Do the Free WOW & the Harvard Health Gym Coach program in Skimble’s Workout Trainer

Skimble’s featured Workout of the Week is the Harvard Health Resistance Bands & Tubes, in honor of this week’s Health 2.0 2012 conference in San Francisco!  Just one year ago, Skimble presented its Workout Trainer app and earned the highest judges score at Morgenthaler’s DCtoVC showcase during Health 2.0.

This year, we’re excired to introduce to you our latest program within Skimble’s Workout Trainer app, the Harvard Health Gym Coach!

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We’ve been collaborating with the smart folks at The Harvard Medical School to deliver workouts that give you results!  This week’s FREE Workout of the Week is the Harvard Health Resistance Bands & Tubes gives you a sneak peek into the NEW Harvard Health Gym Coach program.  With the assistance of a stability ball, wide elastic resistance bands or resistance tubing with padded handles, enjoy this full-body strengthening workout.  Before doing most of these exercises, please firmly anchor resistance tubing to a door or other structure.

If you enjoyed this workout, achieve your fitness goals with the full Harvard Health Gym Coach program, available in Skimble’s Workout Trainer application.


The deets:

The Workout Trainer app can be downloaded for free and provides an in-app purchase of enhanced features and program functionality. The Harvard Health Gym Coach is the newest program, which features workouts from the Harvard Medical School Workout Workbook, from Harvard Health Publications. The Workout Workbook was created by Harvard Medical School doctors working with fitness trainers to provide a safe, expert workout regimen that can be modified for users with varying fitness levels. The Harvard Health Gym Coach is offered at an introductory price of $14.99, which is a one-time in-app purchase in the free Workout Trainer app. The Harvard Health Gym Coach purchase allows members to complete the 3-week program with multimedia coaching as many times as they’d like.

According to Skimble co-founder Maria Ly, “Harvard Medical School knows health information. You know it’s thorough and trustworthy. We are delighted to offer their doctor-approved workouts to our community members.”

The Harvard Health Gym Coach includes warm-up and cool-down routines plus 9 different workouts:

  1. Home and travel workout
  2. Resistance band and tube workout
  3. Ball workout
  4. Mixed workout: BOSU ball, weights, and medicine ball
  5. Core workout
  6. Split strength workout: lower body
  7. Split strength workout: upper body
  8. Power challenge workout
  9. Complex challenge workout

“We have been creating empowering, authoritative health information since 1975,” said Ed Coburn, Director of Harvard Health Publications. “Teaming up with Skimble lets us make this workout information available in a widely-used, convenient, and portable platform to the millions who have already downloaded Skimble’s Workout Trainer.”

The Harvard Health Gym Coach workouts feature audio coaching soundtracks, timing cues, motivational messages, and reminders with customizable schedules.  Try it today!


Skimble’s backflipping presentation at DCtoVC earns top judges score!

Last week, Skimble presented as a seed stage finalist at the DC to VC Health IT Showcase and earned the top overall judges score.  Skimble‘s energetic co-founder Maria Ly took the stage to give this backflipping fun presentation:

Business Journal‘s article, Skimble does backflips for VC judges, gave Skimble some favorable props for becoming the #1 free health & fitness app on Android and more:

Maria Ly, co-founder of Skimble, which makes exercise applications for mobile, showed off her product with a backflip. Skimble, based in San Francisco, uses personal trainers to coach work-out exercises, with game-style add-ons to keep it fresh. Ly, a competitive rock climber and computer engineer, demonstrated the app, and when the voice in the machine told her to flip, she did it.


Backflip or not, her company was a particular favorite of the judges.


“This is tapping the next generation of the Jane Fonda workout,” said Chaim Indig, co-founder and CEO of Phreesia.

Though don’t misunderstand, the flip helped.

“I can’t tell you the number of VC meetings where we need a backspring,” Jeff Tangney of Doximity said.

Yesterday TechCrunch provided an event summary which hightlighted all the great startups involved.

To start the day off, Rebecca Lynn, partner at Morgenthaler Ventures, gave the keynote on “Why Entrepreneurs Will Fix Healthcare” – check it out!

Morgenthaler’s DCtoVC was a real HIT!  Thank you for the opportunity to present the Skimble vision, we received invaluable feedback from the judges.



Photos courtesy of Asa Mathat!

Transforming HealthIT: Skimble selected as DCtoVC Startup Showcase finalist!

Got a startup that’ll transform health? We sure do!


The DC to VC HIT Startup Showcase is coming up and event host Morgenthaler Ventures has just announced the 11 startup finalists.  They were looking for superstars, we gave them Skimble rock stars:

Skimble is excited to share our vision in front of over 200 Health IT entrepreneurs, VCs and angel investors at this invite-only event.  DCtoVC celebrates the growing interest in the health IT sector, which grew 27% in VC investments in Q2 2011.  Stay tuned for updates at the event on September 22, 2011, during Health Innovation Week in San Francisco!