Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Bree Cunningham

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Bree Cunningham

Meet Bree Cunningham, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! After discovering her own passion for running, she now wants to help others gain confidence by giving them the tools to get in better shape. We recently had the chance to chat with Bree and learn about her journey from Texas to the Dominican Republic, and all of life’s great developments along the way.

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

Bree: I’m originally from Houston, Texas. Texas will always be home since I met my husband and had my two boys there. I started my fitness journey 20 years ago by watching workout VHS tapes in my bedroom (Billy Blanks Tai Bo, if you must know). I’ve been hooked on exercise ever since then and love doing a variety of different workouts. I’m a certified personal trainer with the NAFC. My passion is running, and I’ve competed in many races. My favorites races would be the Surfside Marathon (all on the beach), the BP MS150 (170 miles on a bike), the Xterra half marathon trail run, the ULTRA in Punta Cana, and the 5150 triathlon series. My favorite place to run is Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where we lived for 5 years.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Bree Cunningham

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Bree: Being in the passenger seat of somebody else’s journey is amazing. Helping someone walk their first 5k or accomplishing their first 30-second plank is indescribable. Watching struggle, pain, and tears turn into determination and joy is my inspiration.

What are your training specialties?

Bree: I’m a firm believer in functional fitness and being able to get a complete workout in with minimal or no equipment. My heart is definitely in running! I started walking about 12 years ago which slowly turned into running. I couldn’t stop if I tried!

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Bree: I think a long time ago I realized the mental benefits far outweigh the physical. If I’m having a bad day my husband asks me: “Do you need to go for a run?”. Obviously, I’m initially irritated, but I know he’s right…  Staying fit melts the stress away!

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Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Bree: Paaahaaa! Do I ever! Magnum milk chocolate ice cream, sour patch kids candy, and chocolate-covered peanuts. Let me mention one more time, ice cream! It deserves its own praise. Does it say something about me that this is the easiest question to answer? 🙂

Who are your heroes?

Bree: My athletic hero is Ballet dancer Misty Copeland, hands down. I am not, nor will I ever be a ballet dancer. However, I admire Misty because as an athlete she has immense power and strength. She can then convert that into elegance and beauty.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Bree: Yes, I have the ability to embarrass my sons while doing nothing. It’s a gift really. All moms have this ability wired in their DNA.

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What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

Bree: I love the app and have been using it for years. While living in a third world country, you don’t have access to gyms, so Workout Trainer was a lifesaver. My favorite feature is the ability to create your own workouts with ease. It’s the best!

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

Bree: Good shoes and resistance bands. If you want to take on running, all you need is a great pair of shoes. That’s it! I love resistance bands because you can take them with you anywhere you go and they are so versatile.

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

Bree: Don’t think too much! The hardest door to get through is our own front door. Our biggest competition is our own mind. The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. Take the first step and then… rejoice in every single step that follows.

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

Bree Cunningham 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.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Meet Brian Fallon, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Recently retired from an entirely different career, his love for triathlons goes way back. We recently had the chance to chat with Brian and learn about his coaching business along with its guiding principals that focus on “Harmony through Balance” in all aspects of life.

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

Brian: I’m actually a retired New York Air Traffic Controller! I live in Northport, New York, which is like a triathlete’s playground!

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Brian: I got into triathlons about 20 years ago and was totally hooked after completing my first race. I became an ASCA Level 2 (American Swim Coach Association) and Ironman Certified Triathlon Coach a few years ago, and since I retired, I now coach swimming and triathlon training full time.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

What are your training specialties?

Brian: Swimming, Biking and Running (obviously), and Strength Training to help prepare the body to sustain the loads that this kind of intense training and racing will impose, especially for the long course options (Half and Full Iron distance).

Tell us a bit about AquaTerra Coaching?

Brian: I started AquaTerra Coaching, LLC because I wanted to be an alternative to the “Gotta make it hurt!” mentality that I see a lot of people subjected to in their training. It ends up causing a lot of unnecessary injuries. Triathlon training is grueling enough as it is; there’s no magic in the formula for success – dedication, consistency, and realistic efforts proportional to the demands of the event for which you are training, will take you farther than you would believe. Our guiding principle of “Harmony through Balance” means that while we will always strive to help you achieve the best physical performance possible, we also attempt to reach that goal in a healthy and holistic manner that is in sync with not just your race-day goals, but your life goals as well.

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Brian: Seeing 80-year-olds compete! Seriously! To see people in that age group in action – and I mean SMASHING it – is unbelievably inspiring to me. I want to be like that when I grow up!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

Who are your heroes?

Brian: My heroes are names not well known, but in my opinion, should be household names. Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a gold medal Paralympian (2008 & 2012) who became the first double above-knee amputee to complete a full Ironman Triathlon. Mikey Brannigan, a Northport native who has autism, who went on to become the 2016 Paralympian gold medalist in the 1500 Meter run. And so many others like them!

Do you have any hidden talents?

Brian: I draw cartoons in my spare time.

What’s your favorite Workout Trainer feature?

Brian: I was searching for a timer app that I could use to program custom workouts and then send those to my athletes when I discovered Skimble’s Workout Trainer app. Brilliant! It had all the features I was looking for and more! I really love the playback feature which allows a demonstration of the exercises. Sometimes, you just need to see it being done in order to understand what to do yourself, or – as often is the case – what NOT to do! The audio cues also make it so easy to follow along without having to keep looking at the device.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Brian Fallon

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

Brian: Stretch cords! They are so amazingly effective when used correctly. You can bring them anywhere and get an incredible workout done.

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

Brian: You want to get stronger? Go to sleep. Seriously; the science on this is unequivocal. Workouts are where you “damage” your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s during sleep – deep, restful sleep – that your body repairs, rebuilds, and strengthens everything in preparation for the next round. Make sleep a priority in your life.

Thanks for sharing with us, Brian, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and AquaTerra Coaching!

Brian Fallon 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 Brian and other great trainers? Download the Workout Trainer app for Android & iOS, then head on over to the Trainers tab.


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Skimble’s Free Workout of the Week: Acceleration – Hills (by Trainer Juan Paolo Galvez)

This program increases sprint performance by building the acceleration phase of running and increasing power and anaerobic endurance with Hill repeats. 4-6 x 20 seconds. 5-10 % incline. Full range of arm swing, hip flexion, hip extension, and striking the balls of the feet.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Get Out and RUN!

Get ready for 25 minutes of sun, fun, and run! This running workout has a built-in warm-up and ramps up in intensity at a progressive, but efficient pace. Don’t forget to connect your smartwatch or heart rate monitor to see which ‘zones’ you’ve been training in. Get ready to work hard and reap the benefits.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Pro Workout of the Week: Get Out and RUN!Do 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: Speed Training for Beginners (by Trainer Ambaeri Goh)

Run 20 minutes at an easy pace that feels like a RPE 4 or 5 out of 10 on your personal scale of perceived exertion. Do 4 to 6 sets of 20-second strides on a track/flat road/field at max effort, with 30 to 45-seconds recovery jogs.

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Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Speed Training for Beginners by Ambaeri GohDo 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: Run Warm Up (by Trainer Micah Greer)

Runners, don’t forget your warm up! Use this quick 7-minute sequence to get your muscles and joints ready for the impact of running.

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Workout Trainer by Skimble: Free Workout of the Week: Run Warm Up by Micah GreerDo 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: Danette Lane

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Danette LaneMeet Danette Lane, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! After moving interstate, Danette made a big career change and discovered her passion for running. We recently had the chance to chat with Danette and learn about how she helps prepare her clients for all lengths of challenges, from 5K’s to full marathons.

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

Danette: I spent many years in the healthcare arena whilst practicing my own exercise. When I had to move from my native Chicago to Cleveland for my husband’s job, I decided to return to school and become a personal trainer. I have never regretted combining my love of healthcare and fitness to practice exercise. Currently, I live in Florida on the Treasure Coast.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Danette: My passion for running and exercise led me to become a personal trainer. I really enjoy teaching and helping others succeed. A great day for me is to hear that one of my clients has overcome a hurdle or reached a goal.

What are your training specialties?

Danette: As a health coach, I work with clients on weight management. I develop running plans from 5K’s to marathons and for beginners that just want to learn to run. Strength training for proper form and function of the body is also a specialty of mine.

Can you tell us a bit more about how you got into running and how you help others train for their marathons?

Danette: Running was something I always dreamt about but didn’t know where to start. One day, with a little encouragement from my brother in law, I ran a half mile in my neighborhood. When I worked my way up to 3 miles I entered my first 5K and placed in my age group. Three years later I ran my first marathon and have now run 45 of them. If you have the desire, I can teach you the rest 🙂

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Danette LaneHow did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Danette: I received an email through ACSM, introducing me to the app. It didn’t take long after joining to start training my first client.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Danette: Creating workouts with exercise videos for my clients so that I can show them good form when strength training. So many people at the gym perform exercises incorrectly and do not even know it. I want my clients to be educated so that they gain strength without injury.

How do you use Workout Trainer as a part of your coaching business?

Danette: I use Workout Trainer to create programs for my clients. The library of exercises is very comprehensive.

In your experience, what are some of the benefits of online training?

Danette: For the client, there is always a comfort level to consider. They are not always at ease in the gym. Online training allows the client to perform their exercise at a location of their choice.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Danette LaneWhat keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Danette: I love to exercise! It improves my mood and keeps me healthy.  For me, it’s a hobby, a passion and my line of work.

Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Danette: Everyone always asks me what exercise is best? What should I do? And my answer is always the same… do what you enjoy the most! Be it swimming, rowing, cycling, walking or running; if you do what you like, you will do it more often.

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

Danette Lane 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 Danette 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 Trainer like Danette and have access to our online coaching tools and more? Get started for free on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Runner’s High

One major thing that runners need is leg endurance. That means you want your legs to withstand long periods of use with explosive and repetitive movement. This workout is geared toward just that!

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Skimble’s Pro Workout of the Week: Runner’s Delight

This session is built for cardio enthusiasts that don’t shy away from a bit of running. You don’t need any equipment for this dynamic workout, just some open space to perform a combination of exercises and running intervals. So get outside and get to it!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Pro Workout of the Week: Runner's DelightDo 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: Pressed for Time (By Trainer Danette Lane)

This 30-minute bodyweight workout is safe, quick and can be done anywhere – no equipment necessary! (Also, great for beginners.) If you cannot complete all the reps, modify it to your starting ability and work up to the full workout.

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: Pressed for Time (By Trainer Danette Lane)Do 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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