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

Lower body > upper body > core is the way this workout is programmed. To save time from changing up your weights between sets, it’s best if you have two barbells set up. One for your lower body and one for your upper body exercises. Be sure to look ahead at what movements are expected of you here and warm them up by building up your weight prior to hitting start.Male CrossFit Trainer warming up his Barbell Deadlift setsDo 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: Ömer Köseoğlu

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Meet Ömer Köseoğlu, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Ömer is a never-give-up trainer who is battling Motor Neuron Disease whilst coaching his clients exclusively online these days. We recently had the chance to chat with Ömer and learn about his transition from in-person training to working with clients remotely.

Tell us a bit about yourself – where are you from?

Ömer: I grew up in Ankara, Turkey. My interest in health and fitness began when I was 15 years old. I started working out in a famous gym owned by a national bodybuilding champ. The idea of becoming a fitness trainer and owning a fitness facility instantly became very appealing. During my college education, I stayed in the U.S. midwest area. My roommate who was a successful baseball player inspired me to do early morning workouts and embracing a healthy lifestyle. I played tennis and worked out regularly.

After working different jobs and becoming a father, I decided to open my own gym in Ankara. It was the most enjoyable work experience I ever had. I continued to work as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for about 12 years.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Ömer: Throughout my 30’s and 40’s, I was heavily involved in the fitness industry as a trainer and gym owner. I remember most weeks, I had between 35 and 40 physical fitness classes, in which I was working as hard as all the attendees. As a result, I was always very fit during those years.

You have been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. Can you share with us more about this?

About 6 years ago, I started having muscle weakness and cramping issues. And very slowly it got worse, causing me to get tired much quicker than before. I started limping with the right side of my body, which was becoming weaker every day. After many doctors visits, screenings, and three spinal operations (one lower back and two cervical area) my condition worsened with no diagnosis. I was still able to do one-on-one coaching in my studio but it was becoming very challenging.

Two and a half years ago, my condition was finally diagnosed as MND, Motor Neuron Disease. Unfortunately, this condition has no cure and inevitably gets worse over time. In July 2021, it was a very difficult decision for me to tell my clients that I will no longer be able to continue my fitness classes.

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What motivated you to continue coaching?

Ömer: Well, I have a very dedicated group of 12 students who wanted me to find some other way to continue coaching them. At that time, I was already occasionally using Workout Trainer to send workouts to traveling students, etc.

Today, I can very rarely leave home. I can still walk but very slowly with the help of a cane. My right hand (which was my dominant side) is almost totally useless. But I can still hold a mouse with my left hand and use a computer.

So now, with the encouragement of my wonderful students, we use the Workout Trainer app on a daily basis. I sit in front of my computer at training time and vocally coach them in their own homes, while they go through a workout that I prepared using your app. This has been going on since September and my students are happy.

Being physically challenged, this situation has given me the opportunity to continue doing what I love to do and I am so thankful for that!

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What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

Ömer: My health problems forced me to stop coaching in my studio since last July, and I had to exclusively train my clients online. I quickly discovered the Workout Trainer app, which was exactly what I was looking for. It has a great selection of exercises and I can easily add my own. My favorite feature of the app is the client profile feature, which has statistics and workout history. This is very handy as I do not need to keep separate workout history records. It helps me build a progressive fitness program for my clients.

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

Ömer: Dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells are a must for my workouts. I believe strength and cardiovascular training done together is the best fitness formula. I like to use rowing, skiing and biking ergometers in conjunction with strength training.

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

Ömer: My number one fitness tip is:
– Know what motivates you, and keep the motivators close to you. –
Continuous motivation is a must for life-long heath and fitness. Every person may have different motivating factors in her/his life. If you want life long health and fitness, you have to know what motivates you and keep those motivating factors close to you. Your motivation may be to look good in a new outfit, upcoming vacation, your favorite workout gear, your commitment to your girlfriend or boyfriend, enthusiasm to learn new things, discovering great benefits of a healthy lifestyle, staying fit to enjoy the company of others, fighting diabetes or high blood pressure, keeping young to play with grandchildren, etc., etc. Whatever the reasons are, keep reminding yourself.

Thanks for sharing with us, Ömer, and all the best !

Be sure to follow Ömer and other great trainers for inspiration and motivation in the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS.


Are you a fitness professional? Want to become a Trainer like Ömer 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: Core Circuit (by Trainer Kyle Jordan)

This is an intense core circuit workout. You’ll be taking a 1-min break after completing each exercise in the circuit. If you have to take a quick 10-20 second break between exercises, then feel free to do so.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Total Body Toughness (by Trainer Brian Roberts)

This is a great cardio session mixed with upper and lower body exercises. Get yourself set up with a pair of dumbbells and a box/step before you get started.

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Leg Burn (by Trainer Mirella Naarden)

When your legs are stronger, you will move faster and nothing will bring you down! Do these exercises and let it burn!!! 🔥

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Rock the Bells

Kettlebells go waaay back (19th century!), which means so does the butt-kicking work they cause. So for this workout, put on a little throwback music (“Rock the Bells” would be appropriate) and pour a little sweat out for the peeps that brought us that big ball of iron we have grown to know and love today. This workout includes a warm-up. Multiple-sized KBs are preferred but not required.Female Personal Trainer showing us how to do a Kettlebell Curl to PressDo 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: Bench Work

This upper-body session will require some dumbbells and a bench, so get yourself set up before you hit play. You’ll need access to a pair of light and moderate weighted dumbbells for various exercises throughout. Now, let’s warm-up that bench in less than 30 minutes!Male CrossFit Trainer demonstrating Dumbbell Fly on BenchDo 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: Get Low

This lower body barbell workout requires you to warm up beforehand as well as find the weight of your back squat, front squat, and deadlift that works best for sets of 10 reps. We’re going to start you off today with some hypertrophy then move onto high-intensity toward the end. Should be fun. Let’s get to work!Male CrossFit Trainer doing Barbell Loaded Back SquatsDo 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: Griptide

If you love pull-ups as much as we do then you’ll love this workout as much as we do too. A straight bar and a good post-stretch is all you’ll need here. Log your reps and come back regularly to see your progress.Male CrossFit Trainer showing students how to do Pull-UpsDo 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: Full Body Medicine

Step into the wonderful world of dynamic movement and train your fascial system with the help of a medicine ball. This type of full body workout is great to incorporate 1-2 times a week, regardless of your current training routine and modes of training. We all want the ability to move as well as possible, and this medicine ball routine can definitely help with that.Male CrossFit Trainer demonstrating how to do Medicine Ball JackknivesDo 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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