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!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: 2016 Rio Olympics: Fast Rowing

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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XX in Health. Michelle Obama gets an Olympic lift. Lady Gaga gives props to the gold-medal US gymnastics team.

Get your dose of olympic femmes leading the healthcare way!  First up, we’ve got a fantastic video from the leading ladies of Rock Health giving a spotlight on femme-powered healthcare.  Skimble‘s co-founder Maria even makes a cameo – can you spot her?

Next, have you been keeping an eye on the Olympic prize?  We’ve been rooting for everyone to achieve their personal bests / records.  And, we’ve gotta mention we absolutely dig the pic of U.S. wrestler Elena Pirozhkova picking up Michelle Obama:

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The love continues with Lady Gaga giving mad props tweeting congrats to the incredible girls on the U.S. gymnastics team as they win their Olympic gold-medal:

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On more thing…Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act announces big health benefits for women that go into effect August 1st, 2012 (today!) including free birth control, free annual checkups and new benefits for moms — this is fantastic news!

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Congrats, ladies!  Keep dreaming big, staying active, inspiring others and we’ll all win at healthcare.

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Skimble’s co-founder Maria Ly does TEDx flips for the future of health & fitness!

At Skimble, we love inspiring others to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle using some of the latest mobile tech innovations!  It’s an idea we think is worth spreading. Fittingly, Skimble’s co-founder Maria Ly recently gave a TEDx Talk at her alma mater, the University of Waterloo, in Canada.  Here’s Maria’s talk…backflips, twists ‘n all:

Before hitting the stage, Maria met up with her impromptu stunt team consisting of three all-star gymnasts/dancers from the uWaterloo Cheer team.

They practiced for only a couple of hours before busting out their fit moves!  From Right to Left: Olivia Turi, Amanda Whaling, Maria and Glynnis Marie Pardo. Thanks Samson Yan for teaming us up 🙂

Check out all the fantastic TEDxUW 2011 talks here.