Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Matthew Vinzant

Skimble Trainer Matthew VinzantMeet Matthew VinzantSkimble‘s featured Trainer! After witnessing firsthand the positive impacts of exercise on people’s physical and mental health, Matt knew he wanted to focus on helping people feel good about themselves. We recently had the chance to chat with Matt and learn about how he ended up where he is today.

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

Matt: I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m a loving husband and father of two, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Boxing Coach.Skimble Trainer Matthew VinzantWhat inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Matt: My love of fitness combined with my love of helping others. I used to coach a friend of mine, mostly just at home in my living room. It resulted in him losing 27lbs! I saw shifts not only in his weight but also in his mood and personality. This filled me with a sense of pride and made me feel good. That’s when I realized that I could be a Trainer – and a good one.

What are your training specialties?

Matt: I specialize in bodyweight workouts; high-intensity interval training, boxing, and combat conditioning workouts.

Skimble Trainer Matthew Vinzant

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Matt: Honestly, I just want to be ready for anything that comes my way. My number one motivation for staying fit is that I never know when I’ll have to use my body for something important, and when that time comes, I want to make sure my body is in the right condition. I also want to have optimal health so that I can remain active as I age.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Matt: Yes, of course! I love chocolate and more chocolate 🙂 and red wine.

Who are your heroes?

Matt: Fredrick Douglas, Barack Obama, and Malcolm X.

Skimble Trainer Matthew Vinzant

What are your hidden talents?

Matt: I love writing, making music, and public speaking.

What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

Matt: The “create your own workout” feature is my favorite because I love the fact that I can design a workout or program and everything is perfectly timed, in the correct order, and accompanied by voice cues. It makes workouts easy and accessible to everyone. I’m able to create workouts for my clients the night before their session and this helps me keep my workouts flowing and on time.

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

Matt: Resistance bands, speed ladders, and the Bosu ball. I use one of these items in just about every workout.

Skimble Trainer Matthew Vinzant

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

Matt: Any activity is better than no activity. A lot of times what stops my clients from being active is the thought that they have to have at least an hour or two to get in an effective workout. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even if you only have a few minutes, you can still get in a tough, effective workout. One of my favorites is a quick and intense 4-minute Tabata. Pick four exercises and alternate between them; 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off, for 4 minutes.

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

Want to follow Matt and other great trainers for inspiration and motivation? 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 Matt 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 Pro Workout of the Week: Fight for Fit

This fast-paced workout will put you in beast mode real quick. You’ll train like a fighter in this intense 20-minute set. Take it to the next level and fight for your fitness!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Pro Workout of the Week: Fight for FitDo 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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Olympic Gold Series: Boxing Gold

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Olympic Gold Series: Ready for RioGo for gold with this boxing-inspired upper body cardio routine. This workout will give you a little taste of what it takes to be a boxing champion or any Olympic athlete. Keep the intensity high for maximum benefits from this session.
Workout Trainer by Skimble: Olympic Gold Series: Boxing GoldIf 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: Olympic Moves You Can Do Every Day

Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio OlympicsWith the 2016 Olympics fast approaching, the world’s attention turns to Rio to celebrate the most renowned sporting event on the planet. 206 countries will be competing in 28 different sports and Team Skimble will be keeping up with all the action. Are you as excited as we are? For all you aspiring athletes and fitness enthusiasts, we have some Olympic-inspired workouts lined up in Workout Trainer to keep you on top of your game during your favorite events.

 

Swimming: August 6th – 13th, 2016

Like a fish out of water, practice this dry Swimming exercise when you don’t have access to a pool. Begin lying on your belly with your arms above your head at shoulder-width. Position your legs hip-width apart. Raise your head and limbs 2 to 3 inches off the ground and pretend you’re swimming. Flutter kick your feet and make small splashing movements with your hands.Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics: Swimming

Gymnastics: August 8th – 11th/14th – 16th, 2016

Learn a handstand with the help of a partner, follow these simple steps and start with this Assisted Handstand. This is a popular move to master for CrossFit enthusiasts. Set up in down dog or on your hands and knees. Have your partner stand to one side of you, by your hands. Extend one leg up so that your partner can grab it. While they provide support with one hand on the thigh, you can draw the other leg up. Voila, you’re standing upside!

Rowing: August 10th – 13th, 2016

Try Fast Rowing by setting up on a rowing machine, adjusting the foot straps to ensure that your running shoe heel is resting comfortably against the base of the foot pedal and that the strap is secured. While maintaining your rowing form, row quickly as if you were in a race. Go, go, go for gold!

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Athletics: August 12th – 21st, 2016

Try these Runners Lunges to step up your track skills and get you racing past the finish line. Stand with your feet together. As you perform a forward right lunge, place your hands on either side of your front foot. After three counts, switch sides. For added balance, place both hands on your front bent knee instead.

Boxing: August 12th – 21st, 2016

Boxing is about so much more than just punching. Try this Jab Cross Hook Elbow exercise to get a feel for the different techniques involved in this infamous sport. Stand in your fighter stance. Go for a straight left jab, then a cross, and finish with a left elbow hook!Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics: Boxing - Jab Cross Hook Elbow Left

Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes Olympic coverage and get inspired to achieve your personal best!Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics

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