Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Staci Brown

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Staci BrownMeet Staci Brown, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Staci grew up around a number of strong, healthy women and was inspired to help others feel empowered by their own health. We recently had the chance to chat with Staci and learn about her focus on Functional Training and Women’s Fitness.

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

Staci: I’m from Chicago, Illinois and grew up in a small southern suburb outside of the city. I have my B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis on preventative and rehabilitative exercise science. I’ve been in the fitness industry for the past 13 years and it brings me joy to help others achieve their personal fitness goals.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Staci: My mom was a bit of a health nut growing up, she was always at the gym and that rubbed off on me. I saw that she was much healthier than my friends’ parents so I wanted to help more people achieve what she had.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Staci BrownWhat are your training specialties?

Staci: Functional Training and Women’s Fitness are my specialties.

Why did you choose to certify with ACE and NASM?

Staci: While I was in college, my program advisor recommended these two. I happily followed the advice because I wanted to have recognizable and widely accepted certifications to my name.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Staci BrownHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Staci: The app came with my Samsung phone. I was intrigued by the platform so I decided to check it out.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Staci: I love creating workouts in Workout Trainer because the library is very extensive and full of great exercises. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, I can just create my own exercises to add.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Staci BrownHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Staci: I use the app for my own fitness planning as well as a way to recommend workouts to my clients.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Staci: In my experience, a lack of physical activity leads to more health issues affecting my body so I try to be proactive instead of being reactive to my own health.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Staci BrownFinally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Staci: The more healthy meals you eat, the more calories you burn! So munch away 🙂

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

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

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Staci 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 Verified Trainer like Staci and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Monike Medina

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaMeet Monike Medina, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Monike has her planning down to a tee and has proven to the world that there’s no room for excuses when it comes to your own health. She is an inspiration to hardworking moms everywhere, finding motivation in her family and community. We recently had the chance to chat with Monike and learn about how she juggles her family, work, and fitness commitments so elegantly.

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

Monike: About myself! I am an only child, raised by a single mom. I spent my childhood in Rowland Heights, California and moved to Claremont just before high school. Things were really tough for us growing up and my mom had to work hard to keep our family together. To stay out of trouble, I joined the basketball team during my freshmen year at Claremont High. I soon realized that ball sports were not for me! I am only 5″0 ft. and have two left feet. In my junior year, I discovered weightlifting and fell in love with it! I found out I was expecting my daughter at the end of my senior year so I put any further career plans on hold for a while.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaWhat inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Monike: Six years later, my husband was the one that inspired me to become a personal trainer. He saw how much I loved the gym and after hearing about my short-lived weightlifting career in high school he encouraged me to pursue this old passion of mine. I finally went back to school and signed up with NASM to get my CPT and FNS.

What are your training specialties?

Monike: My specialties are Fitness & Sports Nutrition and Weight Loss Transformation. I plan to pursue many other areas of training that will enable me to consistently grow as a trainer and help me coach a wide variety of people.

How do you juggle a full-time job, family, and still find time to pursue your passion to coach people?

Monike: Oh my… I do not even know really! I work as a full-time barber, I have three daughters and a son, but I still make time to work out three days a week. It’s what keeps me going! Most of my clients are on a similar schedule, so we meet on the weekend or when the kids are in school. At work, I use my down time to do some simple workouts to keep myself fit and create new plans for my clients.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Monike: I came across Workout Trainer on Instagram. I downloaded the app and saw how many different trainers use it. I tried it out for myself and then decided to send in my credentials to become an online trainer.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Monike: I love how the app helps me stay on track of my own fitness routine. Every Sunday, I plan out my workouts in the calendar to make sure I stick to my schedule and don’t skip any training days. I also enjoy the ability to connect with other busy working moms who I can relate to, it makes me feel like I’m not the only one cramming this much into a day.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Monike: I use the app to send new workouts to my clients. I realize how many other moms are busy like me, so it’s great to be able to share short effective workouts with them that they can complete during their downtime, wherever they are.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Monike: As a woman, I definitely feel the motivation to look fit. But most importantly, I try to remind myself to stay fit for my health! Since I started meal planning and working out on a regular basis again, my health has improved so much in the last few years. My motivation is mainly driven by health benefits, as I want to be here for my children and husband in the long run.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Monike MedinaFinally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Monike: The best tip would have to be REST! I highly recommend to everyone that they remember to take a day for themselves on a regular basis. Stress can be the number one problem that leads to weight problems and all sorts of other issues. Whatever rest means for you, make the time to do it! You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

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

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

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Monike 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 Verified Trainer like Monike and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

Meet Mark Boyd, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Our first trainer from Northern Ireland is helping his clients smash their goals near and far. We recently had the chance to chat with Mark and learn about his training specialties, some insider tricks of the trade, and how he focuses on helping his clients sustain their goals in the long run.

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

Mark: Hi Skimblers! My name is Mark and I’m from Northern Ireland. I was born and raised there but lived in Scotland for seven years when I played some junior football at a pretty good level.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Mark: I’ve been in the gym scene since an early age because my dad and older brother did some bodybuilding back in the day. I would see a lot of people on gym floors with very little knowledge of what to do, so I’ve always been keen to learn and be able to help people in any way I can.

What are your training specialties?

Mark: Mainly fat loss and conditioning. The two go hand-in-hand, there’s no doubt about that! It’s not only important to help clients lose their desired weight but also to retain their goals over time.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

What’s your favorite feature in Workout Trainer?

Mark: The workout creation tools are great! Being able to build personalized workouts for online clients is essential and it’s a key element for them to have audio and visual guidance when they are not working with their trainer face-to-face.

How do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Mark: I use the app to coach a couple of online clients at the moment. I build their training plan based on their individual goals and we work together online to make sure they stick to the schedule and progress at the right pace.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Mark: Online clients have the benefit of doing their workouts in their own time. I have a few clients who don’t like going to the gym, so online coaching gives me the opportunity to create a full body training plan that can be done at home in their own time. Also, working with a remote personal trainer is usually more cost-effective for the client and can lead to the same effective results as in-person training. 

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mark Boyd

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Mark: I’ve always kept myself fit, it’s just who I am! Although now as a personal trainer, it’s a sort of a cliche that you also have to be in shape to set a good example for your clients.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Mark: It’s not really a secret, but a way I like to work is when I’m planning my workouts I always add in two days of cardio with three days of weights. I personally feel like it’s a good way to mix things up in a client’s training plan and at the same time it keeps them interested and motivated as they get further into their transformation. Also, during weeks 4/8/12 I always do a conditioning week to help establish their new routine!

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

Mark Boyd 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 Mark 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 Verified Trainer like Mark and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Katie Barberi

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Katie Barberi

Meet Katie Barberi, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This new mama is keen to inspire everyone around her that being fit and healthy is FUN! We recently had the chance to chat with Katie and learn more about how her passion for nutrition developed and the path that led her to become a Fitness Nutrition Coach.

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

Katie: I am originally from Boulder, CO but I now live near Los Angeles, CA. I have been married to my husband for four years and we had our first child in March of 2017. It has been the most amazing thing raising a tiny human. I spend my days juggling the little guy and working as a health coach, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

What inspired you to become a health coach?

Katie: I found out that I have Celiac Disease in September of 2010 so that was the first time that I really thought about nutrition and the foods that I put in to my body. I was forced to pay attention to everything I eat and I quickly realized I actually enjoyed learning about how food affects the body. I also met my husband, who is a professional cyclist, around the same time and started learning how nutrition and exercise are very interrelated and it was full steam ahead from there.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Katie BarberiWhat are your areas of specialty when it comes to fitness and nutrition?

Katie: I have two major areas of expertise, sports nutrition and pre/post-natal health. They may seem like two very different areas but they are actually very similar. I deal with two types of people that require specialized diets and lifestyles that are very specific to their current situation.

Who did you certify with and why?

Katie: I have multiple certifications. I started by getting my certification in Fitness Nutrition through ISSA. From there I went on schooling through the Nutrition Therapy Institute. I also got my pre/post-natal health coaching certification through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. I chose the last two institutes because they aligned best with my holistic views of the body and the fact that the body is a lot of working parts that all rely on each other.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Katie BarberiHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Katie: I actually just found it by searching through fitness apps on my phone. I was searching for an app that would give me more workouts that I could do at home because of the new baby and I haven’t stopped using it since. 

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Katie: Personally, I love being able to create workouts as I am doing them. I often come up with my workouts as I go and this allows me to save them and share them with my clients.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Katie BarberiHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Katie: I use the app to create workouts for myself and for my clients. I am not one to enjoy doing the same workout over and over again, so this allows me switch it up and keep things original.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Katie: I have been an online trainer for many years now and the biggest benefit is that I am able to work with anyone, anywhere. With the technology available to us these days, we don’t need to be in the same room as each other in order for me to keep my clients accountable. I can see when my clients do their workouts, whether they finished them, how hard the workout was for them, and if I need to adjust anything. It’s also really nice because I can adjust things day to day, rather than having to wait a week or two between meetings with clients.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Katie BarberiWhat keeps you motivated to stay fit and healthy yourself?

Katie: I have always been a fairly fit person by choice, but meeting my husband made me step up my game. Being married to a professional athlete is huge motivation to stay in shape yourself. These days my son is my motivation. I want to show him that being fit and healthy is fun. Currently he loves watching me work out and he finds push-ups hilarious, unlike myself 🙂

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Katie: When you make goals for yourself don’t make goals that are too broad. Rather than just saying “I want to lose 15 pounds”, try to make goals that will allow you to take steps towards reaching that goal. Start with goals like, “I am going to go to the gym 3 times a week” or “I am going to track my food every day for a month”. Creating stepping stones will make it more likely that you will achieve your goals and create habits that you will stick with once you have reached that goal.

Thanks for sharing with us, Katie, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your fit fam!

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

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Katie 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 Verified Trainer like Katie and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Farrice Cain

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice Cain

Meet Farrice Cain, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! With over 10 years of experience in the fitness space, this guy means business. We recently had the chance to chat with Farrice and learn more about his passion for helping others discover their self-worth and happiness.

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

Farrice: I’m originally from Chicago and just recently moved to Los Angeles. I’ve been a Health and Fitness Professional for over 10 years now and hold multiple highly recognized specializations.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Farrice: I was bullied throughout high school and needed an outlet to deal with it. I figured out that if I worked on myself and worried about my own health and happiness first, life would follow suit. Now, I just want to help and give back to others so they can find their happiness too.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice CainWhat are your training specialties?

Farrice: I ‘m certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Exercise Specialist, Behavior Change Specialist and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. I pride myself on designing and creating well-rounded programs that effectively help people achieve their health and fitness goals.

Why did you decide to certify with NASM?

Farrice: I got certified with NASM because they are one of the most recognized bodies in the Health and Fitness Industry. They hold a high standard that needs to be met to become a NASM trainer.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice CainHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Farrice: I first heard about Workout Trainer through the App Store on my phone. I was looking for something I could use, or my clients could use to have access to workouts (and to my guidance) on the go.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Farrice: My favorite feature in the app is the exercise library. There are endless amounts of great movements for clients and members to practice. Plus, trainers can create programs with ease as well.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice CainHow do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Farrice: I use Workout trainer in order to help my clients stay accountable to complete their programs and workouts. I can check to see if they did the assigned workout for the day, which keeps them on track to reaching their health and fitness goals in the desired timeframe.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Farrice: One of the main benefits of Online Personal Training is that you have the ability to reach a larger audience and help train more clients than you could if you were only working in-person.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Farrice Cain

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Farrice: Simple, what keeps me fit is my love for health and fitness! Besides all the great benefits you gain from good health, I’m motivated to give back and help as many others as I can.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Farrice: I have many tips to share with the Skimble community… but the one I’ll leave you with right now is this. The path to health and happiness is a journey and a process, not an end goal that you achieve and stop once you’ve reached it. So start where you are, anything is better than nothing! It’s as easy as adding a 30 min walk to your daily routine to start feeling the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. 

Thanks for sharing with us, Farrice, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your coaching career!

Farrice Cain 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 Farrice 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 Verified Trainer like Farrice and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

Meet Sarah Fisher, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This mom of three is a force to be reckoned with. We recently had the chance to chat with Sarah and learn more about how she discovered the CrossFit methodology to challenge her clients both physically and mentally.

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

Sarah: I’m a 35-year-old Personal Trainer and CrossFit Trainer from Birmingham, United Kingdom. I used to be a seamstress and made a big career change to the fitness industry about four years ago.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Sarah: I started exercising after having children and discovered that I had a real passion for it. My body changed and I started to achieve things I never thought I could. One day I was helping someone in the gym, trying to do a push-up for the first time. It ended with them completing their first ever proper push-up and the look on their face was priceless. It was then that I knew I wanted to become a trainer and help others on their fitness journey to achieve their goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

What are your training specialties?

Sarah: I love training my clients using the CrossFit methodology. I believe that this method of high-intensity training yields the best results. Not only do my clients get fit and healthy, but they also get strong both physically and mentally. I specialize in Olympic Lifting and running too, which go hand-in-hand with CrossFit training and keep things varied for everyone involved.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

Sarah: I started my training journey as a distance runner, completing many half marathons and several full marathons. I wanted to add some resistance training to my programming to combat the usual running injuries but became bored with regular gym stuff. After some online research, I discovered CrossFit. It was exactly what I’d been looking for! The variety of monostructural exercises, gymnastics and weightlifting movements combined made my training plan so varied that I never got bored. I started training with a CrossFit trainer at my local gym and soon after that entered my first competition. That was four years ago and I’ve never looked back.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Sarah: I came across Workout Trainer about five years ago when I was training for a marathon and was looking for some cross training sessions that I could do outside of running.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Sarah: I love the workout creation feature. The exercise database is so comprehensive and gives me new ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of previously. It also gives me the opportunity to share the workouts I’ve been doing with members of the community, which I really love.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

How do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Sarah: Since joining as an online trainer, I have added existing clients to my account. I now send them daily workouts and check that they have been completed. It’s great for my clients as it gives them a little extra push to get up and move outside of our in-person sessions.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Sarah: Online Personal Training is great for people who don’t have the time to get to the gym. As a mother of three myself, I know how difficult I found it when my children were very young. Having an online trainer takes the headache out of searching the internet for a home program and ensures that the program provided is specific to the client’s needs.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Sarah Fisher

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Sarah: I think the human body is an amazing machine! I enjoy testing and pushing it to new levels. There’s nothing better for me than seeing strength numbers go up and mile times come down. I believe that training is beneficial not only on a physical level, but it’s also great for mental health. I still want to be able to run around when I have grandchildren, so keeping fit and healthy is also very important to me for this reason.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Sarah: Never neglect your mobility work! It may seem boring to be stretching and foam rolling after your sweaty gym session, but in the long run, the benefits are fantastic. Keep injuries away with just ten minutes of foam rolling and stretching every day 🙂

Thanks for sharing with us, Sarah, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your CrossFit career!

Sarah Fisher is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let her help you crush your 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Sarah 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 Verified Trainer like Sarah and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

Meet Hanna, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Changing people’s attitude towards fitness one client at a time, this Swedish-based trainer takes fitness to a whole new level. We recently had the chance to chat with Hanna Aakjaer and learn more about how she fell upon this career path and has never looked back.

Tell us a bit about your background.

Hanna: I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, but started training when I was living in Northern California. I have a sports background that started out with gymnastics and have tried just about everything from dance to rowing since then! I have a degree in biochemistry from the University of Oregon and am currently doing my Ph.D. in Biophysics in Gothenburg, Sweden. I’m all about the scientific background behind health and fitness – I believe that having a true understanding of how and why our bodies move the way they do leads to better and faster results – so yeah, science is my jam 🙂

Since you’ve been living in Sweden, how do you stay active during the winter months?

Hanna: Great question! Luckily, where I live in Sweden it doesn’t get super cold. But with snow and ice, it certainly makes running and outdoor workouts a bit more challenging. I always do a lot more hot yoga, indoor rock climbing, and sign up for fun gym classes during those times. I love to use the winter months as an excuse to try new activities – for example, this winter I started Muay Thai. It’s such a great workout, both physically and mentally!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Hanna: Gosh, how much time do you have? I think the moment that it really ‘clicked’ for me was the first time I led a fitness class. I was doing it as a volunteer for a sports group I was part of and had just put together a fun workout for us all to do together, but as the leader I took the role of motivating and making sure everyone was doing the exercises correctly. I have no words to describe the sheer joy and fulfillment I felt after finishing the class and seeing all these exhausted participants smiling ear-to-ear. So proud of what they had accomplished, and simultaneously so happy and hopped up on endorphins. Knowing that I had contributed to this incredible feeling I knew they were experiencing – I walked home that evening feeling like I had unlocked the secret to never having to work a day in my life. From then on, I’ve had that same feeling of pure joy every time I train a client or lead a class. What really drives me is helping those that don’t naturally think they enjoy fitness, to find their joy and happiness in movement – no matter what form that may take (it’s SO different for all of us!).

What’s your favorite thing about being a personal trainer?

Hanna: Watching a client achieve a goal that they initially told me they couldn’t, and seeing the incredible end results of hard work and dedication. That’s what it’s all about for me.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

What are your training specialties?

Hanna: I have a specialty certification in Corrective Exercise and the Functional Movement Screen. I really love to get creative and personal with workouts so every level can enjoy fitness and get the results they are looking for. I also specialize in women’s fitness – building strength and toning workouts specifically for women.

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Hanna: A client of mine here in Sweden said he had tried it and enjoyed using it, he wanted me to be a trainer in Workout Trainer so I signed up right away 🙂

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Hanna: The free workouts and video library are so extensive! It’s really easy to find a fun workout for the day – there is just no excuse not to get in some movement each day when you have this app.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Hanna: The feeling that my body can do everything I need it to keeps me motivated. To me, there’s nothing better than waking up every morning with energy, a smile, and no pain in my body… Maintaining fitness & strength, daily movement, and healthy eating habits are how I make sure I feel that way every day.

What’s your favorite kind of exercise?

Hanna: Woah, no, I can’t answer that! All of it! I’ll give you my top 5: running, metabolic resistance training, Muay Thai/Thai boxing, biking, hot yoga, and hiking. Ok, that was 6….

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Hanna Aakjaer

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Hanna: It’s not all about what you do, it’s about how consistent you are. You don’t need the absolute perfect workout to achieve your goals, just a consistent program that continuously challenges you. In my experience, a motivational buddy or coach is the #1 way to stay consistent. Like on those days when all you want to do is go home after work and plop down on the couch – having someone there to say “Hey – just move for 15 minutes first and see how you feel afterward.” – is exactly the kind of motivation you need in your life!

Thanks for sharing with us, Hanna, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your fitness career!

Hanna Aakjaer is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let her help you crush your 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Hanna 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 Verified Trainer like Hanna and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

Meet Matt, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This bodybuilder from Seattle has a passion for science and loves sharing his knowledge about health & fitness. We recently had the chance to chat with Matt Miller and learn more about his background, as well as his love for writing about this industry.

Tell us a bit about where you’re from?

Matt: I’m from Seattle, Washington. My background is diverse, I studied in college as both a business and science major, with an emphasis on biology and physiology on track to become a Medical Doctor. After school, I entered into the field of Real Estate and Development. I have always been very active in sports from childhood, playing soccer, tennis and running track. I have been working out since my early teens and got into bodybuilding after college.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Matt: Simple, my passion for helping others live a more healthy active lifestyle. Also, I noticed so many people needing guidance when they tried to start a program. I would have people approach me often in the gym asking me how to get results or advise on techniques etc. I decided after training for a competition that I would really enjoy helping others on their fitness journey. When people have the proper instruction/tools and are taught how to use them, they have far more success in achieving their goals. I want to be the best fitness educator I can be!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

What are your training specialties?

Matt: My training specialties are first Bodybuilding, most of my workouts are based upon Bodybuilding principals. My secondary specialties would be weight loss and general fitness. I like to learn as many training modalities as possible. I also like to incorporate, stretching, Pilates and Yoga into my practice. Having been a long distance runner I enjoy training clients for distance events like marathons too.

On your profile, you mentioned that you’re a Health & Fitness writer too. What kinds of things do you write about?

Matt: Yes, I truly enjoy researching and writing articles about fitness, my favorites are about nutrition, I guess that stems from my enjoying science. I also wrote and published an online magazine and blog about bodybuilding and fitness for several years. I really enjoyed interviewing athletes and fitness industry experts on a variety of topics.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Matt: I read an article on a technology blog about how fitness apps were going to revolutionize the way people trained and came across Workout Trainer shortly after.

How do you use the app as a part of your personal life and/or coaching business?

Matt: I’ve found that it really helps me be more creative with my workouts as it provides a large variety of content to choose from. I can design and share workouts for my clients to do anywhere, at any time based upon their needs. It helps me track both my progress and my clients.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Matt: That’s a difficult question, I like so many of them! I would say the 1:1 training feature, it provides me a streamlined way to keep track of my clients’ workouts and gives them the ability to ask questions without having to make an appointment. It makes my training so much more effective since the client can refer back and not be pressured by a clock.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Matt: I would have to say I want to stay fit to stay active, life is so much better when you have the ability to do things that you like to do and having a fit body allows us to do that.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Matt Miller

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working out?

Matt: I really enjoy spending time with my family and I also like to spend my spare time outdoors. 

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Matt: Set reasonable goals, and remember everyone had to start somewhere!

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

Matt Miller 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 2017 fitness goals.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Matt 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 Verified Trainer like Matt and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Try Online Personal Training for FREE with Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Start a Free Trial of Online Personal TrainingWe have some exciting news for all Workout Trainer members! Now you can try out Online Personal Training without any hesitation. Experience first-hand what it’s like to get expert 1:1 coaching from a real online trainer, with no initial commitment. During the free trial period, you’ll have the chance to get to know your dedicated trainer, see if you like working together, and get started on the road to success. Don’t miss your chance to try it out — for FREE!Skimble's Personal Trainer Tools - app screenshotsWith over 35 specialties and counting, our certified fitness professionals are here to help you get in your best shape. Whether you’re keen on weight loss, strength training, body building, athletic performance, pre & postnatal, or even yoga,… let one of our dedicated coaches help you get the results you want without the guesswork!

To claim your free trial of Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer, tap ‘Available Trainers’ and browse the trainer directory to find your perfect match. To ‘try before you buy’ simply check that your chosen trainer’s profile displays a FREE TRIAL option, such as for 3 or 7 days, and Start 1:1 Online Training with them!Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialOnce you’ve made your choice, tap through to the trainer’s profile and select the green ‘Start 1:1 Online Training – Free Trial!’ button at the bottom of the screen. Find out exactly what to expect from your new training relationship and get started with a free trial. Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialEnjoy one free trial with a trainer and make the most of your time together to see if it’s a good fit. Don’t worry, there are no long-term commitments! You always have the option to cancel during the free trial period. Once the trial ends and you’re making progress towards your fitness goals, you will automatically continue your training relationship as a paying client.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal Training: Free TrialAre you ready to get serious about your fitness goals? Online Personal Training gives you the flexibility and affordability you need to work out with a dedicated expert anywhere, anytime! Download Workout Trainer on Android & iOS and get started with an available coach today.

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Workout Trainer: Advanced Program Creation & Enrollment

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program Customization & EnrollmentTraining Programs in Workout Trainer just got even more personal! With advanced program creation features, PRO+ members and trainers alike can enjoy the ultimate personalized training experience. When you are ready to start a program, enjoy further enrollment customization options and never feel left behind with quick rescheduling.

Everyone can benefit from these new features when they are enrolling in a program. If you are exploring program creation in Workout Trainer, please read our initial blog post that explains the basics you’ll need to get started.

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Advanced Program Creation

During program creation you can easily swap, re-add, and delete workouts that have been added to your program. Simply tap on the day of the week you want to change and the existing workout will show up with quick editing options below.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationChanged your mind about a workout you slotted in at the start of the program? No problem, swap it out for another more appropriate workout whenever you want. You can also re-add the same workout on different days, saving you time by not having to search through our database with thousands of workouts. Simply tap on the workout you want to reuse in the calendar and select a day to re-add that same workout. You can easily adjust the schedule of any workout by tapping the green bar at the bottom of the screen ‘Scheduled for Day X’. Once you’ve selected the day you want, save your changes by tapping the ‘+’ symbol to the bottom right.

Advanced Enrollment Customization

Once custom training programs have been shared with clients, they can select their preferred start date on the calendar. At the same time, they can uncheck any of the days of the week when they cannot work out. The program will automatically take this into account and customize the schedule to fit their needs.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationDon’t forget to set your preferred workout time! You can always adjust this later on by going to the ‘Enrolled Program’ screen and tapping the ‘Settings’ icon at the top right. Here you can change your preferred workout time and set workout notifications. Once you’ve got everything set up, you can share your program/progress via Facebook, Twitter, Email and Text Message. Let your friends know what you’re working towards. It’s a great way to inspire them to join you on your fitness journey or start their own!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program Creation

Feeling Behind? Easily Reschedule

If something comes up or you fall behind — because let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way of things — don’t fret; just reschedule! You can reschedule your upcoming workouts or all the workouts left in your program at once. Your 1:1 Trainer can also reschedule workouts for you, so set those workout notifications and you won’t miss out on anything.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program Creation

BONUS: Trainer-Client Schedule Adjustments & Program ShowcasingWorkout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationIf you’re a fitness professional, you benefit even more with program customization as you can not only monitor but make adjustments to your clients’ schedule to ensure they are making progress and getting the expert support they need.Workout Trainer by Skimble: Advanced Program CreationAs the creator of a program, see your programs on your own Trainer profile. This is a great way to invite potential clients to learn more about the kinds of speciality programs you can coach them through. If a potential client taps through on one of your Private programs, they will see that they only get access to it if you send it to them. If you’ve set up 1:1 Online Personal Training, this is one of the best ways to invite newcomers to engage with you with 1:1 Training!

Verified Trainers, what are you waiting for? Get creative with your first training program in Workout Trainer and give your clients the ultimate customized training experience!Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingAre you on a mission to crush your fitness goals? Sign up for Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer today and let your dedicated fitness coach create custom training programs that will help you get the results you want without any guesswork.

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