Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Waist Up Workout

This moderate intensity workout will help to get you looking lean from the waist up. The only piece of equipment you’ll need for this 10-minute session is a pull-up bar, so find something to pull yourself up on at home or join the kids on the climbing frame at the park and make this workout your own!Male Personal Trainer teaching Kipping Pull-Ups techniqueDo 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: Finding Abs: Low Back Pain Relief (by Trainer Tif Sippel)

I’m one of those weird people who hate doing ab work….that is until I started to have back pain. I had a posterior pelvic tilt (stuck my booty out) in my everyday posture that “stretched out” my abs which for me meant I wasn’t using them. It also meant, tight hip-flexors, tight lower back, stiff thoracic spine, small butt muscles, stretched out hamstrings…I could go on. For anyone who can relate, here’s a little taste of what I did and still do to help keep my posture tall and abs working. Take the exercises that work for you and do them frequently. Hopefully, this will give you some relief.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Hot Box

Get ready to hop, skip, and jump…on a box. This 40-minute cardio-based workout will keep you moving and get your heart rate higher than your box jumps. You will need access to a small or medium size box or step for this intense training session.Male Personal Trainer demonstrating how to do Left Leg Box Jumps in a gymDo 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: Total Crush (by Trainer Darlene Taylor)

Get a quick workout in and crush your at-home fitness goals with ease. No equipment needed for this one, just some pumping tunes and a towel to dry off afterwards 😉 It’s a total burn and you will totally love it!

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Stretch All Over

Having one of those days where you feel tight all over your body and JUST want to stretch? Do this workout! Start with your legs, move up to your shoulders, then twist your spine, and drop into some delicious hip stretches. Namaste!Female Yoga Instructor doing Left Cow Face Pose on black yoga matDo 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 Pro Workout of the Week: Lower Love

Work on your lower half with dynamic stretching and strengthening. This invigorating flow will get your blood circulating in your legs; beginning with happy baby, moving through various dynamic lunges, and exploring big stretches in hero poses.Female Yoga Instructor demonstrating Downward Dog with Right Leg Raise poseDo 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: Melt Away Back Tension (by Trainer Silvie Hibdon)

Target your back area with this quick and effective workout. Practice this sequence of movements to bring greater awareness to your habitual holding patterns, lengthening and stretching out your spine with twists and supported backbends. Feel the tension melt away from your body and discover a deep sense of relief.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Kettlebell Mania

This workout only requires one type of weighted object, preferably a kettlebell. If you don’t have access to a kettlebell, a single dumbbell or even a large water bottle can work as a great substitute for the types of exercises coming your way. Choose a moderate to heavy weight and psych yourself up! When performing these kettlebell and bodyweight supersets with intensity, you’ll be creating the perfect rhythm to build and tone your upper body.Male Personal Trainer performing Kettlebell Upright RowsDo 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: John Wu

Trainer John Alsobrooks training with suspension rings at the gym

Meet John Wu, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! With his extensive knowledge of Western and Chinese Medicine, John is able to help his clients with a well-rounded approach to both physical and mental health. We recently had the chance to chat with John and learn about why he believes balance is the most important component in achieving any long-term health goals.

Tell us a bit about your background and where you’re from.

John: I traveled a lot during my youth and lived in many places including the Deep South, the Midwest, and New England. I graduated from the University of Maine with a dual major in Chinese Language (Mandarin) and Pre-medical Sciences, and a Minor in Education. I went on to attend a 5-year medical program at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine with a focus on Acupuncture and Massage.

John Alsobrooks studying Chinese Medicine at the University of Beijing

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

John: I’ve loved training ever since I could lift weights when I was about 12 or 13 years old. My two older brothers played on college sports teams and inspired me a lot. I played sports myself for a while in junior high and high school, and I joined the ROTC Physical Training team. I then began practicing martial arts when I was in college and absolutely fell in love with it. I trained in the USA for a while and then went to train in a martial arts school in Beijing, where we trained 6-8 hours a day, 6 days a week, which included a type of “inner training” through different meditation practices. That’s when I decided that I wanted to practice medicine, and Chinese Medicine in particular, so I finished my Bachelor’s degree in the USA and went back to China to complete a medical degree. With my studies in Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts, training in meditation, and a background in education, it all came together and fit really well to form a comprehensive modality of fitness and health preservation. Exercise is one of the best medicines we have, and it’s free!

What are your training specialties?

John: Fundamentally, I am a big supporter of cross-training. I believe in a well-rounded physique capable of handling anything that the world throws at us. This includes weightlifting, bodyweight training, outdoor sports training, HIIT, martial arts/kickboxing, steady-state cardio-respiratory training, and overall fitness for both healthy populations and those suffering from a disease. I also like to incorporate some breathing exercises, as well as neuromuscular and flexibility exercises that are meditative-like to keep people grounded, focused, and motivated.

Trainer John Wu Alsobrooks meditating in Beijing

What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

John: I love the fact that I can see what my clients are doing through the 1:1 messaging stream, and I can immediately communicate with them and change anything in their exercise prescription that needs adjusting. I also like that they can see how I’m training, which I hope gives them some motivation to continue their own routines.

Who are your heroes?

John: My heroes are an odd mix of ancient Chinese physicians that advocated exercise for health, my martial arts teacher in Beijing – Master Wang Zhi Peng, outdoor sports pioneers like climbing pros Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. Also survivalists like Bear Grylls and modern physical therapists, trainers, and bodyworkers – namely Tom Meyers and Jeff Cavaliere. And finally, a “body hack” specialist, Tim Ferris.

John Alsobrooks with his Martial Arts Master Wang Zhi Peng

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

John: After a lifetime of exercise, as soon as I stop training, I feel off…so that’s a major factor in staying fit for me. Also, I try to live my life by a certain set of principles, and I believe that it’s important that my clients and patients work towards similar goals for themselves. By living my life in a healthy manner, I am a living example for others to do the same.

What are your guilty pleasures?

John: Chocolate! Hands down. I love it. However, I do go for dark, bitter-sweet chocolates instead of milk chocolates now.

Personal Trainer John Wu running in the mountains outside Beijing

What are your hidden talents?

John: I suppose with social media, nothing is really hidden anymore, but I can throw knives like a ninja, not a lot of people know about that.

Do you have any go-to training gear that you would recommend?

John: I think for some people not having access to a gym, or not having training equipment can be a deterrent for doing exercise. I say use what you have! I love getting creative with my equipment, and whenever I don’t have something, I see what I can use that I already have instead of running out to buy something new. For in-home training, I like using a suspension system or suspension rings, some resistance bands, and a home-made speedball using elastic bands and a tennis ball.

Trainer John Alsobrooks navigating during a hiking trip

Please share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

John: The secret to health is balance. It’s really quite simple. Exercise is wonderful, and we can all benefit from a healthy daily dose of exercise, but there are many other aspects of health that require attention as well, such as stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and sleep. If any one of these is off, in any way, our health is going to suffer. If you’re not getting enough good quality sleep, your training will suffer. If your nutrition plan is off, many other aspects of your life will suffer. They are all interconnected. So, if you want to train like a beast, sleep like a baby.

Thanks for sharing with us, John, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your training biz!

John Wu 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.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Torso Torch

Get ready to work all of your core muscles (including your glutes!) with this bodyweight core circuit. In just a little over 20 minutes, you will set your torso ablaze, in the best way possible. Go at your own pace…one rep at a time!Male CrossFit Trainer demonstrating V-Ups at CrossFit 4566 boxDo 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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