Hands down. I love it. However, I do go for dark, bitter-sweet chocolates instead of milk chocolates now.

Personal Trainer John Wu running in the mountains outside Beijing

What are your hidden talents?

John: I suppose with social media, nothing is really hidden anymore, but I can throw knives like a ninja, not a lot of people know about that.

Do you have any go-to training gear that you would recommend?

John: I think for some people not having access to a gym, or not having training equipment can be a deterrent for doing exercise. I say use what you have! I love getting creative with my equipment, and whenever I don’t have something, I see what I can use that I already have instead of running out to buy something new. For in-home training, I like using a suspension system or suspension rings, some resistance bands, and a home-made speedball using elastic bands and a tennis ball.

Trainer John Alsobrooks navigating during a hiking trip

Please share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

John: The secret to health is balance. It’s really quite simple. Exercise is wonderful, and we can all benefit from a healthy daily dose of exercise, but there are many other aspects of health that require attention as well, such as stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and sleep. If any one of these is off, in any way, our health is going to suffer. If you’re not getting enough good quality sleep, your training will suffer. If your nutrition plan is off, many other aspects of your life will suffer. They are all interconnected. So, if you want to train like a beast, sleep like a baby.

Thanks for sharing with us, John, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your training biz!

John Wu is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let him help you crush your fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow John and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.


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

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Push-Up Trainer (by Trainer John Alsobrooks)

A timed workout, training to improve only one exercise: push-ups. Keep your back straight and get your chin to touch the floor. Sets 1, 3, 4 at 60%~70% of your maximum number of reps. Set 2 at 75%~85% of your max number of reps. Continue with the fifth set until you cannot keep proper form or cannot complete a full push-up.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: John Alsobrooks. 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.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Push-Up Trainer by John AlsobrooksDo 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 Free Workout of the Week: Pull-Up Trainer (by Trainer John Wu)

Basic pull-up training. First set at 60-70% of max reps, second set at 80-90%, third and fourth sets at 60-70%, last set max reps with 2 minutes of rest between sets. Feel free to do some leg or core work during your rest time.

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.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Pull-Up Trainer by John WuDo 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 Free Workout of the Week: Pressed for Time (By Trainer Danette Lane)

This 30-minute bodyweight workout is safe, quick and can be done anywhere – no equipment necessary! (Also, great for beginners.) If you cannot complete all the reps, modify it to your starting ability and work up to the full workout.

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

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Pressed for Time (By Trainer Danette Lane)Do 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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Workout Trainer Launches Online Personal Training For 2017

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training

Crush your 2017 fitness resolutions with personalized 1:1 coaching from anywhere! Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer helps you reach your goals, with the flexibility and affordability you need. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, improve flexibility or train for a competition, our expert coaches are here to help you every step of the way.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training

Get started by browsing the Trainer directory to find an expert that fits your needs. Hundreds of certified fitness professionals provide a wide range of training specialties to help you reach your goals. Once you’ve found your perfect match, simply tap ‘Start 1:1 Online Training’ to sign up.

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Your chosen Online Trainer will work with you to develop a personalized schedule that fits into your weekly routine. Virtual fitness assessments and progress tracking help you adapt your training as you advance towards your fitness goals. You’ll also be held accountable for your weekly workouts with assignments, tips, and motivation along the way.

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See and feel the results in no time! Your Online Trainer will take out the guesswork by providing move-by-move workouts you can do anywhere. Simply follow along to expert audio, photo and video guidance to work out wherever, whenever you choose.

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Want to get serious about your fitness but don’t want to empty your wallet? Get started with Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer for Android and iOS for as little as $25 a week.

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Keep your clients on their toes with 1:1 Training in Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How to Get started with Online Personal Training

1:1 Training in Workout Trainer enables fitness professionals to coach their clients near and far. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to train existing clients with remote workout assignments, or grow your business by training new online clients in your downtime. We have just the solution for you! Skimble’s new Online Personal Training marketplace allows trainers to earn extra income and maximize their time with flexibility. Learn more about the tools available to you as a Verified Trainer in Workout Trainer, and how you can keep your clients motivated to reach their fitness goals every step of the way.

Send Trainer-Client Messages

Once you’ve set up 1:1 Training with your clients, you’ll be able to find them in the ‘Clients’ tab in the left side menu. Tapping through on a client’s name will take you to the 1:1 messaging stream, where you can easily share a variety of training content with your clients. You can send text-based messages of your own or use any of the message templates provided in-app. To use one of these message templates, simply tap the ‘+’ icon to the left of the text field.

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Share Training Content

The same ‘+’ icon to the left of the text field will allow you to send custom multimedia exercises, workouts and workout collections to your clients. Select what kind of training content you want to share and follow the guidelines on the screen.

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Send Progress Photos

By tapping the ‘+’ icon to the left of the text field you’ll also be able to send and receive photos in the messaging stream. This is a great way for clients to share their progress pics in private, or even for you to give specific feedback that may require a visual to help the client understand your instructions better.

Client Progress Tracking

From the messaging stream, you can view individual client fitness assessments and overall progress tracking. Simply tap the ‘stats’ icon at the top right under the settings cog to reach the ‘Client Details’ page. Here you can find the client’s fitness assessment information, along with a quick snapshot of their progress so far. By tapping ‘Workout History’ you’ll be able to see exactly which workouts they have completed, and by going into ‘Stats’ you’ll be taken to a more detailed view of their weekly progress.

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Client Billing and Payment Processing for Trainers

Skimble’s Online Personal Training marketplace is equipped to handle all the processing and payment aspects related to remote coaching. Clients can securely book your services directly from your Trainer profile page using their credit card in-app, and other forms of payment such as Apple Pay on our website. Trainers can create easy-to-follow coaching content for their clients and track their progress to make sure clients stay accountable and achieve their goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Payment Options

Skimble is excited to provide a robust online coaching solution that enables Trainers to expand their reach and make money online. Trainers who are actively using paid 1:1 Training are generally compensated on a monthly basis directly to their US bank accounts. There is no cost to get started and, similar to other general e-learning marketplaces, Skimble offers a competitive service fee when Clients book 1:1 Training through our platform. Learn more about this on our Trainer FAQ page.

Are you a certified fitness professional looking to grow your business? Submit your certs today and get verified as a Skimble Trainer. Join the mobile fitness movement and take your coaching to the next level with Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer on Android and iOS.

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Workout Trainer Launches Online Personal Training

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Trainers

Are you a fitness professional looking to grow your business? Then look no further! Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer provides a simple platform for personal trainers to earn extra income and maximize their time with flexibility. Whether you’re looking to spice up your coaching by training current clients with multimedia workout assignments, or growing your business by taking on new remote clients in your downtime. Get set up for Online Personal Training and start taking on clients for 1:1 Training today.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Benefits

If you’re already a Verified Trainer in Workout Trainer, then simply sign up on our website following these three steps. Not verified yet? NO PROBLEM! As a certified fitness professional, it’s not too late to submit your certs to get verified and start Online Personal Training with clients near and far.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Get Started

Our new Trainer-Client marketplace will be available in-app in the next Workout Trainer update, so get set up now to get the most visibility. This marketplace is rolling out for US-based trainers with a US bank account during our beta period. Once you’ve signed up, make sure you turn ON the ‘Accept New Clients’ toggle option to indicate that you are ready to take on clients for Online Personal Training.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Get Started

Once the ‘Accept New Clients’ option has been turned on, Skimble members will be able to select ‘Start 1:1 Online Training’ at the bottom of your Trainer profile in Workout Trainer to begin training with you. Add the official Verified Trainer badge to your email signature, coaching website, fitness blog, etc. to start sending more traffic to your Trainer profile and growing your business.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Get Started

Ready to take control of your coaching business? Get started with Online Personal Training today and make the most of our Trainer Tools in Workout Trainer for Android and iOS.

Any questions or feedback as you get started? Please take a look at our Trainer help page or shoot us an email at trainers@skimble.com, we’re here to help!

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Claim your Verified Trainer Badge to Grow your Online Reputation

skimble-workout-trainer-trainer-badge-blog-header-700x394Since launching our Trainer Tools in Workout Trainer this year, we’ve verified hundreds of fitness professionals and personal trainers with a variety of backgrounds and specialties. In an effort to enable our Trainers to further build their brand and expand their online coaching business, we’ve created a Verified Trainer badge. This badge can be used to link fans and potential clients to your Workout Trainer profile. Simply insert the badge into your email signature, coaching website, fitness blog, or wherever else you see fit.

Follow these simple steps to download the badge and link it to your Trainer profile:

  1. Select the format that best suits your needs
  2. Right-click over an image and choose ‘Save Image As…’ (once you save it, find the file in your “Downloads” or specified folder)
  3. Insert the file you just saved into your email signature, website or preferred blogging platform
  4. Right-click the badge to ‘Insert Link’ and add your Verified Trainer profile link
  5. DONE! Start sending more traffic to your Trainer profile and growing your business

Below you’ll find 2 sets of Verified Trainer badges, the first set is for Verified Trainers and the second set is for Verified Trainers who have set up Online Personal Training. Each set consists of 3 different formats to choose from:

1. Badges for Verified Trainers

Square Verified Trainer Badge: 250×250

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Mobile-Friendly Verified Trainer Badge: 300×250

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2. Badges for Verified Trainers who offer Online Personal Training

Square Verified Trainer Badge: 250×250

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Mobile-Friendly Verified Trainer Badge: 300×250

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See the Verified Trainer badge used on Silvie Hibdon’s website – a simple way to link new traffic and connect your online presence to your Workout Trainer profile.

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Are you a certified fitness professional? Submit your certs today and get verified as a Skimble Trainer. Join the mobile fitness movement and take your coaching to the next level with Workout Trainer on Android and iOS.

Already a Verified Trainer and interested in Online Personal TrainingGet set up now on our website to earn extra income and maximize your time with flexibility.

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Workout Trainer Roundup: Skimble’s Personal Trainer Tools

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How to Get started with Online Personal Training

Skimble is a team of fitness fanatics and coaching professionals who strive to make health coaching accessible to everyone, anywhere. Along our journey, many trainers expressed their need for mobile tools to build their brand, train their clients, keep their clients accountable, and grow their business online. We’ve listened and have developed a platform to help trainers coach even better.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Tools Roundup

Skimble’s advanced personal trainer tools enable fitness professionals to thrive in the fitness industry and maximize their impact. If you’re a fitness professional looking for a way to earn extra income and maximize your time with flexibility, try Online Personal Training today – it’s easy and free!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: How to Get started with Online Personal Training

Ready to get started? Heck, yeah!

First, Download WORKOUT TRAINER on your Android & Apple iOS devices and sign up as a Fitness Professional.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Sign Up as a Fitness Professional

Then, check out these how-to’s & expert tips to take your coaching to the next level:

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Claim your FREE Trainer Profile

Build Your Professional Fitness Brand

Grow your Business with 1:1 Online Personal Training – NEW!

How to Coach Clients using Workout Trainer

Providing Performance Analysis Feedback to Clients

Video Tutorials

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Connect with us 💥

As a trainer, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on new features. Our Trainer initiative and Online Personal Training marketplace is a labor of love. Help us build the best tools for our training community – if you have any feedback, reach us at trainers@skimble.com.

Want more info? Check out our Trainer Help page to learn more about what makes Skimble’s new Trainer platform the most innovative on the market!

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