Skimble Member Spotlight: Alan Rodmell

This week we’d like to introduce you to Alan Rodmell, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Alan has been with us since October 2011 and uses both Skimble’s Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to stay active and get fit.  We got to ask him a few questions about his Skimble experience:

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

When I started using Skimble I was in decent shape.  Concerned that I may start to lose that with my desk job I started working out.  I am now in the best shape of my life.

What a lot of people don’t realise when it comes to working out is that anything is better than nothing. I had to fit my workouts around family commitments so most of my first 300 workouts were less than 10 minutes in length.  A few squats here and some push ups there whenever I could fit them in.  I do all my working out at home with no free weights other than dumbells.  I have never used a gym and don’t expect to in future.  I firmly believe I can get the body I want without it.

What’s your new year’s fitness/health resolution?

I don’t really like to set goals too far into the future.  More immediate goals reap more immediate rewards and help maintain motivation.  I guess my only aim is consistency.  To keep regular workouts throughout all of 2013.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

Just one thing?  It would have to be the range of workouts on offer.  Not everyone has all day to work out so being able to log into the app and find a few 5 min workouts is awesome! The ability to track the workouts is a big motivator for me.  It really helps visualise my progress.

Give us a fun fact about yourself:

I have short legs!  I am 5ft 9 with 29 inch legs  if I was in proportion I would be maybe 6’2.  

Who is your fitness icon and why?

Mario P. Canel, Rani M and Rod D.E.  I admire their dedication to their fitness and although it may be in vain….I aim to one day beat them on that leaderboard!

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My advice to all new Skimblers out there? 

Set yourself short term goals that are achievable and destroy them! Then set some more.  That is how I work.  One workout at a time!

Thanks so much, Alan!  We believe you’re going to be at the top of that leaderboard in no time!

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves with monumental athletic feats.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

Skimble Member Spotlight: Tammy Hailey

This week we’d like to introduce you to Tammy Hailey, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Tammy is a recent Skimble convert and uses Skimble’s Workout Trainer app to stay active and stay fit.  She caught out attention because she’s super active and supportive in the Skimble Community, and we just had to ask her some questions to get to know her better!

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

I was pretty fit!  I exercised regularly before Skimble, but due to an eating disorder the weight started to try to creep back on.

What’s your new year’s fitness/health resolution?

My goal is to loose another 10-15 lbs.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

I don’t have just one favorite! 1. The variation of exercises, you never get bored. 2. THE PEOPLE, everyone is so friendly and supportive and make me feel like I can achieve anything!

Give us a fun fact about yourself:

I HATE the smell of peanut butter!

Who is your fitness icon and why?

Tracey Effinger.  She is amazingly built but still looks feminine 

 

My advice to all new Skimblers out there? 

Set yourself short term goals that are achievable and destroy them! Then set some more.  That is how I work.  One workout at a time!

Thanks so much, Tammy!  We 

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves with monumental athletic feats.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

Skimble Member Spotlight: Rod Epperly

This week we’d like to introduce you to Rod Epperly, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Rod has been with us for almost two years and uses both Skimble’s Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps!  Rod is part of a super active and supportive Skimble squad that we took notice of a few months ago, and we got a chance to ask him some questions this past week:

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

I started in January of 2011 with a weight of 260 lbs. Gout creeping in, borderline BP, and serious joint problems got to the point where I had to take off work! Today I weigh 186 with a normal BP and no inflamed joints! I workout 4-6 days with cardio, weights, and hiking.

What your next fitness goal?

The next goal I would like to meet would be to slim down to 170 lbs and add muscle from there, and finishing the crossfit circuit would be fantastic. Will try out for a semi-pro team next season just to do it one last time.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?

The greatest thing about Skimble that I like is the people! The support given by others is impeccable, its so amazing. Making your own personal workout with a trainer would be a close second.

Whats a random fact about you?

I grew up with and am still friends with a former NBA MVP (A.I.)(early 2000’s)… Not saying who though! 🙂

Who is your fitness icon and why?

Arnold Schwartzennegar is my earliest idol no doubt, he has achieved so much in the USA since coming from Austria, love the Oak. Sounds kind of cliche’ but I also looked up to and admired my father as a sport idol. He was better than me in every sport except football, that is untill I got over 200 lbs! M Pudzinowski of Poland is another icon I admire.

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I’ve got to shout out to those who re-taught me how to enjoy working out. We all work out together just like at a club, via this app. I’ve never had a friendship based solely on a workout website so it is very special. So shout out to Joe Cool, Emilia C, Rani, Wolfgang Nagle, Mario Canel, Ika X, Kristie M., VD, Cenasdoll, Christie H, Chris Patton, Chris B, Wayne H, Kel K, Aleksandra from Serbia, Joey Chavez, Brian Holtkamp, Rob M, Brooke H, Jesse, Craig Martin, Matt Glynn, Gigi Dubois, the first person I followed and a real pro, and more recently Rachel Ceelen, Leona C, Micheala, Kristena Decarlo, Jesse M, Scott Hudson, Tina Q, Chermaine Lashley, Alexandra P, King D, Lela Adams, Sophia, Jeni Carter, Levi Mirelkes, Asdayante A Razak, Nerrisa Thomas, Febrythia j, Roshauna W, Abady n, Kelli Cornwell, Gilbert Rod, Ally M, Rimma Po, Alexis Garcia, Febrice Andrade, Julia Leitner, Cindy M, Julie Prescott, Adrian Smith, Nina P, Leslie Alexander, Maureen, Adrian B Hannah Lewis, De2012iamde, Ms Florence, Hahn Yan, Dichi Harnanda, Rob Lamond, Alan Rodmell, Tammy Hailey, Liz Cal, and many more! kind of supportive community is what we LOVE to see!  Thanks, Rod, for taking the time to chat with us and good luck with your fitness goals in 2013!

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.

Skimble Member Spotlight: Brian Holtkamp

This week we’d like to introduce you to Brian Holtkamp, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Brian is relatively new to Skimble, starting just a few months ago, but is already an avid user of both Skimble’s Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps!  With over 1700 points in November alone, we just had to talk to Brian to ask about his fitness motivations and Skimble experience.

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

About a year and a half ago I had become horribly out of shape after being very fit earlier in life. I was about 30 – 40lbs overweight, a BMI of 27.5 and body fat percentage in the low 20’s. Today at 42 years old, I am lean and more fit than I was in my mid 20’s, a muscular 170lbs, a BMI of 23.7 and a body fat percentage of 14.8%.

When I decided to begin getting back in shape I focused heavily on modifying my diet and doing an hour of cardio a day. I went from 189 lbs to 155 lbs in a matter of 6 months. After I had lost all the extra body fat and wanted to begin growing muscle was where Skimble became really helpful, with numerous workouts available I was able to find routines that helped me accomplish my goals and I have even created a couple of my own. I love the app!

What’s your next fitness goal?

My next fitness goal is to continue to grow a little more muscle and to remain lean and fit. 

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

My favorite thing about Skimble is the variety of workouts available and the ability to create my own. 

Give us a fun fact about yourself:

I am a huge science geek, and all around nerd. Physics and astrophysics are my favorites but, I really just enjoy science in general.

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Brian made amazing leaps and bounds in just a matter of months, all with the free versions of both our apps!  Imagine what he’ll do with the free year of Workout Trainer Pro we just gifted him? 

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves with monumental athletic feats.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer & GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

Skimble Member Spotlight: Sussu Laaksonen

This week we’d like to introduce you to Sussu Laaksonen, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight! Sussu joined Skimble in 2011, and uses both our Workout Trainer and GPS Sports Tracker apps to stay active!  We took some time with Sussu and asked her a few questions about her Skimble experience.

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

My starting point was, I was in okay physical shape but I would always start different fitness routines and programs that were actually unrealistic for my current lifestyle. I have TWO demanding jobs, a nearly three hour daily commute, a family, and pets. I don’t even understand how I do it all myself. So I really needed a way to work out that doesn’t depend on a set schedule or include a commute in itself. I joined a gym that can easily become sort of part of my morning commute. And best of all I found Skimble.

What’s your next fitness goal?

My fitness goal for the past year has been to stop thinking in terms of goals! My goal is to have fitness be a part of life like brushing my teeth or going on Facebook – something I just automatically do.  Tracking tools and workouts that go with me where ever I go have been a HUGE help as I work towards that goal.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

Skimble makes it approachable and attainable for me to work out regularly, track all my different activities like gym, cardio, yoga, and hiking, and it creates a record for me to feel good about. The Workout Trainer is an absolutely essential part of my life. There is always a workout at my fingertips that fits whatever situation or time constraints I’m working with. Skimble has liberated me to be my healthy best!

Give us a fun fact about yourself:

My great-grandfather was a pirate! That’s really just a thug with a boat, so it’s not as romantic as Johnny Depp makes it seem…

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Incidentally, Skimble’s co-founder Maria Ly met Sussu a while during their days working on the international localization team at Google.  Thanks & congrats, Sussu!  It’s no surprise, you continue to live a rich and fulfilling life with all you do.

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves with monumental athletic feats.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer and/or GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

 

Skimble Member Spotlight: Paul Gilbert

It’s been a while, Skimblers, but we’ve got an awesome Member Spotlight for you with Paul Gilbert!  Paul has been with us for two years now, but has really used us in the past year to track his progress and use it to motivate him to push himself– he’s lost 20 pounds since!  We got to ask Paul some questions to find out more about his Skimble experience.

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

My starting point of fitness was about two years ago- I just finished a extended treatment of prednisone.  As you may know, one of the infamous side effects of the drug is weight gain, and I was close to 198 pounds.   While I was exercising regularly, it wasn’t overly impressive- very conservative in distance and time, and by that I mean my running program.   As this year began I noticed I had only run 200 miles.  I thought I had to step this up and I set myself the goal of running 300 miles.  Right now I’ve run 290 miles and now considering that I can run over 311 miles (500 km).  Since having this goal I’ve lost 20 lbs.

What’s your next fitness goal?

I have two goals, the first is to lose at least another 5 lbs, with the ultimate goal of another 10 lbs.  My other goal has to do with this race I did this past summer.  I did “The Dirty Dash“, an 8km trail race.  I was used to running 8km but the hills did me in.  I finished in just a little over an hour.  The next time I race it’s going to be under 1 hour.  I have a new running plan that includes a number of hills, including a nice 6.8% grade climb.  I plan to beat those hills next year.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

Only one?  There’s a lot of things I like about Skimble.  I like the social aspect, the messages, forums and the friendly competition that can happen between followers.  I do check my status and the status of my followers.  Nothing gets me pumped up for workouts like seeing them either catching up to me, or passing me on points.   It’s the fun aspect of Skimble.  There are a few people whom I’ve written and they’ve written back and you know we’ve got a very friendly rivalry going on.

Give us a fun fact about yourself:

I started running when I turned 40. I told people I couldn’t afford a red Porsche, so I took up running as my mid-life crisis activity. One person heard me say that and he turned to me and said “that’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard”.

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My workout coach, Theo the Cat. Always wants to help me with my form.

 

That’s awesome, Paul, and thanks for chatting with us!  We know you’re going to reach your goals with the Skimble motivation behind you 🙂 

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves with monumental athletic feats.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer and/or GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

 

Skimble Member Spotlight: Steve Pryor-Jones

Meet Steve Pryor-Jones, this week’s Skimble Member Spotlight!  Steve has been a loyal Skimbler since the beginning and has seen some pretty miraculous health changes over the last few years.  We got to ask Steve some questions to find out more about his Skimble experience.

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What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

 My starting point was obese, I smoked and had high cholesterol.  3 years later my cholesterol is so low I no longer take tablets, I no longer smoke and my fitness has improved beyond my wildest dreams.

What’s your next fitness goal?

Next week I’m going off for 4 days mountain biking in Scotland. I plan to do 4 big trail centre rides in 4 days. After that I start traing for my first try Tri in November.

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?  

Never having to take another piece of paper to the gym, my workout and instructions are with me all the time.

 

Thanks for talking to us, Steve!  Good luck training for your triathlon and hope you’re using Skimble’s Workout Trainer and GPS Sports Tracker apps to keep you on track 🙂 

We at Skimble HQ get psyched when we find out that our members are going out and challenging themselves with monumental athletic feats.  If you are planning to participate in some sort of challenging event, and are using the Workout Trainer and/or GPS Sports Tracker apps to help you train, we’d love to spotlight you!  Please send us an email to trainers@skimble.com if you’re interested.  

 

Skimble Member Spotlight: GiGi Dubois

This week we’d like to introduce you to GiGi Dubois!

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Gigi has been with Skimble since the beginning.  We were inspired by the insane amount of workout activity GiGi logs everyday, and she was nice enough to share with us her fitness story.

What was your starting point versus your current fitness status?

I started exercising regularly almost 12 years ago and I have to say my body has transformed tremendously. Because of my body’s transformation my confidence and outlook too have transformed and I am quite possibly the happiest girl on the planet. Everyone always asks me where I get my “pep in my step” and I always attribute it to exercise and a healthy lifestyle! No amount of ice cream and sitting on my butt watching TV could make me feel as happy as exercising and eating right! 

Do you currently have a fitness goal you’d like to attain?

Honestly, I just want to keep doing what I am doing. I would love to advance more in Pilates, my new found love and maybe start taking kick boxing classes. Fitness modeling would be pretty awesome, but I don’t want to put my body through that much stress to the point that I hate exercise! 

What’s your favorite thing about Skimble?

I love seeing my points increase after each time I log my exercise! It makes me feel as though I win the lottery every day! Plus I love when I see that people are following me and liking my completed fitness routines. This all inspires me to keep on trucking.

Give us a random fun fact about you!

I do not have a large intestine and I can eat 2 pounds of salmon at a meal.

One more fun fact, GiGi also hosts her own hilarious web series and blog “GiGi Eats Celebrities,” a comedic nutrition and fitness blog/show.  She’s got some interesting info on how to grocery shop too:

Want to be in the Spotlight?

We love meeting like-minded people committed to fitness and healthy-living, so if you think you fit the bill and want to be featured in a future Member Spotlight, shoot us an e-mail at trainers@skimble.com.

Skimble Member Spotlight: Megan Rogers

We were so inspired by the response we’ve seen in our new Community Forums, that we’ve decided to showcase some of our most motivating Skimblers in a new series dubbed Member Spotlight.

This is our first in the series, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce Megan Rogers!   

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We snagged her for a quick interview so we could get to know one of our super motivated fitness gurus. Here’s what we found out:

Skimble: How has the Workout Trainer changed your fitness routine?

Megan: In Nov 2010 I I was a little overwhelmed with moving across the country, buying a house, eating out too much and drinking maybe just a little too much beer. Around Oct of 2011 I discovered Skimble Workout Trainer…and lo and behold working out was fun again.  Then I discovered that you can get points! Not only was working out fun, but it had a purpose! Points! I eventually recruited one of my friends to sign up and we started competing against each other every month.

 

Skimble: What your next fitness goal?

Megan: I’m climbing Mt. Rainier the week of July 14. I want to make it to the top…and if the weather is good, I will make it to the top because Skimble has kept me on track with training!

 

Skimble:  If you could choose your favorite thing about Skimble, what would it be?

Megan: I like the community aspect…it’s very supportive. I also like all the new workouts in Workout Trainer because I live off of novelty. Getting points for working out almost makes it seem like a game! 

 

Skimble: What’s a fun fact about you?

Megan: I’m a hydrologist with the USGS and I get to chase floods when they happen. That usually means lifting heavy equipment for measuring flood flows. As a short woman, I pride myself on being able to do everything that the guys can do. 🙂

 

Thanks Megan — You ROCK!  Y’all can support Megan on her Mt. Rainier journey by following her Skimble profile!

***If you’d like to be considered for a future Member Spotlight segment, make sure to exercise regularly and shoot us a note at support@skimble.com***