NEW: Heat Up Your 2018 Training with Heart Rate Feedback in Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Heart Rate FeedbackLooking for ways to optimize your athletic performance in 2018? Now you can connect your smartwatch and bluetooth heart rate monitor to get even better results in Workout Trainer. By incorporating heart rate data during and after your workouts, Workout Trainer analyzes your performance so you can effectively reach your new year’s resolutions.

You might be wondering, why does this matter? For one, you can train in specific heart rate zones like fat-burning. You can also train to lower your resting heart rate during Rest periods in your workouts; a key success factor for peak athletic performance.

Sounds great! Now, how does it work? Let’s take a look.

Getting Set Up 

Download the latest Workout Trainer app update on your Android and iOS devices. Make sure you have Workout Trainer on your smartwatch and/or your bluetooth heart rate monitor sharing heart rate data to apps. On Android, remember that you’ll need to download the Workout Trainer companion app onto your smartwatch and make sure the two are synced before you start working out. If you’re using a bluetooth heart rate monitor on either platform, check that the device is sharing its heart rate data via bluetooth.

For smartwatch users, make sure you accept the permission to share heart rate date when you load a workout.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Heart Rate Feedback: iOS & Android PermissionsYou can see if your heart rate devices are connected and working together on the overlay before you hit the PLAY button!

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Heart Rate Feedback

Once you’re set up you’ll be able to enjoy advanced heart rate feedback for all workouts completed while paired with your smartwatch or bluetooth heart rate monitor. Instantly track your heart rate during your workouts and get a summary of your performance with key metrics that’ll help you achieve better results.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Heart Rate Feedback: SummaryOptimize Your Training

Workout Trainer PRO+ members will have access to the advanced Compare and Analyze tool to help members and trainers 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! More details on this soon 🙂

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Workout Trainer by Skimble: Heart Rate Feedback: Compare & AnalyzeGet the most out of each workout session and optimize your training routine with heart rate feedback and performance analysis. Download the Workout Trainer app on your Android and iOS devices and make 2018 the year you work towards being the best version of YOU!

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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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5 Ways to Get The Most Customized Experience in Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Customize your Training ExperienceWorkout Trainer is far from your one-size-fits-all fitness app! With tons of customization options and targeted training recommendations, you’ll get the best suggestions thrown your way to help smash your fitness goals over and over again.

Reduce time searching and planning your fitness journey and spend more time getting to the end result. Follow these simple steps to get the most out of each training session.

Complete Fitness Assessment

Start by completing the in-app Fitness Assessment to give us an idea of how active you currently are, what fitness goal you want to start with, and the types of training you’re interested in. You can complete the Fitness Assessment during sign-up or update at any time from the left side menu, in the Settings tab.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Fitness AssessmentInput Latest Weight Reading

Update your gender, age, and weight in the Calories Burned section of the Settings tab. These measurements will help you get the most accurate statistics and tracking data as you progress through your fitness journey.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Fitness Assessment: Calories BurnedCheck Assessment Results

Once you’ve provided us with all this info, you’ll receive targeted recommendations that will help optimize your training experience in Workout Trainer. At any point in time, you can head over to the Settings Tab in the left side menu and select Assessment Results to scope out recommended workouts and training programs. You can also find trainers who specialize in your interests and goals. Follow your favorite trainers to get motivated or even hire an online personal trainer to help you stay on track.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Fitness Assessment: Assessment ResultsUse Quick Start Option

You can get specific training recommendations based on even more factors such as time constraints, preferred difficulty level, and available equipment by using our Quick Start filtering option. As you complete more workouts, including those you discover through Quick Start, you’ll see more recommendations.

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Your Go-To HOME Tab

You can also get lots of new custom recommendations via the Home tab. This is your go-to dashboard for recommendations, favorite workouts, currently enrolled programs and 1:1 Online Personal Training. As you complete more workouts and regularly update your fitness assessment when your goals and needs change throughout your fitness journey, keep checking your Home tab for even more customized recommendations.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Fitness Assessment: Home TabThe more information you share with us, the more targeted training recommendations you’ll get. Download the Workout Trainer app on your Android and iOS devices today and start down the road to the best version of YOU!

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Easily Customize your Training with Regular Client Check-Ins

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Tools: Client Check-InsCoaching clients through Online Personal Training has never been easier with Skimble’s free Trainer Tools and innovative coaching solution. As you gain remote clients, it’s easy to engage with them and create meaningful long-lasting relationships! It’s all about providing great training coupled with an ongoing conversation so they know you’re with them every step of the way.

In general, Skimble Verified Trainers establish a win-win relationship with each client by spending ~4 hours per month checking in with private messaging and creating training content using Workout Trainer. This blog post will share some tips and ideas on how to make regular client check-ins an easy, hassle-free habit.

Update Fitness Assessment

Ask your clients to complete the in-app Fitness Assessment to get a better understanding of their starting point. They can access the Fitness Assessment from the left side menu, in the Settings tab. An accurate Fitness Assessment will give you more insight into how active they currently are, what their main fitness goal is, their gender and age, as well as the types of training they are interested in.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Client Check-Ins: Fitness Assessment

Get Latest Weight Reading

You can also ask your clients to update their weight in the Calories Burned section of the Settings tab. Having these measurements at your fingertips can help you plan out the optimal training schedule for even your newest of clients, as well as give them that personalized touch they’re looking for.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Client Check-Ins: Calories Burned

Send One-Off Workouts

Send a one-off workout to test their endurance and progress throughout different stages of your training relationship. This will help you understand their fitness level and allow you to adapt your custom training schedule to better suit their needs.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Client Check-Ins: Send Training Content

Use Message Templates

Get inspired by our Message Templates! You can use and adapt any of our standard message templates when you’re short on time, looking for something out of the ordinary, or need a quick one-liner to get your clients motivated for their next training session.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Client Check-Ins: Message Templates

Share a Fitspo or Fitness Tip

Some people relate more to visuals, so get to know your clients and figure out what works. Try sending them an inspiring Fitspo pic or a motivational quote you live by. Something as simple as a workout tip or healthy recipe suggestion can make your clients’ day!

Make client check-ins a weekly habit and never lose touch with your remote clients in Workout Trainer. With the potential to earn an extra $35-$140 USD/month per client, it’s worth it to stay on top of things and maintain these win-win relationships.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop us an email at trainers@skimble.com – cheers!

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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.

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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 Free Workout of the Week: 15-Min Core Blast (by Trainer Amy Newark)

This is a core and abs workout focusing on your deep core, rectus abdominus, and obliques. All you need is 15 minutes of your time to get started on your year-round 6-pack!

This workout was created by Skimble Trainer: Amy Newark. 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: 15-Min Core Blast by Amy NewarkDo 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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