Skimble launches Programs in its Workout Trainer app to help you get in shape.

Happy New Year!  Skimble’s certainly been thinking about 2012 resolutions and how we can help you live healthier.  Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of workout PROGRAMS available in the latest Workout Trainer app in the Android Market and App Store!  As the name suggests, programs help you achieve your fitness goals with step-by-step 2-6 week action plans packed with our signature follow-along multimedia workouts.

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As always, Skimble’ workout programs have been carefully developed by expert personal trainers and health coaches.  They can be customized to fit your busy schedule including the time of day you’d like to work out and the days you can work out.  The programs currently cost between $4.99-$14.99, which is a steal compared to about $100/hr for an in-person Personal Trainer.  Please try one today and let us know what you think!

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For more information about our launch, check out the full press article released on TechCrunch today.

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Mother’s Day: Meet the moms of Skimble’s founders! Breast Cancer victim. Holistic health author. Organic entrepreneurs. Eastern medicine.

We hope you’re having a great Mother’s Day!  Today, Skimble’s co-founders Gabe and Maria would like to give thanks for their moms by sharing their little-known yet inspiring stories:

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Gabe grew up in the Boston area, born to parents with holistic health backgrounds.  His mother, Johnna, was an inspiring woman and published author of Greens Glorious Greens Cookbook!  She was also a breast cancer victim who passed away during Gabe’s teenage years.  

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Resilient, Gabe continued to eat his greens along with his father, Louis, an acupuncturist who runs a holistic healing practice, American Acupuncture, in Pembroke MA and is the author of several health books.

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Gabe’s life has been filled with progressive thinkers of natural living with organic foods and holistic health.  Although their mother has passed, both Gabe and his sister Ari keep her close to their hearts and life’s work.  Ari puts it this way:

For me personally, breast cancer has affected my whole life since I was 7 years old when my mom was diagnosed with the disease. From that day on, my life would never be the same.  I have wanted to help in the fight against breast cancer for a long time and am so happy to finally be achieving that goal with my friends and family.

On that note, Gabe and Maria will be teaming up with Ari and friends this Saturday (3:30pm & 4:45pm) to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research with a TRX class in San Francisco.  Sign up if you can join us!

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Not in SF but would like to make a donation?  Please visit our Breast Cancer donation page.

 

Now a little about Maria’s moms!  Maria’s parents immigrated to Canada while she was just a baby.  They worked tirelessly to establish themselves, all while hustling Maria to/from gymnastics, figure skating, power cheer and dance lessons.  

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Entrepreneurial by nature, they started Sun Fatt Bean Sprout Co where her mom grew organic sprouts to restaurants and grocery chains like Sobeys and later a Tool & Mould making/finishing company, Nutek.

 

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Maria’s grandma is her 2nd mom!  She lived with their family in Canada and often shared the knowledge she gained from running eastern medicine pharmacies with Maria’s great grandma back in Asia.  Growing up, Maria’s life was all about being active, eating healthy and east-meets-west medicine.  After 95 lively years, grandma Ly will forever be remembered and cherished.

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Thank you, moms!  You helped empower us to be the people we are today, striving to make the world a healthier and more active place with Skimble.

We hope you had a heart-warming Mother’s Day with your moms!

Photo Recap: Workout in the Park SF, supporting Breast Cancer with SELF Magazine & Biggest Loser’s Ali Sweeney

This past weekend was Self Magazine’s Workout in the Park event in SF.  Skimble was on site to join the fun, taking part in sweat-inducing outdoor fitness classes such as Masala Bhangra, Cardio Tai Box and laBLAST with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars‘ dancer and choreographer, Louis Van Amstel.  The momentum was unstoppable with a field of strong, inspired women making high-impact moves for Breast Cancer!  Here are a series of heart-warming pics from the day’s fit events:

Skimble‘s Maria and Lombardi Sports’ Ilana keep it cool and work out in shades:

Many partners came out to play including Popchips, ClifBarZico, Hint Water, Puma, AsicsReebokAthleta, LucyJockeyNiveaGarnierCrunch & more.

What a beautiful day to get out and work out at Crissy Fields!

There was even a guest appearance by the lovely Alison Sweeney, host of NBS’ The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet…perhaps you remember her from her role in Days of our Lives?! 🙂

Rock the Steps! SF events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with Lombardi Sports, CrunchGym, Lululemon, YogaWorks, JBodyworks, RedBull, Skimble & more

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Rock the Steps is a series of SF events developed to help raise awareness and funds in support of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  These events are spearheaded by the Conquistador Climbers, an SF community-based team of personal trainers, fitness enthusiasts and location businesses.  Join Skimble founder Maria and step it up at these local events:

Sept 9th, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Happy Hour @ SOM Bar

    There will be a drink special where the proceed go towards CFF.  There’ll be a basketball hoop / arcade machine and the people who throw a certain amount of points within a time frame will have a round on Red Bull‘s tab!  

    Sept 11th, 9:00am-1:00pm: Fit-Fair @ Lombardi Sports  

      The day begins at 9:00am with a Run Club and continues with a 10:00am-1:00pm Lombardi‘s rooftop fitness day including some amazing classes including Yoga, Bootcamp and Kick Abs with live DJ sets.  There’s also going to be a raffle with lots of gear & service prizes to be won!

        Sept 11th, 8:00pm-late: Rock the Night @ Skimble  

        It’s Maria‘s Bday fundraiser and Rock the Steps’ Fit-Fair after party.  Think music, video, cupcakes, cocktails, props, prizes & more!

        Sept 18th, 8:30am-12:00pm: Cystic Fibrosis Climb for Life @ One Sansome Skyscraper

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          The Conquistador Climbers will climb 40 flights of stairs to the top of One Sansome Skyscraper in downtown San Francisco.  Our team goal is to raise $10,000 for CFF.  Please help by donating now.

          Thanks!