Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Mario Miller

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Mario MillerMeet Mario, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! With a degree in Physical Education and 23 years of training experience, this Atlanta-based fitness coach may have mastered every trick in the book. We recently had the chance to chat with Mario Miller and learn more about how he keeps himself and his clients motivated to achieve the fitness goals they set for themselves… here’s a hint:

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

Mario: I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and have been playing sports since I was 5 years old. As a junior athlete I knew this was what I wanted to focus on when I grew up, so I got my degree in Physical Education and never looked back.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Mario: I wanted to stay in sports and coach people to become better athletes, like my coaches had done for me. And since I love working out, I believe fitness training is another avenue that allows me to inspire and coach people to live a healthy lifestyle.

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What are your training specialties?

Mario: As an athlete, I participated in many sports on a competitive level. So I like to incorporate athletic training with the normal/foundational fitness workouts I create for my clients. From my experience, it has proven to be a great way to get quicker results for non-athletes too.

Your profile says you’re an Ironman, did you compete in one of the Ironman triathlons?

Mario: Yes, I competed in the Augusta, GA Ironman. I raised money for Leukemia doing it! I used to watch the Ironman Championship every year when I was younger, so I’ve always wanted to do one myself. Now that I have, I’ve set myself a new goal. I plan to do the Ironman Championship in Kona by the age of 50. Plus, a little golf on the side!

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How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Mario: A while back, I was looking for new exercises and workouts online, that’s when I first came across Workout Trainer. The platform had exactly what I was looking for, it was simple to navigate and it had pics of exercises for supported guidance. 

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

Mario: I use Skimble workouts, as well as the ones I’ve created myself. I like to use a variety of both for my own training and to share with my clients, especially when we are not training together in-person.

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Mario: Easy! The ability to create workouts and add your own personal touch.

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What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Mario: It’s my life and my job to keep myself in the best possible shape. Fitness is what I’ve known since I was 5 years old, and it’s stuck with me during my 45 years of age. Plus, I see myself as an advocate for what I do and a product of my workouts. It’s important to represent a role model of what you preach!

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

Mario: Stay in your lane! The personal goals you have set for yourself, are just that, YOUR goals, not someone else’s. So don’t try to keep up or compete with anyone else’s goals or body shape. Your body is UNIQUE, no one else has it, embrace it, love it and care for it. (That’s Free! 😎)

Thanks for sharing with us, Mario, we’re excited to see what the future will bring for you and your training biz! Good luck with your Ironman in Kona. 

Mario Miller 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 2017 fitness goals.

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Are you a fitness professional? Want to become a Verified Trainer like Mario and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Marsha Clark

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Marsha ClarkMeet Marsha, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! This Atlanta rockstar is the ultimate multitasker, finding time for work, study, her children, and husband. We recently had the chance to chat with Marsha Clark and learn more about how she keeps herself and her clients motivated to live a healthy, active lifestyle on a busy schedule.

Where are you from and what motivates you? 

Marsha: I’m currently located outside of Atlanta and have been a certified trainer for nearly 4 years now.  I absolutely love what I do and love the changes that I help my clients make; especially when they have lost hope and have given up. It’s very rewarding to see somebody realize their potential again. I like to think that I don’t only train the body, but the mind as well.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?

Marsha: Fitness has always been a part of my background. I played tennis as a child and was a cheerleader in high school.  Not only that, but I was quite the tomboy growing up. I never saw any issue with girls playing ‘boys’ sports, so I used to get involved in everything I could. I was a very active kid!

What made you decide to certify with ISSA?

Marsha: When I was deciding which certification course to take I did a lot of research and compared all the major certs out there for personal fitness trainers. ISSA seemed to be the perfect fit for me! I was able to work, take care of my home, and study while I was completing the course requirements. I needed the flexibility to go at my own pace and ISSA had a structure that appealed to me. The teachers were also very informative; willing and able to answer any questions I had.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Marsha Clark

What are your training specialties?

Marsha: Being relatable! I make the whole experience personal, from start to finish. I cater to my clients and mold them into what they set out to become, as well as what I know they are capable of becoming. I help them plan their meals, as I’m also certified in nutritional planning. I offer group fitness training, fitness parties, strength training sessions and HIIT styled workouts.

We came across Belly Dance Cardio Fitness on your profile, we’re intrigued! Can you tell us a little more about it?

Marsha: Belly dancing is something that I add as a little perk for myself, as well as my clients. It’s fun, innovative, and the hip moves and chest circles really engage the muscles of the core and calves. My favorite is the Camel Walk…lol.

How did you first hear about Workout Trainer?

Marsha: I was googling some workout apps that could help me learn more (before I really got into training myself). As time passed, I eventually created a trainer profile and became hooked.  

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

Marsha: I use it for my clients. I lay out workouts for them in full detail in the app. This is for those that can’t meet me in the gym and want my expertise on what moves or machines that I think they should consider using in their training. I also use it for those with limited space and time, I crank out some ideas that I know they can handle properly with the means they have available to them at the time.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Marsha Clark

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Marsha: Easy! Creating workouts and sharing them with the community. People seem to love what I create and I love that I can help. It just makes me want to do and be more, it’s quite an addictive feeling to be honest. 

What keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Marsha: I have four kids and a husband. Motivation enough, lol. But no, seriously! I just love being fit and seeing others become motivated by my determination. I also plan to make my debut in the bodybuilding world as a bikini competitor in 2017… Wish me Luck! 

Oh wow, that’s great! Finally, can you share a secret health/fitness tip with the Skimble community…

Marsha: Eat healthily! I hate hearing people say they only eat 2 or maybe 3 small meals a day. And chewing gum is NOT a meal! It’s important to give your body the fuel it needs so that ALL vital organs can perform their jobs effectively. Getting plenty of sleep is another important tip. And last but not least, have fun and smile 🙂

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Marsha ClarkThanks for sharing with us, Marsha, we’re excited to see what 2017 brings for you! Good luck with your bikini competition. 

Marsha Clark 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.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Online Personal TrainingWant to follow Marsha 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 Marsha and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Program Spotlight: Cross Training with Yoga

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This is a well-rounded cross training program that helps you strengthen and lengthen your tissue to encourage stability and health of your muscles and joints. The workouts in this program include strenuous and dynamic yoga poses to activate circulation and increase flexibility, static poses to move deeper into the muscle tissue, and breathing exercises for increased lung capacity. Cross training workouts are designed to be used in between other training routines, recovery workouts can be used after sporting activities, and pre-workouts are meant to warm up and stretch the body prior to exercise. Remember to breathe deeply throughout your practice to oxygenate the body and speed up recovery. Recommended prop: a towel.
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Take your workouts to the next level with this Cross Training with Yoga program today! Like working out with the encouragement of our expert trainers and motivation from the Skimble community? Go PRO+ and gain access to all of our custom training programs in Workout Trainer.

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Skimble’s Program Spotlight: Winter Fresh

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Program Spotlight: Winter Fresh Mini Series
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We know the winter months can be cold and long! Instead of going into hibernation mode, workout with the Winter Fresh mini series! If it’s not winter right now, you still won’t want to miss this series that you can do in any climate. These workouts hit your lower body, upper body, core and full body with some of our best new workouts. You only need a set of dumbbells handy for some exercises, everything else is bodyweight only. Enjoy freshening up!
Take your workouts to the next level with the Winter Fresh mini series today! Like working out with the encouragement of our expert trainers and motivation from the Skimble community? Go PRO+ and gain access to all of our custom training programs in Workout Trainer.

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Skimble’s Program Spotlight: Freedom FIT III

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If you nailed Freedom FIT I & II, get ready to push yourself to the max with Freedom FIT III. It’s the final program in this free series and will help you push your boundaries and maximize results. Just like with the other Freedom FIT programs, you’ll be working your entire body with targetted bodyweight exercises. Legs, arms, glutes, core, you name it – we’ve got it!
Take your workouts to the next level with the Freedom FIT III program today! This one is on the house! Like working out with the encouragement of our expert trainers and motivation from the Skimble community? Go PRO+ and gain access to all of our custom training programs in Workout Trainer.

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Skimble’s Trainer Spotlight: Patrick Morrisey

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Patrick MorriseyMeet Patrick, Skimble‘s featured Trainer! Growing up in small towns around Buffalo, New York, Patrick was a bit of a misfit. Learn how he transitioned from a career in music to finding his passion for exercise. We recently had the chance to chat with Patrick Morrisey and learn more about what keeps him motivated to stay fit with the little time he has on his hands.

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

Patrick: I wasn’t really into sports growing up, I enjoyed reading more than most other activities. I stayed relatively active, though. I got involved in various less “typical” kinds of activities, like martial arts and yoga. Activities in which the person you are really competing with is yourself. Much later on, towards the end of university, I got really into dance music. I graduated with an art degree, but never really used it professionally. Instead, I transitioned to music and became a DJ. For years, I would go out dancing multiple times a week. I loved dancing, and still do. It’s so… cathartic. But besides the dancing, there was a whole party culture that I got far too wrapped up in. After one too many years of imbalanced living, I quit partying. Dancing and music would always be special to me, but I had to somehow change the path I found myself on. I started focusing on living a better life. My experiences from that time, facing my most self-destructive tendencies and habits and turning things around into living a healthy lifestyle, have really shaped my approach to life and fitness. Years later I met a wonderful woman and her two daughters, and ended up joining their family! With the recent addition of our baby son, I’ve got quite a family now!

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Patrick MorriseyYour bio says you did a lot of traveling and teaching in the past. Can you tell us more about that?

Patrick: Yeah, sure. I moved around a little in the US after university, including Washington D.C., Montana, to work a few different jobs. But my biggest move was to Korea, to teach English. I had been at my job for about 8 years then, working with mentally disabled adults. Although it was rewarding, it was time for a change. So I went to Korea with two of my brothers. The first 9 months or so were rough. I was teaching teenagers English, and I was not prepared for that task. I eventually had a kind of epiphany about how to approach the job and the students. So between that and having years of experience being the center of attention as a performer, I managed to make it work and eventually it became a great experience that I stuck with for years. Teaching kindergarten was my favorite, it changed my perspective on a lot of things. It’s a really healthy thing, psychologically, to be the superhero for a group of cute little kids and see them grow.

Was teaching English what inspired you to become a fitness trainer?

Patrick: Yes, in Korea I had grown more and more involved with pursuing my own fitness. I would read articles, watch videos, and explore what worked for me, both physically and mentally. I had a bit of spare time and living in a foreign country, for me, was rather isolating. I had time to myself, and geeking out on workouts and nutrition and all that gave me something healthy to focus on. I found myself logging into the Skimble forums multiple times a day, helping people with questions they had and researching the questions I didn’t already know the answer to. When it came time to move back to the States, family and friends would ask me if I was going to continue teaching. I wasn’t really into that idea… I thought my personal interest in fitness and my experience and interest in teaching, would blend perfectly in personal training.

What made you decide to certify with NASM?

Patrick: Since I was self-taught up to that point, and hadn’t studied any of this stuff formally yet, I needed a cert that offered well-rounded, informative training; something that required me to study a lot. After just a little bit of research into what was available, the cost, and what was more and less respected in the fitness industry, I went with NASM.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Patrick MorriseyWhat are your training specialties?

Patrick: My experience has mostly been with weight training and weight loss. I got really into functional training not long ago, so I incorporate a lot of that into my sessions now. l like balance and core training, as I see just how crucial they are as a foundation for everything from general healthy mobility, to superior strength and power. I’ve recently started as a senior group fitness instructor for a class at the fitness center I work at, and that’s a really positive experience in many ways. I think my overall passion lies with getting the average out-of-shape person into exercise and fitness. Because of my experiences facing myself as my own worst enemy, I developed a strong sense of empathy for people who struggle with their own self-sabotaging tendencies. I’m really into exploring my personal motivations and mental tricks I have to develop to stay focused, and I’m fascinated by how people can convince themselves something is possible or impossible. I’m especially excited by the chance to help people explore what mental approach works best for them, personally.

How do you use Workout Trainer as part of your training routine?

Patrick: My use of Workout Trainer has certainly evolved over time. At first, I just found a few short pre-made workouts I liked. The forums were really active and kept me logging in to check on discussions and new posts. Eventually, I got more into developing my own programming, and I still like to create and log my workouts on it. Besides from remembering the sequence of exercises, it’s extremely helpful with the pacing of my workouts. Rest time is really important but it’s so easy to let it start getting too long. 

What’s your favorite feature in the app?

Patrick: The forums, definitely. I really like helping people out, and it motivates me to keep learning. It’s a really great feature to include that could have easily been overlooked in the creation of a fitness app.

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Trainer Spotlight: Patrick MorriseyWhat keeps you motivated to stay fit yourself?

Patrick: So many different things! Nowadays a lot of it is habitual. I mean, if I had to choose any one thing, it’s the regular dose of endorphins and the great feeling exercise gives me. I get really squirrelly when I don’t exercise. Being a professional is another big part of my motivation. I get to think of it like setting aside this time to work out is part of my job, so I HAVE to do this really great thing for myself. Also, I really like to eat delicious food. Chicken wings, (I live in Buffalo, home of the Buffalo wing!), Italian sausage, pizza, burgers, you know… I have a bit of a sweet tooth too, ice cream, donuts, you name it. I don’t eat this stuff all the time, of course, and some weeks are better than others. But a steady habit of working out makes it way easier to decide that I can afford to indulge every now and then.

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

Patrick: You’re not special, you’re not a mutant, you’re not one of the X-men. Your body exists in reality and must obey the laws of physics. That may sound negative, but it’s quite liberating to realize that there is no special reason you can’t lose or gain weight, or get stronger, faster, and better. Anyone can do it, that means you can too!

Oh, and start small!

Thanks for sharing with us, Patrick, we’re excited to see what the future brings for you and your coaching business!

Patrick Morrisey is currently accepting new clients for 1:1 Online Personal Training in Workout Trainer. Get signed up today and let him coach you into the New Year to crush your 2017 fitness goals.

Want to follow Patrick 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 Patrick and have access to our coaching tools and more? Get started on Skimble’s Trainer page.

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Skimble’s Program Spotlight: Mobility Mornings

Workout Trainer by Skimble: Program Spotlight: Mobility Mornings
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Do you have a morning routine? Most of us do! How about squeezing in a quick 10-minute exercise set to get your blood flowing? Morning stretches can help improve productivity and have you feeling more energized from the get-go. Mobility Mornings is a 4-week training program that will help rejuvenate your morning routine and have you feeling like a morning person in no time. Get your blood flowing, your body moving, and start your days right!
Take your workouts to the next level with the Mobility Mornings program today! You can get lifetime access to this program for $9.99 or Go PRO+ and gain access to all of our custom training programs in Workout Trainer.

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