Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Giddy Up Cowgirl (by Trainer Michael Jay)

Get moving girl! Try this workout at your local gym or get set up with a box or step, a pair of dumbbells, and a stability ball in your home.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Michael Jay. He is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to his profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Giddy Up CowgirlDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: 4-Min Head Stand Challenge (by Trainer Kimberly Shealy)

Have you mastered the art of standing on your head? How about trying to hold still upside down for 4 minutes? Give it a go!

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Kimberly Shealy. She is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to her profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: 4-Min Head Stand ChallengeDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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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 Free Workout of the Week: Strength Training for Runners (by Trainer Danette Lane)

Designed to strengthen your core, hamstrings and hip flexors for more efficient running. Use a metronome to do your pogo hops to 180bpm. This is optimum cadence for running and will improve your pace. Perform all exercises as a circuit and begin again for three complete rounds.

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Danette Lane. She is currently accepting new clients for Online Personal Training, so head on over to her profile in Workout Trainer and tap ‘Start 1:1 Training’ to get help from a dedicated expert.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Strength Training for Runners by Danette LaneDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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Heart Rate Data in Workout Trainer: Compare & Analyze your Performance

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Heart Rate Feedback: Compare and Analyze

Get the most out of each workout by incorporating heart rate data into your training. Workout Trainer PRO+ members now have even more heart rate insights to help them optimize their athletic performance.

Compare & Analyze Heart Rate

This new feature helps members and trainers alike review their performance, and their clients’ performance, against past workouts. This will help measure progress over time, all the way down to the exercise level.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Heart Rate Data OverviewMore specifically, you can select two different workouts you’ve completed and compare key metrics such as your overall BPM and HR zones, as well as exercise-specific BPM and HR zones. Get in the fat-burning zone when embarking on a new weight loss journey, or train to lower your resting heart rate during rest periods to progress in your athletic endeavors. Whatever your personal goal may be, monitoring your heart rate whilst exercising will help you see and feel the results faster.

Insight at this level can help inform you that you may want to tweak your workout to bump up the intensity as you make progress, perhaps adjusting weights or reps, and maybe swapping in a more challenging (or easier) version of an exercise.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Compare and Analyze Heart Rate DataWe establish your HR Zones based on your Max Heart Rate, which is calculated based on your weight and heart rate over the course of each workout. The weight we use is the one you have added to Workout Trainer or shared through a health aggregator app like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung Health.

Warm Up = 0-59% of HR Max

Fat Burn = 60-69% of HR Max

Vigorous = 70-79% of HR Max

VO2 Max is 80-100% of HR Max

You may want to target certain zones as you repeat workouts to hit your performance targets.

All-Time Heart Rate Stats

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Compare and Analyze Heart Rate DataOn top of being able to see how you are doing against past workouts, Workout Trainer now offers overall All-Time HR stats for you! With the latest app update, you can see your own All-Time HR stats on your home dashboard and on your Profile. You can also see these stats on the Profile pages of your Skimble friends and public members.

As a  PRO+ member, you will see your Heart Zones snapshot on your Home dashboard and profile. Once you tap through on these stats, you’ll see HR Summary graphs and HR Zone graphs for This Week, Last Week, This Month, and Last Month, as well as All-Time HR Stats. We also provide you with your Maximum Heart Rate for Week, Month, and All-Time.

Want to dig a little deeper? When you tap through on the Heart Rate Zone graphs, you will see a detailed chart view broken down by HR Zones.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Compare and Analyze Heart Rate Data

For those who are working with a 1:1 trainer, your trainer will also be able to review your detailed all-time Heart Rate stats.

Get the most out of each workout session and optimize your overall training with heart rate feedback and performance analysis. Download the latest Workout Trainer app on your Android and iOS devices and make 2018 the year you train to be the best version of YOU!

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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 Free Workout of the Week: 24 Carat Abs & Arms (by Trainer Deborah Keppler)

Knock out this upper body and abdominal workout and put your pinky fingers in the air!

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Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: 24 Carat Abs & Arms by Deborah KepplerDo you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to be fit. Download Workout Trainer on your Android & Apple devices and do your first workout! Remember, if you want to stay up-to-date with our Workout of the Week challenges, be sure to have your Workout Trainer notifications turned ON in the app!

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